Santiago Perez

Santiago Perez


  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Santiago R. Pérez is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design, University of Western Australia.

Pérez received a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he studied under Japanese Architect Tadao Ando. Upon completion of the MArch degree, Pérez obtained a Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, as a Researcher in Residence in the offices of Tadao Ando in Osaka, and AMORPHE Architects in Tokyo, headed by Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama. These experiences served as a critical foundation, early in his training, for subsequent development of his teaching and research, combining a passion for 20th C. Modernism + Material Practices, with the development of 21st C. emerging Digital + Robotic Fabrication Technologies and Computational Design.

Pérez has an active record of publications, invited participation on international juries and workshops + teaching focused on the convergence of Design + Making. Prior to joining the faculty at UWA, he served as Assistant Professor and 21st Century Chair in Integrated Practice at the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture from 2010 to 2016, establishing a new Digital + Robotic fabrication lab for large-scale production of experimental architecture. He has held additional teaching positions in Nebraska, Houston, Tampa, Arizona and Boston, and in the accelerated summer program for incoming Doctor of Architecture students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oahu.

Recent invited book chapters include:

Loss of Control: error, Glitch and Imperfection in Architecture, published in Lineament: material Representation and the Physical Figure in Architectural Production, 2018, edited by Gail Peter Borden and Michael Meredith.

Towards an Ecology of Making, Matter, Material, published in Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production, 2011, edited by Gail Peter Borden and Michael Meredith.

Pérez has focused his research, teaching and design on the confluence between Material Practice and Digital Fabrication, culminating in large-scale, site-specific installations and pavilions. This trajectory has culminated in two recently completed pavilions under his direction in “Design-FAB” Studios:

The ROBOFAB Bike Trail Pavilion in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a robotically fabricated wood assemblage, and the public Visitor Pavilion for the Bachman Wilson House, a relocated “Usonian” house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. In addition to research pavilions, Pérez is actively developing new material workflows and experimental installations through workshops and seminars, including:

MAKING DRAWING[s] Robotic Drawing Machines + Drawings Exhibition, Big Omaha Technology Conference 2017.

ELASTIC BOUNDARIES invited workshop at the University of Alicante, Spain in 2016, as one of a series of international workshops coordinated by Dr. Javier Sánchez Merina.

Pérez is on the Fulbright Specialist Scholar Roster, and was nominated in 2012 for consideration in the USA Fellows United States Artists Fellowship.












Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, BArch, Boston Architectural College

Architecture, MArch with Distinction, Harvard University

Research expertise keywords

  • Design Education
  • Design Robotics
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Material Culture & Innovation
  • Research by Making


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  • Encoding Material Culture

    Perez, S., 2021, Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: What if? What next? Speculations on History's Futures. Hislop, K. & Lewi, H. (eds.). Australia, p. 174-184 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paperpeer-review

  • Post-Digital Matters (Exhibition)

    Perez, S., 2019

    Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibition

  • Loss of Control: Error, Glitch and Imperfection in Architecture

    Perez, S., 2018, Lineament: Material Representation and the Physical Figure in Architectural Production. Borden, G. P. & Meredith, M. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 156-173 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • Towards an Ecology of Making

    Perez, S., 2012, Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production. Borden, G. P. & Meredith, M. (eds.). Routledge, p. 359-375 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter