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Alfredo Brillembourg

Founding Partner, Urban-Think Tank


Brillembourg, Alfredo


Architect and Urban Designer

1/ BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York. He studied at Columbia University, the Central University of Venezuela and in 1998 he and Hubert Klumpner founded Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association and has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar and the Central University of Venezuela. Starting in 2007, Brillembourg became a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab) with Hubert Klumpner. Since 2010, Brillembourg and Klumpner hold the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the ETH Zurich, the Swiss Institute of Technology. As co-principle of U-TT, Brillembourg has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices, and the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture Golden Lion.


2/ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. The philosophy of U-TT is to deliver innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists.


3 / LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ? 

Zurich, Caracas, São Paulo, New York

4 / IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

U-TT’s work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning. Working in global contexts by creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas, they focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform cities in the 21st century.



5 / QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

If architecture is frozen music, then urbanism is frozen politics. Designers must get political.