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"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."
(Henry David Thoreau.)



"The brief yet intense experience in Inca, Mallorca, Spain has been on my mind since the trip. I think that architectural education today in many countries, including the United States and China, is suffering from a lack of direct contact with materials and construction. As a result, the design of architecture is becoming increasingly abstract for students. The stone masonry workshop led by you Miguel, and Michael, is a rare opportunity to correct the issue mentioned above".

-Young Ho Chang
Head of Architecture, MIT

MIT



"...At an educational level, the pedagogic ideas of Artifex Balear are recognised internationally. However they offer a way of reaching out to the increasing number of young adults who want to gain a qualification but whose responsibilities (job, lone, family) prevent them from doing so".

-John F.H. Sergeant
Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge University, Dpt. of Architecture
Cambridge University



"...Desde que nos conocimos, hace ya varios años, te comenté que tu proyecto me resultaba sumamente importante. Tras recorrer toda Iberoamericay países de otras regiones como galerista, profesor y conferencista, ratifico que tu proyecto académico y profesional se diferencia de los demás, principalmente porque incluye no sólo la formación y capacitación necesarias, sino sobre todo, porque rescata la conciencia del valor insustituíble de la tradición del valor artesanal. Les devuelves a tus alumnos el orgullo de su profesión y la conciencia de que, sin su trabajo no existirían muchas de las obras arquitectónicas y escultóricas de las que la humanidad se enorgullece."

-Alfonso Ramirez
Doctor en Arquitectura, Dep. Arquitectura UNAM.
Cambridge University



"...The workshop attracted architecture students from MIT in the US, ETSAM in Spain, Cambridge University in England, and design professionals from Italy, Mallorca and the UK ... my department will be pleased to consider our connection with Artifex following future successful workshops".

-Michael H. Ramage
University Lecturer in Architectural Engineering, Cambridge University

Cambridge University



(The Stonemasonry in Context) "...was a successful prototype for a creative and unique workshop. Students gained invaluable insight into the art of stonemasonry. I have observed that this workshop has influenced and inspired a sizable group of students at MIT, now working with Prof. John Ochsendorf at MIT and myself on projects which revive these ancient construction techniques".

-Professor Dr. Philippe Block
Assistant Professor of Building Structure, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

teaching



"...Your proposed workshop is an excellent way to introduce students of Architecture, Engineering and Construction to the craft and elegance of masonry structures, and to interest new colleagues in the further development of the field".

-John Ochsendorf, PhD
Associate Professor Building Technology Programme, MIT

MIT


Notes:

One of the pleasures of reading old letters is the knowledge that they need no answer. ~Lord Byron


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