Radić Clarke Smiljan

Corresponding members VII. Department of Fine Arts
Radić Clarke Smiljan

Date of birth:

  • 11/25/1965

Place of birth:

  • Santiago de Chile


Radić Clarke Smiljan

Corresponding members VII. Department of Fine Arts

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Fine arts (11/6/2020 – …)

Curriculum Vitae

Smiljan Radic Clarke is the most important Chilean, and on a global scale the most famous Latin American architect. He was born in Santiago in 1965 in an immigration family with Croatian roots (his grandfather left island Brač for Chile in 1919). He graduated in 1989 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), and continued his training at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice (Istitutto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia) in Italy.

In addition to Chile, his buildings were carried out in Japan, Austria and the United Kingdom, and in 2020 in Croatia. He has won numerous international architectural competitions. He participated in international exhibitions in Tokyo (2010, 2016), Hiroshima (2012), Venice (2010, 2018), Zagreb (2015), New York (2018). His project archive for House for the Poem of the Right Angle is part of the Department of Architecture and Design’s permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York. At the invitation of a special jury, he performed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London in 2014  , which has been hailed as “the most unusual structure Kensington Gardens has ever seen”.

He received numerous awards and recognitions for his projects and performances – the Association of Architects of Chile selected him as the best architect under the age of 35 (2001); In 2008, he received the Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Award (2008); he was appointed honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in the USA (2009); received best career award (2013) and Best Chilean Building Award (Universidad Mayor de Chile, 2015);  The Oris Awards  (Croatia, 2015) and  the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize (The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 2018); became Designer of the Year on MADE (Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2019); he received the Antoninio Attolini Lack Award (Univesidad de Anahuac, Mexico, 2019).

The architectural personality of Smiljan Radić, despite its worldwide popularity, is far from the characteristics of a modern architectural star, just as its architecture moves programmatically away from the prevailing trendy spectacularity. In the experience of its architecture, the experience of its architecture is often crucial, which is achieved by intangible architectural substances: smells, sounds, light and feel. Along these lines, Smiljan Radic Clarke’s architecture represents a contribution to the exploration of those peripheral states of architectural ambients that can only be questioned through persistent research, often on the verge of an experiment.

Smiljan Radic’s architectural contribution on a global scale is seen as a new paradigm of the avant-garde, and he himself, as a distinctive and versatile architect-artist, ranks among the indispensable personalities on the world architectural scene.

He was elected as a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2020.