GrupoTalca (Martín del Solar, Rodrigo Sheward) is a team of architects whose goal is to conceive and build architecture in areas of society where architecture usually does not have a presence. It was founded in 2003 while the partners were studying architecture at the University of Talca. GrupoTalca is characterized by its work with local processes, i.e., making the most of the existing resources and traditions associated with the communities being served.
The group focuses on projects on the outskirts of cities or in rural communities, using resources from the area and integrating the community in the management and development of participative designs.
It has undertaken various projects involving social impact, tourism, urban intervention, and private constructions in Chile and Latin America (Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico).
The group has won a number of competitions such as YAP_CONSTRUCTO (“The Young Architects Program”) in 2014, an annual collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that “fosters innovative design research and promotes emerging talent”. In 2015 they won an award for young architects from the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA). In 2016, GrupoTalca was part of the official selection to participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale.
GrupoTalca is constantly looking to innovate and expand its field of action. Its members are currently working on public proposals, private projects, and developments with communities.