Pedro Alonso Zúñiga was born in Santiago, Chile in 1975. He obtained a Bachelor and a Master´s degree in architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2000. He has a Ph.D at the Architectural Association, where he teaches since 2005 and is currently a visiting tutor of the History and Critical Thinking’ Masters Program (HCT MA). He teaches Design and Architectural Theory at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, institution where he is the Director of the Master’s Program in Architecture (MARQ). His book, Deserta; ecology and industry in the Atacama Desert (Santiago: ARQ, 2012) was published along with numerous articles in international magazines. Along with H. Palmarola, was awarded with the RIBA Research Trust (2008). In 2010 he was awarded the Getty Research Grant, a Fellowship as Visiting Scholar at the CCA in Montreal and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam (2011).