Contemporary Mexican Architecture
OCTOBER 2005
Date October 8 - 9, 2005   
Curator Miquel Adria

Concept Note

"Arquitecturas Mexicanas Contemporàneas” has been envisioned as more than just an exhibition. As a project that attempts to initiate a larger dialogue between Indian and Mexican architects, the Apeejay Media Gallery and Mexican Embassy will present the exhibition at the Centre for Environment and Planning Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad on the 11th and 12th of October, 2005. It will then travel to Gallery SKE, Bangalore where it will be displayed on the 13th of October, 2005. Workshops with students are also scheduled at Ahmedabad and Bangalore to address a range of contemporary concerns which include.

These outreach programmes aim to provide a forum discuss the challenges that architecture in India and Mexico face in rapidly expanding urban landscapes, to compare experiences - and strengthen ties between architects from the two countries.


To quote Miquel Adria:

“This exhibition of contemporary Mexican architecture is a select sampling of projects by prominent architects representing different generations and trends, who have in common only the originality and quality of their work. Some of them, such as González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky, are bringing their lifes work to a close, with unflagging energy and curiosity; others, such as Francisco Serrano and TEN Arquitectos, are at the height of their careers, with a series of Mexican and international landmarks already to their credit; while still others, such as Alberto Kalach and Javier SÃnchez, are enriching the contemporary panorama with their creative experiments.”

The architects (and firms) whose work will be on display include Teodoro González de León, Legorreta+ Legorreta, Francisco Serrano, TEN Arquitectos, Alberto Kalach, Alfonso López, Baz and Javier Calleja, Waldo Higuera + Javier Sánchez, Felipe Leal, Mauricio Rocha, Iturbide and Agustín Landa.

Apart from the curator Miquel Adria, Gomez Pimenta Jose Castillo will also be visiting India as part of the exhibition, which will be on display at the Apeejay Media Gallery on the 8th and 9th of October, 2005.

Participating Artists

Teodoro González de León, 1926

Worked with Le Corbusier in 1948-1949. Together with Abraham Zabludovsky, he is the author of the most important Mexican institutional buildings of the 1970s and 1980s (Colegio de México, Auditorio Nacional, etc.). His recent works (Torre Arcos Bosques, Conservatorio Nacional de Música) are urban landmarks in Mexico City.

Legorreta+ Legorreta, 1931 (www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Ricardo_Legorreta.html)


Is the Mexican architect best known on the international scene. Considered a follower of Luis Barragán, he recaptures aspects of Colonial architecture, such as the open-air courtyard and the use of color, to create oases of serenity in the midst of the urban disorder (Centro Nacional de las Artes, the Mexican Pavilion in Hannover).

Francisco Serrano, 1937

Shares with González de León and Zabludovsky a preference for a single material, exposed concrete, for almost all of his work. He was recently awarded the Gold Medal in the Bienal of Mexico as author of the best work of 2001, as well as other honorable mentions (Universidad Iberoamericana, Acapulco office building).

TEN Arquitectos ( www.ten-arquitectos.com)

Is a team made up of Enrique Norten(1954) and Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta (1961). Their works make a certain show of technological conceptions (Televisa-Chapultepec, Hotel Habita) and have earned them the international recognition of the first Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin America in 1999. They have just won the competition for the new Brooklyn Library.

Alberto Kalach, 1960. (www.kalach.com)


Is the most creative and original architect working in Mexico today. His works are sculpted spaces that, like those of Barragán, seek interior light rather than the composition of façades (GGG House, Augen Laboratories in Ensenada).

Alfonso López Baz and Javier Calleja

Together they combine an elegant minimalism with the finest and most finished materials. Their polished works are the result of perfectionism in construction (Teatro de las Artes, Península apartment building).

Waldo Higuera + Javier Sánchez, 1969. www.higuera-sanchez.com


Represents the new generation of Mexican architects who have struck up a dialogue with the urban context through the use of exposed concrete and glass (QI apartment building and gymnasium in Colonia Condesa).

Felipe Leal
He is the Dean of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (one of the most important in Latin America) and at the same time a remarkable cultural promoter on the radio and in the press. His residential works for noted Mexican intellectual figures (houses in Acapulco and Cuernavaca) are achievements of lightness and transparency in a Mexican key.

Mauricio Rocha Iturbide

Studied in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, is part of the social program established by the Government of the city with the aim of supporting rural areas for which he and his team of Taller de Arquitectura developed “The Centre for the Blind” and the San Pablo Oztotepec Market. He has been awarded with the Gold Medal of the Federation of Architecture Colleges FCARM.

Agustín Landa. 1951. www.landagarcialanda.com/index2.htm

Studied in the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has been also awarded for his design of Clients Service Centre for CEMEX.

Architects coming to India

(Curator) Miquel Adria. 1956. (www.miqueladria.com/ and www.arquine.com )

Miquel Adrià, a Catalan architect established in Mexico, is the author of a number of books on contemporary Mexican architecture: México 90s, una arquitectura contemporánea (Editorial GG, Barcelona, 1996), Abraham Zabludovsky y la vivienda (Editorial Arquine, México, 1999), Espacios Mexicanos (Editorial RM, México, 2000), López Baz y Calleja (Arquine + RM, México, 2002) and La casa moderna: paradigmas latinoamericanos de mitad de siglo XX (Editorial GG, Barcelona, 2003). He is the editor of the international architecture magazine Arquine.

Bernardo Gómez Pimienta. 1961. (www.bgp.com.mx)

TEN Arquitectos. Their Works make a certain show of technological conceptions and have earned them in international recognition of the first Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin America in 1999, Televisa Chapultepec Building. They won the competition for the new Brooklyn Library.

Jose Manuel Castillo Olea. 1969. (www.arquitectura911sc.com)

Mr. Castillo is a principal in the firm Futura Desarollo Urbano (FDU) in Mexico City. While a principal at FDU, his efforts have been focused on the Texcoco Lake Recovery Project +Mexico City International Airport, the Master Plan for La Malinche National Park, Puebla, the Gran Chapultepec Project: A comprehensive plan for Parque de Chapultepec in Mexico City, Ciudad Rio: A restoration of Rio de los Remedios, Neza Verde: Green corridors for Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl. In addition to his professional work, Mr Castillo is a member of the faculty at ITESM Campus Ciudad de Mexico, School of Architecture in Mexico City, where he  teaches design and Topics in Urban Planning. He is part of the INSITE conversation team.

Mr. Castillo received both his MArch II and his Doctorate from the Graduates Harvard School of Design. The title of his thesis "Mexico City: Urbanisms of the Informal" was advised by Francois Vigier, Mona Serageldin, William Doebele.