With a series of international studios, exhibitions, conferences and symposia, SCI-Arc Mexico fosters new connections between the SCI-Arc and Latin America.
SCI-Arc Mexico’s official home is at 108 Bucareli, a design hub in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Juarez right in the heart of Mexico City. With international studios, exhibitions, conferences and symposia, SCI-Arc Mexico will further Director Hernan Diaz Alonso’s mission of advancing SCI-Arc’s global presence.
“As part of the global outreach effort that SCI-Arc has embarked on, we are thrilled to have a home in such a dynamic city. The extent to which Latino culture influences SCI-Arc and the Los Angeles community at large, a presence in Mexico City is the natural next step,” Diaz Alonso said. “And of course because of my own background Mexico is close to my heart. We’re excited to embed the school within the dynamic tradition of Mexican culture and look forward to the anchor that this program will provide.”
Francisco Pardo, founder of the architectural firm AT103, is the liason of the international program. A practicing architect based in Mexico City, Pardo received the silver medal for “best housing building” at the Mexican Architecture Biennale and also won the Grand Jury Prize at the Pan-American Biennial of Quito, Ecuador. In 2011, he won first prize in the competition for the renovation of “Palacio de Lecumberri”, a former prison that currently hosts the General Archive of the Nation. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, and his practice was ranked by Icon magazine of London as one of the 50 design and architecture firms that are shaping the future.
SCI-Arc Mexico complements SCI-Arc Shanghai as well as future international programs in South America and Europe.