Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, was born in Mexico City where he graduated in1978 from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in architecture. He obtained a master of architecture from Cornell University in 1980. In 1986, he founded TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos) in Mexico City and in 2001 he opened his second office in New York.
Enrique Norten has lectured all over the world at various institutions and universities. Since 1998, Enrique Norten has been the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a professor of architecture at Yale University, UCLA, USC, Michigan, Sci-Arc, Parsons, and Pratt Institute. He has held the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, the O'Neal Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been the Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University and the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell University.
Throughout his career, he has balanced the practice of architecture with a constant participation on international juries and award committees, including the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition in New York City. He is a regular member for the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Deutsche Bank's Board of Trustees, and for the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment. Among many other awards, Norten was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American architecture in 1998. In 2005, he received the "Leonardo da Vinci" World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council, and in 2007, he obtained the "Legacy Award" from the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to U.S. arts and culture.