ARCH Lecture: Frida Escobedo

Lecture | September 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Frida Escobedo founded her practice, Frida Escobedo Taller de Arquitectura, in 2006. From 2003 to 2006 she was co-director of the architectural firm Perro Rojo. Her work has focused mainly on reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten, through focal projects that range from housing and community centers to hotels and gallery spaces. This particular interest has extended to her work at Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Anahuac, where she teaches two studios centered around housing in residual or under-utilized urban areas. She has been invited as juror for studio final presentation at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston College of Architecture and TEC de Monterrey Campus Querétaro.

The work of Frida Escobedo has been published and presented -both in exhibitions and lectures- nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was winner of the Young Architects Forum, organized by the Architectural League of New York. In 2004 she was awarded with the Scholarship for Young Creators by the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA) and in 2008 she was selected by the Swiss office Herzog & De Meuron to participate as one of the architectural studios to build a villa for the Ordos 100 Project in Inner Mongolia, China.

In 2012 her work was presented in the Mexican Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, in San Francisco. Also in 2012, she was invited to participate in a collective exhibition in Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and she presented her first solo exhibition at LIGA in Mexico City. In 2013, she was selected as one of the three finalists for the Architecture program at the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was nominated for the Arc Vision Prize for Women and the Iakov Chernikhov Prize. In 2014, she was selected as one of the finalists for the Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London and was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The same year she was invited to participate in the Swiss Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Recently, she won the Ibero-american Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Prize(IX BIAU) celebrated in Rosario, Argentina.