Emerging Voices of Architecture in Mexico

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Mexican architecture firms selected for prestigious award.

Every year the Architectural League of New York chooses eight “Emerging Voices”, which have defined themselves as evolving individuals or firms based in Canada, USA and Mexico which have recognizable design voices, strong enough to influence the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. This year, three of the eight chosen were Mexican firms.

Emerging Voices is one of the most sought after awards in North American architecture. The program has been identifying and encouraging firms with remarkable architectural style for over thirty years and this year Gabriela Etchegaray, Jorge Ambrosi, Manuel Cervantes, Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto were the chosen representatives in Mexico.

Each winner will be giving a lecture at New York City’s Scholastic Auditorium in March. The first one up is Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos, presenting on March 5th. His Mexico City-based firm describes itself as, “late heirs to Mexican Modernism and an architectural tradition that can be traced back to the first pre-Hispanic settlements.”

Villa Finestre CC Arquitectos

Following Cervantes would be Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto / ATELIER ARSº, on March 19th. This firm is based in Guadalajara, and is self-described as “a way of thinking about the discipline in which history, theory, and criticism are present in the architectural project.”

Finalizing with Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi / AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY, with their lecture on March 26th. This firm is also based in Mexico City, and seeks “architecture in harmony with nature, where earth, gravity, and light must be present.”

Since 1881 The Architectural League of New York has been fostering excellence in the fields of architecture, design, and urbanism, through critical debate on modern issues in building and design. It is an individual organization formed by a board of directors headed by president, Billie Tsien.

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