Fernando Romero (Architect)

Fernando Romero Interview (designboom)

fernando romero was born mexico city, 1971. he studied architecture at the universidad iberoamericana (mexico city), graduating in 1995.

romero worked with rem koolhaas at OMA in rotterdam from 1997-2000, notably as head project leader on the winning proposal for the concert casa da musica, porto, portugal (1999).

upon returning to mexico he started the LAR (laboratory of architecture) in 2000, which was renamed FREE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE) in 2011.


the work of FREE has been recognized by numerous organizations and award schemes world-wide some of which include: the bauhaus award for ‚villa s‘ (2005) the sara prize (society of american registered architects) for ‚ixtapa house‘ (2005) the red dot award: ‚best of the best‘ for ‚bridging teahouse‘ (2006) young architects award granted by the mexican society of architects (2009)


fernando romero has been an invited professor at columbia  university, new york, is a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), and is also a member of the Mexican Chamber of  Architects (CAMSAM). he has published several books that reflect  his vision of architecture: ‚translation‘ and ‚hyperborder‘ and ’simplexity‘.


FREE projects are currently spread between its offices in mexico city and new york, where romero aims to foster collaborations and partnerships among individuals and organizations, and materialize ideas into projects that will enhance people’s living conditions and environment.


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