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Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo (b. 1979, Mexico City) founded her practice in 2006, after four years as co-director of the architectural firm Perro Rojo. Her award-winning work has focused mainly on reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten.

In 2004 she was awarded the Scholarship for Young Creators by the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA) and in 2008 she was selected by Herzog & de Meuron as one of the architectural studios to participate in the Ordos 100 Project in Inner Mongolia, China. In 2009, she was a winner of the Young Architects Forum, organised by the Architectural League of New York. In 2013, she was selected as one of the three finalists for the Architecture programme 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 a finalist 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. In 2014, she won the Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Prize (IX BIAU) in Rosario, Argentina. In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York.


Yang Zhao, a Chinese architect, was born in 980, in Chongqing, China. After studying at Tsinghua University, he established his own practice, Zhaoyang Studio, in 2007. For the first three years, the studio worked closely with Standardarchitecture, a leading new-generation design firm, in Beijing.

In 2010, Zhao attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received a master’s degree in architecture with distinction. Among his several built works, the Niyang River Visitor Center in Tibet, completed in collaboration with Standardarchitecture, has received international acclaim as a project that successfully transforms the natural landscape and creates a sense of place in a unique way. Zhao was awarded the 2010 WA Chinese Architecture Award from Beijing-based World Architecture magazine. Located in Dali, Yunnan Province, his studio is involved in exploring architectural solutions to the emerging urban conditions in rural China.

Agencia de Arquitectura. AGENdA

AGENdA is an architecture firm founded by Camilo Restrepo (b. Medellín, Colombia, 1974). AGENdA is an optimistic architecture agency committed to create cultural and social value through site specific urban and rural projects and interventions. We are identity providers giving a new sense to space and locality by attending deep rooted cultural values and respecting existing contexts, while maintaining and making use of architecture disciplinary values and challenges such as theory, history and critical positioning.

We intersect  a space between a passionate commitment to teaching and research and the pragmatic and demanding reality of everyday life with clever and resourceful outcomes and results.

We strongly believe in the power of design and architecture thinking understood and practiced as "joining the dots" through specific projects, giving added value and creating comfort no matter the scale, the budget or the conditions.

We are engaged in multi scale projects, ranging from industrial design objects to urban design and rural analysis and site specific projects.



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