TO BE RESCHEDULED
6:30 PM | 230 College Street, Room 103
Kohn Shnier Lecture
Please note that this lecture will no longer take place on January 31st. It is being rescheduled. We will update the website shortly with the new date.
Fernando Romero is a Mexican architect and founder of FREE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE).
An architect and business entrepreneur, Romero's international experience as the main designer of OMA's "Casa da Musica," and his ten years of experience leading his firm has led him to believe that design should find sustainable solutions that ensure economic viability as well as social and environmental integrity. His work is extensive and comprises a variety of scales, programs, and morphologies located all over the world, attesting the potential of an innovative practice.
Romero's approach to architecture has been influenced by a strong focus on research and innovation, giving him a comprehensive understanding of related topics such as urban planning, climate change, social housing, and visual arts. Romero has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, and has published several books that reflect his vision of architecture: Translation (Actar), Hyperborder (Princeton Architectural Press), and, most recently, Simplexity (Hatje Cantz).
Romero has received several awards, including the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award at the World Economic Forum (2002), the Red Dot Award: Best of the Best for Bridging Teahouse (2006), the Bauhaus Award for Villa S (2005), the SARA Prize (Society of American Registered Architects) for Ixtapa House (2005), as well as the prestigious Young Architects Award granted by the Mexican Society of Architects (2009) and the Architect of the Year, “Estrella Sebastina Award” by the Fashion Group International (2010).
In 2010 Romero opened his New York City office. FREE aims to foster collaborations between both individuals and organizations, materializing innovative ideas into groundbreaking projects in order to enhance people’s wellbeing and environment.