Enrique Norten (born c. 1954), Hon. FAIA, is a Mexican architect and principal of the design firm TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos). Norten was born in Mexico City in 1954 where he graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in architecture in 1978. He obtained a Master of Architecture from Cornell University in 1980. In 1986, he founded TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City, initiating a lifelong commitment to architecture and design.
In February 2008, Enrique Norten was presented with the "Excellence in Architecture and Design Award” by PODER - Boston Consulting Group Business Awards, and in 2007 obtained the “Legacy Award” from the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to the US arts and culture. In 2005 he received the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council and was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American Architecture in 1998. Enrique Norten has lectured all over the world and is a regular speaker at the Urban Age Conference, dedicated to shaping the thinking and practice of urban leaders and sustainable urban development through a worldwide investigation into the future of diverse cities around the world.
Throughout his career, he has balanced the practice of architecture with a constant participation on international juries and award committees such as the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition in New York City and the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. In 2006 he was appointed member of Deutsche Bank’s Board of Trustees and on successive years he has become a board member of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
Enrique Norten holds the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia since 1998. He has held the O'Neil Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, and the Elliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University. He was Professor of Architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (1980-1990) and has served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, SCI-ARC, Rice University, Columbia University and as Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale School of Architecture.
TEN Arquitectos is dedicated to the creation and investigation of architecture and design. Founded in Mexico City by Enrique Norten in 1986; under his leadership and vision, the firm reached international stature when it opened a New York office in 2003. Since then, TEN Arquitectos has grown to over 70 members, working on a diverse array of award winning and acclaimed architectural projects. TEN Arquitectos seamlessly engages a multitude of scales and typologies, including furniture design; single-family houses; residential, cultural and institutional buildings; as well as landscape and master planning.
Current projects include the Guggenheim Museum (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); Xochimilco Master Plan and Aquarium (Mexico City); a new vision for Rutgers University’s College Avenue Campus (New Brunswick, NJ) and a plan for the recovery of a 4.5-mile stretch of the New Orleans riverfront New Orleans, LA.
Construction is underway for the Chopo Museum (Mexico City); the National Laboratory of Genomics (Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico); Cassa Hotel & Residences at 45th Street (New York, NY); Hi Line Hotel (New York, NY); 580 Carroll Street Residential Building (Brookly, NY); the 1.3 million square feet (121,000 m2) Clinton Park (New York, NY); and the recently completed 1 York Tribeca Residential Building (New York, NY).
Projects such as the National School of Theater at the National Center of the Arts, Mexico City; Televisa Mixed Use Building, Mexico City (1st Prize “Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion” of Latin American Architecture, Barcelona, Spain, 1998); and Hotel HABITA, Mexico City (“Latin American Building of the Year” World Architecture Awards / RIBA, London 2002; Business Week / Architectural Record Awards and AIA NY Chapter Award 2003) have established the firm as a leader in contemporary architecture.
In the past two decades, the firm’s projects have been recognized with numerous awards, such as the 2009 Institute Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter for the Xochimilco Master Plan and Aquarium and a National 2009 Institute Honor Award For Regional And Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Orange County Great Park.
The work of Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos has been presented on several international exhibitions such as inTENtions: Process and Variations at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico; Old City - New Architecture at the XI St. Petersburg World Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia; “La Rue Est A Nous Tous” at the Val de Seine National School of Architecture in Paris, France; “The Guggenheim Architecture” in Bonn, Germany, 2006; and the Venice Biennale in 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
In addition to numerous articles on national and international publications, the work of the firm has been published on several monographs. Among the most significant are: Working: Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos published by the Monacelli Press in 2007; Enrique Norten: Temas y Variaciones ("Enrique Norten: Subjects and Variations") by Landucci Editores in 2004 and reprinted in 2005; and TEN Arquitectos, by the Monacelli Press New York, printed in 1998, and reprinted in 2002.
- "Modern designer Enrique Norton proves asymmetry in modern design". KMP Furniture. Retrieved 4 March 2010.[dead link]
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