Fernando Romero

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Fernando Romero
Born (1971-10-11) October 11, 1971 (age 42)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Awards American Institute of Architects Honorary Fellowship Red Dot Award[1]
Design Award of Honor
Practice FR-EE Fernando Romero EnterprisE
Buildings Soumaya Museum
Projects FR-EE City

Fernando Romero (born 11 October 1971) is a Mexican architect, urban designer, educator, author and philanthropist. In 2011, his firm Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) received international acclaim for the completion and opening of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.


Fernando Romero is the great grandson of Mexican developer Alejandro Romero Lesbros who was a pioneer in the development of several boroughs and recreation districts in Mexico City throughout the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. His grandfather Raul Romero Erazo and father Raul Romero Zenizo continued the family business. He studied architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City from 1991 until 1995 serving as a President of the Alumni Society. In 2012, Fernando Romero served as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York City. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and CAMSAM (Mexican Chamber of Architects).

Early career[edit]

In 1995, following graduation, Fernando Romero joined the office of Rem Koolhaas, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 1999, Fernando Romero served as the Project Leader who was responsible for the winning entry for Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal. Located on a Unesco Heritage Site, the iconic building has become recognized as a distinct international performing arts venue and a landmark for the city of Porto. Upon opening in 2005, The New York Times described the building as "one of the most important concert halls built in the last 100 years".

Founding FR-EE[edit]

Fernando Romero founded FR-EE in Mexico City in 2000. The work of FR-EE is strongly rooted in research and studies of project context/site, rather than subscribing to an explicit ideology and signature style. FR-EE's projects embrace diversity and the idea that design should find sustainable solutions which ensure economic viability and social/environmental integrity.FR-EE's work is extensive and comprises a variety of scales, programs, and morphologies located all over the world.

Over the past decade, the accolades of Fernando Romero and FR-EE have included: Honorary Fellowship by American Institute of Architects; Americas Property Award (2012); 50 Creative Pioneers in (2012) by Fast Company; Movers and Shakers (of 2011) by Fast Company; 50 personalities of Mexico 2011; Red Dot Award: Best of the Best 2006, Young Architects Award, Mexican Society of Architects, 2009.

Fernando Romero has lectured and presented the work of FR-EE in all hemispheres. In 2010, FR-EE formed a separate office in New York City to serve a growing number of cultural, religious, and commercial projects across the United States.

New Airport for Mexico City[edit]

Fernando Romero associated with renowned British architect Norman Foster has been selected to design a new airport in Mexico City. It is estimated that the project will require an investment of 9 billion dollars and is considered to be the most important in the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto; The new airport will have six lanes and finally be able to mobilize up to 120 million passengers a year.


Fernando Romero and FR-EE are involved in a wide range of educational and cultural activities. Regeneration, a project restoring selected pieces of modern Mexican architecture, preserves culture and creates awareness about the role of architecture and design in Mexico; Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, located in Mexico City, situates a private collection and experimental exhibition space for industrial design objects; and "FR-EE Time" is a year-long fellowship bestowed upon a Mexican architect under the age of 35, providing an opportunity to travel and research a specific topic in depth.


Built projects and commissions[edit]

  • Austin Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin Texas, 2012
  • Miami Cathedral, Miami Florida, 2012 [1]
  • G20 57,977m², Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2012
  • Jumex Apartments 24,178m², Mexico City, 2012
  • Plaza Mariana (67,941m²), La Villa Mexico City, 2010-2011
  • Polanco Hotel (24,178 m²), Mexico City, 2012-ongoing
  • Soccer Villa (622.08m²), Salazar, Mexico, 2010
  • Museo Soumaya [2] (16,000 m²), Mexico City, Mexico, 2005–10
  • ModuLAR, Mexico City, Mexico, 2009–ongoing
  • Polanco Masterplan (500,000 m²) 725 apartments (89,742 m²)
  • Zurich Building (105 apartments, 13,700 m2)
  • Cervantes Complex (167 apartments, 24,200 m2), Mexico City, Mexico, 2008–10
  • Expansion of the El Eco Experimental Museum by Mathias Goeritz, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006–07
  • Carso Corporate Office Building (75,000 m2), Mexico City, Mexico, 2006–07
  • 150 Apartments in Irrigacion District, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006–07
  • Air Terminal, Toluca, Mexico, 2006
  • Chapultepec Park Masterplan (2,207 hectares), Mexico City, Mexico, 2006
  • Two Houses, Silves, Portugal, 2005–08
  • Mixed-use Building: Palmas 781 (Offices and commercial area, 21,000 m2), Mexico City, Mexico, 2005–07
  • Border Museum, Matamoros, Mexico, 2005–06
  • Convention Center, Tabasco, Mexico, 2005–06
  • Hotel on Reforma Avenue, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005–06
  • Apartments in Alameda Plaza Juarez, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005
  • Housing at the Historic Center, Mexico City, Mexico, 2004–09
  • Bridging Teahouse, Jinhua City, China, 2004–06 [3]
  • Public Artwork, Kanazawa, Japan, 2004
  • School and Commercial Center, Veracruz, Mexico, 2004
  • New Americans Museum, San Diego, USA, 2003–09
  • Lomas Studio, Mexico City, Mexico, 2003
  • Villa S, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005–ongoing
  • Office Building in Montes Urales, Mexico City, Mexico, 2002–05
  • Santa Fe Apartment Building (34 floors), Mexico City, Mexico, 2002–05
  • Retirement Residence/Lebanese Club, Mexico City, Mexico, 2002–03
  • Inbursa Bank Corporate Office Building in Palmas, Mexico City, Mexico, 2001–03
  • Cinna Bar, Mexico City, Mexico, 2001
  • Inbursa Bank Branch (Reforma Avenue), Mexico City, Mexico, 2000–01
  • Ixtapa House, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, 2000–01
  • Dolores Masterplan, La Paz, Mexico, 2000
  • Children’s Room, Mexico City, Mexico, 2000–01
  • Semi-Sunken House, Mexico City, Mexico, 1997–99
  • School in Tlalpan, Mexico City, Mexico, 2003

Competitions and projects[edit]

  • Jobsphere, Woodside California, USA, 2012
  • Austin Museum Mexic-Arte, Austin, USA, 2012
  • School of Justice, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011
  • S Tower, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011
  • Master Plan Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2011
  • Tulum Museum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 2011
  • MAP, Latinamerica, 2011
  • Hotel Brasil, Brazil, 2011
  • Tequila Centenario Pavilion, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011
  • Mirador Brasil, Brazil, 2011
  • MADU, Mexico City, Mexico, 2010
  • Toluca Stadium, Toluca Edo. De Mexico, Mexico, 2010
  • Torre Bicentenario (70 floors), Mexico City, Mexico, 2007–10
  • Maribor Pedestrian Bridge International Competition, 2010
  • Lisbon Cruise Terminal (Competition), Lisbon, Portugal, 2010
  • Mercedes Benz Business Center (Competition), Yerevan, Armenia, 2010
  • Bicentennial Moebius Ring (Competition by invitation, third prize), Mexico City, Mexico, 2009
  • House of Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon, 2008–09
  • Santander Headquarters (Competition by invitation), Monterrey, Mexico, 2008–09
  • Mexican Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China, 2009
  • Oslo Public Library (Competition by invitation), Oslo, Norway, 2008–09
  • Biodiversity and Culture Pavilion (Competition by invitation), Los Cabos, Mexico, 2008
  • Plaza Bicentenario, Mexico City, Mexico, 2007
  • Banco del Bajío Headquarters (Competition, first prize), Monterrey, Mexico, 2007–08
  • Museum of Contemporary Art & Exhibition Planning (MOCAPE), Shenzhen, China, 2007
  • Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2006–07
  • Expansion of the El Eco Experimental Museum (Competition by invitation, first prize), Mexico City, Mexico, 2006
  • Seoul Performing Arts Center (Competition), Seoul, South Korea, 2005
  • Tsunami Memorial Design (Competition), Khao-lak, Thailand, 2005
  • Beijing Hyperbolic Landmark (Competition), Beijing, China, 2005
  • Tittot Glass Museum (Shortlisted), Taipei, Taiwan, 2004
  • Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Augusta, USA, 2004
  • “400,000 Homes” (Quaderns Competition), Barcelona, Spain, 2004
  • International Architecture Competition, Machu Picchu, Peru, 2004
  • Spain Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico, 2004
  • Auditorio Jalisco (Competition by invita¬tion, first prize), Guadalajara, Mexico, 2003–08
  • El Paso Holocaust Museum (Competition by invitation, first prize), El Paso, USA, 2003–07
  • Palisades Glacier Mountain Hut (Competition), Berkeley, USA, 2003
  • Design Beyond East and West (Competition), Seoul, South Korea, 2003
  • School in Tlalpan (Competition by invitation, first prize), Mexico City, Mexico, 2003
  • Nam June Paik Museum, Yong-in, Korea, 2003
  • Office Building in Montes Urales (Competition by invitation, first prize), Mexico City, Mexico, 2002–05
  • Retirement Residence/Lebanese Club (Competition by invitation, first prize), Mexico City, Mexico, 2002–03
  • Cultural and Office Complex, Montreal, Canada, 2002
  • Reforma 222 (Competition by invitation, second prize), Mexico City, Mexico, 2001
  • 200 Japan Housing, Aomori, Japan, 2001
  • Chapel in Tlalpan, Mexico City, Mexico, 2000
  • Suro House, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2000
  • Office Building with 53 Floors, Mexico City, Mexico, 2000
  • Orozco House, Tepoztlán, Mexico, 1999
  • Museum for Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico, 1999


  • FR-EE at Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico, 2013
  • 12-12-12, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, 2012
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA, 2009
  • Alameda Museum, San Antonio, USA, 2008
  • Hyperborder, Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Shenzhen, China, 2007
  • Escultura Social, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, 2007
  • Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007
  • Architectural Biennial Beijing, Beijing, China, 2006
  • London Architecture Biennale, London, UK, 2006
  • Generación DF, Met.room, Barcelona, Spain, 2005
  • Competition Exhibition, Seoul Performing Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea, 2005
  • RAS Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, 2005
  • 50 Years: 50 Architects, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005
  • deSingel International Kunstcampus, Antwerp, Belgium, 2005
  • Lorca, Official School of Architecture, Granada, Spain, 2005
  • Encounters in the 21st Century, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2005
  • Iberoamerican Biennale, Lima, Peru, 2004
  • Panorama Emergente Iberoamericano Lima, Peru, 2004
  • Hot Spot Mexico, Architectural Biennial Beijing, Beijing, China, 2004
  • If . . . Then, Young Architects Forum, Architectural League of New York, New York City, USA, 2004
  • Havana Biennial of Architecture, Havana, Cuba, 2004
  • GA Houses Project 2004, GA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2004
  • Biennale Miami+Beach, Miami, USA, 2003
  • Utopia Station, La Biennale di Venezia, 2003
  • International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2003
  • La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy, 2002
  • Egofugal, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, 2001
  • Archilab, Orleans, France, 2001
  • Interpretations, Aedes Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2001
  • Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico, 2000
  • Less Aesthetics More Ethics, La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition, Ven¬ice, Italy, 2000
  • Researching Cities, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City, USA, 2000
  • La Ville, le Jardin et la Memoire, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy, 1998–2000


  • “Being Constructive”, Time (January 2008).
  • “Hyperborder: The Contemporary US-Mexico Border and Its Future”, Arquine 44 (2008).
  • “For Me, Architecture Is a Tool to Translate Society”, ArchIdea 37 (May 2008).
  • “Mexico Organico”, PolOxygen 24 (2008).
  • “Border Crossings”, Metropolis (December 2007).
  • “Musea in 3D”, Abstract (September 2007).
  • “El heredero mexicano de Rem Koolhaas”, Diario El Clarín (October 2007).
  • “Teahouse”, Pasajes de Arquitectura GML607 (2007).
  • “Warped Views”, Surface Magazine 67 (September 2007).
  • “Atávico y Global”, Architectural Digest Spain 16 (July/August 2007).
  • “Translating Tradition”, Domus 899 (January 2007).
  • “Jinhua Architecture Park”, Domus 894 (July/August 2006).
  • “Fernando Romero”, Mais Arquitectura 03 (June 2006).
  • “Anexo al Museo Experimental El Eco”, El Arqa MX 51 (2006).
  • “Skulpture, Beseelt”, Baumeister 11 (2006).
  • “Fernando Romero, Architecte”, L’Optimum 83 (March 2006).
  • “Bridges”, B-guided 29 (2006).
  • Federica Zanco, “Anexo D (padiglione dei bambini)”, Casabella 725 (Septem¬ber 2004).
  • “Pavillon des Enfants, San Angel, Mexico”, L’architecture d’aujourd’hui 353 (July/August 2004).
  • “Marine Curves”, Architectural Review 1277 (July 2003).
  • “LCM/Fernando Romero, Projects”, Zoo 9 (2000).
  • “Venice Biennale Featuring LCM”, Zoo 7 (2000).


Books by Fernando Romero

  • You Are The Context (New York, 2012)
  • Simplexity, Hatje Cantz editorial Germany 2010
  • Hyperborder; Princeton Architectural Press (New York, 2007):Our research into one of the most active borders in the world: Mexico-USA
  • The Air Is Blue (Mexico City, 2007):In homage to Luis Barragán, an exposition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Pedro Reyes (Artist) with 30 contemporary artists
  • Translation, ACTAR Editorial (Barcelona, 2005)
  • ZMVM (Mexico City, 2000):An analysis of Mexico City’s urban transformation


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