11 October 1971|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Projects||new Mexico City International Airport|
Fernando Romero is the great grandson of Alejandro Romero Lesbros, who was a pioneer in the development of several boroughs and recreation districts in Mexico City in the 1920s, to 1940s. His grandfather Raúl Romero Erazo and father Raúl 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, Romero lectured 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).
In 1995, following graduation, Romero joined the office of Rem Koolhaas, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 1999, Romero served as the project leader who won the 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. After its inauguration in 2005, The New York Times described the building as "one of the most important concert halls built in the last 100 years".
Romero founded fr·ee in Mexico City in 2000. The work of fr·ee is 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 comprises a variety of scales, programs and morphologies located all over the world.
Over the past decade, the accolades of 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); Young Architects Award, Mexican Society of Architects (2009); Red Dot Award: Best of the Best (2006).
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.
Romero has been awarded with numerous international and national distinctions, such as:
- 2004 Bauhaus international award in Germany.
G-20 Convention Center
The Convention Center, located in Los Cabos, Mexico, was designed by fr·ee to host the 2012 G-20 Los Cabos summit. It has a capacity of 6,500 people and an area of 5,400 square meters. It is set for conferences, exhibitions, festivals and other events and was built in less than seven months. One of the features is the green wall found in its structure, which is the largest in the world with an area of 2,700 square meters.
- Eco Museum, Mexico City (2006-2007), described by Fernanda Canales in her book "Mexican architecture: 1900-2010" as a project that allows an association between the architecture with the general culture.
- General Offices Inbursa, Mexico City (2001-2003).
- Cervantes Tower: residential complex, Mexico City (2009-2010)
- Teahouse, Jinhua, China (2004-2006), considered a project that placed Mexican architecture within the architectural platform that seemed unattainable to Mexico a few years ago. The masterplan was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and the initiative goes back to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
- Founder of Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura Museum.
The Soumaya Museum, located in Nuevo Polanco in Mexico City, was designed under the direction of Romero in 2010. The museum has an area of 22,000 square meters and exhibits about 70,000 objects from different collections from the 15th century until the 20th century. The exterior facade is composed of sixteen thousand hexagonal tiles, which generate a different effect depending on the angle at which you are standing. The internal structure is composed of a ramp with 6 floors, each one with a specific theme. In October 2015, the number of visitors reached 5 million, the most visited private museum in the world.
The new airport in Mexico City was designed in collaboration between fr·ee and Foster + Partners; and promises to be one of the largest airports in the world and the largest in the Americas, with an area of 743,000 square meters. Arup is the engineer on the project and performed original masterplan. The terminal will use very little power, and so it will become the most sustainable airport in the world. It will have short spaces throughout the halls; therefore, no internal trains or subway tunnels will be used. It will have six lanes, and will be able to mobilize up to 120 million passengers per year. It is estimated that the project will require an investment of about 9,150 million dollars and is considered to be the most important work of the administration of the president Enrique Peña Nieto.
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.
Books by Romero:
- FR-EE, Mapas (Mexico City, 2013)
- You Are The Context (New York, 2012)
- Simplexity, Hatje Cantz (Germany, 2010)
- Hyperborder; Princeton Architectural Press (New York, 2007): A 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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- "Arquitectura en México 1900-2010". Arquine. 2013.
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- "Museo Soumaya llega a 5 millones de visitantes". Fundación Carlos Slim. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
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