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He was born in Mexico City in 1965 and studied architecture at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in the Max Cetto workshop. He has taught architectural language and projects at the UNAM faculty, Anahuac University and Ibero University in México City, and has given lectures at prestigious Universities in the United States and Latin America. Besides architecture he has worked as an artist doing interventions in different buildings and exhibiting at important national and international places such as Artists Space in New York. In his architectural works his most outstanding buildings are different projects realized in México City, like the “Center for the attention of blind people” in the Ixtapalapa district, “House for abandoned children” in Observatorio DF, “San Pablo Ozotepec Market” in the Milpa Alta district in DF, etc. With his first project realized in 1990 (the house of the renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide) he founded “Taller de Arquitectura”, although he collaborated with his father Manuel Rocha Diaz until his death in 1996. From the fusion of the two offices, Mauricio Rocha built the foundation of a new one, generating new projects for public and private buildings all over the country. Mauricio Rocha is searching for a transparent architecture with a human scale. He is looking for a structural honesty based in the materials in order to conform the skeleton and skin of his buildings.
Awards and honors
- Golden medal at the VIII architecture biennale in México for the “San Pablo Oztotepec Market”. 2004.
- Silver medal at the VII architecture biennale in México for the "Blind people center". 2002.
- Covarrubias award for the best national museography in México with the “Introduction to anthropology” project in the National Museum of anthropology and history in México City. 2001.
- Audi automobile agency. México DF. 2002.
- Center for the attention of blind people. México DF. 2000.
- Casa Graciela Iturbide. México DF. 1990.
- San Pablo cultural center, Oaxaca. 2011