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Our History, Philosophy and Awards

History
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Since our founding in 1965 by Ricardo Legorreta, Noé Castro and Carlos Vargas Sr., as Legorreta Arquitectos (now LEGORRETA®) we have managed to stay true to our original goal of creating the best architecture inspired by human values. In LEGORRETA® we seek to create an architecture that meets the needs of any society while contributing to build better cities. Delivering functionality, efficiency and cost control, we must design human and friendly environments, with atmospheres that convey peace, privacy and optimism.



During the sixties and seventies, we were recognized for our work in Mexico, like the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City, Cancun and Ixtapa, the offices of Seguros America, Banamex and IBM de México, laboratories for Smith Kline & French and factories for Kodak, Nissan and Renault, as well as housing projects of social interest for the government agency Infonavit, and private residential projects.


In the eighties, LEGORRETA Architects began to design projects abroad in places like the United States of America and some countries in Central America, working successfully with Architect of Record, who favored the continous contact with customers, a better understanding of local regulations and codes, in addition to supporting the development of construction documents.


In the early nineties, Víctor Legorreta joined the firm leading a group of young architects and along with Ricardo Legorreta they direct the design of all projects until the end of 2011.


In 2000, we renamed the office as for LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA, representing more than a name, the new organization of the office. Under this new organizational scheme we conducted projects in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and the Middle East.


In LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA we have developed projects for various institutions around the world, including: Stanford, UCLA, Chicago University, ITESM, American University in Cairo and 4 buildings for the HBKU in Doha, Qatar, as well as El Papalote Museo del Niño, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the building of the Supreme Court in Mexico City, among many others.


Presently, Victor Legorreta leads the firm as CEO and Design Director with the support of two partners, Miguel Almaraz, Project Director, and Miguel Alatriste directing the Administrative and Finance Department.


We have a long history and experience and we will continue to focus our daily work in designing a human architecture highlighting Mexican roots while exploring new design paths as well as taking advantages from new technologies and responding to the needs of today’s society.


We have begun our 50th anniversary by calling our firm only LEGORRETA®, representing more than a name, the passion for creating an architecture that will contribute to a better world.



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Philosphy
In LEGORRETA® we design for the people who uses our buildings and believe that a good project should not only meet the needs of its users, to the city, the environment, programs and budgets, but also the spiritual and artistic needs of the people. Thus, we look for an architecture that makes people happy and not just one that can be admired and enjoyed by architects.The architecture should serve society, always above personal interests and false targets.

We have learned to solve problems with creative, fresh and practical solutions but always sticking to the project schedule and budget. The world is currently dominated by technology and information that is why we believe that architecture should take advantage of both to make constructions that allow us to be betterhuman beings.

When we design our projects we always have in mind that the architectural, engineering, and material solutions should respond to a building which makes the city, the users, and the Clients proud, without being pretentious or expensive In other words, it has to be the best in quality of design and thinking.
Awards
2020
  • Miyana as one of the 31 nominated projects for the International HIghrise Award.
2019
  • Víctor Legorreta honoured as Emerit Academic from Mexico’s National Architecture Academy.
  • Shortlisted for the Firenze Entremuros Award to the Best Interior Design for “Casa Amor por México”
  • Shortlisted for the “Obra del Año” Award for Cleviá Hotel in the Best Hospitality Category.
  • Second Place in the 8th Architecture and Interior Design National Award with Clevia Hotel in Hospitality Category.
  • Second Place in the 8th Architecture and Interior Design National Award with Clevia Hotel in Hospitality Category.
2019
2018
  • RIBA Award for International Excellence to BBVA Bancomer Tower.
  • RIBA Shortlist for International Prize 2018 with BBVA Bancomer Tower.
  • "Trayectorias CDMX” Award for LEGORRETA by Mexico Design Magazine.
  • Black and Silver Medal American Continent at II World Wide Biennial of Interior Design & Landscape 2018 - 2019 for Highland Hall Residences at Stanford.
  • Gold Medal in the Category Residential Housing at II World Wide Biennial of Interior Design & Landscape 2018 - 2019 for Highland Hall Residences at Stanford.
  • Honorable Mention of the Category Cultural Museums for Papalote Children’s Museum Renovation at the World Wide Biennial of Interior Design & Landscape 2018 - 2019.
  • Honorable Mention of the Cultural Restoration for Toks Veracruz, at the World Wide Biennial of Interior Design & Landscape 2018 - 2019.
  • Second Place in Noldi Schreck Award, for por Cleviá Hotel in León Guanajuato, Great Tourism Hotels Category.
2017
  • Honorable Mention in the III Architecture Biennial in Mexico City for Highland Hall Residences, in Stanford University.
  • Honorable Mention in the III Architecture Biennial in Mexico City for Toks Restaurant in Veracruz.
  • Honorable Mention in the III Architecture Biennial in Mexico City for Otay CBX.
  • “Biennial of the Gulf Medal” for Toks Restaurant in the Restoration Category.
  • “International Architecture Award” with the BBVA Bancomer Tower by the Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
  • Gold Medal in the CIDI Biennial for BBVA Bancomer Tower in the Office Category.
  • Honorable Mention in the CIDI Biennial for the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Monterrey.
  • “Corazón Chilango” Recognition for the BBVA Bancomer Tower
  • Second Place in the Firenze Entremuros Award in the Mixed Use Category for Miyana.
  • “Project of the Year 2017” Mixed Use Category by Miyana Mixed Use Complex
  • “Project of the Year 2017” Office Category by BBVA Bancomer Tower
  • “Building of the Year 2017” People’s Choice Award by BBVA Bancomer Tower
  • “Noldi Schreck Award” Office Building Category by BBVA Bancomer Tower
  • ArchDaily’s “Building of the Year” in the Offices Category by BBVA Bancomer Tower
2017
2016
  • Silver Medal in the National Mexican Archite cture Biennial with BBVA Bancomer Tower.
  • Bronze medal in the American Architecture Prize, in the Category Institutional Architecture by BBVA Bancomer Tower
  • Award of Merit in the ENR Global Best Projects Awards 2016 in the Office Category by BBVA Bancomer Tower
  • Award of Merit in the ENR Global Best Projects Awards 2016 in the Airport / Port Category by Otay CBX
  • Award for Commercial or Retail Structures by The Institution of Structural Engineers with BBVA Bancomer Tower
2015
  • Silver Medal in Mexico City’s Architecture Biennial by Matao Pavilion
  • Gold Medal in CIDI Awards in Residential Category by Bajío House
  • Gold Medal in CIDI Awards in Landscape Architecture by Matao Pavilion
2015
2014
  • Architectural Digest Mexico “Design Icons” Award in the Residential Category to Casa en el Bajío, Mexico.
2012
  • Design Awards from the City of Beverly Hills for Exceptional Architecture for a New Single-Family Residence.
2012
2011
  • Aon Build America Award, for the Construction Management Renovation of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
2010
  • The Texas Associated General contractors and the Texas Associated Builder’s and Contractors (TEXO) selected the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as “Best in Class”.
  • Jeju “Casa del Agua” wins the award for Best Hotel Construction & Design of the Americas Property Awards 2010, in Association with Bloomberg Television & The New York Times.
  • Silver Medal for the project “Fort Worth Museum of Science and History” in the XI Biennial of Mexican Architecture by the Federation of Architecture Institutes of Mexico.
  • Award to “Project of the Year 2010”. Obras Magazine. Mexico for the Project Postgraduate Building, Faculty of Economics, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.
2010
2009
  • 1st Place. Congruency in Accessibility. Premio Obras Cemex XVIII in 2009 to the Labyrinth Museum.
  • 2nd Place. Institucional Design Building. Premio Obras Cemex XVIII in 2009 to the Labyrinth Museum.
2008
  • Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, by the AIA, to La Purificadora Boutique Hotel, Puebla, Mexico.
  • Silver Medal, Xth Mexican Architecture Biennial, to La Purificadora Boutique Hotel, Puebla, Mexico.
  • “Best Architecture (Single Unit) in Spain 2008” – European Property Awards, CNBC to Casa Sotogrande.
  • Best of 2008 Awards by Texas Construction, McGraw Hill Companies, to Marriott Solana, Westlake.
  • Benjamin Moore HUE Lifetime Achievement Award, USA.
2008
2007
  • Interior Design National Prize - Tourism Category, for Camino Real Hotel Monterrey, Mexico.
  • AIA Honor Award 2007, Interior Design Category for La Purificadora Boutique Hotel
  • Design Award 2007 for Best Government Building, by The Precast Concrete Institute for Juarez Complex in Mexico City.
2006
  • Silver Medal in the IX Biennial of Mexican Architecture in the Social Housing category for the project Parque Europa.
2006
2005
  • XIX Prize for Architecture, Urbanism and Public Infrastructure 2004 - Honorable Mention for Parque Europa, Madrid, España.
  • Design Award of Merit, Society of American Registered Architects, for the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, California, USA.
2004
  • Program winner of the Urban Design Prize granted by the GDPC (Greater Dallas Planning Council) for the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, USA.
  • Design Award of Merit from the Rocky Mountain Region of the AIA for Zocalo Residential Complex in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • ‘Multifamiliar Housing of 2004’ for the local General Contractor Assoc. for Zocalo Residential Complex in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
2004
2000
  • Silver Medal in the IV Biennial of Mexican Architecture in the Cultural Category “Mexican Pavilion“ in the EXPO-Hannover 2000, Germany.
  • Mention in the IV Biennial of Mexican Architecture for the “College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center” in Santa Fe New Mexico,USA.
1999
  • AIA New Mexico Design Award for the project of the College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Architecture Prize from the Chicago Athenaeum for the College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe New Mexico, USA.
  • Silver Medal in the IV Biennial of Mexican Architecture in theResidential House Category “House in Japan”.
1999
1995
  • “Imagination” Prize from the Sciences of the Mind Foundation for the San Antonio Central Library in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • Design Award from the “Asian Pacific Design Award Program” for the Contemporary Art Museum/MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Orchid Prize for the Chula Vista Library in the category architecture, universal accesibility, graphics and signage, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting and planning.
1994
  • “Religious Architecture Design Award” for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua, Washington D.C., USA.
  • “Architect of the Americas”, Montevideo, Uruguay.
1994
1993
  • Seventh Nuevo Leon´s Biennial of Architecture for the Tec House, Monterrey, Mexico.
1992
  • Gold Medal and Grand Award at the Second Mexican Biennial of Architecture for the Contemporary Art Museum / MARCO, Mexico.
  • Certificate of Excellence in Design for the Solana Project, Dallas, Texas, USA.
  • Gold Medal at the Second Mexican Biennial of Architecture for the Solana Project, Dallas, USA.
  • Honorary Mention at the Second Mexican Biennial of Architecture for the Project Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA.
1992
1991
  • Architecture Record Houses Award for Excellence in Planning and Design for the West Wood House, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • NEOCON 9, Chicago´s Architectural Award, Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • AIA´s Orange County Chapter, Tustin Market Place, California, USA.
  • Fine Arts National Award, Mexican Government, Mexico City, Mexico.
1990
  • Silver Medal in the First Biennial of Mexican Architecture for the Renault Factory, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Silver Medal in the First Biennial of Mexican Architecture for the Hotel Camino Real Ixtapa, Mexico.
1990
1989
  • Most outstanding project of his country. “Hotel Camino Real Ixtapa” by the Jury of the “First Critical Encounter of Architecture in Latin America”, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
1983
  • AU SIGMA DELTA Gold Medal for Architecture and Allied Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • Merit Award by the • American Society of Landscape Architects, U.S.A.
1983