Our History, Philosophy and Awards
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.