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Michel Rojkind

Michel Rojkind


Architect
Country: Mexico
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Bio

Michel Rojkind was born in Mexico City, where he studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana (1989-1994). After working on his own for several years, he teamed up with Isaac Broid and Miquel Adria to establish Adria+Broid+Rojkind (1998-2002).

With the idea of exploring new challenges that address contemporary society, of designing compelling experiences that go beyond mere functionality, and of connecting at a deeper level with the intricacies of each project, in 2002 he established an independent firm: rojkind arquitectos, recognized by Architectural Record in 2005 as one of the ten best “Design Vanguard” firms.

:: Philosophy

By addressing users’ needs directly and seeing them as potential sources of inspiration and strength, rojkind arquitectos seeks new directions in architectural practice, evoking common identities through the exploration of uncharted geometries that address questions of space, function, technology, materials, structure, and construction methods related directly to geography, climate, and local urban experiences.

By pursuing all projects that represent a particular design challenge, rojkind arquitectos has been able to develop a wide and ever-growing spectrum of design initiatives, from the intimacies of small objects to the intricacies of large buildings and master plans.

Recently Michel Rojkind has been short-listed to participate in several large-scale international projects, in countries including Mexico, Canada, Kuwait, China, Dubai, Singapore and Spain. In addition to being a regular contributor in several architectural and design publications in books, magazines, newspapers and websites from all over the world, he has served as guest editor in different architectural and art magazines.

Michel has held several visiting professorships at various universities, given lectures, and participated in exhibitions in many countries. He’s actually a jury member at WAN (World Architecture News), WAF (World Architecture Festival), and IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) “The Self Sufficient City”.

Besides being a member of the “SCI-Arc Future Initiatives Network”, Rojkind was selected “Emerging Voices” New York, 2010. Part of his recent most representative lectures are “TEDx”, 2010, and “3rd Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction”, 2010.

Rojkind arquitectos has been selected to participate in several Honors and Awards, including nominations for the Ordos Prize, China (2009), twice for the Marcus Prize, U.S.A. (2009, 2007), and three times for the Iacov Chernikhov Prize, Russia (2010, 2008, 2006). In 2010 the firm was featured by ProMéxico Magazine as one of the “50 Mexican Names in the Global Creative Scene”.

In 2010 Michel Rojkind was listed by the Los Angeles Times among “Faces to Watch in 2010” and he was named one of the Country’s Treasured Architects by the Mexican Civil Registry.

:: Profile at ArchiTravel.

:: Photo information and credits:
1 > National Archive Museum “Lecumberri”
rojkind arquitectos > Michel Rojkind [Design Principal], Gerardo Salinas [Principal]
Render_ ©rojkind arquitectos
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
2 > R432
rojkind arquitectos > Michel Rojkind [Design Principal], Gerardo Salinas [Principal]
Render_ ©rojkind arquitectos
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
3 > Tori Tori Restaurant
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind] + ESRAWE Studio [Héctor Esrawe]
Render_ ©Glessner Group [www.glessnergroup.com] with Artist Guido Torres
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
4 > Bicentennial Arch Competition
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind] + Arturo Ortiz + Alejandro Hernández Gálvez
Render_ ©Glessner Group [www.glessnergroup.com]
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
5 > Nestle Application Group
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind]
Photo_ ©Paúl Rivera / archphoto.com
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
6 > Tamayo Museum Atizapan Extension
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind] + BIG [Bjarke Ingels]
Render_ ©Glessner Group [www.glessnergroup.com]
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
7 > Code Horizon Dubai
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind]
Render_ ©rojkind arquitectos with Artist Guido Torres
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
8 > Nestle Chocolate Museum
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind]
Photo_ ©Paúl Rivera / archphoto.com
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
9 > Falcon Headquarters
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind] + Dellekamp Arquitectos [Derek Dellekamp]
Photo_ ©Guido Torres
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos
10 > PR34 House
rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind]
Photo_ ©Jaime Navarro
*courtesy of rojkind arquitectos

Note: The main picture of Michel Rojkind is copyrighted by © Ulli_Heckmann