Maestros de Arquitectura: Francisco González Pulido

Maestros de Arquitectura is a unique lecture series created by LA.IDEA DC to recognize Latin American architects for their professional journey and accomplishments in the U.S. and globally. This lecture aims to inspire the Latino design community and extend our reach to a multicultural and interdisciplinary group of professionals. The funds generated by the event are destined to support the various educational, networking, and community outreach events we host in the DC metro area every year. Past Maestros de Arquitectura include Cesar Pelli in 2014, Rodolfo Machado in 2015, Alfredo Brillembourg in 2016, Juan Herreros in 2017/2018, Hernan Diaz Alonso in 2019, and Tatiana Bilbao in 2021.

2022 Maestro de Arquitectura:

Born in Mexico City in 1970, Francisco González Pulido graduated from Monterrey Tec with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1991. He completed his first residential project in 1993 and won his first international competition in 1995, followed by his first high-rise building project in 1997. He was accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Design for a master’s degree in 1998. His interest in science, technology, and business took him to MIT and the Harvard Business School. At the MIT Media Lab, he collaborated with media artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, who would be highly influential in the formation of his design philosophy. In 2000, González Pulido moved to Chicago to join Murphy/Jahn, was made partner in 2008, and named president of the company in 2012. At this point, he renamed the firm to JAHN. In the 12 years prior to his departure from JAHN, he designed a wide range of buildings, from pavilions to stadiums and airports, from speculative explorations to science facilities and skyscrapers across four continents. He founded FGP Atelier in 2017.

Among his most important recent projects are the Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II in Shanghai, the 20,000-seat Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium for the team Diablos Rojos in Mexico, the Shanghai International Financial Center, “The Gate” in Shenzhen, the proposal for Monterrey Tec’s Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Laboratory, the 320-meter-high Guangzhou International Cultural Center, the 400-meter-high Nanjing Tower, the renovation of Monterrey Tec’s historic Rectoría building, the first smart beauty salon for Ted Gibson in collaboration with Amazon in Beverly Hills, and finally the 20-million-passenger terminal building for Felipe Ángeles International Airport in Santa Lucía in Mexico.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a internationally known Latin American architect and expand their multicultural and interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Describe building design strategies for a variety of buildings
  • Discuss team coordination, project delivery and development
  • Explore architecture from a science, technology and business perspective.

Organized by:

AIA|DC LA.IDEA Committee

Sponsored by:

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