Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA was born in Mexico City where he graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in architecture in 1978. He obtained a Master of Architecture from Cornell University in1980.
In 1986 he founded TEN Arquitectos [Taller de Enrique Norten] in Mexico City, initiating a lifelong commitment to Architecture and Design. TEN Arquitectos seamlessly engages a multitude of scales and typologies, including furniture design; single-family houses; residential, cultural and institutional buildings; as well as landscape and master planning.
Projects such as the National School of Theater at the National Center of the Arts, Mexico City; Televisa Mixed Use Building, Mexico City [1st Prize"Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion" of Latin American Architecture, Barcelona, Spain, 1998]; and Hotel HABITA, Mexico City ["Latin American Building of the Year" World Architecture Awards / RIBA, London 2002; Business Week / Architectural Record Awards and AIA NY Chapter Award 2003] established the firm as a leader in contemporary architecture.
Under Norten's leadership and vision, the firm reached international stature when it opened a New York office in 2003. Since then, TEN Arquitectos has grown to over 70 members, working on a diverse array of award winning and acclaimed architectural projects.
Current commissions include the Guggenheim Museum Guadalajara [Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico]; Xochimilco Master Plan and Aquarium [Mexico City]; a new vision for Rutgers University's College Avenue Campus and Livingston Campus [New Brunswick, NJ] and a plan for the recovery of a 4.5-mile stretch of the New Orleans Riverfront [New Orleans, LA]. Construction is underway for the Chopo Museum [Mexico City]; the National Laboratory of Genomics [Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico]; Cassa Residential Building at 45th Street [New York, NY]; High Line Hotel [New York, NY]; 580 Carroll Street Residential Building [Brookly, NY] and the 1.3 million sf Clinton Park [New York, NY]; in addition to the recently completed One York Residential Building [New York, NY].
In the past two decades, Enrique Norten's projects have been recognized with numerous awards, such as the 2009 Institute Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter for the Xochimilco Master Plan and Aquarium and a National 2009 Institute Honor Award For Regional And Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Orange County Great Park.
In February 2008, Enrique Norten was presented with the "Excellence in Architecture and Design Award" by PODER - Boston Consulting Group Business Awards, and in 2007 obtained the "Legacy Award" from the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to the US arts and culture. In 2005 he received the "Leonardo da Vinci" World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council and was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American Architecture in 1998.
Enrique Norten has lectured all over the world and is a regular speaker at the Urban Age Conference, dedicated to shaping the thinking and practice of urban leaders and sustainable urban development through a worldwide investigation into the future of diverse cities around the world. Throughout his career, Enrique Norten has balanced the practice of architecture with a constant participation on international juries and award committees such as the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition in New York City and the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction. In 2006 he was appointed member of Deutsche Bank's Board of Trustees and on successive years he has become a board member of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
Enrique Norten holds the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia since 1998. He has held the O´Neal Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, and the Elliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University. He was Professor of Architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (1980- 1990) and has served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Sci-Arc, Rice University, Columbia University and as Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale School of Architecture.
The work of Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos has been presented on several international exhibitions such as "inTENtions: Process and Variations" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico in 2008; "Old City - New Architecture" at the XI St. Petersburg World Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia; "La Rue Est A Nous Tous" at the Val de Seine National School of Architecture in Paris, France; "The Guggenheim Architecture" in Bonn, Germany, 2006; and the Venice Biennial in 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2006. In addition to numerous articles on national and international publications, the work of the firm has been published on several monographs. Among the most significant are: "Working: Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos" published by the Monacelli Press in 2007; "Enrique Norten: Temas y Variaciones" by Landucci Editores in 2004 and reprinted in 2005; and "TEN Arquitectos", by the Monacelli Press New York printed in 1998, and reprinted in 2002.