Fernando Romero is one of today’s most relevant international architects. A
graduate of Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana. Romero, associated with renowned British architect Norman Foster, has been selected to design the New International Airport for Mexico City. It is estimated that the project will require an investment of 9 billion dollars. It is going to be the most sustainable airport in the world.
Converging organic and systematic design approaches, Fernando Romero’s projects address a wide range of public and private initiatives from community education to urban development. FR-EE’s projects translate contemporary moments of society and culture into built form, achieving ground-breaking results through extensive technological advancements, through research, and implementation of green infrastructures.
The concept of translation embodies his understanding of architecture, using design to transform context, conditions and moments into buildings and places with structured identities. Ultimately, the goal of each project is to experience and render periods of societal, political and economic transformation into three-dimensional form.
During his practice in Europe, Romero worked in Paris under Jean Nouvel and in Rotterdam under Rem Koolhaas. In 1999, Fernando served as the Project Leader who was responsible for the winning entry for Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal. Located on a Unesco Heritage Site, the iconic building has become recognized as a distinct international performing arts venue and a landmark for the city of Porto. Upon opening in 2005, The New York Times described the building as “one of the most important concert halls built in the last 100 years”.
Upon his return to Mexico in 2000, Fernando founded FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE. Later on, he opened a FR-EE office in New York.
Fernando’s strong research background has lead to the publication of several volumes, notably Translation (Actar, 2005), Hyperborder (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) and Simplexity (Hatje-Cantz, 2010). He has won numerous awards, including the Honorary Fellowship by AIA – American Institute of Architects, the Bauhaus Award (2004/2005) and Mexican Society of Architects Award (2009), Architect and World Economic Forum “Global Leader of Tomorrow”, and most recently awarded by the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain with the International Leader of the Year 2015.
FR-EE is a global architecture and design practice operating at the intersection of culture, development and technology with offices in New York and Mexico City. Since 2000, FR-EE has built more than 1.2 million m. / 13 million ft., and has 1.4 million m. / 15 million ft. in development. The projects address a wide range of public and private initiatives from community education to urban development.
FR-EE’s projects translate contemporary moments of society, context and culture into built form, achieving groundbreaking results through extensive technological advancements, research and the implementation of green infrastructures.
The concept of translation embodies FR-EE’s mission and philosophy, with the ultimate goal of rendering periods of societal, political and economic transformation into three-dimensional form.
Collaboration is central to FR-EE’s design investigation, working closely with clients, policy makers, curators, educators, non-profit entities, developers, engineers, contractors, artists and anthropologists, to ultimately reach comprehensive and innovative solutions.
Beyond practicing design, FR-EE orchestrates initiatives aimed at elevating standards of living and education, particularly in Latin America, through research, sports and curation.