Mexican architect, Frida Escobedo, receives a lifetime achievement award in Paris

Escobedo has been selected to design the new pavilion of the Metropolitan Museum in New York

The Mexican architect Frida Escobedo received this Saturday the Charlotte Perriand award from the ‘Createurs Design’ association for her entire career as a creator and teacher.

Escobedo stated upon receiving the award that it “has a particular meaning, due to my deep admiration for Charlotte Perriand.”

Since Perriand was “a pioneering woman,” she dedicated the award to “other pioneering women who have allowed me to get here.”

The association’s awards, presented this year in Paris, each year honor outstanding figures in architecture, design, photography or exhibition curating in fourteen categories.

Mexico took home two other awards, as Pabellón de la Reserva, by the HEMAA studio, received the award for best residential architecture project.

Additionally, Héctor Esrawe won the award for best design for a limited or custom series, for his Frecuencia collection.

Born in Mexico City 45 years ago, Escobedo has been selected to design the new pavilion of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the first woman to receive a similar commission from this institution.

Also the author of emblematic works such as the ‘Casa Negra’ or the Librería del Fondo Octavio Paz in Mexico City, she has received several awards and has been a jury in competitions at American and Mexican universities.

The lifetime achievement award is named after the French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), a key figure in the evolution of furniture and other household objects towards a concept integrated into contemporary functionality.

Frida Escobedo graduated as an architect and urban planner from the Universidad Iberoamericana and completed a master’s degree in Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Since 2007 she has been a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana. She has participated as a jury for the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural College and the Tec de Monterrey Campus Querétaro in Mexico.