Macías Peredo

Estudio Macías Peredo has given several lectures on their professional practice in different universities and forums in Mexico and in New York City, at the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

The firm has received two silver medals from the Academy of Architecture of Jalisco and several honorable mentions for its built work. The office won second place in the competition for the Mexico Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai and first place for the Eco Pavilion 2013 in Mexico City.

It received the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York in 2014. The architects have recently exhibited their work at LIGA, Espacio para la Arquitectura 2015.

In methodical observation they have found an indispensable tool for use in the intensive search to understand the current problems and needs of cities and global architecture. However, they see each intervention as a manifestation that emerges from and is nourished by the conditions and resources of its location and its specific context.

In their context, a large part of construction activity is still closely tied to manual labor. In fact, today blue collar jobs are considerably common among Mexico’s population.

Their office is open to this situation, and they try to incorporate it as a fundamental part of the work we do. They look to adapt our ongoing overall interests to the environment where they are currently working, and they create conditions where forethought and planning allow for improvisation and incorporating the experience of craftsmen.

In their operations, rules are established so the design allows for expert craftsmen-builders to participate in the building, adjusting their intentions to coincide with their own abilities. Not in response to nostalgia for a tool on the verge of extinction, but due to the sustainable possibilities and relevant issues that might be recovered as a contribution to the present.