Manuel Zúñiga
September 28, 2022 6:00 AM EDT

Frida Escobedo is an architect with the spirit of a deep thinker and a sensitive artist. Her art is driven by a wonderful mixture of creative exploration, critical thinking, and an extensive cultural background that she masterfully puts in dialogue with contrasting contexts in subtle and brilliant ways. Far from the architecture obsessed with signature, Frida seems more interested in the ways architecture is intertwined with everyday issues and can ultimately transform social relations by encouraging community. A poised creator, her work is both stunning and discreet. After a series of extraordinary public projects, including the 2018 Serpentine Galleries Pavilion, and La Tallera in Cuernavaca, Mexico—there, she turned an artist’s studio into a complex with a museum, workshop, and artist’s residency, adding perforated concrete walls and rotating huge murals so they frame a courtyard and invite the public in—Frida was recently appointed to design the new wing of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a Mexican woman and as her friend, I couldn’t be prouder of her passionate and consistent work on new ways of understanding architecture.

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