Architect and CoA Visiting Professor Javier Sánchez discusses his work in Mexico City

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Frio Street Bldg., Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406), UTSA Downtown Campus

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By Edward Burian

(February 20, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Architecture’s Spring Lecture Series continues with internationally renowned architect Javier Sánchez, who is a Visiting Professor of Architectural Design in the Graduate Architecture Program at UTSA for the 2013 spring semester. His lecture, “Building the City: Architectural Insertions in Mexico City,” is based on his work and will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Sánchez is the founding partner and lead designer of the multidisciplinary Mexico City firm JSa, which was formerly known as Higuera + Sanchez from 1996-2007. He directs a vibrant 75-person firm of young professionals in architecture, real estate, interiors, and construction. Their diverse work includes urban design, housing, mixed-use buildings, cultural facilities, museums, university facilities, schools, office buildings, malls, shops, restaurants, hotels, resorts, houses, and public spaces in Mexico and abroad in Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, China, and the U.S. His award-winning built projects have been widely published and include the Torre Amsterdam (2013), The Spanish Cultural Center (2011), 13 de Septiembre Adaptive Reuse Housing (2005), and the Hotel Condesa (2004) projects in Mexico City, as well as the El 22 Beach Housing, (2006) outside Lima, Peru, among others.

Sánchez graduated as an architect with honors from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM), received his Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York City, and was recently selected as an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His work has been widely published around the world, has won more than 55 national and international awards, and was recently featured in the 13th Venice Biennale, the leading exhibition for contemporary architecture in the world. The recent work of his firm will also be the subject of a monograph that will appear next year, to be published by Arquine. He has taught at numerous universities including the UNAM, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and the University of Washington, and has lectured on his work in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Further information on Sánchez can be found on his firm’s bilingual website,

As Visiting Professor of Architectural Design in UTSA’s College of Architecture, Sánchez is leading a studio that examines Colonia Atlampa (“where the water divides” in nahuatl), one of the last remaining underdeveloped portions in the center of Mexico City, which is near the pre-Columbian site of Tlatelolco and the former Buenavista railroad station.


UTSA College of Architecture Spring 2013 Lecture Series
Mar. 20 — Johnston Marklee: “Art and the City”
Mar. 26 — Gunny Harboe: “Restoring Chicago’s Architectural Legacy”
Mar. 27 — Javier Sánchez: “Building the City: Architectural Insertions in Mexico City”
April 4   — Jean-Paul Viguier: “Modernity and Heritage: Contextual or Pastiche”

The CoA Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at or (210) 458-3121.