The internationally renowned architect, Enrique Norten, has accepted a tenure position with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning as the Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture. "Norten will bring to the College distinguished professional experience and leadership, an impressive record of international design awards, and the abilities of a committed and effective teacher," says Architecture Dean Robert M. Beckley.

    Born in Mexico City, Norten attended the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture in 1978. He went on to receive his Master's Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in 1980. Norten founded TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos S.C.) in 1985, followed by a decade of pace-setting designs. His honors have included recognition in highly competitive design awards programs: Progressive Architecture 1995 and 1994; Record Houses 1992; the Latin American Award from the International Council of Architectural Critics; the Architecture Award from the National Fund for the Arts and Culture, Mexico; and an Honorary Mention in each of the Mexican Biennales which were initiated in 1990. He has also served as a juror on a number of prestigious architecture awards committees throughout the U.S., from New York to Los Angeles.

    In 1991, Norten founded Arquitectura Magazine, published in Mexico City, and has served as an editorial board participant since that time. This publication has quickly become a significant journal for both Mexican architects and the international architectural community.

    Enrique Norten has proven himself to be an excellent teacher, with teaching experience in some of the most distinguished schools in North America — Cornell, Rice, Columbia and SCI-ARC (Southern California Institute for Architecture). In the spring of 1996 he held the O'Neil-Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin; and in the fall he served as the Elliot Noyes Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

    Norten's appointment, besides adding intellectual and professional strength to the Architecture Program, will further recognize the increasingly international commitments of the College and the global nature of architectural practice.