11/26/17 Frida Escobedo Lectures Nov. 1
Frida Escobedo will lecture on November 1 at 6 pm in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center. Ms. Escobedo founded her practice in 2006. From 2003 to 2006 she was co-director of the architectural firm Perro Rojo. Her work has focused mainly on reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten, through focal projects that range from housing and community centers to hotels and gallery spaces. This particular interest has extended to her work at Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Anahuac, where she teaches two studios centered around housing in residual or under-utilized urban areas. She has been a guest juror at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston College of Architecture and TEC de Monterrey Campus Querétaro. Ms. Escobedo's lecture is supported by the Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. and Gin D. Wong, FAIA Lecture Endowment. This endowment, funded by USC alumnus Tom Barrack and USC Life Trustee and architecture alumnus Gin Wong (B.Arch. 1950), provides support for a lecture to be given by a distinguished international designer. The work of Frida Escobedo has been published and presented both nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was the winner of the Young Architects Forum, organized by the Architectural League of New York. In 2004 she was awarded with the Scholarship for Young Creators by the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA) and in 2008 she was selected by the Swiss office Herzog & De Meuron to participate as one of the architectural studios building a villa for the Ordos 100 Project in Inner Mongolia, China. In 2012 her work was presented in the Mexican Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco. Also in 2012, she was invited to participate in a collective exhibition in Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and she presented her first solo exhibition at LIGA in Mexico City. In 2013, she was selected as one of the three finalists for the Architecture program at the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was nominated for the Arc Vision Prize for Women and the Iakov Chernikhov Prize. In 2014, she was selected as one of the finalists for the Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London and was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The same year she was invited to participate in the Swiss Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Recently, she won the Ibero-american Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Prize (IX BIAU) celebrated in Rosario, Argentina. Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at the Downey Way entrance off Vermont Ave. at 36th Place.