Estudio MMX

Estudio MMX | Jojutla Central Gardens, Jojutla, Mexico, 2019. Image credit: Dane Alonso

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

Estudio MMX is a 2022 Emerging Voice.

Estudio MMX is a collaborative Mexico City-based design practice founded in 2010 by Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Río, Emmanuel Ramírez, and Diego Ricalde. In its own words, the studio interrogates “the processes of generating public and private spaces, the definition of the limits between interior and exterior, and the ambivalence implicit in these dichotomies.” Across its diverse range of projects, Estudio MMX prioritizes participatory design, vernacular tradition, and environmental integrity.  

Projects include:

  • Jojutla Central Gardens, a civic square in Jojutla, a community affected by the 2017 earthquake in Mexico;
  • Site Museum, a museum and public space in the city of Progreso whose design blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior;
  • El Tepoz​​án, a center for youth art education in the town of Canalejas, built with local construction knowledge and materials.

Jorge Arvizu studied architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), where he also earned his master’s degree in civil engineering and construction administration. He was a professor of projects and construction at IBERO prior to joining Estudio MMX. 

Ignacio del Río studied architecture at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His awards include a Young Creators Grant from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) and first prize in the Arquine International Competition.

Emmanuel Ramírez studied architecture at UNAM and earned a master’s degree in urban design from University College London (UCL). He has taught at IBERO and the University of Texas at Arlington. His awards include a FONCA Young Creators Grant.

Diego Ricalde studied architecture at UNAM and earned a master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). His awards include the FONCA Young Creators Grant and the Silver Medal of the Biennial of Mexican Architecture. He is a professor of architecture and urbanism at IBERO.

Estudio MMX has received numerous awards, including both The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers and a CEMEX Award. It has been recognized as a Design Vanguard firm by Architectural Record and as a Highly Commended practice by The Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture award jury.