In 1986 Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, founded TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten) in Mexico City, initiating a lifelong commitment to architecture and design. TEN Arquitectos seamlessly engages a multitude of scales and building typologies — from cultural, institutional, and residential building projects to landscape design and master planning.
Award-winning projects such as the National School of Theater at the National Center of the Arts, the Televisa Mixed Use Building, and Hotel HABITA — all in Mexico City — established the firm as a leader in contemporary architecture. The firm opened a New York City office in 2003, and since then has grown to more than 70 employees, working on a diverse array of acclaimed architectural projects.
Current commissions include the administrative offices for the Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers) and a master plan for Xochimilco’s Environmental Complex and its Center for Water Research and Education, both in Mexico City; a new vision for Rutgers University's College Avenue Campus and Livingston Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey; the Hotel Americano in New York City; Acapulco's Government Center, and the 1.3 million-square-foot Clinton Park in New York City.
Norten lectures all over the world and is a regular speaker at the Urban Age conference, dedicated to shaping the thinking and practice of urban leaders and sustainable urban development through a worldwide investigation into the future of diverse cities around the world. Norten participates in international juries and award committees such as the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition in New York City and the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction.
Norten has held the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania since 1998. Additionally, he has held the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, and the O’Neal Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been the Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture, UCLA, Sci-Arc, Rice University, University of Houston, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. He was professor of architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City from 1980 to 1990.
Norten was born in Mexico City where he graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in architecture in 1978. He obtained a master of architecture from Cornell University in 1980.