MARIO SCHJETNAN: Reconciling City and Nature // 11.29.21

Mario Schjetnan, co-founder of the interdisciplinary firm Grupo de Diseño Urbano (GDU) based in Mexico City, is our 2021-2022 Harry W. Porter, Jr. Visiting Professor. Mario Schjetnan is a Mexican architect and landscape architect who is known for designs in which the building is secondary to the landscape. Mario attended National University of Mexico (UNAM) where he received an undergraduate degree in architecture in 1968. He later went on to get a master’s degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis in urban design from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design in 1970. He describes ecology as the organizing principle of his work and views public parks as an expression for environmental justice. In his practice, Mario has overseen award-winning projects in architecture, urban design, and landscape. Among his most recognized works are the Parque Tezozomoc in Mexico City, the El Cedazo Park in Aguascalientes, and Parque Ecológico Xochimilco.



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