MARIO SCHJETNAN: Reconciling City + Nature



SDI Lecture Series, July 6, 2020

Mario Schjetnan is a Mexican architect and landscape architect. He is co-founder of the interdisciplinary firm Grupo de Diseño Urbano in Mexico City 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. Other landscape projects include Union Point Park in Oakland, California and, more recently, the transformation of a PEMEX oil refinery in Mexico City. Among his numerous awards are the Prince of Wales/Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design for Xochimilco Ecological Park and the ASLA President’s Award for Excellence for Parque El Cedazo.

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La Mexicana Park, image: GDU

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