Jose Castillo



Dipl.Arch. Universidad Iberoamericana
M.Arch and Ph.D., Architecture and Urban Planning, Harvard University

Jose Castillo (Mexico City, 1969) holds a degree in architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City as well as a Masters in architecture and a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he finished with his dissertation Urbanisms of Informal: Spatial Transformations in the periphery of Mexico City.

Castillo is the co-founder and principal, along with Saidee Springall, of arquitectura 911sc, a practice of architecture, urban design and planning based in Mexico City. The firm has designed and built extensively for both public and private clients in housing, cultural, educational, infrastructure and retail programs, including the award-winning competitions for the expansion of the Spanish Cultural Center in Mexico City and the CEDIM in Monterrey. The new offices for the SGAE in the Historic Center of Mexico City (with Anton Garcia-Abril), and El Mayor Restaurant. Their urban planning work, includes the Eje Central Zero Emissions Corridor and the Tlalpan transportation corridor as well as the new Neza-Chimalhuacan bus rapid transit project. arquitectura 911sc is currently designing a 750-unit housing development in Iztacalco, Mexico City, and developing along Arup and JSa a 50 hectare master plan for the former railyards of Pantaco, Mexico City.

Castillo's built work and writings have appeared in several publications including Praxis Journal, Bomb, 2G, Domus Geographical UK, Monocle, AD, the New York Times and Architectural Record. He is an author in La Casa Latinoamericana Moderna and 2G Dossier Iberoamerica, published both by Gustavo Gili and the recently published book The Endless City, by Phaidon. Castillo has lectured extensively including at Harvard, Tulane, Princeton and Berkeley Universities; at the New Museum in NYC at Casa Encendida in Madrid and at the Deustche Architectur Zentrum in Berlin. He currently teaches in Mexico and in the US alternating semesters at the Universidad Iberoamericana's School of Architecture and at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, where he teaches a seminar titled The Spaces of Tourism.

Since 2005, Castillo has curated various exhibitions including Mexico City Dialogues: New Architectural Practices at the Center for Architecture in New York City in 2005; Tourism is Life, at the 2nd Rotterdam Architecture Biennale in 2005, Living the (Mega)City, at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2005, Mexico City: The space of potentiality, at the 2006 Venice Biennale, Mexico City EAST: Territories of Growth at the 2007 Canary Islands Arts and Architecture Biennale. The work of arquitectura 911sc has also been showcased at the 2007 Rotterdam Biennale, Visionary Power and as part of the Mexican pavillion of the XI Venice Architecture Biennale in September of 2008.

Castillo is member of the editorial board of Arquine, an architectural journal, and member of the Advisory board of SCIFI at SCI-Arc, Southern California's Institute for Architecture Program for Future Initiatives. He is also a member of the advisory board of Urban Age, a series of global conferences on the future of cities coordinated by the Alfred Herrhausen Foundation of the Deutsche Bank and the London School of Economics and directed by Ricky Burdett.