Graduate Architecture

Michel Rojkind: Shared Responsibility

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 6:30pm
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Due to new guidelines for public gatherings issued by Penn in response to the coronavirus outbreak, this event was rescheduled to November 4 from its original date of April 8. Thank you for your understanding.

Michel Rojkind is the Senior Vice President of Architecture at WeWork and founding principal of Rojkind Arquitectos.

Rojkind was born in Mexico City, where he studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana (1989-1994). In 2002 he founded Rojkind Arquitectos to explore new challenges addressing contemporary society, to design compelling experiences that go beyond mere functionality, and to connect the intricacies of each project at a deeper level.

Completed projects include concert hall Fora Boca on the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico's National Film Archive and Film Institute, and the Nestlé Chocolate Museum in Mexico City.

In 2019, Rojkind joined The We Company, parent of WeWork, as the Senior Vice President of Architecture. Upcoming projects include a 200,000-square-foot building in Bentonville, Arkansas.

He has been a visiting professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IACC) in Barcelona, and at the Weitzman School.

In 2010, Rojkind was named as one of the “Country’s Treasured Architects” by the Mexican Civil Registry. The Los Angeles Times named Michel Rojkind among the “Face to Watch in 2010.” Also in 2010, Rojkind was selected by the Architectural League of New York as one of the “Emerging Voices.” In 2011, he was named by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the “150 Movers, Shakers and Makers That Have Rocked The World in the Last 15 Years.” In 2013, Forbes magazine named him “one of the most influential architects of contemporary Mexican scene.” In 2018, he served on Dezeen Awards master jury and chose the final award winners.

This virtual lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is now open.