Jose Castillo


(Mexico City, 1969)

Is a practicing architect and urban planner living and working in Mexico City. Castillo 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.

Castillo’s built work and writings have appeared in several publications including Praxis Journal, Bomb, 2G, Domus, Arquine, Geographical UK, Monocle, AD, Wallpaper, the New York Times, Architecture, Monument, and Architectural Record. He has contributed as an author in La Casa Latinoamericana Moderna and 2G Dossier Iberoamerica, published both by Gustavo Gili, in the book The Endless City, edited by Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic and published by Phaidon as well as in the book Reinventing Construction published by Ruby Press in 2011. Castillo has lectured extensively all over the world. He currently teaches at Harvardʼs Graduate School of Design, teaching an option studio and lecturing for the Cities by Design Course.

Castillo has been part of a number of design competition juries including the Progressive Architecture Awards in 2008, the Sudapan Endless Strips Competition in 2008, la Tallera de Siqueiros competition and El Eco Museum Pavilion competition and the recent Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Mexico City, all in 2010. He is currently a fellow of the Mexican National Endowment for the Arts (Fonca) artists program.

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 and Mexican Modernisms at the Bozar in Brussels in 2010.

Castillo is member of the editorial board of Arquine, and of the Deustche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society.

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