Project Description



I came to study a master’s degree in architectural design at the Architectural Association in 2000 and stayed. I think my integration process was easy because I have always lived in London, a very international and diverse city. Also, my own interest in British culture and customs helped a lot.

I have been immersed in architecture since I arrived. I was Design Director at the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly’s practice for seven years, designing and building significant projects, such as the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.

After this experience, I founded my own studio in 2013: Emergent Design. We have won important competitions in the UK and in Mexico, such as the JFK American Institute in Querétaro, and won the WAN Urban Challenge 2017 for our alternative urban housing project in Oxford. I have presented our work at conferences at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), the College of Architects of Mexico, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), where I am an elected member of the SPG Board (Small Practice Group).

Our work in Mexico is one of the main pillars in the office, and for me personally it represents a cultural and emotional bridge with my country.

Marco Ortiz