Frida Escobedo

Design Critic in Architecture

Since founding her eponymous practice in 2006, Frida Escobedo has developed a distinctive approach driven by the conviction that architecture and design represent, above all, a crucial means to interrogate and comment on contemporary social, economic, and political phenomena. In this formulation, art, both contemporary and historical, serves as an indispensable touchstone. Defying the traditional boundaries of the architectural discipline, the studio’s creative output operates at a wide array of scales and mediums, encompassing buildings and experimental preservation projects, temporary installations and public sculpture, limited edition objects, publications and exhibition designs. Informed by an unmistakable material sensibility and an intuitive feeling for pattern, Escobedo’s work is at once undeniably architectural, and yet frequently blurs the boundary between architecture and art.

Escobedo is the recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Forum award (2009), the BIAU Prize (2014), the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award (2016), the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award (2017). In 2019, she was honored as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Frida Escobedo has been a visiting professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (2015), Harvard Graduate School of Design (2016) and the Architectural Association of London (2016). In Fall 2017 she was named as the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at UC Berkeley. She has taught most recently at Rice University.