Loreta Castro

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Born in Mexico City in 1979, Loreta Castro studied Architecture at the School of Architecture of UNAM, has a Master in Architecture from Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, and a Master in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard GSD. She has been awarded several scholarships and prizes for both her trajectory and her independent work such as the FONCA Young Creators Program in Mexico, a Fulbright scholarship, and a complimentary prize of the CEMEX Marcelo Zambrano scholarship. As a result of focusing her research on water and design, she received the 2010 Druker Travelling Fellowship Award and was both coordinator and design director of the UNAM team that won the Global Gold Prize and Latinamerica Gold Prize at the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the project La Quebradora Hydric Park.

In 2010, Castro founded Taller Capital with José Pablo Ambrosi. Their work focuses on designing the city through densification and infrastructural public spaces, understanding different strategies for managing water. They have received several national recognitions and prizes such as the installation of the 2015 Eco Pavillion and a silver medal at the 2017 Biennial.

Castro teaches both at the GSD and at UNAM, in Mexico, and has been an invited professor and guest speaker at several institutions in America, Europe, and Africa. She has been part of national and international juries such as the Pabellón Eco, the Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize, and is next year’s head juror of the Latinamerica Region LafargeHolcim Awards. Loreta has also compiled books, and written essays and articles for several magazines and books. Since 2018 she has been part of the National Creators System of Mexico.