When Norten founded Taller de Enrique Norten TEN Arquitectos, it was an emerging firm in Mexico City, built on a belief that architecture is an inherent responsibility to the communities it serves. Over the course of 30 years, the firm worked to maintain this ethos, embracing Norten’s trademark pragmatism with modernist structures and clear-cut geometries.
Today, TEN Arquitectos boasts a portfolio of more than 60 landmark museums, libraries, public parks, residences, hotels, and universities in cities around the globe, each designed to improve urban living.
Ever humble, Norten is still searching to contribute to the greater good. In the slow strum of his native Spanish, he asks himself, “When does architecture become something really special? When it surprises you, or makes you understand more about yourself. When it gives you a reason to reflect upon your life, or on the world around you. How does that happen? There are infinite ways… ”