Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta has been working as an architect since 1987, combining this activity with industrial design and teaching.
Bernardo studied architecture at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City where he obtained his first professional degree in 1986. He received a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, New York 1987.
Currently he is Dean of the Architecture School of the Universidad Anahuac, member of the National Academy of Architecture and of the National Creators Fellowship program by CONACULTA. During 2006 he was Vice-president of International Affairs of the Mexican Federation of Architects Associations and in 2007 he is honored as Chevalier de l´Ordre National de la Legion d´Honneur.
The design creativity of Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta has been widely recognized in Mexico as well as internationally, in 1998 he received the first “Mies van der Rohe” Award for Latin America. In 1989 he received the “30 under 30” prize from Interiors Magazine, New York, followed by the Latin American Grand Award at the Buenos Aires Biennial in 1993. He has also obtained Progressive Architecture Awards in 1994, 1995 and 1999; Record Houses Award in 1993, awards at the Mexican Biennials in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002,2004,and 2006 and at the Quito Biennials in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004. In the year 2001 he received two Benedictus Awards and in 2002 he was recognized in the I Mexican Design Biennale and received several Quorum design awards for his furniture designs.
In 2002, as part of TEN arquitectos team, he won the international competition for the New Visual & Performing Arts Library in Brooklyn, N.Y. That year he also won the “Latin American Building of the Year” prize given at the World Architecture Awards, with “Hotel Habita”.
More than 40 prizes support the work of Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta, who is known for his contemporary vocabulary that unites the aspirations of the modern world with the traditions of his native Mexican culture and environment.
Among his most recognized buildings are the National School of Theater, HABITA Hotel, Insurgentes Theater renovation, the French Youth Center in Lindavista and the Services Building for TELEVISA , all based in Mexico City, as well as the JVC Convention and Exhibition Center in Guadalajara. From 1987 until 2003 he was founding principal of TEN Arquitectos. In 2003 he became principal of BGP Arquitectura a multidisciplinary studio working simultaneously on architecture, furniture and product design where he has been involved in diverse projects of varying scale, stretching from the Americas to Europe.
Influenced by culture and today’s technology his work has changed the way architects are thinking about contemporary design and architecture in Mexico.
Featured Projects by BGP Arquitectura:
Habita Hotel in Mexico City
On a commercial street lined with high-end retail stores and office buildings, BGP arquitectura was commissioned to convert a five-story 1950’s apartment building into a mixed-use project composed of thirty-six rooms with boutiques and a hotel.
One of the hardest and most challenging tasks for an architect designing a house is to take an existing project and transforming it into a house that is geared towards a more contemporary lifestyle. With Casa AV, BGP arquitectura has been able to achieve great results in redesigning of a house from the 70’s of no significant architectural value and located in front of one of the most important avenues of Mexico City.
GDL1 House in Guadalajara
The project is located on a sloped site in the suburbs of the city of Guadalajara in Mexico, facing a fantastic view towards a beautiful green park as well as the city. The house is built on two levels composed each of a rectangular volume and placed in perpendicular to each other.
The site was a trapezoidal urban lot was proposed as the site of a mixed use building for a major television network. This void, formed by colliding, haphazard street geometries, terminates a procession of densely packed blocks occupied by TELEVISA administration facilities.
Located on the hill above a small village at some 150km from Mexico City, the main feature of this retreat is its magnificent view. Its aim is to live with the landscape under a canopy with as few interior elements as possible.