Ricardo Legorreta brings to his designs, features that hard to see nowadays. With an impressive architecture of solid volumes, he makes colors and light and shadow the focus of his work.

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

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Ricardo Legorreta Vilchis was born in Mexico City on May 7th, 1931. He studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, also worked as a designer at this time. He left with a degree in architecture in 1953.

After completing his studies, he worked for the Mexican architect Jose Villagran Garcia becoming a partner in 1955. After 5 years of this partnership, Legorreta opened his own office and founded the "Legorreta Architects". With a clear influence of fellow architect Luis Barragan, he works with a use of bold colors, effects of light and shadow, and the supremacy of solid volumes.

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta
Hotel Westin Brisas Antes Camino Real, Mexico

"Surrounded by this magical world (Mexico), I have devoted my life to the most beautiful profession, knowing that the road is not long but endless and that when we disappear, if our ideals are worthy somebody will pick up our flag and continue. We live in a period of speed: in order to manage it we need to work together, looking at technology as a tool not as a goal, keeping the basic values of humanism, avoiding superficiality, solving people’s needs without serving power and materialism."

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta
Casa Montalban, California, USA

In 1990, his son Victor Legorreta became a partner in the firm, which in 2000 became known as "Legorreta+Legorreta". Today they have a wide variety of projects in their portfolio and their concepts of architecture have been required in various locations outside of Mexico, mainly in the southwest United States. Ricardo Legorreta received the Gold Medals of the UIA (The International Union of Architects) in 1999 and the AIA (The American Institute of Architects) in 2000.

Casa Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

San Antonio Library, Texas, USA

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Casa Japon, Japon

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Pabellon de Mexico EXPO Hannover, Germany

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

ITESM Campus Santa Fe, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Max Palevsky Residence Hall University of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Residential Complex Zocalo I y II, Santa Fe, USA

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

House in Maui, Maui, Hawaii

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

House in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, USA

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Petaluma House, California, USA

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Hotel Sheraton Abandoibarra, Abandoibarra, Spain

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Sotogrande House, Sotogrande, Spain

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Kona House, Kona, Hawai

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Escuela de Graduados en Administracion Publica y Politica EGAPP, Monterrey, Mexico

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Hotel Boutique, Puebla, Mexico

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Texas A&M Engineering College, Doha, Qatar

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

House in San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Plaza El Roble, Escazu, Costa Rica

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Hotel Camino Real Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Casa Morumbi, São Paulo, Brasil

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Casa en el Bosque, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.