Benjamín Romano will deliver the Cloud Talk, "Integrating Flow and Energy in High Rise Structures. Torre Reforma.," at 2 p.m. on Fri., March 31 in S.R. Crown Hall.
Romano is a Mexico City-based architect and the founder of the firm, LBR&A Arquitectos. He was the lead architect of Torre Reforma, a 57-story exposed concrete high-rise - the second-tallest building in Mexico - that overlooks the expansive Chapultepec Park.
Romano finished his first construction project, two manufacturing plants for the apparel industry in Hidalgo, Mexico, in 1978, while at the same time completing his bachelor’s degree in Architecture & Urbanism from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City). He completed graduate work in Israel with a focus on precast elements. He has taught in various capacities at the Universidad Iberoamericana since 1982, and has lectured at numerous iterations of the biennial International Congress of “En Blanco” CIAB in Mexico and Spain (2006-2016), the International Exhibition of Building and Housing Expo CIHAC (2009), and at Cornell University, among other institutions. In 2011, Romano was awarded the Luis Barragán Award for Professional Practice in Architecture by the CAM-SAM College of Architects of Mexico City, and in 2014, he was presented with the Augusto A. Alvarez Award for Excellence in an Architectural Career by the Federación de Colegios de Arquitectos de la República Mexicana.
His firm's built work has manifested in office, residential, cultural and industrial projects across Mexico City and beyond, solidified by their attention to contemporary design, high-tech and sustainable solutions, and flexibility in space.