Summit Speaker: Mario Schjetnan
June 10, 2016
Mario Schjetnan Garduño, FASLA
Co-founder, Grupo de Diseño Urbano / GDU
Mario Schjetnan, born in Mexico City, obtained a degree in Architecture from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1968. Later he obtained a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture emphasizing in Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard. In 1977, he started his firm, Grupo de Diseño Urbano / GDU. He has executed a wide range of projects, with diverse typologies and scales in Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape. GDU has been distinguished with national and international awards and recognitions.
Schjetnan has also dedicated himself to teaching. He has given numerous workshops and studios in universities, including Harvard. The University of California, Berkeley invited him to give the Beatrix Farrand Chair in Landscape Architecture. He directed the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. He was distinguished with the Federico Mariscal Chair in Architecture from UNAM. He received the Cathedra Rose Carter, University of Austin and the Cathedra Talbott, University of Virginia. He has given lectures at universities all over the world.
The College of Architects of Mexico and the Mexican Society of Architects granted him the Maria Ignacia Rodriguez de Velasco Prize for Projects of Urban Development and Landscape Architecture and his trajectory. He was honored to become a member of the Academy of Arts, Mexico. He received the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2015 by the International Federation of Landscape Architects; this is the highest award of landscape architecture worldwide, and he is the first Latin American to receive this recognition.