Knowlton School Baumer Lecture Series – Frida Escobedo and Dominic Leong

Frida Escobedo
Frida Escobedo Studio

Frida Escobedo established her eponymous studio in Mexico City in 2006. The studio’s reputation, initially built on the strength of a series of competition-winning projects in her native country—including the renovation of the Hotel Boca Chica (2008), the El Eco Pavilion (2010), and the expansion of La Tallera Siquieros in Cuernavaca (2012)—has achieved global scope since 2018, when she received the prestigious appointment to design the annual Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens, becoming the youngest architect to date to undertake the project.

Escobedo’s practice defies the traditional boundaries of the discipline, operating at a wide array of scales and mediums, from buildings and experimental conservation projects to temporary installations and public sculpture, limited edition objects, publications, and exhibition design. Most recently, Escobedo was appointed as the architect to design the new Modern & Contemporary Wing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, becoming the youngest and first woman to design a building for the institution.

Following her appointment as the Design Architect for The Tang Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frida Escobedo opened a studio in New York City in 2022.

Escobedo is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Forum Award (2009), the BIAU Prize (2014), the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award (2016), and the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award (2017). In 2019, she was honored as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the studio was named by the seminal architecture magazine DOMUS as one of the world’s “100+ Best Architecture Firms.” In addition to her practice, Escobedo has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture (2016), Planning and Preservation (2015), the Architectural Association of London (2016), Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (2016/2019), Rice University (2019), and the most recently at the Yale University (2022).

Dominic Leong, AIA
Leong Leong

Dominic Leong is a founding partner at Leong Leong, where he focuses on architecture as an aesthetic, social, and ecological practice to address the pressing issues of our time. Dominic leads design, research and operational efforts across a variety of projects at Leong Leong. The firm’s work ranges from private houses, bespoke furniture collections, product design, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to cultural spaces, civic buildings, and social housing.

As a partner at Leong Leong, Dominic’s work has been recognized and supported by various international institutions including the Guggenheim Museo Bilbao, The Architectural League of New York, the American Institute of Architects, and the Graham Foundation. In 2014, Leong Leong designed the US Pavilion at the 14th La Biennale di Venezia.

Projects undertaken by Leong Leong and co-directed by Dominic include the Anita May Rosenstein Campus for the Los Angeles LGBT Center (2019); Ray Philly, a multi-family development in Philadelphia, PA (2022); 3.1 Phillip Lim Flagship in Seoul, Korea (2010); MoMA PS1 Courtyard Coalition in Queens, NY (2022); and Hancock Park House in Los Angeles, CA (2023).

Dominic has been invited to teach at Columbia University, The Cooper Union, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has lectured internationally at prominent institutions.

Dominic is also a co-founder of Hawai’i Nonlinear, a Honolulu-based non-profit empowering Indigenous futures in the built environment through art and architecture.

Dominic received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, graduating with Honors. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dominic is a registered architect in the District of Columbia and the States of New York, Hawai’i, and Florida.

The Baumer Series invites prominent researchers and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning to present their work and to engage subjects both topical and enduring.