oscar hagerman with cecilia león de la barra and mauricio rocha - closing talk

kurimanzutto - mexico city
september 8, 2018 - 12 pm

kurimanzutto is honored to gather three important figures of architecture and design in Mexico for the closure of Sillas de México an exhibition by Oscar Hagerman. This Saturday, September 8, designer Cecilia León de la Barra, architect Mauricio Rocha, and Oscar Hagerman will discuss how Mr. Hagerman inspired the work of many generations of Mexican architects and designers.

They will speak about the teaching legacy of Mr. Hagerman, and his interest in the design practice of rural Mexican communities. They will also discuss the evolution of the Mexican design that, over the years,

has been adopted as a specific style brought by artisans all over the country.
Since the beginning of Hagerman’s career, he has been involved with rural communities—in places like Sierra de Puebla, Oaxaca, the Sierra Hiuchol, and Yucatan—which have their own unique design and construction styles. After working in collaboration with local artisans, Hagerman constructed several buildings considering the community’s characteristics, necessities, and traditions. Indeed, this closing talk seeks to emphasize the importance of architecture and design in a local context in Mexico.

Cecilia León de la Barra has long studied the collaborative process in Mexican regional communities, and Mauricio Rocha is best known for his environmental work in architectur. The three will jointly analyze Hagerman’s work, and will discuss the history of Mexican design and its implications on society and the environment.

About the participants

Oscar Hagerman (La Coruña, 1936)
The son of a Swedish father and Galician mother, Óscar Hagerman was born in La Coruña, Spain, in 1936 and came to Mexico when he was 15 years old. He later received his degree and accreditation from the Faculty of Architecture of the UNAM in 1961. After graduating from university, he went to work at the Emiliano Zapata cooperative in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl. It was during his time at the cooperative that Hagerman designed and created the Arrullo chair, which received an award from the Mexican Institute of Foreign Trade in 1974.
Hagerman has worked with rural communities throughout Mexico for more than 50 years. Notably, in 1982 he started working with the Center of Studies for Rural Development, (CESDER) in Zautla, Puebla, training indigenous youth in the design and craft legacies of their cultures. In recent years he has worked on the University of the Environment (UMA) project—founded by architects Cano and Vera—in the community of Acatitlán near Mexico City. As a fellow of the Art Creators System of FONCA since 2010, Hagerman has researched and proposed solutions for low-income housing in different parts of the country. Several international museums and institutions have recently paid tribute to Hagerman’s important legacy. In 2007, the government of Holland awarded him the Price Claus Prize for his work resolving conflict through culture. He also holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Ibero-American University of Puebla and Mexico.


Cecilia León de la Barra Vargas (Mexico City, 1975)
She is Industrial designer by Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City, 1999). León de la Barra made a MFA in design research in Centro de Diseño Cine y Televisión (Mexico city, 2015). Nowadays she works in independent projects of design and also she is an art curator. In 2010 she presented the exhibition HECHO A MANO: Nuevos Procesos Colaborativos
de Diseño, in Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola.
In 2014 she made the curatorial art work of the projects COPIAS: transformación y e volución de procesos creativos with Jorge Gardoni, and Contar el tiempo, Centro 2004-2014.  In 2015 she collaborated in Trazos Ciclistas with Regina Pozo and David Ortega. In 2018, she worked in the project Colección de Momentos and Diseño en México 1999-2015, in Museo Universitario del Chopo.
In 2014 she was the curator of the design area in the contemporary fair ZonaMaco. From 2004 to 2011 she worked as a teacher in Universidad Iberoamericana and she’s been an academic in Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión of the Industrial design career since 2005.


Mauricio Rocha Iturbide (Mexico City, 1965)
He studied Architecture in Taller Max Cetto (UNAM) 1985 - 1990 graduated with honorable mention. In 1991 he founded Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha and since 2012 is co-founder of Taller | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo|. In 20 years of professional practice he has been developing many private and public projects, as well as he has been working in museographic works. 
He received many awards, in 2013 the department of architecture of the UNAM gave him the Cátedra Federico Mariscal, the biggest award  of that institution, in 2014 Taller
| Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo| received the award “Emerging Voices” which the Architectural League of Nueva York gave to 8 architectural firms. Since the beginning of Manuel Rocha career, he received many internacional and national recognitions. He has been teacher in different universities in Mexico City and has given some conferences in Mexico, South America, USA and Europe.
Some of his outstanding works are Centro de Invidentes in Iztapalapa, the Mercado de San Pablo in Oztotepec,  public buildings in Milpa Alta, The Escuela de Artes Plásticas and Centro Académico Cultural San Pablo in Oaxaca, the Pabellón sonoro in San Luís Potosí, Cuatro Cuatros in Ensenada, the court building in Pátzcuaro Michoacán, the library for débiles visuales, The rectory offices of the Escuela Bancaria y Comercial and the Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos in Mexico City.