Departamento del Distrito

Departamento del Distrito is a Mexico City-based design practice founded in 2017 by Francisco Quiñones and Nathan Friedman. Their work lies at the intersection of politics, identity, and the built environment. In addition to architecture, their practice engages archival research, writing, and speculative work. Recent projects have been supported by the Graham Foundation, the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA).

Francisco Quiñones is a practicing architect in Mexico City and adjunct professor of architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana. He is co-editor of En-Medio, a free publication series supported by FONCA. His research on the evolution of mid-century modernism in Mexico was recently published in Columbia University’s Avery Review. Francisco has previously worked for FR-EE and MYT Diseño on the Soumaya Museum; he collaborated with Dear Architects. He holds an MArch II from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BArch from Universidad Anáhuac.

Nathan Friedman is a practicing architect in Mexico City and a 2021-23 Wortham Fellow at the Rice University School of Architecture. His research on the nineteenth century constitution and upkeep of the US-Mexico border was recently presented through the exhibition Attending Limits at the WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles and the Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Cornell University with support from the Graham Foundation. Friedman is a former editor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Thresholds and has previously worked for Eisenman Architects, SMAQ Berlin, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. He holds an MS from the department of History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT and a BArch from Cornell University.
Courtesy of Departamento del Distrito. Adriana Hamui

Past Works

Mercado Libre, Museo Numismático Nacional, 2019

Casa Georgina, Real de Catorce, 2020

En-Medio Issue 2 at Metro Chabacano, Mexico City, 2017