Gala Honorees 2014

Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin, CEO of Grupo Diarq

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Gina diez Barroso has been a pioneer in the fields of arts and education for over 20 years beginning in 1990, the year in which she created and launched Grupo Diarq.  Diarq is a holding company with eight subsidiaries currently employing over 1,000 people.

One of the most prestigious real estate development and design firms in Latin America, Diarq has completed over 850 residential and hospitality projects to date. In 2004, Mrs. Diez Barroso founded CENTRO; the first university in Mexico City specialized in creative studies.  CENTRO currently offers 8 undergraduate degrees and 2 master’s program, as well as a broad range of continuing education courses in related disciplines.  In just 9 years since opening, the university has grown rapidly to its present student enrollment of 2,500 and is recognized as Mexico’s best university in its field.

Mrs. Diez Barroso has given lectures in business schools in the United States, South America, Mexico, Europe and Qatar.  In 1992, she founded Fundación Diarq, a non-profit organization that works towards eradicating domestic violence and preventing bullying in schools.  In 2004, she founded Fundación Pro-Educación Centro, a non-profit organization granting merit-based scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in creative studies.  Mrs. Diez Barroso sits on several international boards and is one of the two Mexican belonging to C200 (200 Women Business Leaders of the World).





Enrique Norten, Founder of Ten Arquitectos

ENRIQUE NORTEN 1Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA was born in Mexico City where he graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in architecture in 1978. He obtained a Master of Architecture from Cornell University in 1980. In 1986 he founded TEN Arquitectos [Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos] in Mexico City, initiating a lifelong commitment to Architecture and Design. Among others awards, Enrique Norten was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American Architecture in 1998, and in 2007 he obtained the “Legacy Award” from the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to the US arts and culture. In 2005 he received the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council. Since 1997 he is an Honorary Fellow of the AIA and a member of the CAMSAM since 1986. Enrique Norten has lectured all over the world in a diverse array of institutions and universities. Throughout his career, he has balanced the practice of architecture with a constant participation on international juries and award committees such as the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition in New York City. He is a regular member for the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Deutsche Bank’s Board of Trustees and for the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment. On successive years he has become a board member of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.Enrique Norten holds the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania since 1998. He has held the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, the O’Neal Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin; he has been the Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University and the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell University. He was professor of architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City from 1980 to1990 and was coordinator of the Graduate Urban.