Cristian Lera

Cristian Lera

Mexico, MX



I was born in Ciudad Satelite, a middle-class suburban area located in the State of Mexico, designed by one of the biggest Mexican architects; Mario Pani and influenced by Luis Barragan. But basically I grew up in Mexico City, so I‘ve been a mix between cultures, a product of the metropolis.My Architecture is influenced by the weather, the people, the corruption, and the city. After High School I decided to live in Toronto for a while, exposing my vulnerability and learning from my mistakes.

Studied in Mexico City at Universidad La Salle, I graduated first in class and was awarded for my final project; Arena Santa Fe. Internshiped at Dellekamp Arquitectos, having the first approach to real clients, competitions and design.

I worked in Nava+Nosti Arquitectos, leading 3 residence projects and construction, participated in PFFF! CityVision competition back in 2011, awarded with honorable mention.

Moving forward in my carreer I started working with Fernando Romero at FR-EE in Mexico City, entered the company as a Junior Architect and later on leaded projects as Museo Soriano, Telcel Offices, UNO TV, and National Laws University.


BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, NY, US, Designer

Mar 2014 - current

FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, Mexico, MX, Junior Designer

Junior Architect
-Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, equipment, and construction time.
-Performs original design work utilizing specifications, sketches and ideas on developing designs.
-Consult with client to determine functional and spatial requirements of structure.
-Analyzes space utilization effectiveness and changing demands for space needs: recommends actions to meet new requirements.
-Preparing and presenting feasibility design proposals to the client.
-Analyse clients' requirements and do a site inspection.
-Discuss design ideas, local authority requirements and constraints.
-Create designs and prepare drawings.
Assists in preparation of design development drawings.

Projects:Reforma Tower, Del Valle Tower, Bicycle Pavillion, Administration City, Zurich 272, Community Centers, Headquarters National Bank of Peru, -FR-EE Mexico Headquarters, Neza Stadium,Maria Garibay Square,-Industrial Social Club -Multiporpuse Arena Peru -San Juan Diego Chapel -Sanborns Palmas Offices -Museo Juan Soriano. Miami Tower, -Miami Chapel, Peru, La Puerta de America -Ciudad Juarez Master Plan -Omnilife Headquarters, Reforma 76, Cultural Center at Chapultepec Park -Aquarium Mexico City, Tamarindos Residences Tower -New National Laws University -Telcel Reforma, UNO TV Offices, Sears Shopping Mall

Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

Nava+Nosti Arquitectos, Mexico, MX, Project Leader

Junior Architect
-Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
-Prepare scale drawings.
-Plan layout of project.
Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
-Represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder compliance with design specifications and advising on design corrections.
-Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.
-Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
-Direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents.
-Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
-Seek new work opportunities through research.
-Administer construction contracts.
-Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.
-Design or plan construction of green building projects to minimize adverse environmental impact or conserve energy.

Projects: Calderon de la Barca House, Porfirio Diaz Resicences, Baja Flats, Rocallosas Furniture -Cordova House, Luis Cabrera (interior design) -Ocampo Tower, Entebi Headquarters -Portable Construction Office -PAC, Sarfati House, Ruben Dario Center, PFFF! CityVision Competition

May 2011 - Dec 2011

Casa Estudio Luis Barragan, Mexico, MX, Tourist Guide and Management

Tourist Guide and Management
Social Services
Responsible for helping people to visit the architectural heritage. Special trips with v.i.p. groups in order to show them importance of Luis Barragan’ s Architecture. The guide is very useful for visitors who are for the first time in some areas, providing valuable information to people.
-Describe and explain points of interest on the tour.
-Answer questions and give out written information.
-Arrange or prepare meals and accommodation.
-Act as an interpreter.
-Market their business (if it is a privately owned tour company).

Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

Dellekamp / Schleich, México, MX, Architectural Designer Intern

Architectural Designer Intern
Assisting on aspects of architectural design,
-Presentations for clients
-Construction plans.
-Drafting and 3D modeling,
-Maintaining project files.

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Asociación de Desarrolladores Inmobiliarios-ADI, The Real State Show, Mexico, MX, Personal Assistant

Worked closely with senior managerial or directorial staff to provide administrative supporting each event every year.

The Real State Show 2011
PA Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner at BIG)

The Real State Show 2010
PA Brandon Haw (Senior Partner at Foster & Partners)

The Real State Show 2009
PA Guy Battle (Director at Battle McCarthy)
Tasks are likely to include:

.Devising and maintaining office systems, including data management and filing.
-Arranging travel, visas and accommodation and, occasionally, travelling with the manager to take notes or dictation at meetings or to provide general assistance during presentations.
-Meeting and greeting visitors at all levels of seniority.
-Organising and maintaining diaries and making appointments.
-Organising and attending meetings and ensuring the manager is well prepared for meetings.
-Liaising with clients, suppliers and other staff.

Jul 2009 - Apr 2011


Universidad la Salle, Mexico, MX, BArch, Arquitectura

Graduated 1st in class. Honours Degree.
Licienciatura en Arquitectura

Jan 2008 - Dec 2012


PFFF – Inflatable Architecture Competition, Cityvision, Honorable Mention

PFFF, inflatable architecture competition, Special Mention
Citivision Magazine
PFFF is an inflatable architecture competition dedicated to architects, designers, students and engeneers focused on the design and realization of an inflatable pavilion that can embody the spirit of the FARM project. The competition is promoted by FARM, a contemporary active cultural and turistic center project based in Sicily that has as first mission the promotion of contemporary art and culture. PFFF was established under the FARM Cultural Camp project, which aims to carry around the world works and installations by national and international creative youth. The inflatable mobile pavilion project will have a maximum size of 50 square meters. The pavilion will be used many times and it will have to be easily transportable and installable in squares, parks, meeting places of different cities and FARM Cultural Camp tour’s stops. The study of the atmospheric conditions (wind, rain, heat, cold) will be very important as well as the pavilion’s internal security. The study of materials, methods of inflation and deflation, structure anchoring to the ground and openings will be critical to the success and safety of the project


Taller Bicentenario, 2nd Place

A national competition of La Salle University Network.


Areas of Specialization