Fernanda Canales

Fernanda Canales

Principal of Fernanda Canales Arquitectura


Fernanda Canales received in 2013 her PhD degree with outstanding cum laude by the ETSAM in Madrid. She was recipent of the career award from the FCARM, the Mexican Federation of Architects' Associations on 2012. Canales studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana, México City (Bachelor with Honours, 1997), at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña in Barcelona (MA, 2001) and PhD by the ETSAM Madrid. She was awarded a fellowship from the FONCA (Fondo Nacional de Cultura) in the Young Creators category (2003-2004) and has worked for architects such as Toyo Ito (Tokio), Ignasi de Sola-Morales (Barcelona) and Luis Fernández-Galiano (Madrid). She has been recently named art creator from the National System of Creators FONCA CONACULTA for her project Artículo 123 Bis.

Since 1996 Canales has developed her independent practice of architecture and research based in Mexico City. Her firm has won several competitions, including the Elena Garro Cultural Center, the new CEDIM Campus in Monterrey and the theater complex in Guadalajara. Her office is currently engaged in both public and private projects, focusing on housing, educational and cultural programs. Her essays had been published by diverse media such as The New York Times, El País, Reforma, Letras Libres, Praxis, Arquitectura Viva, Wallpaper, Domus and Arquine, among several others, and her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Center for the Arts, both in Mexico City. Fernanda was a fellow Young Creators program for the FONCA. Moreover, she has been involved in editorial projects such as 100x100 Mexican architects of the 20th century, Duograph Series Mexico, The Barragán Guide, Cultural Spaces Abraham Zabludovksy and Central de Arquitectura. 

She has been a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Design and Urbanism and also at the CMAS Master in Urbanism, as well as at the Master Laboratory of Collective Housing for the 21st century in collaboration with the UPC at Barcelona; She has also taught at the UNAM's Max Cetto workshop, and has been an invited professor at the ETSAB in Barcelona. Canales is a member of the editorial board of Arquine and La Tempestad. The Mexican Association of Architects (CAM) awarded her an honorific distinction as an emerging architect in 2010 and the Young Architect award in 2012. 


PDH in Project Practices, Outstanding Cum Laude, ETSAM, Madrid, Spain. (2005 - 2013)

MA in History and Theory of architecture, UPC, Barcelona, Spain. (2000 - 2001)

Bachelor in Architecture, graduated with honors, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (1992-1997)


Luis Fernández-Galiano, Madrid, Spain. (2004 - 2005)

Toyo Ito Office, Tokyo, Japan. (2001)

Ignasi Solá-Morales Office, Barcelona, Spain. (2000 - 2001)


Invited professor at the Master for the Laboratory in Collective Housing for the 21st century, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (2013)

Invited professor at After the City Workshop, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona, Spain, (summer 2009)

Prodesor of Master of Urban Management and Master of TNT (Tourism New Territories) at Centro Metropolitano de Arquitectura Sustentable, C+UPC, Mexico City (2006-2009)

Invited professor at the workshop Dynamic School of writers, directed by Mario Bellatín, México, D.F. (12 / 2007)

Professor of Urban Landscape and Studio, UIA, Mexico City. (2005 - 2009)

Professor at UNAM Taller Max Cetto, Mexico City. (2001 - 2002)

Teacher assistant at ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain (2000 - 2001)

Teacher assistant at ETSAM, Madrid, Spain (2004 - 2005)

Professor at Workshop Arquine (verano 2003)


Finalist in Interior Design Awards Best of the Year 2013, for the Cultural Center Elena Garro (2013)

Finalist in the Awards "Project of the Year " of the magazine Obras in the Category Building Works, for the Elena Garro Cultural Center (2013) Center

Professional career award from the FCARM Federation of Architect's Associations of Mexico (2012)

Professional career award from the FCARM Federation of Architect's Associations of Mexico (2012)

Art creator of the National System of Creators FONCA CONACULTA Article 123 Bis. (2012)

Young Architect award, Colegio de Arquitectos de México (2012)

Selected work [Maruma House] for the VIII Cadiz Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (2012)

Honorific Mention, Young Architects Award, Colegio de Arquitectos de Mexico. (2010)

CEMEX award finalist, institutional category for the New Campus CEDIM. (2009)

CEMEX award finalist, housing complex category for Casas M. (2005)

FONCA Young Creators Program fellowship, Mexico City (2003 - 2004)

Second place in Architecture and Interior Design Competition, residential category for Departamento TO. (2001)

Honorific Mention in the Biennial of Colegio de Arquitectos de Monterrey, commercial category for Restaurante Ibérico. (2001)

Awarded between the thirty best projects in 2000, Anuario Arquine for Restaurante Ibérico. (2000)


Lecture at Universidad Anáhuac del Sur. D.F, Mexico, (03 / 2011)

Lecture at Universidad LaSalle. Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, (12 / 2010)

Participation in CiudaDFutura, Faculty of Architecture, UNAM, Mexico, (03 / 2011)

Participation in the Forum "Procesos en la Arquitectura", Congreso Arquine, Mexico.

Lecture at Universidad Valle del Grijalvo. Chiapas, Mexico, (09 / 2010)

Lecture at Primer Foro de Voces Emergentes en Arquitectura y Diseño, Colegio de Arquitectos de México. D.F, Mexico, (06 / 2010)

Presentacion en el Foro Pechacucha. D.F., México, (09 / 2010)

Lecture at Universidad Autónoma de Morelos. Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, (10 / 2009)

Lecture at Universidad Anáhuac del Sur. D.F, Mexico, (01 / 2009)

Lecture at Universidad Valle de Grijalva. Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, (11 / 2008)

Lecture at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, (11 / 2008)

Lecture at Colegio de Arquitectos de Chiapas, San Cristóbal de las Casas / Universidad Mesoamericana. San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico, (10 / 2008)

Lecture at Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, (10 / 2008)

Lecture at Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua II. Chihuahua, Mexico, (10 / 2008)

Lecture at Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño de Chihuahua. Chihuahua, Mexico, (09 / 2008)

Lecture at Universidad De La Salle Bajio. León, Guanajuato, Mexico, (10 / 2007)

Lecture at Universidad Cristóbal Colón. Veracruz, Mexico, (09 / 2006)

Lecture at UAEM. Morelos, Mexico, (05 / 2006)

Lecture at ITESM Monterrey. Nuevo Leon, Mexico, (03 / 2006)

Lecture at Universidad Anáhuac Norte. D.F., Mexico, (03 / 2006)

Lecture at Universidad UEPA. Sinaloa, Mexico, (03 / 2004)

Lecture at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. Puebla, Mexico, (02 / 2004)

Lecture at Universidad de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia (10 / 2003)

Lecture at Seminario de Arquitectura de la Fundación Vladimir Kaspé, Universidad La Salle. D.F., Mexico, (07 / 2003)

Concursos en los que ha colaborado