Architectural Drawing
Professor in the Practice


Nathan Friedman is cofounder of the Mexico City-based design practice Departamento del Distrito and a 2021-2023 Wortham Fellow at the Rice University School of Architecture.

Working at the intersection of politics, identity, and the built environment, his practice engages writing, speculative proposals, and architecture research in addition to commissioned projects. His research on the 19th-century constitution of the US-Mexico border and its material history has recently been 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 his writing has been published in Art Journal, MAS Context, Scapegoat, and Manifest. He has previously worked for Eisenman Architects, SMAQ Berlin, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, where he collaborated on numerous projects for both OMA and AMO including the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. He holds an S.M.Arch.S. degree from the Department of History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT and a B.Arch. from Cornell University.


  • S.M.Arch.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.Arch. Cornell University
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