about us

Lightwell House, London, 2015  /  Photography © NAARO


Established in 2012 by experienced professionals in London and Mexico City, Emergent Design aspires to collaborate with like-minded clients, partners and construction professionals in transforming spaces and public realms into inspiring and innovative environments where individuals and their communities can thrive.

ED applies large practice thinking to a wide range of bespoke architectural projects from small residential & commercial to urban scales. We deliver innovative, inspirational and environmentally conscious solutions for complex projects and demanding sites.

Our commitment to design innovation, cultural responsibility and value creation is assured through a seamless collaboration between our multi-disciplinary teams and our executive partners based locally to each project. Our professional services can be tailored to each project, including Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior Design and Feasibility Studies.

ED is a RIBA Chartered Practice. Our current clients include real estate development, asset management firms and private clients based in Europe and Latin America. Sustaining offices in London and Mexico City, ED is led by Marco Ortiz – former Design Director at Rafael Viñoly Architects office in London.



As a recently established practice, we approach every project opportunity with an innovative and thoughtful edge aimed at delivering novel and exciting bespoke design for our clients. 

Richard James Savile Row, London, 2014

We were delighted to work with ED on our new Flagship Store in Savile Row from March 2013 to February 2014 - very impressed and satisfied with the design and quality of the end product.
— Sean Dixon, MD, Richard James

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, 2014 / Courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects

Following his experience managing our large scale projects internationally, Marco lead our scheme for Oxford University’s New Mathematical Institute. His leadership and enthusiasm for design were key to consistently achieving key milestones, obtaining client, statutory and planning approvals for this complex job. Marco has inherent passion for design and communication with clients, which combined with strong experience provides him an ability to adapt to different working structures and project scales.
— Rafael Viñoly, Principal, Rafael Viñoly Architects

Lupita East, London, 2013

The ED team deliver innovative and exciting new venues for our growing business. Their skills and dedication contribute to our projects being executed on time and budget significantly
exceeding our expectations.
— Rafael Mondragon, CEO Lupita


Mexico Pavilion - Expo 2015 Milan

DESIGN INNOVATION – Our track-record in designing and delivering state-of-the-art architecture internationally is underpinned by our past collaboration with renowned architects and designers. We ensure that all our projects surpass the highest design standards: we have proven experience in delivery through BIM or equivalent systems and in sustainable design delivering LEED / BREEAM certified buildings internationally.

Memorial for the Victims of Violence, Mexico City, Honorary Award 2012

CULTURAL RESPONSIBILITY – Commitment to local culture and building technology is a core principle of our methodology. We aspire to create buildings and public spaces that engage and elevate local culture as much in its tradition as in its future aspiration. We believe in the transformational nature of architecture: our focus on every project begins by conception of an end-user experience that defines the architecture around it.

SW4 Residential Complex, London, 2015

VALUE CREATION – A deep understanding of the due diligence, strategic planning and investment strategy underpinning every project is key to achieve commercial success and value creation. Our team has over 10-years experience working with commercial and private clients in London and Mexico City ranging from site acquisition stage to completion/hand-over ensuring value creation in all projects we are involved in. ED has delivered a number of feasibility studies in recent years ranging from small scale bespoke residential projects to multi-million commercial developments internationally.



Our team's compact and efficient working structure allow us to provide personalised and bespoke services to our clients. Working on a number of commissions also enables us to assemble and dedicate the best possible skill-set to work with clients and project stakeholders, ultimately delivering high quality design and added value. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals in London and Mexico City works in an ‘open structure’ studio model, in which we believe that every team member’s contribution is key to the success of our practice.

Marco Ortiz RIBA ARB, Design Director

Marco Ortiz RIBA ARB, Design Director

Marco Ortiz RIBA ARB  DipArch UIA MArch AA  |  Design Director

With a track-record spanning over 18-years, Marco Ortiz acts as  Design Director of ED. Having previously worked for 7-years with acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly as Design Director of RVA’s London office, Marco has also collaborated with London designers including Michel Mossessian, Tom Dixon, Andy Martin and TTSP, delivering ambitious building commissions internationally. A Chartered Architect in the UK and Mexico, he received the 2012 Honorary Award recognising design merit and is an elected board member at the Royal Institute of British Architect's SPG. Marco lectured at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015 on the theme of Housing in Mexico as part of the RA's Architectural Programme and more recently at the RIBA on International Practice in 2017.

Álvaro Gutiérrez Gutiérrez 

Ania Popielarska

Mariano Galindez

Maximilian Klein  

Beatriz Cantal  

Magdalena Fernández Solís  

Lily Ganotaki

Neethu Babu Raj

Regina Ortega Barbedillo



Marina da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010 / Courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects

Our teams in in London and Mexico City comprise design and construction professionals trained in some of London’s most prestigious architectural firms, exposed to the delivery of landmark architectural projects around the world. 

We collectively have a proven track-record working and delivering high-quality schemes alongside some of the most recognised engineers, project managers, surveyors and designers internationally.

Emergent Design Studios current and past collaborators include:

- Techniker (London)
- RVdG (Mexico) 
- James Firth Ltd (London)
- Eckersley O’Callaghan (London)
- EMBYA (Brazil)
- ECOstudioXV (Mexico)
- KVR (Mexico)
- SBP (Germany)
- Transsolar (Germany)
- AECOM / Davis Langdon
- Buro Happold
- Arup
- Tom Dixon RDS
- Andy Martin Studio