We aspire to collaborate with like-minded clients, partners and construction professionals in transforming buildings and public realms into inspiring and innovative environments, where individuals and their communities can thrive. Our commitment to cultural responsibility, design innovation and value creation underpins our practice’s ethos.

Established by experienced professionals in London and Mexico City, we apply 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.

Emergent Design is a RIBA Chartered Practice. Our current clients include real estate development, asset management firms and private clients based in Europe and Latin America. Our professional services can be tailored to each project, including Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior Design and Feasibility Studies.

Sustaining offices in London and Mexico City, ED is led by Marco Ortiz – former Design Director at Rafael Viñoly Architects office in London.

Lightwell House, London, 2015 / Photography © NAARO

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

Richard James Savile Row, London, 2014

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 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

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

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

Lupita East, London, 2013


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 20-years, Marco Ortiz acts as  Design Director of Emergent Design. 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 since 2014. 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.

Julian Kinal RIBA ARB   |  Technical Director

Álvaro Gutiérrez Gutiérrez ARB   |  Architect

Matthieu Courtade  |  Architectural Assistant

Candela Ramundo  |  Architectural Assistant

Alex Torchio  |  Architectural Assistant

Beatriz Cantal  |  Architectural Assistant

Giulia Trupo  |  Architectural Assistant

Ania Popielarska  |  Architectural Assistant

Magdalena Fernández Solís  |  Architectural Assistant

Lily Ganotaki  |  Interior Designer

Mariano Galindez  

Maximilian Klein  

Neethu Babu Raj  

Regina Ortega Barbedillo



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.

Mexico Pavilion - Expo 2015 Milan

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.

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 Frith 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