Mario Schjetnan Garduño

Lagos del Sol landscaping design was in charge of Architect Mario Schjetnan Garduño, co-founder of the interdisciplinary firm Grupo de Diseño Urbano and winner of various international awards. Mario Schjetnan’s work is well known in Latin America and USA, which consist in urban parks around Mexico.


Born in Mexico City and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at UNAM in 1968. After this in 1970 he obtained a Master in Landscape Architecture with specialty in Urban Design at the California University in Berkeley. In 1984 he got the Loeb scholarship at Harvard University to perform advanced environmental studies. In 1977 founded his workshop, Grupo de Diseño Urbano along with Jose Luis Perez Maldonado, developing multiple projects of diverse typologies and landscaping architecture scales, urban designs and architecture.

Schjetnan – GDU Workshop has been distinguished with prizes and national and international awards in areas such as urban design, landscaping architecture and architecture.

Mario Schjetnan has also developed a very important academic labor, having imparted design workshops at Harvard University in 1994, 1998 and 2206. In 2001 the California University in Berkeley invited him to impart the Beatrix Farrand Chair with an urban landscaping workshop. From 1999 to 2001was principal at the Architecture Landscape Master at the Arizona University and was distinguished with the Federico Mariscal Extraordinary Chair at the UNAM in 2001. In 2006 he was given the Rose Carter Chair at the Austin University, Texas and in 2007 the Talbott Chair at the Virginia University.

He has also been a lecturer at Universities in USA, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Australia, China y New Zealand. At present, he is in charge of the rehabilitation project at the Bosque de Chapultepec, same that gave him the Silver Medal at the IX Mexican Architecture Biennale.

In 2006, Texas University Grated him the Amy Ruth Carter Stevens Chair, for distinguished professors. Since January 2007, Schjetnan is an invited professor at the Virginia University, developing the extraordinary Frank Talbot Jr. chair.