Peredo and her partner, Salvador Macias Corona, met at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Guadalajara, where they both earned architecture degrees. They continued their education together, pursuing graduate degrees at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. In 2012, after working at another friend’s practice, the duo founded their studio.
Macias Peredo’s first project was a competition-winning installation design for Pabellón Eco 2013 at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City. The installation was simple, but transformative. It inserted a sloping ground plane within the museum’s sunken courtyard that connected the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows with the elevated street, activating a space that had previously been restricted.
Most of the studio’s work, however, is made up of residences and office projects. Standouts among the houses include Casa Arenas in Guadalajara, Casa Atlas in Zapopan, and Casa Prado in Tapalpa. Each of these projects exhibit the raw materiality, simple forms, and hand-crafted character that shows the studio’s commitment to traditional Mexican building. Meanwhile, the practice’s commercial projects, such as the Toyo Food Offices in Zapopan or the Oficinas Hidalgo, prove that Macias Peredo is no stranger to sleek modernism.
The two-architect studio gets by with help from the students that Macias and Peredo teach at ITESO, who do time building models while benefitting from the educational experience, which includes an annual architectural tour of some foreign place. But Macias Peredo hope to grow their practice and one day earn the honor of designing a public project. “It’s not easy to get government work or even to try to get into public contests,” said Peredo, “but we would love to do this.”