CM Kling + Associates open new studio in Mexico City

31st January 2022

(Mexico) – CM Kling + Associates has announced the opening of CMK+CDMX, its new studio in Mexico City, Mexico.

The new venture will be led by Studio Director Maria del Pilar Toro-Ortiz. Formally trained as an architect, Toro-Ortiz has more than 15 years’ experience in lighting design. She graduated with a BFA in Architecture from Catholic University of America and attended the MFA Lighting Programme at Parsons.

Born in Puerto Rico, she lived in the United States for 10 years, working with lighting design firms such as HLB Lighting Design and Brandston Partnership. She moved to Mexico in 2010 and has worked with local design firms such as Avantgarde Lighting Design, Artec3 and Ideas en Luz. Most recently she served as the Regional Lighting Manager for Wework, where she designed and oversaw more than two million square feet of office space in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Since 1980, CM Kling + Associates has built an award-winning portfolio of more than 4,500 completed projects of every scope and scale; including mixed-use, convention centres, corporate, multi-family residential, masterplanning, civic, hospitality, religious, municipality and government projects. Its design team comes from a variety of disciplines, professionally trained in architecture, engineering, interior design and/or theatrical fields.

Toro-Ortiz will lead the new studio, expanding CMK’s presence in Mexico City and LATAM.