Leticia Pardo is the creative director of Exhibition Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she leads the design of temporary and permanent exhibitions, as well as other public spaces in the museum.
Leticia has focused most of her career on the museums field and the design of narrative spaces. Her work explores different ways of displaying art, objects, and narratives, transgressing traditional practices and establishing exhibition design as a determining factor in the conception of exhibition projects. Some of her notable projects at the Art Institute include In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico, Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection, and Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes.
Prior to joining the Art Institute in 2017, Leticia was part of the design team at Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York, where she collaborated on the inception and conceptualization of museums such as the Museo Nacional de Energía y Tecnología (MUNET) and the Museo Ruta de Plata. In Mexico City, she was part of the design team at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo and the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco. Leticia has received the DCASE Esteemed Artist Award from the City of Chicago, as well as the Jóvenes Creadores award from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Mexico.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the School of Architecture at UNAM in Mexico City and a master’s degree in interior design from Pratt Institute in New York.