Germen Estudio is a museum exhibition design firm specializing in creating a wide variety of exhibitions, ranging from modern and contemporary art exhibitions to anthropology, material culture, and archival displays, as well as historical exhibitions exploring economic processes or community narratives.

With over 10 years of experience, we have worked for numerous public and private museums in Mexico and abroad, offering expertise in the following areas:

- Comprehensive exhibition design for museums

- Coordination of exhibition content in collaboration with researchers, curators, and artists

- Production and construction of exhibition projects

- Installation of artworks in the museum until project completion

Our museographies function as diverse systems that allow for change, reuse, and growth, tailored to the aesthetic and budgetary needs of each museum project, aiming to create a comprehensive experience where exhibited works, visitor interaction, museum furniture, and architecture converge to generate a unique museum experience.

In 2019, our firm was awarded the Covarrubias Prize for Best Museographic Work by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), recognizing our excellence in museum design and exhibition implementation.

Giacomo Castagnola received his Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT) from the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013, and holds a degree in architecture and urbanism from Ricardo Palma University (URP) in Lima Peru. Originally from Lima, Peru, for seven years (2003-2010) he lived and worked in the Tijuana / San Diego border region where he established Germen, an architectural and design studio, to investigate the self-organized "informal" city that composes up to 40% of the urban and growing infrastructure of many Latin American cities. Currently, Castagnola works in Mexico City in architecture for exhibitions and museographies that explore new ways of displaying archives of art and material culture.

Logo Germen


Giacomo Castagnola


Erik López
Cristóbal García

Past Collaborators

Fernando J Limón — San Diego, CA
Fernando Becerra — San Diego, CA
Carlos A. Augusto Paz — Tijuana, MX