Rozana Montiel: Something From Nothing

Children playing, a brick and concrete playground structure.

Court, a sports center designed by Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura in collaboration with Alin V. Wallach, in Veracruz, Mexico. photo / Sandra Pereznieto

Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura is an interdisciplinary team that focuses on architectural design, artistic reconceptualizations of space, and the public domain. The studio works with a wide variety of projects in different scales and layers that range from the city to the micro-object, artifacts, and books. 

Montiel holds an M.A. in architectural theory and criticism from the UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (2000), and a B.A. with honors in architecture and urban planning from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico (1998).

She recently won the Most Outstanding Architectural Designs, Mexico 2020 prize in the Design and Build Awards organized by BUILD magazine. In 2019 she won the Sustainable Global Award for Architecture granted by the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine museum, France.

In 2017, she received first place in the moving category of the Miami Archmarathon Awards and collected the overall award. Earlier that year, she won for her professional trajectory the Moira Gemmill Award given by The Architectural Review in London.

She was also nominated for the Schelling Architecture Foundation Award in Karlsruhe, Germany, and was the winner of the 2016 Emerging Voices Award granted by The Architectural League of New York.

Her interdisciplinary work has been published in renowned architectural digests, as well as exhibited in Mexico, Spain, France, the U.S., England, and China, and has been presented at the Venice, Sao Paulo, Rotterdam, Chile, and Lima biennials. In 2018 she presented her Stand Ground installation at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, "Freespace."

Introduction by Leslie Lok.

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