Rozana Montiel is founder and director of the Mexico-based architectural Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura specialized on architectural design, artistic re-conceptualizations of space, and the public domain. The studio works on a wide variety of projects in different scales and layers that range from the city to the book, the artefact and other micro-objects.
Montiel holds an MA in Architectural Theory and Criticism from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya UPC (Spain, 2000), and a BA with Honors in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico, 1998).
Last year she published her book HU:Common Spaces in Housing Units, and won the MCHAP Emerging Architecture Prize; she was also nominated for the Swiss Architectural Award; her research earned her a nomination for The Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Georgia Tech, Atlanta. In 2017, she received the 1st. place in the “Moving” category of the Miami Archmarathon Awards and collected the “Overall Award” for her project Common-Unity. Earlier that year, she won for her professional trajectory the Moira Gemmill Award given by The Architectural Review in London; and was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation for a residency of artistic research at the Bellagio Center in Como, Italy.
In 2016, Montiel was winner of the Emerging Voices Award granted by The Architectural League of New York, and was nominated for the Schelling Architecture Foundation Award in Karlsruhe, Germany; as well as, front-runner of CDMX awards in the category Best Architectural Intervention of the Year.
She is member of the Editorial Board of the Architectural Magazine Arquine and has taught in several universities, as well as an Option Studio in Cornell University about cross-border territories.
Her interdisciplinary work has been published in renowned architectural digests, as well as exhibited in Mexico, Spain, France, United States, Italy, England and China and has been presented in the Venice, Sao Paulo, Chile, Rotterdam and Lima Biennials. She participated in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale Freespace, with the Stand Ground installation.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.