We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winners of our "Children’s Hospice" competition – Antonio García de la Mora, Montserrat Sánchez Villaseñor, Pablo Navarro Rubi and Sebastian Téllez Solís from Mexico!

2nd prize winners from Mexico

Our team is composed of four architecture students, each with a focus on different areas of architecture. This diversity has provided us with the opportunity to join our effort and collaborate on this competition, inspired by the need that affects Mexico and the entire world. We firmly believe that architecture should go beyond creating aesthetically pleasing spaces; it should be capable of connecting with the people who inhabit it through the creation of atmospheres that resonate with their emotions. The personal and professional experiences of each of us have contributed to forming a perfectly complementary team.

Montserrat, with her meticulous attention to detail, played a crucial role in laying the foundation of the project. Her commitment and research skills helped us understand the needs and strategies we needed to employ.

Pablo, with his experience in architectural development and project execution, was essential for spatial conception. His contribution was vital in transitioning from the conceptual diagram to the design and development of final spaces, maintaining a coherent design that respects the environment and creates logical and comfortable connections for users.

Antonio, with his experience in residential projects in protected environments, brought a unique architectural sensitivity. His selection of materials, use of light, and design of spatial sequences helped create integrated diverse atmospheres, connecting the exterior with the interior spaces and their users. His ability to conceptualize design intentions in relation to the cultural environment was fundamental throughout the process.

Finally, Sebastián, with his international experience, was a key player in communicating the architectural intentions. His ideas and skills in connecting with the project were essential in clearly conveying the project's vision.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

Montserrat is an architecture student who is currently in the process of developing her professional thesis. She is currently immersed in the field of American housing development, with a primary focus on the design process. Additionally, she wants to focus on the expansion and efficiency in construction. Her main goal in architecture is to create meaningful experiences and ensure the dignity of each user.

Pablo is currently working on his architecture thesis. He has worked in renowned firms such as Jorge Garibay Arquitectos and is currently involved in the growth and evolution of his own firm, Navarro Arquitectos (NavArq). He maintains a focus on residential and commercial projects, striving to achieve a balanced and innovative approach that meets both commercial and creative needs.

Antonio has worked on real estate developments in historic areas. He currently thrives as the lead designer at García de la Mora Arquitectos (GMA), where he designs residential complexes, residential housing, and interventions in historic buildings. He always seeks to maintain a clear line in his designs, consistently generating a connection between the project, the environment, and the user.

Sebastián is a student in his last year of architectural education. He currently works as a Project Manager at a development company specializing in the field of senior living. In parallel, he has established his own architectural studio called "Taller Tres," which focuses on the conception and execution of residential and industrial projects. Within this space, his primary focus lies in creating sustainable works that positively contribute to the environmental context.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

We believe that for every architect, whether professional or not, there is a different mission and objective. The important thing is for each individual to leverage their skills to make the best and greatest possible impact on society. For us, architecture should always be emotional. Function and form should always seek to evoke emotions and respect the culture and environment. Architecture is not solely about producing beautiful and functional spaces; it begins with the architect's sensitivity and study of design conditions in order to truly develop architecture. An architect should be capable of understanding the desires and needs of the public, while caring for the environment, analyzing, and materializing these aspects into a project that brings value and sensitivity to society and its surroundings.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We perceive architectural competitions as an opportunity to enhance our design skills, enabling us to create functional projects that resonate with our own identity and propel us into the future. We firmly believe that it is a tremendous opportunity for young architects, like ourselves, to engage in healthy international competition, providing us with the chance to learn from other architects as well.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Collaborating with others and being able to learn from them is a crucial part of the growth and development of any professional. Competitions like these drive you to give your utmost effort and challenge your own preconceptions, you gain new insights and valuable lessons that will be beneficial for your professional development. Moreover, they help improve your communication skills in an effective and concise manner.

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