Comunal Wins AR Emerging Architecture Award

John Hill
6. December 2019
Social Housing Production II by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura (Photo: Onnis Luque)

Mexico City's Comunal Taller de Arquitectura won the £10,000 prize during the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam this week for the practice's community-driven work in the rural village of Tepetzintán in Mexico.

Comunal was one of sixteen studios shortlisted for this year's AR Emerging Architecture award, which gives "early recognition to young designers and celebrate the architectural stars of tomorrow." It was juried by three former finalists/winners: Anna Heringer, Níall McLaughlin, and Sou Fujimoto. According to The Architectural Review, which has administered the award since 1999, "the judging panel applauded the practice’s advocacy for the community they work with, Anna Heringer citing in particular their fight against a political lobby that is vastly supportive of replicable, commercial housing development over housing seen as a human right."

Social Housing Production II by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura (Photo: Onnis Luque)

Beyond Comunal's award, the jury named Estudio MMX (Mexico City) and Estúdio Gustavo Utrabo (Brazil) as Highly Commended practices, with TAKA Architects and Clancy Moore Architects (both Ireland) jointly receiving the Peter Davey Prize.

Social Housing Production II by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura (Photo: Onnis Luque)
The 2019 shortlist, with winners in bold:

  • Beals Lyon Arquitectos, Santiago, Chile
  • CAUCE Arquitectura del paisaje, Medellín, Colombia
  • Clancy Moore Architects, Dublin, Ireland – Peter Davey Prize
  • Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, Mexico City, Mexico – Winner
  • Estúdio Gustavo Utrabo, São Paulo, Brazil – Highly Commended
  • Estudio MMX, Mexico City, Mexico – Highly Commended
  • FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol, Madrid, Spain
  • Lenschow & Pihlmann, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • LUO Studio, Beijing, China
  • O'Donnell Brown, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Office Off Course, Shanghai, China
  • RAUM, Nantes, France
  • SO? Architecure & Ideas, Istanbul, Turkey
  • SO-IL, New York, USA
  • TAKA Architects, Dublin, Ireland – Peter Davey Prize
  • Terrain Architects, Tokyo, Japan

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