Rozana Montiel is director and founder of the Mexico City based firm ROZANA MONTIEL ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA (REA) focused on architectural design, artistic re-conceptualizations of space and the public domain. The studio works on a variety of projects at different scales and layers ranging from the city to the book, the artifact, and other micro-objects.
Earlier this year she was nominated for the 2023 Royal Academy Dorfman Award. In November 2022 she received the International Women Architects Prize 2022 granted by ARVHA in Paris, France. Last year, her proposal –Terre Commune– was awarded 2nd place in a single-stage architecture competition for the new headquarters of the IOM (International Organization for Migration) in Geneva, Switzerland. In May 2022, she presented her installation Stand Up for the Seas! for the exhibition Terre! Land in Sight by the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine as part of the 2nd edition of the Biennale d’architecture et de paysage d’Île-de-France 2022 in Versailles.
A compilation of her work was presented in her exhibition Blank in Three Acts which was displayed from October 2021 to March 2022 at the Museo de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.
Her trajectory has been recognized by different awards. She has been nominated as a candidate to the 2021-2022 edition of the Swiss Architectural Award. Her most recent social project PILARES Presidentes de Mexico has been recognized with several awards including the Silver Medal of the XVII Bienal Nacional de Arquitectura Mexicana and the First Place in the category Public Space of the award Premio Obras CEMEX 2022 for its national and international edition. In 2019 she was awarded the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture by the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris. In 2018 Montiel won the MCHAP Emerging Architecture Prize; and in 2017 she received the Overall Award in the Miami Archmarathon Awards, earlier that year, her professional trajectory was recognized with the Moira Gemmill Award given by The Architectural Review in London. She was also winner of the Emerging Voices Award 2016 granted by The Architectural League of New York.
She has also presented her work in several editions of the biennials of Sao Paulo, Rotterdam, Lima and Venice. In 2016 she participated in the 15th. Venice Architecture Biennale: “Reporting from the front,” and in 2018 she was invited by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to present her installation Stand Groundat the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2018. That same year she published her book UH: Common Spaces in Housing Units edited by Arquine.
She has been an invited professor at renowned universities including, Cornell University (2018/2021), Kent University (2021), Illinois Institute of Technology (2022), Columbia University (2023), and soon, the University of California Berkeley (2024).
Montiel is an architect from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City, 1998) with a Master’s degree in Architecture, Criticism and Project from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya UPC (Barcelona, 2000).