Winner, Marcel Sanchez


M.Arch. II ' 2004 Alumni Marcel Sanchez of CRO studio with partner Adriana Cuellar, is a recipient of a 60th annual Progressive Architecture Award. The P/A Award represents one of the highest honors in the profession and was given to Sanchez and Cuellar for their project Modulo Prep Library in Tijuana, Mexico. Other 2013 recipients include several of the most distinguished firms in contemporary practice: Asymptote Architecture, BIG, Perkins+Will, and Barkow Leibinger.


Built on a tight budget—only $130,000—for the Mexican government’s Social Development Secretariat, the Modulo Prep Library offers study areas, conference space, and an outdoor amphitheater to the Camino Verde community, an informal settlement in need of public services. The P/A Award jury lauded the project for its economy, formal invention, and social engagement. “It’s a sort of Swiss army knife in this urban plaza,” noted juror John Frane of Predock Frane Architects in Architect magazine. “It’s smart and clever, being both a building and part of the infrastructure.