Essays. The Architectural Process of 2008-2018

Ignacio Urquiza and Bernardo Quinzaños present “ESSAYS. The architectural process of 2008-2018”, monograph that celebrates and concludes the first period of their careers, with a critical and retrospective review of the projects and collaborative processes that have been developing in the last 10 years.

The drawings, photographs and collages of this book, accompanied by 10 essays written by invited authors, share the process of how the projects of this first period became from ideas and concepts resulting from the own and shared experience, nurtured by a series of encounters, accidents and coincidences.

Ignacio and Bernardo have been awarded with the “Emerging Voices 2019” recognition, given by the Architectural League of New York and the Luis Barragán “Young Architect Trajectory” award, given by the CAM-SAM in 2017.


Bernardo Quinzaños Oria, Ignacio Urquiza Seoane, Carlos Bedoya Ikeda, William Brinkman-Clark, Adriana Chávez Sánchez, Pablo Pérez Palacios, Rodrigo Valenzuela Jerez, Carlos Zedillo Velasco.

Photographs: Rodrigo Chapa, LGM Studio, Onnis Luque, Pablo López Luz, Jaime Navarro, Ignacio Urquiza

Bilingual edition, spanish and english.

256 pages. 150 illustrations in color.

24,5 x 33 cm. Hard cover binding.

México, Ediciones El Viso, 2018

ISBN: 978-84-948244-4-9

Emerging Voices 2019

In 2019, Ignacio Urquiza, Bernardo Quinzaños and CCA obtained the Emerging Voices recognition, which is awarded to eight architects or studios based in the United States of America, Canada or Mexico. The program seeks to highlight the distinctive voices of design with the ability to influence the field of architecture. The Emerging Voices awards have been considered one of the most prestigious in North American architecture.

Each year, the Architectural League of New York organizes a series of conferences with the winners of the prize. Ignacio and Bernardo talked about their ten years of career and their most outstanding projects. Yo can watch the video here.

Casa de Ángela y Juan

Several organizations helped communities affected by Mexico’s September 2017 earthquakes, such as Ocuilan in the State of Mexico. We participated in one of the reconstruction initiatives organized by Pienza Sostenible, to provide a new home for Ángela an Juan’s family.

The family plot has a central patio around which different public and private constructions have been developed, responding to the needs of its inhabitants. Four families live on the site, which includes some communal spaces such as the bathroom, the kitchen, the laundry area and the central courtyard. Ángela, Juan and their children were spread out in three separate rooms, a situation that affected the family dynamics. The proposal was for a private and compact space with bedrooms that could be adapted to their needs and stages of life, including the future growth of a fourth module. Likewise, an adjacent service tower contemplates a shared bathroom and shower for all the families that live on the site. The new construction links to the existing complex via an open, plant-filled courtyard, establishing a new, central space where the nuclear family can relax and also be in contact with their wider community.


Ocuilan de Arteaga, Estado de México, 2018

60 sqm