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Pre-School Building / Miguel Montor

© Moritz Bernoully © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

Mexico's 2014 Public Interest Design Award Winners

Effective, excellent, inclusive, impactful, systematic, and participatory - these were the six criteria jurors considered when selecting the winners of this year's Public Interest Design Mexico Awards. On September 11th and 12th in Mexico City, the six winning projects will be presented to the public. To learn more about these exemplary projects that serve the public realm, keep reading after the break.

Campos Leckie Studio: Adapting Materials Across Contexts

In the following interview, presented by ArchDaily Materials and originally published by Sixty7 Architecture Road, Canadian firm Campos Leckie Studio defines their process for designing site-specific, beautiful architecture that speaks for itself. Enjoy the firm's stunning projects and read the full interview after the break. 

We asked Michael Leckie, one of the principals of Vancouver-based Campos Leckie Studio, about the importance of discovery in design and the textural differences between projects. Your website states that your firm is committed to a rigorous process of discovery. How do you explain that to clients?

Process is extremely important in our work. When we meet with clients we do not immediately provide napkin sketches or an indication of what form the work will ultimately take on. Rather, we focus on the formulation of the ‘design problem’ and the conditions that establish the basis for exploration and discovery. These contextual starting points include the site, program, materiality, budget, as well as cultural reference points. This is challenging for some clients, as our culture generally conditions people to expect to see the final product before they commit to something. 

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Gleason House Building / Trama Arquitectos

  • Architects: Trama Arquitectos
  • Location: Americana, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Architectural Project: Jaime Castiello Chávez, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval, Carlos Haro, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Livier Miramontes, Héctor Lozano, Mario Rodríguez, Beatriz Orozco, Carmen Espinosa, Manuel Haro, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Miguel Martínez, Hugo Yáñez Ochoa, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
  • Area: 875.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mito Covarrubias, Courtesy of Trama Arquitectos

© Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias

Apartment in Bosques de las Lomas / Taller David Dana Arquitectura

© Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo

Hegel Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Comercio 117 / ARCHETONIC

  • Architects: ARCHETONIC
  • Location: Comercio, Escandón, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Jacobo Micha Mizrahi
  • Project Area: 1883.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

RedHouse / Hans Kabsch Vela

  • Architects: Hans Kabsch Vela
  • Location: Tulipanes, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Collaborator: Rosa Marina Maldonado Mendez
  • Project Area: 243.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photography: Onnis Luque R.

© Onnis Luque R. © Onnis Luque R. © Onnis Luque R. © Onnis Luque R.

Ming House / LGZ Taller de Arquitectura

  • Architects: LGZ Taller de Arquitectura
  • Location: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Lena de la Torre, Oscar Fdo. Mendoza L
  • Area: 257.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jorge Taboada

© Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada

Prado House / Diego Torres G + CoA arquitectura + Estudio Macías Peredo

  • Architects: CoA arquitectura, Estudio Macías Peredo, Diego Torres G
  • Location: Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Diego Torres Guízar / CoA arquitectura / Estudio Macías Peredo
  • Area: 195.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina

© Jaime Navarro © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Jaime Navarro

Almacén del Bife en México / Taller G Arquitectos

  • Architects: Taller G Arquitectos
  • Location: Av. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Gerardo Galván Castro
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jorge de Luna

© Jorge de Luna © Jorge de Luna © Jorge de Luna © Jorge de Luna

Dae Student Building / Arkylab + Mauricio Ruiz

  • Architects: Arkylab, Mauricio Ruiz
  • Location: Avenida Eugenio Garza Sada, Barranquilla, Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Luis Morán (Arkylab) y Mauricio Ruiz
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Oscar Hernández, Ana Rangel

© Ana Rangel © Oscar Hernández © Ana Rangel © Oscar Hernández

Pavilion for the Culture Fair / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Zócalo, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, D.F.
  • Architect in Charge: Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Luis Gallardo

© Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo

ReMake Up IDIP / A-001 Taller de Arquitectura

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully

PL2 House / Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados

© Tamara Uribe Photography © Tamara Uribe Photography © Tamara Uribe Photography © Tamara Uribe Photography

Aldea House / Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados

  • Architects: Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados
  • Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
  • Collaborators: Arq. Tamara Uribe Manzanilla. Arq. Gabriel Mendoza Herrera
  • Builder: Kappra Desarrollo Inmobiliario
  • Area: 346.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Tamara Uribe

© Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe

Zurita Box / Darkitectura

  • Architects: Darkitectura
  • Location: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Area: 440.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani, Julio Juárez

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani