Double win for Mexican women architects

Gabriela Carrillo has been named as Woman Architect of the Year 2017 at the Women in Architecture awards.

Carrillo (pictured left), the co-founder of Mexican practice TALLER Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, has worked on a range of leisure projects in her home country, including the Matamoros Theatre in Morelia and the Museum of Cinema in Coyoacán.

She demonstrated “excellence in design and a commitment to working both sustainably and democratically with local communities” said the judging panel which also praised her ability “to design flexible spaces, and work with light and shadow to such compelling effect.”

Fellow Mexican designer Rozana Montiel (pictured right) received the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture

The Woman Architect of the Year shortlist also featured Julia Barfield, director of Marks Barfield Architects; Anouk Legendre, founder of XTU Architects; and Andrea Leers and Jane Weinzapfel, founders of Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

Previous winners of the prize include Mecanoo’s Francine Houben and Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang.

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