Who we are
Comunal was founded in 2015 in Mexico City by Mariana Ordóñez Grajales, an architect graduated from the Autonomous University of Yucatán [UADY], and in 2017 Jesica Amescua Carrera, an architect graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, joined the team as co-founder.
We value the architectural object for its capacity to be functional, formal and aesthetically appropriate to the essence of the place, the culture and the people, but above all, as the representation of negotiation processes between consensus and dissent. For this reason, we do not conceive architecture as an individual author's work or as a static, artistic and unmodifiable object; but as a collaborative, live, open and constantly evolving social process that allows residents to express their ideas, needs and aspirations, always recognizing them as the center of projects and decision-making. In other words, we visualize the inhabitants as subjects of action and not as objects of intervention.
To understand the multiple ways in which the human habitat manifests itself, we have resorted to the democratic vision of Participatory Architecture and Social Production of Habitat, whose notions understand that individuals from any social group and cultural context have the ability to identify their needs, propose solutions and make the appropriate decisions for the development of its territory. Its integrative and intercultural approach respects all forms of life and has led us to dismantle the hegemonic practice of the architect to develop a role of facilitators and mediators who accompany communities in the defense of their habitat, promoting the exchange of knowledge, critical reflection and the construction of collective knowledge.
As a team made up of women, we are committed to encourage and facilitate the participation of women in all the projects and processes that we develop together with the communities. We begin by respecting and valuing the contributions made by women in strategic, administrative and constructive processes, which must be understood under their own logic, performance and collective definitions made by the women of each community, always respecting their cultural context.
Honorable mention in the Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture. Latin America.
AR Emerging Architecture Awards [AREA]. London, United Kingdom.
Silver medal. Third National Biennial of Young Architects. Mexico City, Mexico.
Shortlist Début Award Lisbon Triennale Millenium BCP. Lisbon Portugal.
Official selection at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale "Freespace". Mexico Pavilion "Echoes of a land". Venice Italy.
Emerging Voices 2018. Architectural League of New York. New York, USA.
First place in the Latin American Recognition of Social Reconstruction of Habitat post disaster in the "Investigation" category. Mexico.
Third place in the ArchDaily “Work of the Year 2018” award. Santiago, Chile.
Honorific mention. National and International Biennial of Mexican Architecture 2018. Mexico City, Mexico.
Shortlist "Building 4Humanity Resilient Design Competition". Lisbon Portugal.
Silver medal. Second National Biennial of Young Architects. Mexico City, Mexico.
Honorable mention. CEMEX Award in the "Special Awards" category for social impact. Mexico City, Mexico.
Silver medal at the XIV National and International Architecture Biennial in the category "Rural Housing". Mexico City, Mexico.
Silver medal. First National Competition for Rural Housing in Mexico. National Housing Commission. Mexico City, Mexico
Official selection at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale "Reporting from the front". Mexico Pavilion "Deploys and Assemblies". Venice Italy.