Faculty / School of Architecture

Marcel Sanchez-Prieto


Marcel Sanchez-Prieto is co-founder of CRO Studio, a collaborative practice established at the border region of Tijuana and San Diego that focuses on urban renewal through architecture and research, including the development of design methodologies that expand geometry as a tool for urban sensing, architectural innovation through the incorporation of civic values and the potential of opportunistic landscapes.

He is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards, including the 2013 Progressive Architecture Design Award and two XXII CEMEX awards. His work was selected in Arquine’s “Best of XXI century Vol. 5 2011-12 and Vol.6 2013-14″ and recognized among the 2014 three most outstanding design projects in Mexico in the category of Architecture by Folio magazine. Sanchez-Prieto was awarded by the 2014 IX BIAU Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in Rosario Argentina. Sanchez-Prieto received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iberoamerican University in México and a Master in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was awarded the Director’s Scholarship Award. He currently is a full-time Professor at Woodbury University San Diego, has been critic, invited lecturer and taught at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia University, RMIT, ITESO Mexico, South Eastern University in China, Iberoamerican University and The New School of Architecture and Design, where he co-directed the Rome study abroad program. For several years he participated in a wide-range of urban studies along the México-US border with San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, Colef-College of the Northern Border, the Municipal Planning Institute of Tijuana, and the San Diego Association of Governments. He has worked for Kieran Timberlake and Frank Gehry in technology driven projects, researching on methodologies of digital design, fabrication, and material assembly.


MArch, University of California Los Angeles