Professor Marcel Sanchez-Prieto, co-founder of the San Diego/Tijuana based CRO Studio, has been named a 2018-2019 Rome Prize fellow. Considered one of the most prestigious awards given to artists and scholars, the Rome Prize is awarded by the American Academy in Rome and recognizes specialists in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, music composition, visual arts, and other disciplines. Marcel joins Erin Besler, co-founder of the LA-based firm Besler & Sons, as one of two awardees honored in the field of architecture.
Marcel has received the Frances Barker Tracy/Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize for his proposal Architectural Divides, which will explore architectural divides in the form of the portal, courtyard, and stair. Fellowships last from several months to two years and are meant to offer winners an inspiring place to pursue their work and an opportunity to interact with top minds in other fields. The annual prize confers a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome’s headquarters in Rome, Italy, and includes a stipend for research and room and board accommodations. The awards will result in an exhibition at the institution following an intensive research period.
Marcel joins Joshua Stein and Jose Parral, two previous Rome Prize awardees from Woodbury. An independent jury selected this year’s 29 Rome Prize recipients from 928 applicants.