a | 911 is an independent practice based in Mexico City founded in 2002 by Saidee Springall and Jose Castillo committed to architecture, urban design and planning projects.
The firm has designed and built extensively for both public and private clients in housing, cultural, educational, infrastructure and retail programs, including the award-winning competitions for the expansion of the Spanish Cultural Center in Mexico City and the CEDIM in Monterrey.
In 2009, a | 911 was awarded the first prize in the public competition for a new Performing Arts Center in Guadalajara, the 376,736 sq ft 3-theater facility is currently under construction. a | 911 finished a 750-unit low-income housing development in Iztacalco, Mexico City, project which was awarded the 2011 National Housing Award, Mexicoʼs highest institutional award to a finished housing project. Two additional housing projects for ARA adding over 1,000 social housing units have been finished in Mexico City.
Additional built work includes over 30 Porrúa bookstores, the offices for the SGAE offices, El Mayor Restaurant and the JS32 offices, all of them in the Historic Center of Mexico City, the Amara Cancun residential complex, the SA236 Housing project as well as the architectural intervention at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros.
Their urban planning work, includes the Eje Central Zero-Emissions Corridor and the Neza-Chimalhuacán bus rapid transit project, and Azcania, a 136 acres master plan for the former railyard warehouses of Pantaco, Mexico City designed with Arup. Their Master Plan for a neighborhood in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, focusing in public space renewal and infrastructure, recently won the Bronze Award in the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction Latin America.
Currently a | 911 is developing along with AECOM a 1,727-acres logistical and industrial zone in the State of Hidalgo and Parque Xitli a 37.06 acres, 8,072,932 sq ft mixed-use development in the former asphalt plant in Mexico City
Amongst their awards and recognitions are, Mexico’s National Housing Award in 2011, the bronze prize in the 2011 Latin America Holcim awards for sustainable construction for their urban renewal Master Plan for a neighborhood in Ciudad Juárez, Chih.; the Emerging Voices award and conference granted by New York’s Architectural League in 2012; with the Elena Garro Cultural Center the award for Best Interior of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013 that grants the IIDA, also, the recently earned, Travel + Leisure Design Award 2014 and the Best of Year 2013 by Interior Design as well as the Project of the Year by ArchDaily and Plataforma Arquitectura.
Recently the team led by Jose Castillo and a | 911 won the Audi Urban Future Award in Berlin, Germany and was also recognized as the most visionary architectural firm in Mexico by Obras Magazine.
The work and research of a | 911 has been published extensively both in Mexico and abroad.
Currently a | 911 is comprised of 2 principals and 28 architects from different backgrounds and with various expertise.
Juan Manuel Martínez
Luisa de Lucena