League Prize winner


TO | Palimpsesto, Tamayo Pavilion, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2021. Image credit: Arturo Arrieta

The League Prize is an annual competition that has been organized by The Architectural League since 1981. Open to designers ten years or less out of school, it draws entrants from around North America.

Jose Amozurrutia and Carlos Facio of TO won a 2022 award.

TO is a Mexico City–based architecture and design practice that was founded in 2015 by Jose Amozurrutia and Carlos Facio. Often located in public spaces, TO’s projects deploy simple tectonic solutions using local vernacular construction methods and materials. According to the firm’s competition portfolio, it engages in frequent “dialogue with the people that use their knowledge, culture, and hands to build: masonry workers, carpenters, ironworkers, artisans, and anyone who is driven by the wish of turning ideas into built and inhabitable environment[s].” 

Recent projects include:

  • Kithara Project, an open-air music classroom built of recycled masonry materials in a suburb of Mexico City; 
  • Palimpsesto, a museum pavilion located in a Mexico City park that converts construction rubble into roof tiles; 
  • Camino al Mango House, a residential project in a historical town west of Mexico City that uses local stone and traditional labor techniques.

Jose Amozurrutia holds an MArch from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He currently teaches architecture at UNAM.

Carlos Facio holds a BArch from UNAM. He has been awarded support from Mexico’s National Endowment for Culture and Arts (FONCA).

TO has won several design competitions in Mexico City, including the Feria Internacional de las Culturas Amigas (FICA) pavilion competition and the Museo Tamayo pavilion competition. The firm was a finalist for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in New York.

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