To give our audience eyes and ears into Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage on the decision-making that resulted in the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the recipient of our honorary award Emerging Designer of the Year: Roth Architecture. Find the full collection of winner reports in our upcoming May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.
‘His intuition of building, man and nature is the most remarkable thing we've seen today.’ So said Cutwork cofounder Kelsea Crawford after Roth Architecture’s presentation for House of the Year. Unsurprising, then, that the practice eventually took home the award for its design of Uh May Residence. And it wasn’t just that project that captivated the jury. The designer’s portfolio of organic, twisting structures sent him onto the stage to collect the Emerging Designer of the Year trophy as well.
Eduardo Neira, who goes by the name of Roth, founded his firm in 2018 in Azulik, an environmentally conscious resort in Tulum, Mexico. Roth Architecture is based on three pillars: artistic expression, a reverence for nature and the preservation of our indigenous communities’ ancestral techniques. Going against the grains of mass manufacture, prefabrication and construction technologies, the practice exists outside traditional modes of architecture. Roth says he relies on ‘nature’s existing structural logic to resolve problems presented by each site from day to day. Building is an act of improvisation and collaboration between the architects and skilled Maya craftsmen.’