2017 Awards

Design: General

Merit Award

A New Campus Creation: Universidad De Monterrey
San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
SWA Group
Principal in Charge: Rene Bihan
Client: Universidad de Monterrey

Architectural intervention combined with indigenous planting establishes the change in values that will lead the on-going campus transformation into the next phase.
The landscape paving and walls match the exposed concrete of the new building, reinforcing the connection between site and structure. The design team focused on integrating local craft and materials, such as Monterrey’s renowned architectural concrete industry.
Set in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, the new design elegantly transects with the native terrain through a series of walls and stairs.
This project signals and new relationship between place and pedagogy; from this point forward, landscape architecture will play a critical role in the education of both students and faculty.
Nestled into the dramatic terrain
The new project site replaces a parking lot and over-scaled asphalt road with a clear and comfortable pedestrian connection directly to the campus student center.
Previously sterile and unforgiving, the new landscape vision is rich and verdant, providing a multi-sensory experience for pedestrians.
Rejecting the water-thirsty paradigm, the new indigenous ecology requires significantly less resources while also contributing to the sense of place.
This design embraces the dramatic regional context, as the new building and cross-campus promenade create a strong orientation to the impressive mountain Cerro de la Silla.
Throughout its history, the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) campus was disconnected and dominated by vehicular infrastructure.
The Gate of Creation is the first phase of a new landscape master plan transforming UDEM into a into a vibrant, connected, and sustainable campus.

The Universidad de Monterrey’s new Roberto Garza Sada Center for Art and Architecture marks the first step toward a total campus that is healthy, sustainable and regionally representative. The landscape design uses the site topography to dramatic advantage and celebrates local ecology through an expressive native plant palette that immerses site users into a rich and verdant environment. The building and supporting landscape represent the first phase of a new, comprehensive campus master plan and a new relationship between place and pedagogy.