International Architectural Competition

International Architecture Competition

Master Plan 2017
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Tafer Hotels & Resorts

TAFER is a forward thinking leisure and hospitality company with an ever-growing and evolving collection of award-winning hotels, resorts and boutique villas. Tafer’s founders have launched this competition because their brands rely on excellent design as well as being at the forefront of what is happening in the field of architecture and design.

The Site

The site that is open for intervention neighbors Tafer’s existing Garza Blanca luxury beach resort development, contouring the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range and fronting a sandy Pacific Ocean beach. Taking these factors into consideration, the site is open to a vast range of opportunities for commercial and residential use.

Innovation

Participants are asked to create ground-breaking and inventive projects with the intention of provoking and questioning our perceived notions of hospitality.

The proposal can range in size, form and function and is therefore open to any number of creative projections, including but not limited to: a series of pavilions, a collection of buildings, a thematic park, a residential project, urban landscapes and more.

Prizes

  • 1º Prize$5000 USD
  • 2º Prize$3000 USD
  • 3º Prize$2000 USD
  • 4º Prize$1000 USD

The Winners

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1st Prize

Competitor
TC-TN427Q
Project
Coral Forest Society

2º Prize

Competitor
TC-M82F3T
Project
Eco Life
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3º Prize

Competitor
TC-MQT2G4
Project
Las Islas Club
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4º Prize

Competitor
TC-2YN7RK
Project
Vertical Landscape

Honorable Mentions

Competitor
TC-TP7RDZ
Project
Boat Towers
Competitor
TC-7FD9X6
Project
Natural Terraces
Competitor
TC-BM10TW
Project
Eco Resort Park
Competitor
TC-3SHZ5X
Project
Pause/Moment
Competitor
TC-K8S20X
Project
Frozen Clouds
Competitor
TC-BRE58C
Project
Samsara Wheel
Competitor
TC-LJ8PNM
Project
Horizontal Landscape
Competitor
TC-YKX7EQ
Project
Sky Journey
Competitor
TC-3NWVZ1
Project
Nature Creates

FINALISTS

The Jury and Tafer Hotels & Resorts would like to thank all of the candidates who submitted entries for the competition and to commend participants for their creativity and ingenuity.

  • TC-1FEB40
  • TC-2Y0S3C
  • TC-3O1YXF
  • TC-4MPEW8
  • TC-4NKWHY
  • TC-5RO9DJ
  • TC-6H8PMJ
  • TC-6MUSH7
  • TC-7DJVAS
  • TC-8X31KI
  • TC-9VQ130
  • TC-15T9ER
  • TC-21QIDL
  • TC-920A4W
  • TC-BEKOIJ
  • TC-C3DRFT
  • TC-DQ25WL
  • TC-DUEIV4
  • TC-F705B2
  • TC-FTJAOU
  • TC-GI4V8O
  • TC-H9I8LW
  • TC-IM7SR2
  • TC-JRITA9
  • TC-KP6ISO
  • TC-LYPW17
  • TC-MDCBUH
  • TC-O2E3PL
  • TC-QHW8C9
  • TC-RUXK48
  • TC-SBF39C
  • TC-SYTQ2R
  • TC-TL49G7
  • TC-UEVHX9
  • TC-V0PMDT
  • TC-VEA83H
  • TC-W2EN7M
  • TC-WMBYGI
  • TC-XIG4V0
  • TC-Y5XAS6

The Jury

Calendar

  1. Opening October 22, 2016
  2. Registration - phase 1 October 23 to 30, 2016 - FREE!
  3. Registration - phase 2 October 31, 2016 to Jan 5, 2017 - Students: $1 USD | Profesionals: $50 USD
  4. Submissions deadline January 31, 2017
  5. Jury summoning February 7, 2017
  6. Winners announcement February 8, 2017
  7. Publications and prizes February 16, 2017
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  • International Architectural Competition
  • International Architectural Competition

COMPETITION CLOSED

Thanks to all of the candidates who submitted entries for the competition.

Fernando González Corona

Fernando González Corona

Owner, Founder and President of Tafer Hotels & Resorts

Owner, Founder and President of Tafer Hotels & Resorts and co-founder and majority owner of The Villa Group Resorts, Fernando González Corona studied Business Administration and Political Economics at the University of Sinaloa in Mazatlán, Mexico. In 1984 he formed the Villa Group Resorts and later founded Tafer Hotels & Resorts. To date, Fernando González Corona has developed twelve resorts: four in Puerto Vallarta, two in Riviera Nayarit, three in Cabo San Lucas, one in Cancun, a boutique hotel in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere and a lakeside resort in the Sierra Madre Mountains, in addition to three more resorts under construction in Los Cabos, Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Fernando González Corona takes an active role in all his ventures from site selection, design of the resorts, marketing and sales, to the delivery of a quality vacation experience for all clientes. He has also participated in public affairs, having held several positions including Mayor of Puerto Vallarta and Congressman for the Republic of Mexico.

Robert Kistner

Robert Kistner

President of Garza Blanca Residence Club and Club Caribe

Robert Kistner is President of Garza Blanca Residence Club and Club Caribe vacation club, Vice President of the Villa Group Resorts, acting President of Universal Vacation Club, President of the charity, Building the Future and Executive Committee Member on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, the Eagle’s Wings Foundation. A US born citizen, Robert Kistner resides in Mexico where he has been a professional in the vacation ownership field for almost 35 years. His depth of experience covers all aspects of the industry from sales, marketing, development, hotel management and owner servicing. He is renowned for both his acute business acumen and visionary contribution to the vacation ownership industry as well as his commitment to charitable organizations.

Fernando González, Jr.

Fernando González, Jr.

Project Director for the Cancun and Riviera Maya Region

Fernando Gonzalez, Jr. is currently the Project Director for the Cancun and Riviera Maya Region at Tafer Hotels & Resorts. Having lived in Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s leading tourist destinations, for 17 years before moving away to study and follow his career, Fernando Gonzalez, Jr. grew up exposed to all aspects of the vacation property industry including development, financial planning, sales, marketing, and management. He also studied abroad for two years and completed his education at the University of San Diego with a BS in Business Administration. During his years in San Diego, Fernando Gonzalez, Jr. excelled at resort marketing for ResortCom International before moving to Cancun to join the management team at Villa del Palmar Cancun Resort & Spa upon its opening in 2011. More recently, he has been involved in the design and construction process of the latest hotel to be launched by Tafer Hotels &amo; Resorts, the AAA 5 Diamond ranked Hotel Mousai, in addition to projects currently under construction in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Cancun.

Javier Moreno

Javier Moreno

Interior Design Director at Tafer Hotels & Resorts

Javier Moreno is currently the Interior Design Director at Tafer Hotels & Resorts managing the interior design projects for Garza Blanca Resort Los Cabos, Garza Blanca Resort Cancun and Garza Blanca Resort Riviera Maya in Mexico. Prior to these projects, he was the Project Manager for Hotel Mousai by Tafer in Puerto Vallarta from 2014 - 2015, Mexico which went on to be classified as a 5 Diamond ranked hotel, as well as Phase Two and Three of the Garza Blanca Resort & Spa development, also in Puerto Vallarta, from 2008 - 2014. Other major projects include Villa del Palmar Flamingos, La Casona Restaurant and Tatehuari Spa for the Villa Group from 2006 -2008. Before collaborating with Tafer Hotels & Resorts and the Villa Group, he worked with Elias + Elias Architects and Taheima Condominiums.

Carlos Palomera

Carlos Palomera

Architect. Design research partner at Kreative Room. Currently Msc Emergent Technologies, Architectural Association School of Architecture

Carlos Palomera is currently studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture at the Emergence Technologies Program. Carlos Palomera holds a degree of Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University San Diego where he was awarded the overall thesis award in 2012. Since graduation Carlos Founded Palometrics Architectural Laboratory in Puerto Vallarta and has been part of the design Team of Tafer resorts since 2014 where he has been a key part for the design of the latest hotels for the group. Carlos has work in different studios around the world such as Dehow Projects in Hong Kong where his work has been exhibited in different galleries across China. Also he is always conducting research in different topics concerning Digital Fabrication and the advances of Architecture related to technology.

Karoll González

Karoll González

Creative Director at Kreative Room and Founder of Mindfulhabits

Karoll Gonzalez is Creative Director at Kreative Room and Tafer Hotels & Resorts while simultaneously pursuing an MA in Interior Design at the Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL). Her most celebrated accomplishment to date is her collaboration on the Interior Design project for Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which was awarded the Five Diamond rating by AAA for its concept and innovative design. Together with her architect husband she ran a collaborative and experimental design studio in Puerto Vallarta from 2014 - 2016 where they pursued creative projects with students and local artists. Other recent projects include: renovation of the suites at the Villa del Palmar hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; interior design of the lobby at the Villa del Palmar resort in Cancun and restaurant and concept design for BocaDos STK and Hiroshi Japanese Fusion restaurant, also in Puerto Vallarta.

Odín López

Odín López

Coordinator for Tafer’s Architectural Projects

Having graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Guadalajara in 1995, followed by a number of architecture courses and diplomas, Odín López is currently responsible for the coordination of the architectural projects at Tafer Hotels & Resorts. Since 2014 he has been the project director for Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, Mexico. Prior to joining Tafer to work on the Garza Blanca developments, he was Project manager from 2012 until 2014 at Inmobiliaria Aries; Lecturer at the University of Durango in the Culiacán campus and project director for the Villa del Palmar resort on the islands of Loreto, Mexico.

Rubén Hernández

Rubén Hernández

Coordinator for Tafer’s Architectural Projects

Rubén Hernández graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Guadalajara in 1988 and is a founding member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Baja California Sur (Architects College) at the Los Cabos campus. He also has a master’s degree in Tourism and Business Management from the Golfo de California University (UGC) in Los Cabos, Baja California. His professional trajectory includes a variety of developments in Baja California such as Hotel La Mission and Villa del Palmar Ensenada Blanca in Loreto, Paraíso del Mar, Punta Coyote and Bahía de los Sueños in La Paz and Villa del Palmar, Villa La Estancia and Villa del Arco in Los Cabos. Other developments to his credit are: Paradise Plaza, Villa del Palmar Flamingos and Nantli Resort Playa Tortugas in Riviera Nayarit and the World Trade Center in Guadalajara in conjunction with JM y Asociados amongst other projects.

Devin Gharakhanian

Devin Gharakhanian

Creative Director, Environment/Experience Designer and Entrepreneur

He is the co-founder of the emerging architecture publication/media platform Super Architects and is currently sponsored by Sci-Arc (MA) Edge Program (fiction and entertainment) to develop his research + design work in world building/speculative film narratives experienced through virtual reality (VR). The design studio he founded, QUARC, is focused on rethinking spatial atmospheres and experiences, through performing interdisciplinary projects in balance between architecture, media, and technology. Their most recent ongoing work is called Room XYZ, where they formulate immersive narratives that directly link to VR installations and experiences. In result, simultaneously question what VR/AR/MR might mean for the future of architecture? Los Angeles based, Devin's work is being produced out of The RUE, a think tank and incubator space supporting 7 particular creatives working both independently and in parallel.