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VERTEBRAL is an architecture and landscaping studio founded in Mexico City by Elias Kalach and Teddy Nanes in 2016.


The approach to projects always follows the same logic, despite being in different social, political and geographical contexts. The studio is not governed by an aesthetic ideal or by a geometric predisposition, but by a search that arises from the exercise of observation, in order to approach the understanding of a site and a series of circumstances that give input and guidelines to architecture. . Vertebral understands architecture as the act of intervening in a site to create space through walls and slabs, but also through bushes, herbs and trees.​


Vertebral uses primary materials in its architecture. Concrete, steel, stone and wood are the resources that with a wide range of geometries build the imaginary of the team, its models and its buildings.

Vertebral - Elías Kalach & Teddy Nanes


First Place

CAM-SAM Grand Prize for Professional Merit (Young Architects)| Professional Merit


Noldi Schreck Award 2022 | Reconversion of Spaces

AZ Awards 2021 | Social Good | Azure Magazine (Canada)

Small Architecture 2021 | Architecture Masterprize

Firenze Entremuros 2021 (Reforma Newspaper) | Ephemeral Architecture

Premio Obras Cemex 2019 | Residential Housing | Casa Erasto

Opera Prima | Íconos del Diseño | Architectural Digest Mexico

Tercera Bienal de Jóvenes Arquitectos 2019 | Residential Housing

Second Place

Concurso Arquine No. 26 | Pabellón MEXTRÓPOLI 2024

Premio Obras Cemex 2019 Internacional | Residential Housing

Third Place

Noldi Schreck Award |  Multifamily Housing

4to Premio Península de Arquitectura e Interiorismo 2020 | AAI

Honorable Mention

Architizer A+Awards 2024 | Private House 

Best Young Firm | Architizer A+ Awards 2023

Centro de Cultura Ambiental Chapultepec 2020 | Mexican Ministry of Culture

Architecture Masterprize 2019


Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture | 20 Finalists Selection

Firenze EntreMuros (Reforma Newspaper) | Finalist for Best Commercial and Corporate Interiors 2019

Premio Obras | Finalist for Work of the Year 2019

Blueprint Awards 2019 (UK) |  Finalist in Best Non-Public Project: Residential

The Plan Award 2019 (Italia) | Shortlist


CHANGE ART 2022 | Bucaramanga, Colombia



Elias Kalach

Teddy Nanes



Marco Agonizante

Lourdes Gámez

Enrique Gonzalez

Caroline Husson

Daniela López

Jose Manuel Martinez

Elsa Mendoza

Anahí Ortega

Luisa Pedraza

Edgar Ruiz

Kevin Sandoval

Fernando Zúñiga

Previous Collaborators


Alejandra Alcázar

Valeria Álvarez

Fernanda Angulo

Héctor Batres

Alberto Bou

Nino Canun

Sabrina Canun

Giovanna Enríquez

Rodrigo Gamboa

Santiago García

Fernando Gómez

Jacqueline Hale

Pedro López

Leticia Matsuda

Isaac Michan

Cesar Mondragon

Sofia Oyarzun

Francisco Parra

Isaac Penhos

Juan Agustin Rivera
Alejandra Rojo

Eduardo Suárez

Eliza Teixeira

María Fernanda Tinajero

Habid Valdes

Pablo Ziga

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