Marcel Montoya holds a Masters of Architecture degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Design from the University of New Mexico. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, the highest award offered by the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning for graduating students. His research has focused on strategies for leveraging urban design to create biodiverse ecosystems and he received a recognition of distinction for his plan to recreate the natural tidal marshlands within the dense urban environment of Rio de Janeiro.

Marcel has worked with distinguished designers and architects including Moshe Safdie and James Turrell in projects ranging from art installations to higher education facilities, residential projects, hotels, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and city master planning. He has worked on projects in Peru, Singapore, and Brazil, as well as numerous projects in the the United States.