Ricardo Álvarez‐Díaz is the founder and principal of Álvarez‐Díaz & Villalón®: a leading
architectural and interior design firm, headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico with offices in
Miami, Florida. Over its fifteen-year history, this dynamic firm, has performed work in the
United States, Central America, South America and the Middle East; and was recently
included as one of the top 50 leading retail design firms in the U.S. by VMSD.
Álvarez‐Díaz began his career working in New York for famed architect and educator Robert
A.M. Stern and studied architecture in Italy and the United States, where he received his
Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Notre Dame.
In 2016 Alvarez-Diaz was named one of the Top 15 Architects in Miami by Builddirect.com
and in 2012 as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Caribbean Business, the leading financial
publication for the Caribbean Basin area.
Alvarez-Diaz is a prolific author and has been published in a variety of leading industry
publications. He also served as former section editor for the Institute of Classical
Architecture’s annual magazine The Classicist. He and his firm have been featured in
numerous books, newspapers, and magazines, both stateside and abroad, including,
Architect, Interior Design, Affordable Housing Finance, Retail Middle East, Nexus,
Bloomberg, VMSD, Ocean Drive, Interiors and Sources, Retail: Design, and Green Building &
Álvarez‐Díaz frequently lectures, both stateside and on the island, on contemporary
architectural and design topics, and in particular, issues of architectural design and
productivity, energy performance, and sustainability.
In November of 2015, Mr. Álvarez-Díaz became the President of Puerto Rico Builders
Association: marking the first time in the organization’s sixty-four- year history that a
licensed architect has been named to this prestigious post. Álvarez-Díaz also serves as Board
of Trustees President for the Puerto Rico Foundation for Architecture and as founding Co-
Chair of the Local Urban Land Institute (ULI) district council.
He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and has been actively involved
on major council boards and advisory panels at various renowned institutions, both in the
United States and Puerto Rico, including Habitat for Humanity, Foundation for Puerto Rico,
Ponce Museum of Art, Puerto Rico is the Answer, Juntos por Puerto Rico, Saint John's
School, the PR Center for Social Concerns, and Citizen Effect: a nonprofit organization based
in Washington D.C.
In partnership with his wife, interior designer Cristina Villalón, he cosponsors the Álvarez-
Díaz & Villalón Fund at the University of Notre Dame. Annually, the fund bestows a
summer internship prize, plus two student scholarship awards; at both the undergraduate
and graduate levels within the School of Architecture for outstanding leadership and
sustainability in design. Álvarez-Díaz is the proud father of three beautiful daughters, a rock-jazz drummer, and an
ardent fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He is licensed to practice architecture in Florida,
New York and Puerto Rico.
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