We live in a world of limited resources.

    As global citizens, our collective actions threaten to exhaust the few that remain.

    At Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, we believe, as architects and designers, that it is our duty to make more responsible choices with our designs.

    We need to walk the walk: to live and work by sustainable practices. Every responsible choice that we make ~ or help our clients make ~ is simply our small yet significant way of contributing to the greater good.

    Our Choice:

    We relocated our main offices to an early 20th century building in the historical area of Santurce.

    We renovated and retrofitted the existing structure in order to obtain a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as part of our ongoing effort to create a healthier environment, lower operating costs, minimize waste, conserve water and energy, and reduce our carbon footprint.

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    - Ricardo and Cristina

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    Top 50 - Industry's Leading Design Firms in the US-Visual Merchandising & Store Design
    (VMSD) (38th place)
    Stars on the Rise Award - Interior Design Award given to Cristina Villalón by the Design
    Center of the Americas (DCOTA)
    Top 5 - PR Largest Architectural Services Firms – Caribbean Business
    American Institute of Architects: People's Choice Award (AIA-Puerto Rico)
    American Institute of Architects: Honorable Mention, Best of Interiors (AIA-Puerto Rico)
    Environmental Excellence Award - PR Manufacturers Association
    The Best of Education and Culture – Interior Design Books
    The Best of Houzz Award
    American Institute of Architects: People's Choice Award (AIA - Puerto Rico)
    Top 40 - Industry's Leading Design Firms in the US- Visual Merchandising & Store Design
    (VMSD) (35th place)
    The Best of Residential Architecture and Design – Interior Design Books
    Top 10 - Architecture and Design Firms – Caribbean Business' Book of Lists 2013
    American Institute of Architects: People's Choice Award (AIA - Puerto Rico)
    Top 10 - Architecture and Design Firms – Caribbean Business' Book of Lists 2012
    40 under 40 – Caribbean Business – Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, AIA, NCARB, CAAPPR
    PR Home Builders Association - Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz Associate Member of the Year 2012
    Top 10 - Architecture and Design Firms – Caribbean Business' Book of Lists 2011
    Clinton Foundation – Clinton's Climate Initiative (CCI) - Case Study for Minillas
    Top 15 - Architecture and Design Firms – Caribbean Business' Book of Lists 2010
    Benjamin Moore Designer Award- Cristina Villalón, CODDI
    PR Home Builders Association: Multi-Family Project of the Year
    Murano Luxury Apartments, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
    PR Home Builders Association: Single Family Project of the Year
    Paseo Corales, Dorado, Puerto Rico.


    Our partners at ÁLVAREZ-DÍAZ & VILLALÓN have successfully completed projects across the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico ~ as well as around the globe ~ in Oman, Germany, Japan, India, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

    Our international client roster over the years has included market leaders and powerhouse brands belonging to a broad spectrum of industries ~ from fashion to finance.


    Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
    Puerto Rico Foundation for the Architecture
    Puerto Rico Is the Answer (PRANS)
    International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    PR Chapter of Architects and Landscape Architects (CAAPPR)
    PR Chapter of Interior Designers and Decorators (CODDI)
    National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB)
    National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
    PR Homebuilder Association (ACH)
    The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (PRCC)
    International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
    Urban Land Institute (ULI)
    U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


    Spearheaded by the award-winning husband-and-wife team of architect Ricardo Alvarez-Díaz and interior designer Cristina Villalón, Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon® has become one of the most innovative architecture and interior design firms in Latin America. With offices in San Juan and Miami the firm has garnered national attention for their unique holistic approach forging a reputation in design that is both environmentally-responsible and richly appealing to the senses.

    Founded in Puerto Rico in 2001, the architecture and interior design firm’s wide-ranging portfolio includes retail, institutional, commercial and residential work.


    ÁLVAREZ-DÍAZ & VILLALÓN® has been named one of the Top 50 Industry's Leading Design Firms in the US.
    Source: (VMSD) Visual Merchandising & Store Design. 2013 & 2015.


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    Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón | Architects & Interior Designers | Puerto Rico • Miami
    Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón is the award-winning 21st-century architecture and interior design firm ~ the fastest-growing in the Caribbean basin ~ whose unique corporate philosophy is based on the core belief that the architect, the designer must be ‘invisible’.