Co-Founder & President Architect
Arq. Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, AIA, NCARB, CAAPPR
“When design goes from good to great, suddenly the creator becomes invisible.”
– Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz
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 executed projects in the United States, Central America, South America, and the Middle East.
Álvarez‐Díaz & Villalón® was recently named one of the top 50 leading retail design firms in the U.S. by VMSD Magazine.
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.
He has been featured in dozens of books, newspapers, and magazines, both stateside and abroad, including, Architecture, Interior Design, Retail Middle East, VMSD, Ocean Drive, Interiors and Sources, Retail: Design, and Green Building & Design magazines.
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 an 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 ULI district council.
Likewise Álvarez-Díaz 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, Juntos por Puerto Rico, Saint John’s School, Puerto Rico Museum of Art, 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.