Antonio L. Gárate

Partner &
Senior Project Architect


Antonio L. Gárate is a LEED AP Certified Architect licensed in Puerto Rico and Florida. He has over 20 years of experience in commercial, residential, institutional and industrial design and management.

Gárate is responsible for the project management of multiple major office building retrofits that include tenant improvements, building code compliance, technical oversight of the implementation of energy conservation measures and LEED certification. His strong technical training and hands-on experience in green building design, building performance and design integration bring world-class credentials and significant added value to the firm’s ongoing commitment to sustainable architecture.

Prior to his involvement with Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, Gárate worked with The Stellar Group, a leading design-build construction company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. During his eight-year tenure at the company, he was actively engaged in all stages of both industrial and commercial building design for numerous domestic and international clients. Subsequently, Gárate held the position of design and construction project manager and project administrator for two major residential developers based in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

Gárate is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master’s degree in building performance and diagnostics. While at Carnegie Mellon, Gárate researched the design and implementation of integrated building systems (HVAC, lighting, power/data/voice networking), the interior systems and office layouts for the Department of Energy, and the retrofits studies for the Forrestal Building in Washington, DC.

His specialized field studies include Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Analysis for building subsystems, evaluation of alternative floor-based systems for office configurations, benefit analysis and methodology for the economic evaluation of LCC systems, parametric analysis of building systems and controls via computer simulation, building performance studies and retrofits for energy conservation, and integrated strategic design directed toward the high performance workplace.

Gárate is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Puerto Rico Architects and Landscape Architects Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.

In his free time, Antonio loves swimming and snorkeling. He is a father of four and a talent on the dance floor.