Interior Design Principal
CRISTINA VILLALÓN, CODDI
“We want to feel good about our designs, not only because they are good for the earth but also because they are good for you, your wellbeing and your pocket.”
– Cristina Villalón
Cristina Villalón is the Co-Founder and Lead Designer at Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón. She directs both the Interior Design and Visual Merchandising divisions while overseeing all decisions made on a day-to-day basis at the firm.
Renowned for her prize-winning interiors that are as welcoming as they are functional, Villalón was honored in 2015 with the “Star on the Rise” award by the Design Center of the Americas. In 2013 and 2015, examples of Villalón’s work were featured in the books “The Best of Residential Architecture and Design” and “The Best of Education and Culture,” both published by Interior Design Books.
Villalón’s projects in New York, Florida, Panama, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico have received repeated accolades in the press. Her thoughtful use of holistic design coupled with her expertise in the construction, renovation and expansion of high-end residential and retail interiors—along with a healthy dash of perfectionism—has helped her garner a sterling roster of top-tier clients.
Whether Villalón is working with bankers or bakers, hoteliers or homemakers, her designs have the same purpose: to make those who enter each particular space feel instantly at home.
With a keen eye to the future of the industry, Villalón co-hosted a series of university seminars fashioned to impart knowledge to budding design professionals on both the practical and philosophical aspects of interior design. She also conducts in-store consultations periodically to share design pointers with the broader public.
Villalón founded the award-winning design firm Villalón Interiors in 2005. During her seven-year tenure as President, she built the corporation into one of the leading design operations in the Caribbean. In 2012, after nearly a decade of successful collaboration, Villalón Interiors officially joined forces with Álvarez-Díaz + Group, PSC, one of the top architectural firms in the region, becoming Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón℠.
Villalón holds a Master of Science degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles, California. She furthered her design studies in Copenhagen, Denmark, under the tutelage of faculty from The Royal Academy, The Danish Design School and The University of Copenhagen.
Since 2005, Villalón has been an active member of the Colegio de Diseñadores y Decoradores de Interiores de Puerto Rico and the U.S. Green Building Council. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Saint John’s School, the leading college preparatory school in Puerto Rico and her own alma mater. She is a member of the Trustee committee as well as Co-Chair for the Development committee at the institution. In addition, Villalón serves as board member for the Jack B. Kodesh Foundation and Integration Board Chair of the Entrepreneur’s Organization.
In partnership with her husband, Villalón cosponsors the Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón Fund at the University of Notre Dame. The fund bestows three student scholarship awards on an annual basis at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the School of Architecture for outstanding Leadership and Sustainability in Design.
Villalón is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters, a recycling and gender equality activist and an insatiable reader.