Co-Founder & CEO
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 Co-founder of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design, recently chosen as one of the Best 300 Architecture firms in the US by Architectural Record. His firm has been recognized with numerous local and international design awards for their work in the United States, Central America, South America and the Middle East.
Álvarez-Díaz began his professional career in New York, working for the renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern. He studied in Italy and the United States, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is currently pursuing, an AMDP (GSD) from Harvard University in Boston.
He has more than 10 years of experience in federally funded projects including: public housing developments, affordable housing projects, CDBG-DR, LIHTC, public assisted housing (section 8), and housing rehabilitation programs. He also has managed all phases of design and contract administration for Renaissance Square, Bayshore Villas and Jose Gautier Benitez Community Redevelopment, the first federally funded mixed income projects in Puerto Rico.
As an expert on housing issues, Álvarez-Díaz has actively participated in several boards and advisory panels. He is part of the team that leads the resilient design guides for multifamily and single-family housing development for Puerto Rico in collaboration with Enterprise Communities; he is a commissioner of the ReImagina Puerto Rico Report, in collaboration with CNE, 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation; and is one of the founders and collaborators of ResilientSee, a global alliance committed to the design and reconstruction of a resilient and sustainable Puerto Rico.
During 2015 to 2017 he served as the president of the Builders Association of Puerto Rico. In 2017, Álvarez-Díaz was appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico as a member of the board of directors of Invest Puerto Rico, as well as chair of the Governor’s Construction and Housing Advisory Committee. In 2017, he was appointed by the PR Secretary of State as a liaison between the private sector and the Federal Government (FEMA) on critical infrastructure, construction and housing issues. In 2018, he was also appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico as a member of the Board of Directors of the ENLACE Project Corporation of the Caño Martín Peña.
In 2020 he was appointed as a member of the board of advisors at University of Notre Dame’s Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate, an organization dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of real estate professionals. In 2015, he served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Architecture of Puerto Rico.
Alvarez-Diaz also currently serves as founder and co-chair of the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and as an ULI Governor. He served as Local Chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has participated in several institutions both in the United States and in Puerto Rico, including Habitat for Humanity, Guayacán Endowment Fund, Foundation for Puerto Rico, Ponce Art Museum, Protechos, Juntos por Puerto Rico, University of Notre Dame, Saint John’s School and PR Center for Social Concerns.
Álvarez-Díaz is licensed to practice architecture in Florida, Texas, New York, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.