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 founder and principal of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design: a leading architectural and interior design firm, headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico with offices in Miami, Florida.
From 2015 through 2017, Álvarez-Díaz served as the President of Puerto Rico Home Builders Association: marking the first time in the organization’s sixty-six-year history that a licensed architect has been named to this prestigious position. In 2017, Álvarez-Díaz was named by the Governor of Puerto Rico as a member of the board of directors of Invest Puerto Rico, an organization established in 2017 responsible for marketing the island as a destination to bring investment and new business. He currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Construction and Housing Advisory Committee and in 2017 was appointed by the Secretary of State as a liaison between the private sector and the Federal Government (FEMA) on issues on critical infrastructure, construction and housing. In 2018, he was also named by the Governor of Puerto Rico as a member of the Board of Directors of the ENLACE Project Corporation of the Caño Martín Peña.
As an expert in housing issues, Álvarez-Díaz has been actively involved on major council boards and advisory panels. He has served as a consultant to Puerto Rico’s Department of Housing as well as several Municipalities on issues of affordable housing development, community redevelopment, mix finance and planning. He serves as one of the key stakeholders for the resilient design guidelines in the development of multifamily and single-family housing for Enterprise Communities, Inc. He is a commissioner for the Executive Committee for the ReImagina Puerto Rico Report, an initiative together with 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation and as one of the founders and collaborators of ResilientSee, a global alliance committed to designing and rebuilding a resilient, sustainable Puerto Rico.
He is the founding Co-Chair of the Local Urban Land Institute (ULI) district council and he is also a ULI Foundation Governor. In 2015, he served as the Board of Trustees President for the Puerto Rico Foundation for Architecture. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Habitat for Humanity. Álvarez‐Díaz has been actively involved on other major council boards and advisory panels at various renowned institutions, both in the United States and Puerto Rico.
He also teaches courses in entrepreneurship at both the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, and frequents lectures, both stateside and on the island, on contemporary architecture and design topics, and in particular, issues in community planning, sustainability, and resilient design.
Álvarez-Díaz is licensed to practice architecture in Florida, New York, and Puerto Rico.