We are architects and interior designers. We are passionate about design, loyal to our customers, efficient in everything we do and socially conscious to the core.
ÁLVAREZ-DÍAZ & VILLALÓN is dedicated to sustainable architecture and interior design that enhances people’s experience of the world and improves their lives.
Founded in 2001 and spearheaded by the award-winning husband-and-wife team of architect Ricardo Alvarez-Díaz and Interior Designer Cristina Villalón, AD&V® has become one of the most innovative architecture and interior design firms in Latin America.
The firm has garnered national attention for its holistic approach, forging a reputation in design that is both environmentally responsible and richly appealing to the senses. We are known for our high standards and inspiring designs, as well as for our efficient and professional business practices and personalized service.
Our portfolio includes multifamily, residential, hospitality, commercial, institutional and retail work. We serve our clients from offices in San Juan and Miami.
To translate a client’s vision into a cohesive, user-centric and sustainable design solution.
To positively transform people’s lives by designing Places of Purpose.
- We are Architects and Interior Designers. Each approaches design with a different perspective. Our designs are executed HOLISTICALLY to reach informed, well thought-out, cohesive, and seamless solutions.
- We are contextual designers. We consider our project surroundings. Our designs always have a SENSE OF PLACE.
- Our designs are USER-CENTRIC. We pay attention to the customer experience.
- All people should enjoy design regardless of age, size, ability, or disability. That is why we employ UNIVERSAL DESIGN.
- The best designs are designed for people and consider HUMAN SCALE and PROPORTIONS.
- Great designs have a sense of HEIRARCHY and a superior SPACE PLAN.
- As designers, we are trained to be SOLUTION PROVIDERS.
- Our designs are FUNCTIONAL and AESTHETICALLY PLEASING.
- We have a responsibility to our planet and we take it seriously. Our design choices are always SUSTAINABLE.
- We are STORYTELLERS. Our designs have a story behind them.
THE AD&V WAY
We are Game Changers and Thought Leaders. We are Passionate about making a positive impact. We Understand people and put them first in everything we do. We are Responsible and trustworthy, and we value loyalty and mutual respect. We are Proactive, constantly anticipating and innovating. We actively pursue personal and professional growth. We are life-long learners. We are Openminded and willing to collaborate and learn from others. We are Storytellers. We are Entrepreneurial and business savvy. We empathize with our clients and their challenges. We strive to add value in all our interactions. We believe in social responsibility. We believe we must leave this planet better than we found it. That is why we are committed to designing Places of PURPOSE.
How We Work
We approach each project as a partnership of shared vision and passion, following a collaborative process that is mutually beneficial for our clients and the firm.
Collaboration is a driving force at AD&V®. Our entire team gets involved at the initial stage of every project. We work closely with each other and in partnership with our clients to ensure they get the best results. Our integrated practice offers experts in key areas including architecture, interior design, and green initiatives.
We do not impose a style on our clients. We listen to their concerns, identify their pain points and use our expertise to provide functional and efficient solutions and designs.
Throughout the design process, we are conscious of the financial realities that can shape projects. We understand our design has to be cost effective and realistic in order to be successful.
We are conscientious global citizens in a world of limited resources that our collective actions threaten to exhaust. We believe that, as architects and designers, it is our duty to make more responsible choices with our designs.
We must walk the walk and live and work by sustainable practices. Every responsible choice that we make—or help our clients make—is our small-yet-significant way of contributing to the greater good.
We relocated our main offices to an early 20th-century building in the historical area of Santurce in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
As part of our ongoing effort to create a healthier environment, lower operating costs, minimize waste, conserve water and energy, and reduce our carbon footprint, we renovated and retrofitted an existing structure. Our office is the first architecture and interior design firm in Latin America to be LEED® PLATINUM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
SUSTAINABILITY IS BETTER
Our offices are a showroom for the benefits of green initiatives. Sustainable buildings are better for people and for the planet. But they also are better for our bottom line.
Energy efficiency saves money, but there is another aspect that makes sustainability more profitable. When a place of work has the right amount of light—not too bright, not too dark—and the right temperature—neither too cold nor too hot—team members can focus on their jobs and be more productive. In addition, their experience of their work place and their jobs is improved, resulting in a better quality of life. Happy employees are productive employees.
Our Competitive Advantage
Act No. 20 of 2012, known as the Act to promote the exportation of services, provides attractive tax incentives for companies that establish and expand their export services businesses from Puerto Rico. Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® (Alvarez-Diaz + Group, PSC) can share with our clients the benefits of only paying 4% tax for all exporting services designed in the island and was the first architecture and interior design firm to offer this advantage.