Francisco Javier Rodríguez

 

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Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez is the Principal at rsvp architects in San Juan and an ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico, where he served as Dean from 2007 until 2016. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech, Paris and Harvard GSD, where he earned a Master of Architecture with Distinction winning the American Institute of Architects (AIA) School Medal, the Portfolio Award and a Fulbright Fellowship.

His practice—which includes a house in Canada, a master plan for a university in Miami and urban furniture in Barcelona–has earned over a dozen AIA-PR and CAAPPR Bienal awards and citations in architecture, urban design, interiors, industrial design, graphic design, research and publications.

Rodríguez has also taught at various universities in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the United States. He has been invited to many universities as Visiting Critic, including MIT, Harvard, Penn, Cornell, Barcelona, Seville, Tulane, Rice and the AA in London.

He served as editor of (in)forma, an award-winning academic journal and has co-authored five books including Alma Mater, Aula Magna, De Buena Tinta, Chronologies of an Architectural Pedagogy and Contemporary Architecture in Puerto Rico 1992-2010, a joint effort with the AIA.

Mr. Rodríguez was selected by El Nuevo Día newspaper as one of the ten most influential pioneers in Puerto Rico for the year 2008, when he collaborated with artist Ai Wei Wei on the Ordos 100 project in China. He is currently the President-Elect at ACSA, a Board member at AULA and the Director of CIUDAD, the UPR urban think tank.

 

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