Born in San Jose, Costa Rica (l959). Moved to the United States in l974. Graduated from the University of Houston School of Architecture in l981, receiving awards for best thesis project and best portfolio. Established own office in Houston in l983. Visiting professor at Rice University (l987, l994), Texas A & M University (l987, l989), Southern California Institute of Architecture (l990, l991), U.C.L.A. (1990), University of Texas at Arlington (l990-l996), University of Houston (l991, l994), Williams College (l994), University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (l995, 2002, 2011), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (l996, l997), Tulane University (l996), University of Texas at Austin (l997, 2004), University of California, Berkeley (l999), University of Oregon (2000). Lecturer, Juror and Visiting Critic at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean , Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Tenured Professor at Rice University School of Architecture since the year 2000. Jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2001-2011). Awards for excellence in design and teaching from Design Intelligence“Most Admired Educator 2013”, Rice University’s “ 2013 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching”, AIA Houston Educator of the Year (2009), AIA Houston Honor Award (2008, 2007), Academic Leader Award, Tecnologico de Monterrey at Queretaro (2010, 2009), Charles Duncan Award, Rice University (2006), Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award (2004), Architectural Record Record Houses Award (2004, 1996, 1994, 1990), AIA Indianapolis Honor Awards (2003), Architecture (2002), Progressive Architecture Young Architects (l987), The Architectural League of New YorkYoung Architects Award (l988) and Emerging Voices (l994), Forty under Forty (l995), Fifty under Fifty and Hall of Fame (1995) U of H College of Architecture Tulane University’s First Favrot Chair in Architecture (l996), University of Texas at Austin’s McDermott Visiting Professor (l997) and Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair in Architecture (2004), Harvard University’s Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Professor (l997), Universidad del Diseno’s Doctor Honoris Causa (l998), U.C. Berkeley’s Friedman Visiting Professor (1999), University of Oregon’s Pietro Beluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor (2000). Work exhibited at museums and galleries in Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Montreal, Santa Monica, Austin, Mexico City, Manhattan-Kansas, Williamstown, New Orleans, Fort Worth, Chicago, Cambridge, Arrecife - Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Kansas City, Dallas, Greencastle, Greenwich, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Principal builtworks include the Houston Fine Art Press, the Lynn Goode Gallery, the Central Administration/Junior School Building for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Spencer Studio Art Building at Williams College Massachusetts, the Cummins Engine Child Development Center in Columbus Indiana, the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, Indiana, the Irwin Mortgage Corporate Headquarters, Indiana, the Library Service Center and Data Center at Rice University, Crowley House in Marfa, the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, the Evry Urban Housing Tower, Evry France, and the Benopia Civic Center in Gandia, Spain, among others. Works and projects published in authored books (Barcelona - l991, New York - l996, Cambridge – 2003, Hong Kong – 2009, Valencia - 2014), monographic issues (Tokyo - l996, Buenos Aires - l996, Seoul - l996, Barcelona – 2000, Madrid - 2017 ), specialized books and catalogues, national and international journals such as Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Interiors, Architecture, Ottagono, A+U, The Architectural Review, Quaderns dí Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Arquitectura, The New York Times Design Magazine, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Casabella, A& V, Arquitectura Viva, Interiors, Arquitectura, Hauser, Basa, Piso, Diseno Interior, Arquine, and Lotus International.