Building a New Arcadia

Juan Miró, FAIA, Carlos Jiménez, and Miguel Rivera, FAIA.
November 17, 2020
6:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar

Presented by Rice Design Alliance, Architecture Center Houston, and AIA Houston Latinos in Architecture

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Join Juan Miró, FAIA, and Miguel Rivera, FAIA, on Tuesday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m., for an online conversation about their forthcoming book, Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia (University of Texas Press, Dec 2020). The talk is moderated by Carlos Jiménez, Professor at Rice University School of Architecture and Principal and Lead Designer of Carlos Jiménez Studio.

The first from the firm, this volume provides critical insight into the studio’s creative process through texts, 95 drawings, and 231 photographs, exploring two decades of work that has helped bring Texas architecture onto the international stage. In all, Miró Rivera Architects has won more than one hundred design awards, and has represented American architecture at exhibitions worldwide.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the presenters.

Over the course of twenty years, acclaimed studio Miró Rivera Architects has produced an innovative, refined, and imaginative body of work—both modern, and respectful of time-honored building traditions. Their designs embody the particularities of place, and blur the line between art and architecture. The firm’s diverse practice weaves together a commitment to craftsmanship, with a honed sense of materiality and space, to create structures that are at once elegant, controlled, and pleasant to inhabit.

Juan Miró has lectured and published extensively on the work of Miró Rivera Architects and the role of the architectural profession in civic life. 


He is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Urban Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Miguel Rivera is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of the AIA National Young Architect Award. He has lectured in the United States and abroad, and his work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and Latin America.

Carlos Jiménez is a tenured professor at Rice University School of Architecture and Principal and Lead Designer of Carlos Jiménez Studio, an award-winning, internationally-recognized firm. Jiménez is a frequent lecturer, critic, and jury member at national and international architecture events and has received numerous awards for excellence in design and teaching from Architectural Record, the American Institute of Architects, Rice University, Design Intelligence, the Chicago Athenaeum, Architecture, Progressive Architecture, and the Architectural League of New York among others.

This event will be presented via Zoom. Registration is free and open to the public. Registration is open through Monday, November 16; registrants will receive additional information, including the event URL, by email ahead of the event. For more information about the book, plus a special promo code, click here.

AIA Credit: 1.0 LU