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Francisco Rodriguez Suarez

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117 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 E Lorado Taft Dr
Champaign, IL 61801
Director and Clayton T. Miers Professor, School of Architecture


Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA, is the Clayton T. Miers Professor in Architecture and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. Professor Rodríguez-Suárez studied architecture at Georgia Tech, Paris, and Harvard GSD, where he earned a Master of Architecture with Distinction winning the American Institute of Architects Medal, the Portfolio Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

For nine years, he served as Dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture and has taught and lectured at various universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the United States. He has been invited by the American Academy in Rome as a Visiting Scholar and by many prestigious universities as Visiting Critic, including the AA, MIT, Harvard, Penn, Cornell, Barcelona, Seville, Toronto, Madrid, Barcelona, the Glasgow School of Arts, Tulane, Rice, the Istanbul Technological University, and the University of Johannesburg.

Professor Rodríguez-Suárez served as the director of (in)forma, an award-winning academic journal, and has edited five books including Alma MaterAula MagnaChronologies of an Architectural PedagogyDe Buena Tinta, and Contemporary Architecture in Puerto Rico 1992-2010, a joint effort with the AIA.

His practice, RSVP Architects, has earned over 10 AIA-PR Awards and Citations and several BIENAL awards in seven different categories. Rodríguez-Suárez is a Fellow of the AIA and 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 recently finished his term as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), an organization that had previously recognized him as Distinguished Professor.


Additional Campus Affiliations

Director, School of Architecture
Clayton T. Miers Professor, School of Architecture
Professor, School of Architecture
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Lizardi Pollock, J. L., & Rodríguez, F. J. (2015). Paisajes de la contingencia: arquitectura y urbanismo en San Juan: 1938-1948. In J. R. Beruff , & J. L. Bolivar Fresneda (Eds.), Puerto Rico en la segunda guerra mundial: el escenario regional (Vol. 2). Ediciones Callejón.

Rodríguez, F. J. (2015). Cronologías de una pedagogía arquitectónica. ((In)forma; Vol. 10). Universidad de Puerto Rico Escuela de Arquitectura.

Rodríguez, F. J. (Ed.) (2015). De buena tinta: Italia a mano alzada. Universidad de Puerto Rico Escuela de Arquitectura.

Rodríguez, F. J., & Rodríguez Beruff, J. (Eds.) (2013). Alma mater: memorias y perspectivas de la universidad posible. Universidad de Puerto Rico Escuela de Arquitectura.

Rodríguez, F. J., & Marrero, D. J. (2010). Arquitectura contemporánea en Puerto Rico: 1993-2010. Universidad de Puerto Rico Escuela de Arquitectura.

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