Professor Juan Miró, FAIA, LEED AP was born in Barcelona and obtained his professional degree at the Escuela de Arquitectura of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 1989, he earned a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a post-professional Master’s degree at Yale University, where he was awarded the William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal. He has been a faculty member at the UTSOA since 1997 where he teaches architectural and urban design, construction, and Mexican Architecture. Since 1998, Professor Miró has directed Studio Mexico, a program at the UTSOA that affords students the opportunity to travel to Mexico to study Mexican architecture and design. Professor Miró has lectured and written on Mexican Architecture with a special focus on the ancient city of Teotihuacan.
Professor Miró is also a principal and founder of Miró Rivera Architects, an architectural firm based in Austin. The firm works on a variety of projects spanning from urban design to institutional and commercial buildings to residential architecture. The firm has garnered over 70 design awards, including the AR Emerging Architecture Award, the Texas Architecture Firm Award, and 34 local, state and national AIA Awards. Miró Rivera Architects was awarded the firm achievement award by the Austin AIA in 2006, and received the Texas Society of Architects’ Firm of the Year Award in 2016.
Emerging as one of the leading new architectural voices in the nation, Miró Rivera has represented new architecture from the United States at exhibitions at the Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt and at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin. Their work has been extensively featured worldwide in numerous exhibitions and many prestigious publications, including Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, ArchDaily and the third volume of Phaidon’s 10 x 10 book series.
In his teaching, practice, and research Professor Miró explores the connections between architectural design, place making, Nature, and the relevance of history. He regularly lectures about his work in professional and academic settings in the US and abroad.
Juan Miró is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and has served as a juror for several AIA design award competitions at the national, state, and local levels. In 2011, Juan was elevated to the organization’s College of Fellows in recognition of his contributions to the profession and to society. Juan is also a Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the University of Texas School of Architecture. He was named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2015, he received the Texas Society of Architects’ Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward Romieniec, FAIA and the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
School of Architecture, Yale University
Post-Professional Master’s Degree in Architecture
Universidad Politécnica, Escuela Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid, Spain
Professional Degree in Architecture
Awards - Academic
Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward Romieniec, FAIA. Texas Society of Architects, 2015.
Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. University of Texas System, Spring 2015.
Elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2013.
Named a Professor of Excellence, University of Texas at Austin, 2012.
Distinguished Professor Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2011.
Named Harwell Hamilton Harris Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2011.
SOA Faculty Scholarship Award, University of Texas at Austin, 2011.
Elevated to College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, 2011.
Outstanding Teacher Award (Studio), University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
AD100: Top 100 International Architects & Designers , Architectural Digest, 2010.
Austin Under 40 Award, Austin, Texas, 2004.
ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. 2000.
Texas Excellence Teaching Award, University of Texas at Austin, 1999.
Selected Professional Activities
Juror, AIA–Potomac Valley Design Awards 2016
Juror, University of Milwaukee SuperJURY 2016
Juror, Jeff Harnar Awards 2016
Juror, Architizer A+ Awards 2015
Juror, AIA—Arkansas Design Awards 2013
Juror, International VELUX Awards 2012
Selected Publications - Professional
Houses Now: Material Style. Australia: Images Publishing Group, 2014.
10x10 - 3. New York, New York: Phaidon Press. In Press, Summer 2009.
The Source Book of Contemporary Architecture. Barcelona, Spain: Loft Publications, 2007.
“Texas Society of Architects Honor Awards.” Texas Architect. November/ December 2016.
“A Family Affair.” Austin HOME. Spring 2015.
“Designers Own Homes.” Architectural Digest. September 2010.
“The New AD100.” Architectural Digest. January 2010.
“Miró Rivera Architects, Chinmaya Mission in Austin (Texas).” Arquitectura Viva. March 9, 2017.
“Top 100 | American Architecture Projects.” ArchDaily. June 9, 2016.
Selected Publications - Academic
Juan Miró. “The Central Role of Nature in Shaping the Built Environment of the Americas.” Platform – The University of Texas at Austin. Fall 2015.
Juan Miró and Jose Luis de las Rivas Sanz. “Landscape City: Nature and Urban Regeneration in American Cities.” Bitácora. Mexico. July/ November 2014.
Juan Miró. “Brackenridge tract has huge potential.” Austin American Statesman. March 15, 2014.
Juan Miró. “Let’s guide Austin’s growth to preserve landscape, offer compact alternative.” Austin-American Statesman. June 16, 2011.
Juan Miró. “Construyendo con la naturaleza y en la naturaleza.” In Spanish Architects Abroad: Rafael Moneo, Victor López Cotelo, Enrique Sobejano, Juan Miró, Iñaki Ábalos talk about their work. Berlin Studio e.V., Instituto Cervantes Berlin and jovis Verlag GmbH, April 2011.
Juan Miró. “Charles Gwathmey.” Texas Architect. September/October 2009.
Juan Miró. "Bridging the Gap: Reclaiming Structural Thinking in the Design Process of Architects." Platform – The University of Texas at Austin. Fall 2006.
Juan Miró. "Teotihuacan: la ciudad ideal construida”. Bitácora. Mexico. April - June 2005.
Juan Miró and Ilan Vit. "Hacia un Plan Integral de Protección y Desarrollo para el Valle de Teotihuacan" (Towards an Integral Plan of Protection and Development for the Valley of Teotihuacan). Bitácora. Mexico. April - June 2005.
Juan Miró. "Between Mexicanidad and Modernity: Contemporary Mexican Architecture." Texas Architect. November/December 2003.
Juan Miró. “New Urbanism: 140 Years Ago.” Texas Architect. March/April 2002.