Alvaro graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, & Planning in 2015, and immediately afterwards moved to New York City to begin work with the Rockwell Group. Originally starting as a college intern, Alvaro in less than 4 years became a manager of his own project, leading the design and construction of The Kanai Edition Hotel; a 180-key full-service luxury resort and the first of its brand to be built in Latin America.
Parallel to managing his own project, Alvaro was also the interior project architect for 15 Hudson Yards; a 70-story residential tower in Manhattan’s west side. He was responsible for all architectural scope in the interior design and construction of 285 condominium units, and 5 amenity floors, with program ranging from a full service spa, co-working spaces, and even private restaurants and bars. After years of careful coordination and thorough design efforts, he tower was successfully completed in 2019.
Hospitality & Neuroscience
Once accepted into Cornell’s architecture program, Alvaro became very involved in the university’s hospitality college, always bridging the two disciplines together and leading the way in cross-industry projects by designing pop-up dinners, collaborating in research projects, and participating in hotel-design competitions with colleagues. As an effort to understand hotel operations first-hand, he worked for 4 years as a banquets server, accumulating valuable experience in both back-of-house and front-of-house guest service.
In addition to hospitality, the subject of Neuroscience became a fascinating interest to Alvaro during his college years and beyond. He was particularly interested in the potential for architecture to positively influence the mind and body of users through science and biology - helping solve issues in learning, psychiatry, and even improve hotel experiences for guests. Alvaro had the opportunity to twice present his research at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, as a guest of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture – sharing his work with an international audience of bio-psychologists and designers.
Alvaro has been interested in hospitality since he was 8 years old. In elementary school, instead of taking class-notes he would sketch axonometric drawings on his notebook and say those were going to be his hotels one day. He was influenced by both travels with his family and the abundant amount of hotels in Tijuana when he was growing up.
In middle school, his mom decided to move the family to California in order to escape the violence in Mexico at the time. Alvaro had to learn English at the age of 11, attending tutoring classes in the mornings, during lunch, and after school - reaching a conversational level in less than a year. This was thanks to the English-Language Learning programs made available to him by the school, and the care of his teachers and motivation from his family.
Once in high school, he continued to refine his fine-arts skills by drawing portraits of family members and historical as well as movie characters that inspired him. This in addition to improving on his leadership skills as he became involved with the California’s State Board of Education, presenting proposals to the state’s Education Senate Committee, and of course, in his local school district working side-by-side with students and principals to improve his community’s learning experience. This would lead him to become his school’s student of the year in 2010, giving him a platform to push forward important student and educational issues.
These experiences speak volumes of Alvaro’s passion for architecture and design, and his drive to create memorable and meaningful experiences. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please reach out if you have any questions or would like to continue to conversation.
Ithaca, New York
Bachelor of Architecture Class of 2015
bustamante business center
Baja California, Mexico
Real Estate Intern
New York, NY
2014 - 2019
Ithaca, New York
Banquets Lead Server
Las Vegas, Nevada
ACADEMY OF NEUROSCIENCE FOR ARCHITECTURE
San Diego, California
2014 Conference Presenter
2016 Conference Presenter
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