Juan Miró


Dick Clark, III, Endowed Chair in Architecture
University Distinguished Teaching Professor

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 UT School of Architecture since 1997.

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. In his teaching, practice, and research Professor Miró explores the connections between architectural design, placemaking, nature, and the relevance of history. Professor Miró was named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and is a member of UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has received both the Texas Society of Architects’ Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions and the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Miró is a principal at 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 was recognized as the 2023 recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts Award in Architecture and has garnered over 100 design awards, including the AR Emerging Architecture Award, Texas Architecture Firm Award, and numerous local, state, and national AIA Awards. Their work has been extensively featured worldwide in numerous exhibitions and many prestigious publications, including Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times. In 2020 the firm published its first monograph, entitled Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia.

Professor Miró is an active member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2011, he was elevated to the organization’s College of Fellows.


  • M. Arch., Yale School of Architecture
  • B. Arch., Universidad Politécnica, Escuela Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid


Juan Miró. “Opinion: Council’s resolution to ban windowless rooms not enough.” Austin American-Statesman. September 20, 2023.

Juan Miró “Habitaciones sin Ventanas: Nunca una Opcion/Windowless Rooms: Never an Option.” Arquitectura Viva. April 1, 2023. 

Juan Miró. “To Address Inequalities, Focus on Class, not Race.” Austin American-Statesman. January 28, 2023.

Juan Miró. “Windowless dorm rooms are proliferating, exacerbating a growing student mental health crisis. They should be banned.” The Architect’s Newspaper. October 14, 2022.

Juan Miró. “Windowless Bedrooms Should Never Be an Option. Let’s Ban Them for Good.” Texas Architect. September/October 2022. 

Juan Miró and Alberto A. Martinez. “Opinion: Windowless rooms for students should be illegal.” Austin American-Statesman. April 8, 2022.

Juan Miró. “The Dark Side of Density: The Tragic Emergence of Windowless Bedrooms in the U.S.” ArchDaily. January 12, 2022.

Juan Miró. “Celebrate the declaration, the blessings and the curses.” Austin American-Statesman. July 4, 2021.

Juan Miró. “Enough with Copenhagen! It is time for U.S. cities to learn from models closer to home.” ArchDaily. June 2, 2021.

Juan Miró. “Austin paradigma per la citta sastenibile post Covid-19.” Il Giornale Dell’Arte. January 17, 2021.

Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera. Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia. United States: University of Texas Press. November 17, 2020.

Juan Miró. “Austin Can Become a Model for the Sustainable and Inclusive City.” Austin American-Statesman. August 26, 2020.

Juan Miró and Edmund T. Gordon. “For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist past." The Conversation (Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman). August 9, 2018.

Juan Miró and Fernando Lara. “Let’s build global consensus for reconnecting with nature.” Austin American-Statesman. October 18, 2017.

Juan Miró and Junfeng Jiao. “Is the ‘Uberization’ of public transportation the future for Texas cities?” Texas Tribune. September 21, 2017.

Juan Miró and Juan Luis de las Rivas Sanz. “Landscape City: Nature and Urban Regeneration in American Cities.” Bitácora. Mexico. July/November 2014.

Juan Miró.  “Let’s guide Austin’s growth to preserve landscape, offer compact alternative.” Austin American-Statesman. June 16, 2011.

Juan Miro
  • Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Mexican Architecture
  • Construction

Mexican Architecture and Urbanism: From Pre-Columbian to Contemporary

Studio Mexico

Architectural Detailing and Materials

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