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. He regularly lectures about his work in professional and academic settings in the US and abroad.
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 80 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’ Architecture Firm 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.
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.
- Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions, Texas Society of Architects
- Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas System
- Academy of Distinguished Teachers, The University of Texas at Austin
- Professor of Excellence, The University of Texas at Austin
- Distinguished Professor, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
- Harwell Hamilton Harris Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin
- Faculty Scholarship Award, The University of Texas at Austin
- Outstanding Teacher Award (Studio), The University of Texas at Austin
- Texas Excellence Teaching Award, The University of Texas at Austin
- College of Fellows (FAIA), American Institute of Architects
- AD100: Top 100 International Architects & Designers, Architectural Digest
- Silver Medal, Texas Tech University, Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
- Austin Under 40 Award
- Fulbright-MEC Scholarship
- The William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal, Yale University
- M. Arch., Yale School of Architecture
- B. Arch., Universidad Politécnica, Escuela Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid
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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. “Candela, aglutinador universal.” Book Introduction. “La estela de Félix Candela. Cascarones de concreto armado en México y el mundo”. México: FA-UNAM + Bonilla Artigas Editores, December 2020.
Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera. “Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia.” United States: UT Press. November 17, 2020.
Juan Miró. “Austin: Past, Present & Future of a Landscape City.” Platform – The University of Texas at Austin. Fall 2020.
Juan Miró. “Austin Can Become a Model for the Sustainable and Inclusive City.” Austin American Statesman.August 26, 2020.
Juan Miró. “La Declaración Independencia: bendición y maldición de Estados Unidos.” El Pais. July 3, 2020.
Juan Miró. “Michael Sorkin, 1948-2020.” Arquitectura Viva. April 13, 2020.
Juan Miró. “Michael Sorkin, 1948-2020.” Texas Architect. April 6, 2020.
Juan Miró. “Michael Sorkin, 1948-2020.” Il Giornale Dell’Arte. April 3, 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 Jake Wegmann . “Plans for Muny, tract can’t ignore urgent UT interests.” Austin-American Statesman. April 28, 2017.
Juan Miró and Jake Wegmann . “Muny’s fate must be considered with UT’s interest in mind.” Texas Tribune. April 27, 2017.
Juan Miró. “The Problem with the Declaration of Independence.” Texas Tribune. July 4, 2016.
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. “Making Complex Systems Visible: ‘Between Geometry and Geography’ Carefully Uncovers the Layers of Mexico City.” ArchDaily. January 8, 2015.
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. “Miró: Brackenridge Tract is a great opportunity for UT, Austin.” Austin American-Statesman. March 14, 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. "Teotihuacan: En busca del dialogo perfecto entre ciudad y naturaleza (Teotihuacan: Searching for the Perfect Dialog Between City and Nature).” In Ciudades. 14, Valladolid, Spain, in press, 2009.
Juan Miró. “Charles Gwathmey.” Texas Architect. September/October 2009
Juan Miró. “Teotihuacan: Ayer, Hoy y Mañana (Teotihuacan: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow).” In Permanencias del territorio, de los asentamientos y la arquitectura antiguos en las ciudades contemporáneas. Proceedings from the II International Conference on Conservation of Heritage. Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, México, 2006.
Juan Miró. “Overrated/Underrated.” Plan, Ireland, April 2007.
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. "La Ciudad como Objeto de Culto: Representaciones de la Forma Urbana en la Iconografía Teotihuacana”. In Teotihuacan: más allá de la ciudad. Proceedings from the IV Mesa Redonda Teotihuacana. INAH, México (in press).
Juan Miró. "Light architecture: Building in sensitive sites". Fabric Architecture. July/August 2005.
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.
Juan Miró. “Organic: The Crowell House by John Watson.” Tribeza. September/October 2001.
- Mexican architecture and architectural history
- the role of architects in shaping cities in the U.S. and abroad