Carlos Jiménez Studio thrives in our collaboration with our clients to resolve the demands of program, address the singularities of site, and work closely with our local or national consultants. We perceive this collaboration to be the critical and creative means to enrich or expand the various subtleties and aspirations implicit to a work of architecture. Our primary goal is to arrive at the optimum solution with outmost clarity, imagination and intelligence. Our convictions are strengthened by a belief that architecture makes a difference. We understand that a well-designed building is a commitment in time and a benefit to present and future users. The art of architecture resides in the understanding of this commitment as it becomes the measure of the work’s aesthetic, social, and functional success.
Born in San José, Costa Rica in 1959. Moved to the United States in 1974. Graduated from the University of Houston School of Architecture in 1981, receiving awards for best thesis project and best portfolio. Established his own office in Houston in 1982. Served as a visiting professor at Rice University (1997, 1994, 1987), Texas A & M University (1989, 1987), Southern California Institute of Architecture (1991, 1990), UCLA (1990), University of Texas at Arlington (1990-1996), University if Houston (1994, 1991), Williams College (1994), University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (2002, 1995), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1997, 1996), Tulane University (1996), University of Texas at Austin (2004, 1997), University of California, Berkeley (1999), University of Oregon (2000). Lecturer, juror, and visiting critic at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Tenured professor at Rice University School of Architecture since the year 2000. Jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2001-2010).
Awards and honors for excellence in design include the AIA Houston Educator of the Year Award (2009), AIA Houston Honor Award (2008, 2007), Tecnologico de Monterrey at Queretaro Academic Leader Award (2009), Rice University Charles Duncan Award (2006), Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award (2004), Architectural Record Record Houses Award (2001, 1996, 1994, 1990), AIA Indianapolis Honor Award (2003), Architecture (2002), Progressive Architecture Young Architects (1987), Architectural League of New York Young Architects (1988) and Emerging Voices (1994), Forty Under Forty (1995), Tulane University First Favrot Chair in Architecture (1996), UT Austin McDermott Visiting Professor (1997) and Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair in Architecture (2004), Harvard University Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Professor (1997), Universidad del Diseño Doctor Honoris Causa (1998), UC Berkeley Friedman Visiting Professor (2000), University of Oregon Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor (2000). Work exhibited at museums and galleries in Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Montreal, Santa Monica, Austin, Mexico City, Manhattan-Kansas, Williamstown, New Orleans, Fort Worth, Chicago, Cambridge, Arrecife-Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Kansas City, Dallas, Greencastle, Greenwich, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.