Architect – Partner
Maria Rossi was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and studied architecture at Cornell University. Before returning to Puerto Rico, she worked in the offices of Arce Rigau Architects (San Juan, Puerto Rico), James Stirling (Berlin, under the direction of Walter Nagelli and Renzo Vallebuona), and Zaha Hadid (London). After dedicating her professional formative years to design and design development, she established her own firm (Maria Rossi Arquitectura) in San Juan, Puerto Rico and worked in collaboration with the offices of Hector Arce Architects. The firm dealt with a range of projects, including urban master planning, housing and apartment buildings, commercial rehabilitations commissions, and large-scale civic projects. She has also been commissioned to teach design studios in the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico. Since the passing of husband and partner Hector Arce in 2011, she has joined her offices with those of long-time friend and collaborator Fernando Lugo.
Architect – Partner
Fernando Lugo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1953. He finished his studies in Architecture at Cornell University in 1975, and the next year won a Fulbright scholarship from the US government, for which he did extensive research in Mexico City. He completed a Masters degree in Architecture at M.I.T. in 1980, and became a licensed Architect in Puerto Rico. In 1981 he established his own firm, Fernando Lugo Arquitecto, in Venezuela, and during and after his years there was awarded various prizes and commissions, including the restoration of the “Casa Colonial in Old San Juan”, the project of the “Fundación Colegio Francia” in Caracas, and first prize in the National Competition for Ideas for Revitalizing the Central Historic District of Ciudad Bolivar. He has taught architecture throughout his career, at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Universidad José María Vargas, and the Insituto de Urbanismo de la UCV. Since his return to Puerto Rico, he has taught at the University of Puerto Rico (2007-2011) and at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (present).