Alvaro Alvarez

Alvaro Alvarez

New York City



I currently work as an architectural designer with the Rockwell Group in New York City, responsible for hospitality, residential, and casino projects. I am from the border region of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico and in 2015, graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture.

Creating spaces which responds to users’ minds and bodies as they occupy a space is to me the most significant duty of a designer. I learned in architecture school to interpret historical and cultural context, as well as environmental and topographical surroundings – but perhaps the most interesting concept to manifest in a space is the human mind. Spatial memory and circulation can guide design as much as any other parti; we must learn from neuroscience and biopsychology and apply these findings to spaces in order to generate meaningful experiences.

While as a student, I also participated in multiple cross-discipline projects with colleagues at the Statler School of Hotel Administration; the most meaningful was being one of the Design Directors for the 90th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell conference in which I was responsible for the design execution of 11 different events, managed 26 total designers, and an assigned budget and deadline.

My experience at Cornell University has prepared me to undertake any project with integrity, curiosity, and creative discipline. Please visit my website to see all my work and full resume

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 


Rockwell Group, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

I joined the Studio G team at the Rockwell Group immediately after graduating from architecture school. I have participated in international design projects such as MGM Cotai in Macau, Battersea Power Station in London, and currently the Hudson Yards development in New York City. As an architectural designer I collaborate with interior designers and project managers in generating schematic drawings and preparing materials for client meetings.

Jun 2015 - current

Rockwell Group, New York City, Design Intern

Architecture studio intern. Worked on multiple hospitality projects in London, Chicago, Cotai, and New York City. I started drafting construction details for furniture, and quickly moved on to photo-shopping and 3D modeling alongside project designers.

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

Amorphica, Tijuana, Mexico, Design Intern

Designed public spaces in low-income, high-crime rate community of Camino Verde, in Tijuana, Mexico.
Researched construction technologies and built low-cost, sustainable parasol.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Bustamante Business Center, Baja California, Mexico, Real Estate Intern

Created investment portfolio for suspended hotels and condominiums in Baja California coast.
Communicated with government representatives and bankers to improve regional tourism.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Guillot Arquitectos, Tijuana, Mexico, Design Intern

Performed site, square footage, precedent, and program analysis for an auto and motorcycle dealership project.

Worked on residential and commercial projects at various design phases with different 2D and 3D software.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2015.

Relevant Courses:
Hospitality Facilities Design
Hospitality Development and Planning
Corporate Communication
Restaurant Design Charrette
Introduction to Biopsychology

Jan 2010 - Jan 2015

Areas of Specialization