Ricardo Souto

Ricardo Souto

New York, NY, US

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I was born in Cuba, in the outskirts of Havana, into a peculiar community of artisans, sculptors and painters forgotten by the pass of time. El Cerro, in 1986, was a dull and small city with a population divided by the only two trades available at the time: stealing, or selling art to foreigners. My family sampled from both. My world was an ever-changing chaos determined by the debris of whatever enterprise fascinated the Aurelianos of my Macondo. That's how I learned to sculpt, paint, engrave, design and navigate in a world of ideas and inspirations that materialized little by little in the corners of every room: in sculptures circumscribed within stolen train track sleepers, in furniture carved out of palm tree trunks, or miniature collections of the history of sailing boats.

I have followed the family artistic tradition by becoming an architect. But I am as much a painter, a sculptor, and a writer. My work, just like the world I burst out of, is rescued from the debris of whatever means I use to express my thoughts. Sometimes I paint my ideas, sometimes I write about spaces, and sometimes I sculpt the words that I lack.  


5+design, Hollywood (CA) - Dubai (UAE), Jr. Designer

The time I began working at 5+design was a specially exciting moment in that company. A sudden influx of very large scale projects and very little employees required me to wear many hats. I have been involved in all sorts of phases in a project, from schematics, design development and construction documents. I have been involved in many aspects of those phases: from being the lead designer, to documenting the work for clients presentations or competition submissions, to dealing with consultants of all sorts, to dealing with material vendors.

Mar 2014 - Jun 2017


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Masters of Science Advanced Architectural Design

May 2018 - May 2019

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Undergraduate in Architecture

Apr 2011 - Apr 2014


Dean's Scholarship, Scholarship

Columbia University


Finalist, Honorable Mention


Graduation with Distinction, Nomination



Merit Scholarship, Scholarship



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