Mariano Arias-Diez

Mariano Arias-Diez

Cabo San Lucas, MX



Mariano Arias-Diez is an architect founder and co-director of a10studio.
He studied architecture in Mexico City, Barcelona, London & New York City, holding a Masters in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia "IaaC" (Spain).
His work has been shown in magazines and exhibitions in NY, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Croatia and Slovenia.
Currently, besides running a10studio, he teaches the Sustainable Urban Design studio at Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. Mariano was also founding member of collectives like: LaN (live architecture network) and CAPA: a think-tank which propose new alternatives for the sustainable development of the Los Cabos to La Paz area in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

>> November 2011 update: **Mariano is taking a pause from the architectural profession, he is sick of the everything that surrounds architecture in his personal experience: clients, narrow minded society, fame-hungry colleagues, misinformed tendencious architectural publications, over rated flashy practices, and all the work done by architects that is most of the times, not financially rewarded... he's currently setting up couple of businesses that have nothing to do w/architecture from he can live and pay his bills while also enjoying surfing, skateboarding and spend time with his family.


a10studio, Director

Mariano Arias-Diez leads the design teams at a10studio and collaborates directly with clients. His focus on materials, technology and sustainability is supported through a model of working that combines practice, teaching and research.

Mar 2007 - current

Sadar Vuga Arhitekti, project architect

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dec 2006 - Mar 2007

Willy Müller Architects, project architect

Barcelona, Spain

May 2006 - Dec 2006

LOAD office architecture, associated architect

Barcelona, Spain

Dec 2004 - Dec 2006

Rojkind Arquitectos, project architect

Mexico City, Mx / Barcelona, Spain

Mar 2004 - May 2006

Guallart Architects, project architect

Barcelona, Spain

May 2005 - May 2006

Parque Humano arquitectos, architectural intern

Mexico City, Mexico

Oct 2002 - Mar 2004


Institut d'arquitectura avançada de Catalunya, Digital Tectonics Postgraduate course

Aug 2006 - Dec 2006

Institut d'arquitectura avançada de Catalunya, MArch, Advanced Architecture

The master in advanced architecture emerges as an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through the researching of territorial, architectural and parametric design operations for the production of Self-sufficient Habitats.

Proposing a dynamic, customized structure, the Institute gives students the opportunity to create single or multi-scalar Studio agendas based on their academic interests within the programme.

In this way, the IAAC puts together an experimental and learning environment for the training of architects with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of contemporary urban environments, economic forces, information flows, fast-growing cities and massive energy consumption and waste production.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2005

Universidad del Nuevo Mundo, BArch, Escuela de Arquitectura

Jul 2002 - Jul 2004

Research Institute for Experimental Architecture, NY, Lebbeus Woods Studio

Jul 2002 - Aug 2002

Universidad Anáhuac, Bachelors, Escuela de Arquitectura

Jan 1998 - Jul 2001

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