Education

B. Arch., University of Houston

Profile

Carlos Jiménez teaches both undergraduate and graduate studios and a seminar on the ethical and sensual dimension of materials. He began his teaching career at Rice as a visiting critic in 1987 and as full time faculty in 1997. Professor Jiménez was born in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1959 and moved to the United States in 1974. He graduated with honors from the University of Houston College of Architecture in 1981, receiving best thesis and best portfolio awards. He established his own office, Carlos Jiménez Studio, in Houston in l983. He has taught at numerous universities, including Texas A & M University, SCI-ARC, U.C.L.A., University of Houston, University of Texas at Arlington, Williams College, University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Professor), Tulane University (First Favrot Chair in Architecture), University of Texas at Austin (McDermott Visiting Professor and Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair in Architecture), University of California at Berkeley (Friedman Visiting Professor), and University of Oregon (Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor). He has been and is a frequent lecturer, Juror and Visiting Critic at universities and cultural institutions throughout the Americas, Europe, Japan and the Middle East. He is a long-term jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2001-2012).

Jiménez has won several awards for excellence in design and for his teaching, most notably AIA Houston Educator of the Year 2009, Tecnologico de Monterrey-Queretaro Academic Leader 2009 and 2010, AIA Houston Honor Award (2007, 2008), Charles Duncan Award Rice University (2006), Chicago Athenaeum Architecture Award (2004),
AIA Indianapolis Honor Awards (2003), Architecture (2002), Architectural Record Record Houses (1990, 1994, 1996, 2004), Progressive Architecture Young Architects (1987), The Architectural League of New York Young Architects (1988) and Emerging Voices (1994), and Forty under Forty (1995). The work of Carlos Jiménez Studio has been exhibited nationally and internationally at many museums and galleries.
Principal built works include (among others) the Houston Fine Art Press, the Central Administration / Junior School Building for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Spencer Studio Art Building at Williams College Massachusetts, the Cummins Engine Child Development Center in Columbus, Indiana, the Irwin Mortgage Corporate Headquarters in Indianapolis, the Library Service Center and Data Center for Rice University, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, the Evry Housing Tower in Evry, France and the Beniopa Civic Center in Gandia, Spain.

Jiménez’s works and writings can be found in “Carlos Jiménez: House and Studio” (2003), “Carlos Jiménez Buildings” (1996), “Crowley” (2009), as well as in monographic issues such as 2-G “Carlos Jiménez” (Barcelona, 2000) and A+U “Carlos Jiménez” No. 306 (Tokyo, 1996), specialized books and catalogues, national and international journals such as Progressive Architecture, Architecture, A+U, Korean Architect, The New York Times Design Magazine, Taschen Architecture Now, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Arquine, Arquitectura Viva, A&V, Architectural Record, Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture, Oris, Phaidon’s 10 x10 - 3 and Lotus International.