Born in Sonora, Mexico, Carlos spent his childhood living at the core of Mexico City, which significantly impacted his later interest in the built environment. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM), specializations in construction administration (Universidad del Valle de Mexico), and multiple certifications in energy use, energy modeling, and sustainability.
After practicing in Mexico for over seven years, he started his practice in the United States. In 2012 co-founded Merge Architectural Group, a hundred-percent Hispanic-owned architectural firm, with the vision to lead how we, as humans, could change the way we MERGE into our non-built environment. His work has been highlighted in Sources + Design, Phoenix Metro AIA presentations, New York AIA +The Plan Magazine conference, SMoCA, COX7, and the V Regional Architecture Biennial in Mexico.
A recipient of the 2016 AIA10 Award, he believes in being part of real change. He currently serves as President of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Arizona Chapter. He has participated in other community and education engagement roles, including the AIA Young Architect’s Forum Arizona representative SUMMIT-20 in Washington DC, Chairman at the Construction Specifications Institute, CADI LEED and Sustainability Program training for Faculty and Remote/Virtual Studio professor at his Alma Mater Tec de Monterrey.