PM Lunch at A'23

When:  Jun 9, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Practice Management

Practice Management Lunch at A'23

EV317 | June 9, 2023, 12-2:00pm PT


Shared experiences are as important as ever in today's rapidly changing professional climate. Practice leaders face a complex work environment as they work to balance culture shifts, environmental concerns, and evolving professional goals and priorities.

At this event, you'll connect with fellow practice leaders over lunch as you share experiences around practice and professional development in the 21st century. You'll learn what your peers are doing to set their firms apart, engage new talent, foster emerging professionals, exceed client demands, and continue to develop their firms and expertise. 

Cost: $95



We are excited to announce that our speakers will be Cristina Villalon and her partner Ricardo Alvarez Diaz, of AD+V from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They have built their practice into a values-based powerhouse practicing internationally.

Join us for an enlightening session focused on Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® (AD&V®), a leading architectural and design firm with offices in Puerto Rico and Florida, known for their groundbreaking approach to business and practice management trends. In this session, we will delve into the unique aspects that define AD&V® and make them stand out in the industry.

AD&V® has consistently been at the forefront of the architectural and design landscape, constantly pushing boundaries and redefining industry norms. This session will explore their remarkable journey and shed light on their innovative practices that have made a significant impact on their team, their families, the communities their projects serve, Puerto Rico, and beyond.

One of the key highlights of AD&V®’s success lies in its unwavering commitment to innovation. From the very beginning, they have embraced cutting-edge technologies, sustainability, and design-thinking methodologies. We will explore how these factors have not only transformed their own practice but have also influenced the industry as a whole. Moreover, the session will shed light on AD&V®’s distinctive practices that set them apart from their peers. The firm takes a holistic approach to every project, emphasizing collaboration, inclusivity, and community engagement. By seamlessly integrating architecture, interior design, and urban planning, they create spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, sustainable, and responsive to the needs of their users.

Through insightful discussions and real-world examples, we will uncover AD&V®’s unique strategies for success, as well as the lessons they have learned from their innovative endeavors. Attendees will gain valuable insights into how to adapt to emerging trends in the architectural and design industry and navigate the ever-changing landscape of business and practice.

Whether you are an architect, designer, or industry professional seeking inspiration, this session offers a fresh perspective that will ignite your creative thinking. Join us as we explore the remarkable journey of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® and discover how their business and practice trends have shaped the architectural and design landscape.

Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of an engaging session that celebrates innovation, creativity, and the limitless possibilities that arise from embracing new approaches in architecture and design.


Ricardo Alvarez Diaz

Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, FAIA, NCARB, CAAPPR

Co-Founder & CEO | Partner

Cristina Villalon

Cristina Villalón, CODDI

Co-Founder & Managing Principal | Partner

Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz is the Co-founder and CEO of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design.  Recently chosen as one of the Best 300 Architecture firms in the US by Architectural Record, his firm has been recognized with numerous local and international design awards for its work in the United States, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. In 2022, the architect was elevated as a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, distinguished for his contributions to architecture and society.

As an expert on design and construction issues, Álvarez-Díaz has actively participated in several boards and advisory panels. He co-led the team that developed the resilient design guides for multifamily and single-family housing development for Puerto Rico in collaboration with Enterprise Communities.

Learn more about Ricardo at

Cristina Villalón has designed projects in New York, Florida, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Oman, Venezuela and Puerto Rico many of which have received high recognition and mention in the press. Her intelligent use of holistic design coupled with extensive experience in the construction, renovation and expansion of residential and commercial interiors, plus a healthy hint of perfectionism, have helped her attract a wide variety of top-notch clients globally.

Renowned for her interiors, that are as welcoming as they are functional, Villalón was honored in 2015 with the Star on the Rise award by the Design Center of the Americas. In 2013 and 2015, examples of her work were featured in the books The Best of Residential Architecture and Design and The Best of Education and Culture, both published by Interior Design Books.

Learn more about Cristina at


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