Carlos joined LAEP in 2008 as the Swaner Professor in the Green Space Institute. Before coming to United States, he taught in Mexico at the School of Architecture in the Toluca, Chihuahua, and Querétaro Campuses of Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Carlos graduated from the Ph.D. program in Environmental Design and Planning at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University in December 2004, where he also received a Master's degree in Environmental Planning, both as a Fulbright student. Carlos has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from ITESM Monterrey. He also practiced architecture in Mexico for several years
He has participated in planning projects, in United States, Spain and Mexico; with a variety of cultural and socioeconomic contexts including Native American and Hispanic communities; and different scales ranging from specific urban environments to regional, watershed, and site specific. He is also interested in the bioclimatic aspects of design and the interconnection between landscape architecture, architecture, planning, and urban design.
His research interests focus in sustainable development models and assessment. Carlos is convinced that actions towards sustainability will be more effective as we direct our efforts into a truly interdisciplinary understanding of the complex conditions of planning and design.
His recent appointment at Utah State University will explore the role and contribution of open space in creating high quality of life places and sustainable living environments.