Educated at the New School of Architecture in San Diego and at the Architectural Association in London, England. Was senior Lecturer of the Tijuana Urban Design Studio at Washington University in St. Louis from 2008-2010. From 2012-2014 was the Director of the Master of Science in Architecture with emphasis on Landscape + Urbanism at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego.
Rene’s work in the last few years has been directed toward the research of social and cultural forms of the urban border amongst the United States and Mexico specifically between the cities of Tijuana and San Diego. He has published texts in the US, Mexico, Cuba and Italy and France and lectured at UCLA, USC, North Carolina State University, SCIArc, Harvard University, and abroad in Korea, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina. His practice searches for expedient and alternative methods to urban design in contested global territories working alongside academia, NGO’s and government agencies. Currently his firm, Generica, is working on designing participatory community design, public art, ecological urban infrastructure and urban economic development on both sides of the border. Rene is co-author with the Italian anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo and Mexican writer Heriberto Yepez of the book Here is Tijuana, Black Dog Publishing, London 2006.
His work has been exhibited in the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Casa Mexico in the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, Schenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2007 in China and the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The work on PREVI in Lima, Peru by his graduate students from Woodbury University was part of the exhibit Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2015. He forms part of one of the 11 U.S. semifinalist team to develop a Hyperloop-One transportation system from Los Angeles to San Diego, out of 2500 participants worldwide. Rene is the curator of the Tijuana / San Diego pavilion at the Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale of September 2017.
BArch, New School of Architecture and Design