Our Studio

Teresa Rosano, AIA LEED AP

Principal Architect & Co-Founder

Teresa grew up surrounded by the Tucson desert, in an adobe house built by her father.  Her family thrived in the arts, with a wood & ceramic artist as a mother and a mosaic & metal sculptor for a father. Art supplies and construction materials abound, Teresa and her triplet brothers had a wealth of resources with which to build, create, and imagine.

While her brothers gravitated toward music, Teresa was fascinated with dance and choreography.

The vitality she experienced while moving through space, combined with her discipline, has lead to a third-degree black belt and an ongoing practice in the martial arts.

Teresa brings her enthusiasm for movement and spatial choreography together with her passion for making and building to create architecture - an architecture connected to its place, a value instilled by her immersion in the desert environment.

As Principal Architect of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, Teresa is well regarded as one of Arizona’s leading practitioners. She has lectured throughout the country and has served on numerous national design competition juries and panel discussions.

Teresa has also served the design community on several non-profit boards and panels. She is currently serving on the Southern Arizona AIA Board of Directors, and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona School of Architecture, her alma mater.

Luis Ibarra

Principal Designer & Co-Founder

Luis, son to an immigrant father and mother, learned a strong work ethic and the value of working with his hands from his parents.

In his formative years, toys were few but pens and paper were always available. As a result, drawing became Luis’ constant companion, along with conjuring new spaces through his imagination. Today, that skill manifests in a delight for making things better and playfully discovering new ideas.

Luis graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture in 1994 where he was recognized as a leader in his class. While there, he studied with Pritzker Prize Award winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. From Murcutt’s mentorship, Luis learned that great architecture is informed by the land, its flora and fauna, and the culture in  which it resides. As Murcutt put it, “it is about the -ings of things, the living, the dreaming and the sharing - the reasons for architecture in the first place."

In 2010,  at a lecture on his principled work, attended by the Director of the School of Architecture, Luis was enlisted to help revamp the pedagogical direction in the third year curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). He currently holds a Lecturer and Coordinator appointment for the third year design studio where he uses his abilities to teach and inspire students.

In practice, Luis works closely with clients to guide each design process toward excellence. His ability to fulfill the aspirations of clients while delivering architecture of critical acclaim has helped lead the firm into a top position among Arizona architects. He embraces the process of uncovering unique design solutions as varied and as interesting as each of his clients and their sites .

Using methods that embrace social and environmental responsibility, he is dedicated to the conversations regarding civic and cultural space and the role that design has in them. Luis is regularly invited to advise on city design committees, boards and active neighborhood groups, where he attends as an advocate for making design accessible to everyone and committed to finding better ways forward by learning from the past, understanding the present, and preparing for the future. And his favorite color is black.