Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano (AIA, LEED AP) are native Tucsonans and graduates of the University of Arizona College of Architecture. In 1999, they founded Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, and have since earned national recognition as one of Arizona's top design firms for their modern desert architecture. Their work has been published internationally and has received over fifty regional and national design awards. They were selected by Architecture Magazine as one of nine firms to represent their state in its issue on "the Arizona School", and their work was exhibited at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in its architecture and design show featuring work from six firms based in the southwest region. They were recently honored with Residential Architect's 2008 "Rising Star" National Leadership Award for their body of work to date.
Architecture is space. This is the basic premise of their work, and they are committed to the belief in the power of space to nurture and inspire. Luis and Teresa have been influenced by esteemed architects such as Glenn Murcutt, Judith Chafee and Luis Barragan, but also by vernacular builders who unassumingly surpassed basic necessity to achieve masterful work. They believe the goal of design is to create a structure that lasts, not just by the quality of its construction, but also by the timeless beauty of its design - an architecture that is informed by the past, responsive to the present and aware of the future.