Luis Quirós

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-8751
ARC 1228

Luis Diego Quiros graduated from the Universidad del Diseño (UniDIS) in Costa Rica where he obtained the Best Thesis Award. He obtained his Masters Degree from Kansas State University, where he also taught as a Graduate Instructor. Quiros was later part of the Thesis Committee at the UniDIS and attended and taught various international courses such as the Architectural Association’s Visiting Teachers Program 2004 and the Harvard GSD+UniDis Joint Studio in 2008. In 2009 Quiros joined the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland where he currently teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Quiros’ academic work includes research on the actual and future urban conditions in Latin American cities. He is interested in increasing understanding of the broader social, political, and environmental conditions that influence successful design and promote sustainable community building. In particular, he studies the relationship between design problems and solutions, and design and planning in the informal sector. Professor Quiros investigates how the study of informal architectures offers insights into alternative design strategies. He examines how adaptation, innovation and community engagement emphasize the social responsibility of designers. Quiros is the organizer of the Symposium "Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America" as well as a writter for the bolg FavelIssues. 


At UMD, Quiros is part of an interdisciplinary team that studies how adaptable and innovative strategies can inform parallel processes like community engagement in adaptation strategies for cities expected to experience alterations from sea level change. As part of this group he applies his findings to explore solutions to other social and environmental issues. The group has been supported by grants from the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station Grant and the ADVANCE Program Grant and has worked with communities from the cities of Cambridge and North Beach in Maryland to plan for the impact of sea level change.


Professionally, Quiros is the director of his own practice: Luis Diego Quiros Architecture, where he has designed and built various socially-driven projects. Most recently, his project Layered Elements was elected as a finalist in the Building Malaria Prevention Design Competition organized by Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments - ARCHIVE Global Organization and exhibited in the ACSA International Conference in Seoul, Korea, 2014.


Professor Quiros has presented his research in various venues including conferences in Cambridge, UK; Seoul, Korea; Istanbul, Turkey; the United States and Costa Rica. His writings and projects have been published in local and international magazines such as SU CASA and DOMUS Central America and Caribbean.


M Arch - Kansas State University 2002
B Arch - Universidad del Diseño, San Jose 1999