RAFAEL ALVAREZ

Email: rafael@alvarez-brockdesign.com

Architect, graphic designer and painter Rafael Alvarez was born in the Dominican Republic.

Visual arts graduate, school of arts apec (EDA) and architecture at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU).

Artist in Residence, art and design director and instructor for the Foundation Altos de Chavon, an affiliate of Parson's School in New York.

Collaborated with the sculptor Nancy Graves in New York.

Winner of the biennial visual arts, Santo Domingo

His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and by invitation to the Biennale de Paris, Sao Paulo, Havana and Mexico.

Design Director for Tihany Design in New York for more than twelve years working in the most internationally recognized projects such as:

  • Le Cirque 2000, New York
  • Le Cirque, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • One cps, Plaza Hotel, New York
  • Le Cirque, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Inagiku, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York
  • Circo, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Spago Chicago for Wolfgang Puck, Chicago
  • Shun Lee Palace, New York
  • The Time Hotel, New York
  • Louis's Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Osteria Circus, New York
  • Thomas Keller, Per-Se, New York
  • "C" Restaurant, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Aleph Hotel, Rome, Italy
  • Paladin, New York
  • Pignoli Restaurant, Lydia Shire, Boston
  • Monte's Club Restaurant, London, England
  • Tizio Restaurant, Hotel Exedra, Rome, Italy
  • Hangar One, Private Airport, Arizona
  • The Mirage Buffet "Craving", Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Coffee Garden, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Lafite Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mo bar, landmark building, Hong Kong, China
  • Oxo Bar, Charles IV Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Box Block & Gigalight, Carlos IV Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Amber Restaurant, Landmark Mandarin Oriental building, Hong Kong, China
  • The Line, Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore
  • Jade & Summit Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China

Rafael opened his own design company "Rafael Alvarez Design llc" in 2004 and owns "Alvarez + Brock Design llc" with Brannen Brock. Creating a new style in the direction of design today at:

  • Le Cirque Cafe, New York
  • The Morrell Catering Hall, New York
  • Peking Pavilion, Manalapan, New Jersey
  • Lucier Restaurant, Portland, Oregon
  • T & T Bar, Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Scampo Restaurant, Liberty Hotel, Boston
  • Westmount Country Club, New Jersey
  • Izakaya Restaurant, Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City
  • Rhumba, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lectures & Recognition

  • Awarded “ wave of the future Award”.by hospitality design magazine. miami ,florida. 2010
  • Awarded “ reign of spain Award”. spain. 2010
  • speaker at contract design.valencia,spain .2012
  • speaker at IGAPE international.santiago de compostela,galicia.spain.2014
  • guest at extenda.andalucia.spain.2015
  • Speaker at the 10th International Architecture Biennial, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, DR, 2010
  • Awarded “ Fray Antón de Montesinos in architecture Award”. Alumni Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). New York 2009
  • Jury for the magazine Hospitality Design Boutique in new materials, New York 2009
  • Speaker / 25 years of Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, 2009
  • Awarded the Medal of honor, “citizen of Merit”, Dominican Consulate, New York 2009
  • Speaker, Show on beauty and harmony of architecture and decoration, Universidad Nacional Pedro Enriquez Urena (UNPHU), 2007
  • Speaker, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), organized by arch. Erwin Cott, 2006
  • Speaker, Pontifical University of Santo Domingo (pucamaima), organized by arch. Franc Ortega, 2006
  • Speaker, Ibero-American University (UNIBE), organized by D'Alesandro arq.Jesus
  • Speaker, Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (ucamaima), Santiago, Dominican Republic, organized by arch. Tacitus Lamb, 2006
  • Guest Critic, Parsons School of Design, 1998
  • Guest Critic, School of Interior Design, New York, 1999
  • Seminar on High design de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic, 2000
  • Jury in the 8th International Architecture Biennial, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, DR, 2006
  •  Speaker at the 8th International Architecture Biennial, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, DR, 2006

Publications:

  • "Material Man," New York Times Magazine, April 5.1998 (interview)
  • Rafael Alvarez: There is a difference between creativity and cliche, "Boutique Design, Oct. 16, 2008 (interview)
  • Interiors, June 1999
  • Interior Design, October 2003
  • "Le Cirque Perks," New York Post, October 8, 2008
  • "Can Think Big Portland, The Oregonian newspaper, February 16, 2007
  • Interni magazine, May 2003, Italy
  • Interior Design Magazine, October 1, 2003
  • Architectural Record, 1999
  • Arquitextos Magazine, March 2007, Santo Domingo
  • Reuter, March 19, 2008
  • Gaming News, March 20, 2008
  • Social pace, Listin Diario, September 22, 2007, Santo Domingo (interview)
  • Robb report, April 1, 2005
  • Portland Food and Drinks, May 28, 2008
  • Hinges magazine, Volume 160, 2008, Hong Kong
  • Ways Design, April 2009, South Africa
  • The House, in November 2008, Santo Domingo (interview)
  • Architecture Files Antilles AAA026, 2007 (interview)
  • Apa-De, vol.11, 2009, Japan
  • Vegas magazine, November 2008
  • Hospitality Design magazine, April 2009
  • Arquitextos Magazine, September 2007, Santo Domingo (interview)
  • Interiors, June1999
  • Dominican Night Magazine, April / May 2009, Santo Domingo / Puerto Rico (interview)
  • Hospitality Design magazine, January / February 1995
  • Market Review, November 2005, Santo Domingo (interview)
  • Interiors, August 1996
  • Boston Globe magazine, September 22, 2007
  • Hospitality Design magazine, January / February 1998
  • Voice, May 7, 2009
  • Boutique Design, July 10, 2008
  • Single Women Magazine, December 2007/January 2008, Santo Domingo (interview)
  • Las Vegas Magazine, July 19.2009
  • Interni magazine, January / February 2005, Italy
  • Tihany Design Book, 1999
  • Contract Design, November1996
  • Tihany Style book, 2004
  • Attitude Interior Design magazine, No. 26, 2009, Portugal
  • People, Listin Diario, April 3, 2005, Santo Domingo (interview)
  • Architectural Record, September 1997
  • Hospitality Design magazine, January/February1999
  • Interior Design magazine, November1996
  • Hospitality Design magazine, March 2003
  • L'Arca magazine, vol # 125, 2000, Italy
  • Contract Design, March 1995
  • Interiors, May 1997

Documentaries and Commercial Appearances:

  • Pinnacle, CNN, 1998
  • Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven, HBO documentary, 2009
  • Rafael Alvarez, Orange (telecommunications), commercial, 2007