Mauricio Soto-Rubio is an assistant professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he teaches comprehensive building design studios, building technologies and seminars related with lightweight and membrane structures. He is also a founding partner of the Studio for Lightweight Design, a multidisciplinary firm that specializes in the design, manufacturing and installation of lightweight, membrane and deployable structures.
Soto-Rubio graduated with honors with a Professional Degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela in 1999. He also completed a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2003, where he was awarded the 2001 Alumni Society Award.
Before joining CCA, Soto-Rubio worked in several architecture offices and construction companies in the US, England, Germany and Switzerland. He was involved in the design of the membrane roof for the Norway Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai (Helen & Hard), the deployable umbrellas for the Medina Mosque in Saudi Arabia (SL-Rasch) and the Spiky Pod inside the Queen Mary Hospital in London (Alsop and Partners/Architen). Mauricio Soto-Rubio also taught architectural design, building technologies and materials at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and at the TU in Vienna, Austria.
Soto-Rubio's teaching and professional philosophy is based on the premise that creativity and technology do not have to be mutually exclusive but should, in fact, inform and support each other. He considers issues regarding tectonics, structures, materials, manufacturing and installation methods not as problems that need to be solved, but as creative elements that should re-enforce the conceptual basis of any architectural proposal. His research focuses in the intersection between architecture, structural engineering and environmental design.
Mauricio Soto-Rubio is a registered architect at the Architektenkammer Baden Wurttemberg, Germany.
Assistant Professor, Architecture