Joining us from Mexico City in 1999, Ariel holds degrees in both architecture and engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.  For Ariel there is no separation between progressive design thinking and state-of-the-art systems integration.  Working with him is a fascinating mix of imagination and practicality, which he keeps in careful balance.  His far-flung life after growing up in central Mexico and attending college has taken him to Italy as well, working on large projects for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa.  He was our Senior Design Manager for The Shops at La Cantera and Neiman Marcus Austin, and numerous other retail development projects.  His institutional work for us includes several projects for The University of Texas San Antonio, UT Pan Am, and other educational work, as well as master planning city-wide.