Josué Robles Caraballo
Josué Robles Caraballo began his academic development at the New School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He then attended the University of South Florida, School of Architecture and Community Design, where he received a Masters in Architecture in 2007. While at USF, Josué completed his master’s project, Revival of Bayamon’s City Core, marking the beginning of his interest in socio-cultural design. Also during 2007, he began his career in academia as a graduate teaching assistant.
After graduation, he joined SchenkelSchultz Architecture where he contributed to numerous educational and commercial projects, including the Sarasota County Technical Institute, Weeki Wachee High School, Citrus County Child Advocacy Center, and Citrus County Emergency Operations Center.
Josué later traveled to London where he completed his second master’s degree in Science of Building and Urban Design Development from the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit at University College London in 2011. Influenced by his research in community-led building and urban design in Bangkok, Port-au-Prince, Brescia, London, Barcelona, and San Juan; Josué focused his attention on public interest design principles. Through his study of the collaborative process and cross-professional design, he has thoughtfully contributed to several design and planning projects, both at home and abroad.
Since he has been employed as an architectural designer by Mesh Architecture, Halflants + Pichette, Studio for Modern Architecture, Thinking Development and Hayes Cumming Architecture assisting with several private/public housing, public, education, and retirement living projects.
Robles Caraballo recognizes the important role that both academia and professional practice provide; as an opportunity to further his professional development and educate the public he divides his time as an active member of the architectural community to share his diverse knowledge and experience as an research faculty at USF. Josué leads studios in housing and community design at University of South Florida’s School of Architecture + Community Design, where he has assisted the faculty since he began teaching in 2007. Robles Caraballo is also a Thesis Chair and Committee member at USF; providing guidance to graduate students in development of their thesis projects. Josué also lectures courses in Urban Mapping, Contemporary Latin American Architecture, and Urban Acupuncture.
Josue’s designs are motivated by collective needs, rooted in participatory community led design and planning; incorporating public interest concepts to his personal and professional research on community cultural design.