Teresa Rosano (AIA, LEED AP) and Luis Ibarra, each have Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson where their practice is based and where they currently teach and coordinate design at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. The couple founded Ibarra Rosano Design Architects in 1999 after winning their first international design award. Since then, the duo has continued to earn international recognition for their unique desert modern architecture.
Two years later Architecture Magazine recognized Ibarra Rosano in its issue on the "Arizona School" featuring their state's design vanguards. Since then, their work has gone on to be published in over 150 national and international publications and has received over fifty design awards. Their work has twice been exhibited in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art where they were also commissioned for an exhibit installation.
They were nominated for a Cooper Hewitt Design Award in 2006. In 2008 Residential Architect Magazine awarded Ibarra Rosano with their "Rising Star - National Leadership Award and were included among 50 international firms in their "RA50: Short List of Architects We Love". Ibarra and Rosano have been invited to present their work in places as far as Quito, Ecuador but their work aims at remaining true to the regions where they work.