Teresa Rosano

Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture


  • Architecture
  • Master of Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Teresa Rosano


Areas of Expertise

  • Alternative building systems
  • Architectural practice management
  • Site planning



Teresa is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional. She is an assistant professor of practice at the University of Arizona School of Architecture and co-founder of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, which has earned national recognition as one of Arizona's top design firms for its modern desert architecture.  

Architecture Magazine recognized Ibarra Rosano in its issue on the "Arizona School" featuring their state’s design vanguard. Their work has twice been exhibited in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. They were three times nominated for a Cooper Hewitt Design Award. They were honored with Residential Architect's "Rising Star" National Leadership Award in 2008, and in 2011 were included among 50 international firms for their "ra50: Short List of Architects We Love" for their body of work to date. In 2013 they were featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes. In 2015 they were the only Tucson firm to be shortlisted for the January 8th Memorial Competition. 

The firm’s work has been published extensively, exhibited in several galleries and museums of contemporary art, and received over 80 regional, national, and international design awards. 

Teresa has been invited to serve on numerous national design juries and panel discussions on architectural practice and its future. She has lectured on the firm’s work at academic institutions, and at national and international conferences. 

Teresa holds a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Arizona and is the recipient of several teaching awards. In 2021, she was the inaugural recipient of the Anne Graham Rockfellow Memorial Award (nominated by students for her dedication to supporting women in their efforts in architecture school), and the 2022 School of Architecture Commendation for Teaching Award (determined by the entire student body).   

She was singled out by a university-wide student panel who observed her teaching and gave her the 2023 University of Arizona’s Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award, the only university-wide award for faculty members determined by undergraduate students for excellence in teaching and mentoring. She is just the second CAPLA faculty member to be recognized via the award’s rigorous nomination and vetting process in its 40-year history.  Teresa was also awarded by the American Institute of Architects as 2023 AIA Arizona Educator of the Year.  

Her teaching experience includes studio coordination, design studios, and seminar courses, as well as dance and martial arts instruction. 

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