Josué Robles Caraballo

Josue Robles CaraballoResearch Faculty in Architecture and Urban Design
Phone: (813) 974-4031

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, and Hayes Cumming Architecture assisting with several private/public housing, public, education, and retirement living projects. Josué also lends his time to Thinking Development in London, England, a non-profit community development organization. He is currently a contributing architect and community planner on the Centre Rosalie Javouhey, a primary school and community complex in the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. Robles Caraballo is an active member of the Centre’s cross-professional collaborative design process.

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. 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.

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Research Activity


Selected Publications and Recent Research
  • Collaborative Urban Path: Aberdeen. 2016 •
  • Melrose Mercy: Housing Development. City of St. Pete. 2016 •
  • St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts:  Exploring Public Engagement. 2015 •
  • Re-thinking St. Petersburg 175 + 275: Planning for Development. 2015
  • Contested Urbanism in Dharavi. Writings and projects for the resilient city. London, U.K. 2013 (Worked Featured) Published by: The Bartlett UCL.
  • Challenging the Politics of Vertical Communities Via Collaboration 
    • SummerLab, London. Localizing Legacies. 2014 Published by: The Bartlett UCL.
  • Integration of Vertical Communities
    • SummerLab, London. Localizing Legacies. 2015 Published by: The Bartlett UCL.