Hernan Diaz Alonso is SCI-Arc Director and Chief Executive Officer. A faculty member at SCI-Arc since 2001, he has served in several leadership roles including as Coordinator of the Graduate Thesis program from 2007-2010, and subsequently as Graduate Programs Chair from 2010-2015. He is principal and founder of the Los Angeles-based design practice Xefirotarch and considered one of the most influential voices of his generation. Diaz Alonso has served as a design studio professor at Columbia University GSAPP, head studio professor in the "Excessive" post-graduate program at the Universitat fur angewandte Kunst in Wien, Austria, and has lectured extensively at major institutions around the world. In 2010, he was named the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design at Yale University. Diaz Alonso was a past winner of MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program competition, and his work has since been the subject of solo shows at San Francisco MoMa, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MAK Centre, Wien. His work also is represented in the permanent collections of the FRAC Center, the San Francisco MoMa, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been widely published in magazines and periodicals worldwide and multiple books, including the "Excessive" monograph. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in New York.