Ricardo Maga Rojas
Ricardo de Jesus Maga Rojas, Growing up in Cuba, Ricardo Jesús Maga Rojas, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, met just one architect when enrolled in his high school’s drafting magnet program. Since then, he has yet to meet an architect of African descent and Cuban heritage, an absence that fuels his dream to become a licensed architect and reshape the profession to be more reflective of him and other architects of color. Through his leadership and boundless enthusiasm, Maga Rojas plays a significant role in igniting needed change in his chapter, firm, and the city of Austin. Maga Rojas’ passion for service emerged during his time at Tuskegee University and followed him to Texas A&M University. After relocating to Austin, he quickly rolled up his sleeves to assist his new chapter and the city at large. Maga Rojas has served on multiple AIA Austin committees, including Latinos in Architecture, and on the Board of Directors as membership/community building commissioner. In his multifaceted roles, he has steered the committees through COVID-19 and re-evaluations of their budgets and activities to focus on racial justice.