Roberto C. Treviño - Biography
Roberto C. Treviño is a native of McAllen, Texas, which is where he grew up and graduated from Memorial High School. His hometown was also where his interest in architecture was sparked. He was captivated by the intersection between humans, design, and the ways things are built. As a result, Mr. Treviño enrolled in the Texas Tech College of Architecture.
Treviño obtained his Bachelor's Degree of Architecture from Texas Tech University and, after establishing himself in his career, subsequently a MBA from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech. Shortly after earning his degree in architecture, he moved to San Antonio, became a Registered Architect and established his professional career. As Mr. Treviño’s career progressed, he became more involved in the areas of philanthropy and community service, all while building his own private architecture practice. Through his work he relished the opportunity learn about San Antonio’s diverse communities through volunteer work or by serving on non-profit boards or citizen committees. Treviño’s acumen and thoughtfulness was a welcomed by many throughout San Antonio who, in 2014, called on Treviño to apply for the interim City Council District 1 seat.
The City Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Treviño in December of 2014. He wasted no time in getting to work in his new role. A pending demolition threatened to dislodge a low-income, elderly District 1 couple after they could not address several significant Code deficiencies. On his second day on the job, now Councilman Treviño assessed their one-hundred-year-old home and found most of the issues were repairable, but caused by the failing roof of the home. The demolition was halted and a plan was formed to address the issues with the home. The singular experience of this affected family proved to be a guiding force for Councilman Treviño in his role on Council and has affected his creation of policy ever since – policies centered on the compassionate treatment of people, the protection of our neighborhoods, and a thoughtful approach to our built environment.
Treviño then understood that his role was “citizen-architect.” That is, someone who can instill the principles of the design - innovation, sustainability, transparency, durability, and humanity – into policymaking decisions at the local level. Councilman Treviño embraced this role and his approach has been integral in providing alternative solutions for a wide array of issues.
Based on his experience during his first days as a councilmember, Councilman Treviño created the San Antonio Under 1 Roof program, which helps homeowner protect their most valuable asset while allowing them to age in place. The program also provides research opportunities to explore how basic design-derived solutions improve the quality of life of homeowners while also helping to reduce the heat island effect in San Antonio. This program also showcased Treviño’s collaborative approach to problem-solving by working in partnership with UTSA’s College of Architecture to prove the science of the program and provide useful data to further demonstrate ways design positively impacts our community.
His 19 subsequent Council Consideration Requests for policy changes have focused on equity, inclusiveness, design, technology, and the improving City processes.
His design-oriented approach to problem solving also led to innovative design improvements to the control tower at Stinson Airport, a new all-electric river barge design, a fully accessible City Hall, an artistic sight-specific design for the Centro de Artes lobby/Tricentennial store retail space, and the creation of the Downtown Lighting Masterplan. Additionally, his perspective as an architect and private pilot, drove design improvements for the Consolidated Rental Car Facility/Parking Garage at San Antonio International Airport – the city’s front door.
Treviño’s leadership was also instrumental in retaining ride-share in San Antonio and crafting the tri-party agreement between the State of Texas, the Alamo Endowment, and the City of San Antonio. Once again, his collaborative approach was integral in bringing together parties for the collective good of San Antonio.
Issues of community equity are of the upmost importance to Treviño, who has worked to break down barriers by removing the symbols of divisiveness and promoting the thoughtful placement of symbols of inclusion, such as a Pride crosswalk and a home for the Pride Center. Additionally, he worked with the Free Speech Coalition to promote First Amendment rights in our city.
In 2017, Mayor Ron Nirenberg selected Treviño to chair the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee and serve on the Audit & Accountability, Comprehensive Plan, and Governance committees. Councilman Treviño also serves on the Bexar Appraisal Board, the Alamo Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Alamo Management Committee.
Election victories in 2015 and 2017 show the community embraces Councilman Treviño’s mantra of a “City by Design” – a concept that reflects a thoughtful and deliberate approach to decision and policy making. It is this approach that guides his devotion to the continual evolution of San Antonio with the goal of providing a life of dignity for all.