Viviano first became interested in photography as an architecture student while documenting historical buildings in Europe and South America. With its contrasting speed and scale to that of architecture, photography served as a creative outlet from his ongoing architectural projects. Upon relocating to Hong Kong in 2009, Villarreal-Buerón’s interest gradually shifted from buildings to the cultural diversity of the people of South East Asia. This new found interest in cultural diversity later prompted him to initiate the Looking FAR project published in 2013.
During his formative years as an architect, Villarreal-Buerón traveled the world while working and collaborating in a broad mix of architecture projects within the US, México, Chile, The Netherlands, Denmark, Taiwan, China & Hong Kong, with internationally renowned architects such as Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido of Felipe Assadi Arquitectos in Chile, Bjarne Mastenbroek of SeARCH architects in Amsterdam and David Gianotten of OMA in Hong Kong.
Following a 5 year collaboration with the world renowned Pritzker Prize firm of OMA led by Rem Koolhaas, Villarreal-Buerón established MASS OPERATIONS; a young and multi-cultural design studio that tackles Architecture and Interior design projects through the core principles of: Innovation, Efficiency & Esthetics.
Viviano Villarreal-Buerón holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Architecture and Design from the University Tec de Monterrey University (ITESM’08) in conjunction with Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC ‘04) in Barcelona. He has taught at Hong Kong University (HKU) and Tec de Monterrey University’s Taller Vertical Design Studio with Architect Agustín Landa Vértiz. In addition Villarreal-Buerón has served as visiting guest lecturer at CITY University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), University of Monterrey (UDEM), HK Detour lecture series, ITESM’s DPMX lecture series and several Chambers of Commerce. Villarreal-Buerón has also written and published on Architecture & Urban Design for several publications such as Dutcham Magazine, SCMP, Construcción Magazine, Casas & Más, El Norte and Milenio periodicals.