Javier De Jesús Martínez




Javier De Jesús Martinez is president and founding partner of Adaptable Paths, Inc.  He assists clients in the development of project strategies and their implementation.  As a result of his vast experience in the public sector he is able to work effectively with clients in need of building solid public private relationships.  He also taught at the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico where he led the “IMDICE” studio workshop focused on researching real estate development issues such as density, public regulations and marketing.


Javier De Jesús has 14 years of experience in strategic planning and the integration of real estate development and infrastructure.  Most recently, he served as Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico on Urbanism, Infrastructure and the Environment.  During his tenure as Advisor, he led the conceptual development and strategic implementation of large-scale urban projects including, Ciudad Mayor, Mayagüez 2010, the Knowledge Corridor and RAMA (Red Ambiental Metropolitana).  In addition, he was responsible for the coordination of the executive branch’s infrastructure agencies, managing projects in the energy, water and transportation fields.  His creative urban outlook coupled with an ample understanding of government processes allowed him to lead and coordinate the investment of over $6 billion dollars in public and private projects.  He also led the first Urban Advisory Board to Governor of Puerto Rico, an interdisciplinary body created to formulate a mission and strategic action statement to lead urban development in Puerto Rico for the next 15 years.    Previously, De Jesús had worked as Director of Design and Construction for the University of Puerto Rico, where he was in charge of the implementation of University’s $300 million capital investment program.  As Director, he worked on more than 70 projects including the Molecular Sciences Building, the UPR – Rio Piedras Campus Theater, the new General Studies Building and the expansion of the Lázaro Library.

Education and Affiliations

De Jesús holds a professional architecture degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Art.  He is the Associate Dean  at the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. From 1997-2009,  De Jesus taught numerous studios, lecture courses and occupied various administrative positions such as Assitant Dean and Undergraduate Program Coordinator. De Jesús is a member of the Colegio de Arquitectos of Puerto Rico.


Courses taught:

ARAD 401 Contextual Design Studios I


Educational Credentials:

Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Puerto Rico, 1990-1995

B. Arch., The Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, 1997


Teaching Experience:

Instructor, School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico, 1997-2006

Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico, 2000-2003

Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico, 2007-2009

Associate Dean, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 2009-present


Professional Experience:

Urban Designer and Consultant, Territorial Plan Office, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1998-2000

Design Director, Grupo Folium-Interdisciplinary Practice & Design Consultant, 2000-2003

Design and Construction Director, University of Puerto Rico, 2003-2005

Advisor to the Governor, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2005-2007

Principal, Adaptable Paths, 2007-present

Assistant Dean, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 2009-2011

Dean, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 2009-2011



Puerto Rico


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

Ética Alternómica: Tácticas para la Intersección de lo Local y lo Global. (IN)-FormA (2001)

From the Internal to the Radical: Autonomy and Alterity in the Local Modern, ACSA Northeast Regional Meeting Proceedings, (IN)-FormA (2001)

“Conversión pos-humanista” (IN)-FormA (2001)


Professional Memberships:

Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto RicoMember of the Governor’s Urbanism Advisory Board, 2006