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Mexican architect, environmentalist, and ecotourism and cultural tourism expert. He graduated as an architect with highest honors at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico and carried out graduate studies in the fields of regional planning, architectural design and systems building in Paris, Rotterdam, London and Mexico City.

He is currently the Director General of the Program of International Consultancy on Ecotourism (PICE) and Special Advisor on Ecotourism to IUCN (The World Conservation Union) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO). Previously he was the Protected Areas Program Coordinator of IUCN, with headquarters in Gland, Switzerland (1991-92).  In this position, he was IUCN coordinator of the IVth World Parks Congress, carried out in Caracas, Venezuela (1992), with the attendance of 1,800 participants from over 130 countries.  From  1982-84 he was Director General of Standards and Technology of SEDUE, the Mexican Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology, and between 1977 and 1982 he was Technical Director of FOVI, the low-cost housing fund of Mexico's Central Bank.  In 1981 he was founding president of PRONATURA, currently Mexico's most influential conservation NGO, and in 1984 he founded ECOTOURS, the first ecotourism operator to be established in Mexico.

Mr. Ceballos-Lascuráin is an expert in environmentally-friendly architectural design,  planning and development of sustainable tourism, ecotourism, park management, with world wide experience in this field.  He has carried out consultancy and research work in 74 countries, including physical planning and low-impact architectural projects for tourism facilities, collaborating with governments, NGOs and private firms in those countries, as well as international institutions such as UNDP, UNEP, FAO, World Bank, OAS, World Tourism Organization, IUCN, WWF, US-AID, IDB, NAFTA, Conservation International, National Geographic Society, German Technical Cooperation Agency, etc. He has spoken in conferences and symposia in over 35 countries.

He has developed the National Ecotourism Strategies for Mexico, Ecuador, Malaysia, Uruguay, Dominica, and Yemen.

He is particularly interested in the interrelationship between ecology, environmentally-responsible architecture,  tourism, regional development, local communities, and conservation,  subjects on which he is the author or co-author of over 130 books, reports and articles.  His 315-page book on "Tourism, Ecotourism, and Protected Areas" was published in 1996 by IUCN. He also wrote "Ecoturismo: Naturaleza y Desarrollo Sostenible", published in 1998 in Mexico City, and is co-author of "International Ecolodge Guidelines", published by The International Ecotourism Society in 2002.

In 1983, he coined the term "ecotourism" and its preliminary definition. His modified version of this definition has been officially adopted by IUCN in 1996.

In 2004 he has obtained the Colibri Lifetime Achievement Ecotourism Award, granted by and Canyon Travel.

At present, there are over 45,
000 references to his work in the Internet (searching for “Ceballos- Lascurain” in www.

He is also keenly interested in ornithology and bird watching, and has identified to date 3,937 bird species in their natural habitat around the world, which places him as the highest ranked Mexican birder in the world, according to ABA (American Birding Association).



Graduate Course on Urban Design and the Natural Environment.  Dipl. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico, DF.
Graduate research work on Regional and Environmental Planning of British New Towns.  Dipl. Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, U.K. (scholarship grant from The British Council).
Graduate Course on Urban and Environmental Planning.  Dipl. (with Distinction) Bouwcentrum (IHP), Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Graduate research  work on Architectural Design and Regional Planning.  Dipl. SEURA (Societe d'Etudes Urbanistiques et de l'Amenagement), Paris, France.

B.A. Architecture (5-year professional degree).  Dipl. (Summa Cum Laude),  Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey   (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico (subject of professional thesis: Landscape Architecture).  Awarded "Premio al Saber" as best student of his generation (1967).

1961 Summer Course in Science and Philosophy.  University of Houston, Texas, U.S.  (scholarship grant from the National Science Foundation).


English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan (reads and translates), Latin (reads and translates).



Environmental architecture and planning; ecotourism (promotion, planning and design of physical facilities); interaction between ecology, regional planning, architecture and building technology; protected area planning; history of architecture; natural and cultural heritage conservation; ornithology (has observed 3,937 species of wild birds in their natural habitat); classical music travel and photography.



For further information, please contact us:

Arq.Héctor Ceballos-Lascuráin
Camino Real al Ajusco 551 Col. Xolalpa (Tepepan), Tlalpan 14649 México, DF. , México
Tel:  (52) 55 5676-87-34
Fax:  (52) 55 5676-52-85



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