Luis Montalvo attended Fordham University where he earned his bachelors of arts degree in art history spending the junior year of studies in Paris with Columbia University. He earned his masters of architecture from Yale University in 1992. Upon receiving a Fulbright Scholarship and a Graham Foundation Grant, Luis transferred to Mexico to study interdisciplinary collaborations within the work of architect Luis Barragán.

Luis Montalvo has taught and lectured in art history as well as architectural theory and design since 1993. Luis is currently the Director of Media Arts at the Boston Architectural College where he is responsible for curriculum development in the fields of drawing and media.