Leon Richter first came to Rincón with the Surfrider Foundation in 2001 and stayed on to establish the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. Leon met Allison Jones in 2002 while surfing in Montauk, NY.  Shortly after, Allison moved to Rincón and the two began their personal and professional collaboration.  The Dos Ceibas project was conceived as a neighborhood that prioritizes environment, design and quality. 

Leon and Allison partnered with Brooklyn design team, Bigprototype in 2005.  Their shared sensibilities led them to collaborate on the Dos Ceibas vision.