Beikel is a first-generation college student from La Guaira, Venezuela. He came to the United States in a search of a better future at the age of 15. As a young designer, he was always interested in art, science, and design. He started his architecture career at Miami Dade College, where he graduated with his Associate in Arts degree for architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida.
In addition to the Kanter Tritsch Prize, Rivas Navarro was awarded the 2021 E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship, First Place Schenk-Woodman Merit Award, and honorable mention in the 2020 Surface Magazine Summer School Competition.