Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA
Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, is an award winning architect and President/Founder of JGMA (Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects). Mr. Moreno was born in Bogota, Colombia and studied architecture at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. He also lived in Florence, Italy where he studied under Superstudio founders Christiano Toraldo di Francia and Gianni Pettena.
Mr. Moreno has been creating provocative architecture for more than 30 years. He has worked on projects in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East. These projects represent a diverse portfolio of public and private work in typologies ranging from education, government, research, commercial, urban planning, product design and graphic design.
His firm, JGMA is one of the most highly acclaimed architecture studios in Chicago. JGMA’s portfolio includes the UNO Soccer Academy, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, The Cube at Westfield’s Old Orchard and the Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus. JGMA is currently working on a diverse array of notable projects including: a residential high-rise for the John Buck Company, a Sustainable Design Center at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and a revitalization of the historic Lathrop Homes Development.
Mr. Moreno’s projects have received numerous awards and recognition from his peers. JGMA was recently selected by Modern Interiors Magazine as the “Best Architecture Firm” in their annual Best of Design Issue. In 2014 JGMA was recognized by Crain’s Business as one of the architecture firms “Reshaping Chicago”. JGMA’s recent list of awards includes the 2014 and 2013 Driehaus Design Excellence Award, the 2014 Gold Medal in the Premios Arquitectura Diaspora Colombiana MMXIV, the 2013 Architizer International Design Award and 2012 AIA Chicago Design Award. JGMA was recently featured on television on WWTW Chicago’s MY CHICAGO program and on ABC ‘s ñ Beat show.
Juan also had the honor of being recognized by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as one of the “100 COLOMBIANOS” for 2013. He also was a recipient of the 2013 “PIECE” Award for International Excellence which recognizes Colombians working outside of the country and making a difference in the lives of children and communities.