Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA
Posted in on November 30, 2019
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 works for more than 30 years. His portfolio includes having worked on projects throughout the United States and internationally. 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. However, in 2010 he launched JGMA with the sole purpose of transforming Chicago’s diverse communities with his architecture. Since then, JGMA has become one of the most highly acclaimed design firms in Chicago. JGMA’s work was on display at the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial and Juan was invited to several of the Biennial’s panels to share his work and vision with the design community.
JGMA’s list of awards and recognition has been unparalleled. JGMA was the only architecture firm to be awarded with three design awards at the 2015 AIA Chicago Designight Gala, including Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, and Divine Detail. Architect magazine recently selected JGMA as one of the top design firms in the nation in their annual Top 50 in Design. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has also awarded JGMA their distinguished Design Excellence Award in multiple consecutive years. In addition, JGMA was 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”.
Juan Moreno’s personal dedication to community and social justice has been recognized both locally and internationally. He was named a 2017 Business Leader of Color and a 2016 Curbed Groundbreaker for his efforts to improve the functionality of the built world. In 2015 he was selected as a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed him to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Mr. Moreno also had the honor of being recognized by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as one of the “100 COLOMBIANOS” for 2013 and 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.
Juan Moreno is involved in the planning and design of all projects at JGMA. Our success as a firm comes directly from the quality of design in all our projects. The investigation of ideas and exploration of thought go into all of our works, therefore, design is something that will never be compromised at JGMA.