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Chicago, United States


JGMA is a progressive architecture and design practice committed to inter-disciplinary collaboration, active community involvement and the enrichment of peoples’ lives through attentive and dynamic organization of space and materiality. We understand that architecture and design has a unique ability to influence civic life and transform communities.

Based in Chicago, we have successfully executed design projects at all scales from small to extra-large in North America, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.  Our team represents a diverse collaboration of experienced architectural professionals with a vast portfolio of public and private work in the areas of education, research and technology, hospitality, residential, healthcare, commercial, interiors, urban and master planning, product design and graphic design.

Our belief in the collaborative nature of architecture goes beyond the confines of our office, as we strive always to build strong relationships with our clients and across professional disciplines.  We are constantly cultivating our conception of what “architecture” is and believe that each project has the potential to create and foster new audiences and lifestyles.  Our work is conceptually driven but exhibits high quality and efficiency at every level of the design process and beyond completion.

JGMA is led by Juan Gabriel Moreno and supported by a talented team of experienced architectural professionals.  Founded in 2010, JGMA has family roots that run deep; founding partners Juan Moreno, Cosmin Vrajitoru and Jason Nuttelman have been in practice together for 8 years and bring four decades of combined experience to the firm.

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. Mr. Moreno’s projects have received numerous awards and recognition from his peers. JGMA’s recent list of awards includes the 2014 and 2013 Driehaus Design Excellence Award, the 2013 Architizer International Design Award and and 2012 AIA Chicago Design Award. JGMA was recently featured on television on ABC ‘s ñ Beat program.

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. In addition, Juan was also a finalist for the HACIA Member of the Year Award, and the Chicago Latino Professional of the Year.

Mr. Moreno is also actively involved in the architectural design and academic community. He is the past president of ARQUITECTOS (the Society of Latino Architects in Chicago), a Board Member of TeleChicago, a Board Member of Chicago Tech High School, and a Committee Member of Bogota Sister Cities Chicago.

CAB 1 Contribution

Project Overview

Reimagining Wellness in Humboldt Park

The City is the Site