Juan R. Morales

Juan R. Morales

Washington, DC, US

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Juan R. Morales

Juan R. Morales is an experienced architect with thirteen years of international and local experience in all phases of the architectural design process. Juan is a 2007 graduate of Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota, Colombia.

He has worked for several international and local firms as a staff Architect including: Giancarlo Mazzanti Architects in Bogota, Colombia, Lorenzo Castro Architects in Bogota, Colombia, Shinberg-Levinas Architects in Washington, DC, Umar-Pareja Architecture in Washington, DC, Perkins Eastman in Washington, DC, Demian/Wilbur/Architects in Washington, DC, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Washington, DC.

Juan's project portfolio, his technical, graphic and visualization skills enabled him to expand his experience including work on educational facilities, office buildings, hospitality projects, as well as residential work. During the design process Juan is an invaluable member of his project team, supporting with his resourceful knowledge and innovative solutions.

He has extensive experience with Revit, Autocad, Bluebeam, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Indesign, Adobe Design products, Adobe Premier Animation and Office 365.

Juan is fluent in English and Spanish.


Umar Pareja Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Associate Principal

Sep 2020 - current

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Washington, DC, US, Senior Architectural Designer

Worked with a collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners to design and build some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings including: Center for Cyber Security Studies - Naval Academy in MD and the Waldorf Astoria Restoration in NYC (Schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration).

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, we have completed more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries. We are renowned for our iconic buildings and our commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.

May 2018 - Aug 2020

Demian Wilbur Architects, Washington, DC, US, Staff Architect

• Designed residential, education & commercial projects in the DMV metro area. (Schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration).
• Projects included Brickside restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland; Station 4 restaurant in Washington, DC; renovation and addition of Washington Latin Public Charter School (WLPCS) in Washington, DC; Broderick Drive office space in Dulles, Virginia, Walker Court residences in Washington, DC.

Firm Profile:
"Initially established in 2001, demian\wilbur\architects was restructured by Eric Wilbur and Ziad Elias Demian in 2005. demian\wilbur\architects is an architecture and planning studio with the belief that architects, designers and planners are engaged, as a matter of course, in processes which yield places and products that touch people’s lives deeply. With this significant role within society comes a serious and consequential responsibility. This core belief guides our work on each project whether it is urban planning, a mixed-use development, an educational facility, a workplace, or hospitality, retail, or residential work. demian\wilbur\architects has positioned itself to pursue and design projects that create the best opportunities to build social connections and to fulfill this mission. We are a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) located in Capitol Hill, serving the greater Washington, DC market area while remaining active nationally as well as internationally. Each partner brings more than 20yrs international experience leading full service architecture, interior design and planning projects for government, commercial real estate, and corporate organizations."

Mar 2015 - May 2018

Perkins Eastman DC, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Designer

"Founded in 2011, Perkins Eastman DC taps a tradition of design dating back to 1959, as well as extensive experience in the District of Columbia. Our firm is a dynamic design practice with diverse expertise in the design of the community centers, government buildings, educational facilities, housing, and large scale mixed-use projects that make up our city."

Nov 2014 - Feb 2015

Umar Pareja Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Designer

"Our work strives for pure execution of an idea. The focus of our work is the detail: the synthesis of part to whole. Space and form are treated with equal reverence. The process and the product are seamless.

Our work is ultimately a reflection of the climates and cultures in which we build. Working in the United States, South America and Africa affords us the opportunity to explore and understand the inevitable challenges presented by each locus."

Dec 2012 - Sep 2014

Shinberg Levinas Architectural Design, Washington, DC, US, Architectural designer

"Shinberg.Levinas Architect's expertise reflects over forty years of experience in the design of educational institutions, religious, commercial and residential renovation, restoration and new construction projects in the District, as well as regional, national and international projects. With this broad range, Shinberg.Levinas Architects are experts in examining projects quickly in all their dimensions, from detailed evaluation of client needs and objectives, to planning issues, to development of clear alternatives for client decision-making. Throughout the process, enhance the value of projects to clients through the quality of design and thoroughness in the process. This is our mission.

Shinberg.Levinas Architects is creative, efficient and, with ingenious members of the team, stays nimble, and keeps a clear eye on the needs, responsibilities and roles of each participant. Success is possible only when everybody shares the goal and supports the entire team. That is our approach."

Dec 2009 - Nov 2012

Edwin Lee Architects, LLC, Edgewater, MD, US, Architectural Intern

"Edwin Lee Architects is a practice based firm in Annapolis, Maryland providing private clients with architectural services from small to large scale residential & commercial projects throughout the DC metropolitan Area.

We also provide advice on all aspects of planning, permissions, design and construction processes.
We also specialize in providing architectural consultancy for a varied client base.

Our clients include established businesses such as; retail franchises, property development companies as well as start-ups.

We aim to provide the best possible solutions using the most up to date technologies to provide accurate and fast information with drawing packages, specifications and general information co-ordination."

Jan 2008 - Dec 2008

EL EQUIPO DE MAZZANTI, Bogotá, Colombia, Architectural Intern

"EL EQUIPO MAZZANTI/TEAM MAZZANTI, is a Colombian design studio specialising in socially driven architectonic design and academic research. With over twenty-five years of experience, the studio has gained wide national and international recognition. The studio’s practice is characterised by open, collective and non-hierarchical working processes, which bring together architects, urban planners, sociologists, artists and other professionals. On-going questioning and discussion, as well as a motivation to transgress given limits, constitute part of the development of every project.

EQUIPO MAZZANTI believes architecture is one of the keys for the construction of a more competitive and sustainable society. The studio reaches out to contribute towards social transformation and well being, devising detailed contextual research, and involving local actors throughout its design processes. The studio produces innovative design based on the observation of day by day interactions, which hold unpredictable spatial and programmatic possibilities."

Jul 2006 - Nov 2006


Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, BArch, Architecture

5 Year degree in Architecture.

Jan 2002 - Apr 2007

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