Originally trained in Colombia, Mauricio has worked professionally in the United States for nearly two decades as one of the most highly regarded architects and urban designers in the country. An early practitioner of New Urbanism, his particular expertise encompasses urban planning for infill redevelopment and greenfield sites of all sizes, land uses, and price points. Mauricio’s strength as a designer springs from his superior technical capability and his ability to engage experts from different design disciplines and steer their collective efforts toward elegant and sophisticated outcomes. His strong commitment to innovation through collaboration and his hands-on approach to design has made Mauricio a pioneer in the charrette-based process that shapes the most progressive planning practices of today.
Prior to founding PLACE Alliance, Mauricio worked within a variety of corporate structures, from specialized studios like DPZ to large design companies like HOK, practicing as either a principal or a studio leader for a number of internationally respected design firms. His insight into the various operational methods employed within the industry and his innate skill in mentoring and developing design professionals made him our natural choice as Director of Design. In this role, Mauricio directly oversees the trajectory of our teams, guiding their creative development and imprinting each design with his distinctive signature. As a leader of the firm, Mauricio draws upon his particular experience and architectural knowledge to expand our professional network and develop new design avenues, while ensuring that each new and diverse project we undertake meets the high design standards that have come to define PLACE Alliance’s portfolio.
Principal and Director of Design, PLACE Alliance, since 2009
Senior Associate, Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, 2005 to 2009
Principal, Canin & Associates, 2003 to 2005
Studio Leader, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, 2001 to 2003
Project Manager, Duany Plater-Zyberk, 1994 to 2001
Master of Architecture and Town Design, University of Miami, School of Architecture, 1994
Registered Architect, Colombia #2570044272CND, Consejo Profesional de Ingenieria y Arquitectura, 1992
Bachelor of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseno, 1992