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Lawrence+Gomez Architects

Juana Gómez

JuanaFor over three decades, the partners of Lawrence and Gómez Architects have been involved in the greening of our profession. In the late 70’s and 80’s, Juana worked for a grass roots weatherization and solar company in inner city New Haven, then taught at the Alternative Energy Training Center, a solar vocational school in Colorado.

Juana joined the firm that became Lawrence and Gómez Architects in 1999 after working at the acclaimed Klipp Architects in Denver.  At that office, she was in charge of projects such as Boulder Valley's K-8 schools and housing at Adams State College. While at Klipp she also worked on several health care facilities and the Denver Central Library with Michael Graves. Previously, Juana had worked for Anthony Pellecchia  on several high-end residential and hospitality projects in Aspen, Nevada, Denver, and Telluride.

A native of Lima, Perú, Juana spent her first ten years among imposing Inca masonry constructions and mid-century modern buildings. The family then moved to Puerto Rico, her mother's homeland. Juana left that island to attend college at Yale University majoring in architecture.

She came to the Rocky Mountain West after graduation to experience this exotic, wide open landscape that she now calls home. Juana made a living as a framing carpenter for three years, building many residential and solar projects. She then studied for her master's in architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver.

The recipient of several travel and research grants, Juana has studied the architecture of Eastern Europe, Maya ruins and site planning, and urban forms in Havana, Cuba. Other creative grants funded her set designs for collaboration with dance theater. Juana has been adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado starting in 1991 to the present. She has taught design studio, drawing and graphics, presentation techniques, and color theory.

Phil Lawrence

in 1997 founded the firm that became Lawrence and Gómez Architects. He left this office but continues his ties with us as design advisor and Principal Emeritus. Currently, Phil works as project manager for architectural work at the National Park Service.

Phil grew up in the Chicago suburbs surrounded by many of the classics of American architecture. Throughout his early years he worked as a carpenter. He studied languages and architecture in the U.S., Rome, and Florence. In 1989 Phil completed his Master's in Architecture from the University of Colorado. At the start of his professional life he worked for Cab Childress on projects including the Eagle County Court House.

During the decade of the nineties, Phil was a Partner at Barker Rinker Seacat, a nationally acclaimed architectural firm specializing in public and institutional work. There, Phil was responsible for overseeing civic projects such as the Koelbel Arapahoe Library and the Denver Zoo's Gates Educational Center. He also designed and managed buildings at the Graland Country Day School and the Boulder Housing's Woodlands single parent housing.

Phil has received many honors including an AIA Denver Research award for co-founding The Sustainable Design Resource Guide for the Rocky Mountain region. Currently he sits on the board of the Boulder Housing Authority which he chaired for several years.

 

 

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