The partners of Lawrence and Gómez Architects have been involved in the greening of our profession throughout their careers. During college, 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. She holds certifications in LEED for Homes and from the Passive House Institute.
Juana joined the firm that became Lawrence and Gómez Architects after working at the acclaimed Klipp Architects in Denver. At that office, she oversaw 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 high-end residential and hospitality projects in Aspen, Nevada, Denver, and Telluride.
After living and traveling in Latin America, then going to college at Yale and enjoying the East Coast, Juana came to the Rocky Mountain West 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 urban forms in Havana. Other creative grants funded her set designs for collaboration with dance theater. Juana has been adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado where she teaches design studio, drawing, graphics, presentation techniques, and color theory.
Phil founded the firm that became Lawrence and Gómez Architects. He 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. He 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.
Afterwards, 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. He has chaired the board of the Boulder Housing Partners and continues to volunteer his time for that organization.