• Lecture/Panel
  • Tue, Nov 10
  • 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Chicago Cultural Center | Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • Limited Capacity, RSVP Required.

AIA Credit: 1.5 LU | HSW

Juan Moreno, architect and Founder of JGMA, and Katherine Darnstadt, founder and principal of Latent Designs, examine the transformation of urban landscapes and the influence of architecture and aesthetics on community and civic life. The two will present recent projects in Chicago neighborhoods, and the results of engaging working-class communities with novel landmarks and innovative design. Moderated by Cesareo Moreno, Chief Curator, National Museum of Mexican Art.

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This lecture is presented in partnership with the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, is an award-winning architect and President/Founder of Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects (JGMA). His projects have received numerous awards and recognition from his peers. JGMA’s recent awards include the 2014 and 2013 Driehaus Design Excellence Award, the 2013 Architizer International Design Award, and the 2012 AIA Chicago Design Award. JGMA was recently featured on ABC ‘s The ñ Beat. Recognized by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as one of the “100 Colombianos” for 2013, Moreno was also a recipient of that year’s PIECE Award for International Excellence, which recognizes Colombians working outside of the country and making a difference in the lives of children and communities. He is the past President of Arquitectos Chicago, a board member of TeleChicago and Chicago Tech Academy High School, and a committee member of Bogotá Sister Cities Chicago. He studied architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also lived in Florence, Italy, where he studied under Superstudio founders Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Gianni Pettena.

Architect and educator Katherine Darnstadt is the founder and principal of Latent Design, a firm that specializes in ideation, strategy, and execution of scalable and highly experiential architecture and urban design. The firm's participatory approach to design creates new social impact systems by leveraging creative disruption in our urban environments. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been recognized as an emerging leader in the architecture profession and have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, and as the 2013 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner.