PAOLA MOYA

Moya Design Partners

SAY IT LOUD - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD(ER) - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor

Washington DC Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My family and the community I serve. Using my profession to help others has been a key principle in my professional path.

PAOLA MOYA

Bio:

Paola Moya is a visionary leader driven by innovative designs, collaborative environments, and thoughtful placemaking. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Moya Design Partners, she oversees the studio‚ operations, strategic planning, and executive responsibilities, while also playing an active role in the design, evolution, and life of every project. She has a broad design expertise, ranging from architecture, interiors, and environmental design to product and graphic design. 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I learned about architecture from my father who is an architect.  He always had drawings and models around him.  After 2 years of law school in Colombia, and having moved to the U.S., I chose something creative that could also help people.  

What do you do?

I chose architecture for both the creative and the practical side. I am the creative director of the firm and lead the business vision for MOYA.

What excites you in the work you do?

Everything.  Working with my clients, my team, the challenges and nuances of each project, and the strategy that goes behind sustainably growing the firm.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My family and the community I serve. Using my profession to help others has been a key principle in my professional path.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Starting my own firm has been the best decision I’ve ever made.  I greatly enjoy how I have been able to shape the company, and I am learning so much in the process.  

Featured Project Name: 

NOMA Gateway Design Concept

 

Featured Project Location: 

Washington, D.C.

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Executive

 

Featured Project Description:

The NOMA Gateway at 2 Patterson brings the community together through education, stewardship, housing and food security, creating a sense of pride and vested interest in the neighborhood. Anchored by World Central Kitchen and Centroa child care, this mixed-use multifamily development provides affordable, quality early childhood education; workforce development; and family support services in a bilingual and multicultural environment.

Photography Credit:

Moya Design Partners and CentroNía

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