Luis Collado is a Principal at STL, a firm he co-founded in 1996. Prior to STL, Luis worked with Skidmore Owings & Merrill for six years where as an Associate he took a leadership role in SOM’s emerging Latin American Group. Luis holds a Diploma in Architecture from the ETSAM School of Architecture, and an Masters in Architecture and Urban Design post graduate degree from Harvard GSD. Luis’ interest in architecture is rooted in a desire to play a role in the shaping of our cities by leading planning, urban design and architecture projects.

Luis Collado

Principal | Co-Founder

Jose Luis de la Fuente is a Principal at STL, a firm he co-founded in 1996. Jose Luis champions an unwavering commitment to architectural design of the highest caliber. He graduated at the Architecture School (ETSAM) in the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1992. Jose juggles his practice with teaching Architectural Design at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) and an International Associate on the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Jose Luis de la Fuente

Principal | Co-Founder

Carlos joined STL through the International Internship program in March 2023. After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2022, he gained a year of professional experience in Madrid working on a design competition. He focused on drafting and resolving advanced construction techniques. Despite being early on in his career, his work with prestigious professionals and academics has been awarded and published on several occasions.

Carlos Barranco


Carolina brings tremendous experience to the STL team with a comprehensive understanding of building systems and team coordination. Her passion for public service fuels her belief for a design approach in which simplicity and sophistication meet. She particularly enjoys projects which serve underserved communities, where the people in the community will embrace them for years to come.

Carolina Cartagena

Project Coordinator

Cynthia Cook de la Fuente

Comptroller | HR

Inés joined STL through its Internship Training Program in March 2023. She graduated from the Architectural Technical School of Madrid (ETSAM) in 2022 with a Masters Thesis focused on rethinking public space through thermodynamics and the coexistence of user-program. During her bachelors studies, she attended TU Delft Architectural School (NL) for an academic year and worked for a local firm. In Madrid, she has worked on design competitions, projects in construction, as well serving as being Assistant Professor at ETSAM.

Inés Fernández


Beatriz, is a native Spaniard and a licensed architect from the ETSAM.  She joined STLarchitects as a designer in 2009. Currently, Beatriz is a Senior Project Manager with extensive experience in a wide range of projects. She believes that great architecture comes from an intensive design process that pays special attention to details. She enjoys working on challenging projects, and believes that for a building to be successful, the architect has to be involved in the entire process - from concept to occupancy permit.

Beatriz Gonzalez

Associate Principal | Sr. Project Manager

Robert provides our teams with extensive technical construction and design expertise throughout the duration of projects. Rob’s career has challenged him with multiple project types including single-family residences, multi-family housing, civic centers, office complexes, as well as large scale international high rises and large site municipal work. Rob holds an architecture degree from University of Michigan and a fine art degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Robert Jillson

Design Technology Director

Andrea joined STL in 2014 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University and subsequent M.Arch. degree from the University of Michigan. She developed a fascination for architecture when her family visited ancient ruins in Athens and Ephesus. Andrea has worked on a variety of projects including schools, offices, multi-family housing, and an the O'Hare Global Terminal.  As a coordinator, she values the collaborative spirit of STL and ensures that projects are delivered with the utmost of quality and care.

Andrea Kamilaris

Technical Coordinator

As Senior Architect and Regional Market Coordinator, Changhoon oversees some of the firm’s most complex projects and has been instrumental in obtaining multiple overseas design awards. He holds degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Architecture Engineering University of Korea. Changhoon has worked in multiple project typologies including residences, the Dubai Expo 2020, office complexes, as well as high-rise buildings such as the Jeddah Tower.

Changhoon Kim

Reg. Market Coordinator | Sr. Architect

Brian received his M.Arch with distinction from the University of Michigan in 2014 and holds a B.S. in Architecture, Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University. As Senior Design Coordinator, Brian plays a pivotal role in orchestrating project development within STL, ensuring consistent clarity in conveying the unique objectives of each project. With a diverse portfolio encompassing an wide range of scales - including education, residential, cultural, office, and retail - Brian possesses an exceptional span of experience.

Brian Koehler

Associate Principal | Sr. Design Coordinator

Shane joined STL in 2021 after receiving his M.Arch with Distinction from the University of Colorado in Denver. His final thesis examined the existing kindergarten model and proposed new typologies to foster a spectrum of architectural and pedagogical play. He also holds a B.S. in City Planning from The Ohio State University. This dual-focused background enables him to approach design from a social lens across a variety of scales. At STL, he has applied this skillset to various projects ranging from fieldhouses to adaptive reuse.

Shane Krenn

Project Designer

Alvaro joined STL in March 2023 after graduating with his Master's degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM). His thesis delves into the consequences of inadequate local waste management, offering a solution to restore the dystopian environments that emerge when this waste is exported. Outside of architecture, Alvaro enjoys traveling, with a keen interest in exploring new cultures. Additionally, he has a passion for music, having studied both piano and accordion at the Arturo Soria School of Music in Madrid.

Álvaro Mesquida


Luke joined STL in June of 2022 after graduating from Iowa State University. Before joining STL Luke had a variety of internship experiences, including spending the previous summer working for a small architecture studio in Seoul, South Korea. At STL Luke has worked on projects including the O’Hare Global Terminal, a CPS project, and office renovation. Outside of work Luke enjoys cooking and learning about different cuisines.

Luke McDonell

Project Designer

Brian joined the STL team in 2021 after graduating with an M.Arch. from Washington University in St. Louis. His thesis work focused on the revitalization of Near North St. Louis, a now abandoned, but previously booming industrial epicenter of the Midwest. Prior to his Master’s Degree, Brian attended Miami University in Ohio and received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with minors in Photography and Classical Humanities.

Brian Rains

Project Designer

Gonzalo joined in December 2019 and graduated from ETSAM (Madrid) in June 2018. His Master Thesis, exhibited at the 2018 Venice Bienniale, was awarded at the 28th Pladur Contest and at the 2017 Drawing the Year Competition of Arkitektskolen Aarhus. Prior to STL, he highlights his 2 year experience as Assistant Professor in a Design Unit in ETSAM, as well his time in the studio of Pedro Pitarch, alongside whom he won several Competitions. In STL, Gonzalo works mostly in Design and ARD tasks and more recently helped establishing and coordinating the new Madrid office.

Gonzalo Rojas

Associate | Design Coordinator

Julian joined STL in 2021 to develop his talents as an architectural designer, prioritizing a focus on developing conceptual ideas that help clients express their brand and purpose. After receiving a degree in environmental design from the University of Puerto Rico, he attended the University of Cincinnati for his M.Arch. and completed internships with Perkins & Will and BCJ. Julian brings charisma, positive attitude, and a wealth of project experience to STL - spanning K-12, higher ed, residential, office, and research facilities.

Julian Roman

Project Coordinator

As Technical Director of STL, Tracy supervises all technical and implementation aspects of projects from inception through closeout. This includes research and development, constructability, code compliance, LEED compliance, interdisciplinary coordination and quality control of all projects in the office. With 30+ years of experience on large-scale public and private projects of all building types, she has in-depth understanding of fast-track design and construction, federal, state, and municipal codes and construction means and methods.

Tracy Salvia

Principal | Technical Director

Ana joined the STL team through the employee training internship program in June 2019 - after graduating as an Architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2017.  Two years later, she returned to her hometown of Madrid, to be part of the STL's office in Spain. As a Project Designer, she plays a vital role, showcasing her meticulous and detail-oriented approach to enrich the office's conceptual exploration, graphic communication, and visualization. Beyond her architectural passion, she’s an avid photographer who loves traveling and exploring new places worldwide.

Ana Sánchez Iza

Project Designer

Jesus joined STL Architects in the Fall of 2022 after receiving his Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He studied abroad in Spain for a year where he developed his passion for Spanish architecture and was heavily influenced by the works of Luis Barragan, Enric Mirralles, and Frida Escobedo. Outside of architecture, you can always find Jesus exploring Chicago to find the best food joints, coffee shops, and breweries alongside his dog ‘Archie’.

Jesus Sánchez

Project Designer

Wade received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his M.Arch from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. He is experienced in managing projects of all scales, with particular interest and experience in the technical complexities inherent in building construction. Wade ensures quality for STL’s clients by providing attentive coordination from project conception to completion.

Wade Splinter

Associate Principal | Sr. Technical Coordinator

Apoorva joined STL in 2023 with a diverse professional background includes work with SCB, Studio A+H, Jonathan Schloss Architects, and Nelligan White Architects. Proficient in a variety of project phases, she ensures that all aspects of the profession, ranging from conceptual ideas and programming to zoning and building code implementation, come together seamlessly throughout the duration of a project.

Apoorva Tadimalla

Project Coordinator

Xinyu is a dedicated architect and urban designer known for merging creativity with technical expertise. Holding a Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design from UCLA and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Xinyu is highly skilled in the precision and creativity of architectural practice. Throughout her career, Xinyu has been involved in a diverse range of projects, spanning residential, commercial, and office spaces. Notably, she has lent her expertise to high-profile ventures, including the prestigious Bally Casino and O'Hare Airport.

Xinyu Tian

Project Designer

Patricia joined STL in early 2023. She is a license architect in Venezuela and holds Master’s degrees in Europe. Patricia has lived and worked in different countries throughout Latin America and the US. She is a talented leader with significant experience in leading high performance, multi-functional teams to deliver outstanding results. She has an advanced understanding of process and prioritization in project delivery methods, with a track record of effective collaboration with development partners and stakeholders while exceeding client expectations.

Patricia Travanti

Sr. Project Manager

In the fall of 2022 Nacho joined STL with a M.Arch from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Before, he accumulated several years of experience in various studios in Madrid, participating mainly in public competitions. In college, he obtained a scholarship to study at the University of Chile during the 2018-19 academic year. That year he took the opportunity to explore several countries in South America. In addition, Nacho actively participates in international architecture competitions, obtaining admirable results on several occasions.

Nacho Vences


Alex joined STLarchitects in the spring of 2022 after receiving an M.Arch from the University of Michigan. Originally from Wyoming, he holds a second Master’s degree in Architectural History. His interests include visualization and design-build fabrications. He has also remodeled a historic home and built a small cabin in Washington state.

Alex Vernon

Project Designer

Ye joined STLarchitects in 2022. Originally from China, Ye obtained his a M.Arch. from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Indiana University. Before joining STL, Ye worked as an intern in several design firms in Shanghai working on projects with a variety of scopes and scales. He is interested creating adaptable spatial opportunities in everyday spaces. Outside of architecture, Ye likes walking, making digital images for everyday objects, and playing rhythmic drumming games as a hobby.

Ye Wang

Project Designer