Muneer Al Senaidi received his bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University, where he focused his education on the disciplinary intersections between architecture and graphic design. He had been part of the National Organization of Minority Architects for 3 years and received his NOMA award in his last year. Muneer focuses on creating design layouts, visual graphic and presentations for projects, and working with a team of talented architects to create coherently organized content and information. In his free time Muneer likes to travel, study the Korean language, and skate outdoors.
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Marcos, a native of Madrid (Spain), joined STL in June 2017 after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM) in 2016 with specialization in restoration and preservation of architectural heritage after having studied a year abroad at the Università Degli Studi di Padova (Italy). His master thesis examined the close relationship between building and locus and how the latter should define the former, receiving the recognition of being published in a magazine and exhibited in the Official Association of Architects of Madrid.
Devoted to the idea that design has the power to build change and improve our lives, Marcos likes engaging in any design or art related field. Outside of architecture, as a huge music lover, an opera fan and a fair-enough-musician, Marcos likes to feed his musical passion with a little bit of Chicago Blues.
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Toni joined STL in April 2019 after receiving his Graduate Master of Architecture degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) in July 2018. In his final thesis, he developed a project called Babel: a not-conventional skyscraper and a building which was urbanism in heights. This project wanted to resolve the needs of overcrowded cities with the act of extending public spaces into high-rise buildings.
Before his final thesis, he received his Undergraduate Degree in Foundations of the Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. During his academic career, his projects have been distinguished with honors and he has been awarded different grants, like the Academic Collaboration Grant of the Ministry of Education of Spain. During this period, Toni was part of the Morell Teaching Unit as a teacher and he took responsibility for the preparation and design of the academic guide for the course and for guiding and grading student projects.
Toni has worked for different architectural studios based in Madrid, like Inglada Arévalo Architects, LLPS Architects or Alberto Morell Architects, facing projects of different scales and programs. Also, he has worked in different visual disciplines, like photography, giving him a very strong base in multidisciplinary skills and a versatile attitude when it comes to approaching projects.
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Working from conceptual design to construction completion Carolina has a clear understanding of building systems and team coordination. Within the notion of a serving the public, she feels that good design is in the details where every aspect of the building comes together. Details are where simplicity and sophistication are the goals and where “less is more”. She particularly enjoys working in projects where the public is in need, like school buildings in lower income neighborhoods where the people in the community will embrace them for years to come.
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Paulina, a native of Chile, joined STL in 2019. She has experience in a wide range of projects varying in program and scale, including multi-functional transportation facilities, educational complex, façade details and solar energy research.
Paulina has gained professional experience while working in Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. She has worked in conceptual design, design development, construction documents and construction administration. She is experienced in BIM and holds an Architecture degree from The University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Outside of architecture, Paulina loves traveling with her family, sailing and tasting new culinary creations of her cooking husband.
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Luis Collado is a Principal at STL, a firm he 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’ 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. Since 1990, Chicago has provided a fertile ground for Luis’ professional practice.
In addition to his professional practice, Luis is an active member in the community. Luis served as Vice President Chairman of HACIA and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Formerly, Luis was a commissioner for the Community Development Commission of Chicago and the President of AEHI, Alternatives in Education for the Hearing Impaired.
Luis, an urban enthusiast, living in downtown Chicago with his wife and three children.
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Sara first joined STL in June 2016, after receiving her Master of Architecture degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura ) where she graduated with honors in 2015. Her graduate thesis “Deus ex Machina” examined the issue of the decommissioned but still iconic Battersea Power Station of London, by inserting a multi functional structure capable of adapting to multiple uses and future needs. During her studies, she also spent a year at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris - Malaquais.
Sara has collaborated with Madrid based studios, SUMA Arquitectura and Ecosistema Urbano in national and international projects, such asthe Gabriel Garcia Marquez Library in Barcelona or Open Shore
– a urban reactivation strategy for West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to her return to STL in 2019, Sara was Visiting Professor at Tulane School of Architecture’s undergraduate program in New Orleans.
As a Project Designer and vital member of the design team at STL, Sara has worked in a variety of projects
including a proposal for an addition to the Museum of Art in Lima, a fieldhouse, Read Dunning School in Chicago and most recently –the O’Hare Global Terminal. Out side of architecture, Sara is an enthusiastic storyteller. She loves to spend time crafting , travelling, and discovering new places.
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Jose Luis de la Fuente
Jose Luis de la Fuente is a Principal at STL. Jose Luis champions an unwavering commitment to Architectural Design of the highest caliber while juggling his other two life passions: family and soccer.
A native of Madrid, Spain, Jose Luis studied architecture at the Architecture School (ETSAM) in the Polytechnic University of Madrid receiving his professional License in 1992. He is a member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) and and International Associate on the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Jose Luis has been an invited critic and lecturer at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Northwestern University (NU), the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as well as the Polytechnic University in Mumbia, India.
Jose Luis lives with his wife and two children in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chen joined STL in November 2018 after graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) with his Masters degree in Architecture. After finishing his final project with Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, his ambition has been to continue his study of the built environment and to further immerse himself into design and its digital visualization.
Outside of his work at STL, Chen has collaborated with several architecture firms in China, both during and after his academic studies. Other than architecture, he is well-versed in art history with his favorite artist being Mark Rothko. Chen strongly believes that the art world can have a strong influence on the design of architecture and that the combination of both is the reflective of the infinite imagination of human kind.
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Ignacio joined STL in February 2013 after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Madrid) with a focus in “Construction and Technology”.
After completing school he gained experience working in several architecture firms in Spain. As a Project Designer and vital member of the design team at STL, Ignacio has worked in a variety of projects, including a proposal for a residential tower in Chicago, an auditorium for a high school, and most recently - the Lycee Francais de Chicago.
Outside of architecture, he’s an enthusiastic photographer and has free-lanced as a short film production designer. He loves to spend time listening to music, going to concerts, traveling, and playing soccer as much as possible.
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A native Spaniard, Beatriz arrived in Chicago, in the summer of 2002 after being awarded a scholarship to study for one year at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During this experience she saw the potential and great opportunities Chicago had to offer for a young architect and decided to move back, after graduating as a licensed architect from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Spain.
Beatriz believes that great architecture comes from a great design process from beginning to end, paying special attention to details. She enjoys working on challenging projects, and states that for a building to be successful the architect has to be involved in the entire process, from concept to occupancy permit.
As a professional, Beatriz has worked on a wide range of projects which vary both in program and scale; some of these include interior office build-outs, high-end residential projects in the Chicagoland area, commercial projects of various scales and several educational facilities, both primary and secondary schools.
When not expanding her expertise in design and management, Beatriz loves to spend time with her family, travel as much as possible, and discover the world all over again trough her daughter.
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Robert joined STLarchitects in 2019. He 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, such as Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia and large site municipal work such as the Astana World Expo 2017. Rob is experienced in Revit and Building Integrated Modeling and holds an architecture degree from University of Michigan and a fine art degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The synergy he weaves between these two disciplines allows him to present three-dimensional space as an experience. Rob is an avid cyclist and swimmer and can often be found biking to work or getting in an open water swim in Lake Michigan when the weather permits.
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Gonzalo joined the team through STL’s Training internship program in December 2019. He graduated
from the Architecture Technical School of Madrid (ETSAM) in June 2018, his Master Thesis project
was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennial of 2018, awarded at the 28th Pladur Building
Solutions Contest and endowed with Special Mention at the 2017 Drawing the Year Competition
of the Aarhus School of Architecture. Gonzalo was awarded a scholarship to attend the Aarhus
School of Architecture, in Denmark for the 2014/2015 academic year. After his return from Denmark,
Gonzalo worked and collaborated with several Architectural firms in Madrid, Spain. From his work
experience, he highlights his time in the office of Pedro Pitarch Alonso, with whom he won several
Design Competitions. Despite his young age, Gonzalo has also been an Assistant Professor in one
of the Architecture Design Units in the ETSAM, from 2015 to 2017.
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Andrea joined STL in July 2014 after receiving her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in early May 2014. Her graduate thesis examined the diminishing relationship between drawing and architecture due to the emergence of 3D programs which are the predominant application for architectural production today. Before studying at Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture Magna Cum Laude from the Ohio State University.
Before STL, Andrea spent the previous winter at Michigan assisting LAMAS, one of five selected finalists, in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program competition in 2014. Additionally, she spent the summer of 2013 working in Los Angeles as an architectural intern.
Andrea established a fascination for architecture and travel when her family would visit ancient ruins in Athens and Ephesus on the way to her father’s birthplace of Cyprus. Outside of architecture, Andrea enjoys exploring the city, running, soccer, and reading on her morning and afternoon commutes. She is currently assisting the STL team on a variety of projects and appreciates the collaborative and ambitious spirit in the STL office.
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Changhoon’s career has challenged him with multiple project types including residences, expo complex, office complexes, as well as large scale high-rise buildings such as Jeddah Tower in Saudi and large site municipal work such as the Dubai Expo 2020. Changhoon is experienced in Building Integrated Modeling and holds an architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and an Architectural Engineering degree from Korea University. Changhoon loves rock music and photography as an amateur guitarist and photographer.
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Following a brief internship in 2013 while completing graduate school, Brian returned to STL Architects in 2014 after receiving his Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. As a Senior Designer, Brian works with the Design Principals to create unified and coherent expressions of our Clients’ visions. Success is achieved through the clarity and consistency of expression of the unique set of goals for each project. Having completed large-scale projects of many types, including educational, retail and office, Brian’s design experience has unusual depth.
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Born and raised in Madrid, Javier joined STL in February 2018. He graduated as a licensed architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura) in June 2015. His Master Thesis analyzed the border conditions generated by the Las Ventas bullring located in Madrid. Javier proposed a reflective programmatic regeneration of the area.
Javier has collaborated with several architecture firms in Madrid, both during his studies and after graduating, assuming an active role during the entire architectural process, from the early conceptual stages of design to construction administration.
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With 13+ years of experience as a user-experience professional, Leslie works with product owners, software architects, and engineers to create usable features that enable clients to effectively protect their organization's sensitive data. She has previously worked as a UX specialist with experience in redesigning hospital data management software, testing usability of medical devices, consumer websites, and mobile devices, and conducting large-scale research projects that resulted in the creation of custom metrics for assessing product acceptance.
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Silvia joined STL in June 2017. She graduated as a licensed architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura) in June 2016. Her Master Thesis analyzed the role of libraries in the context of our society's digital information revolution. Silvia proposed to redefine the role and function of public libraries modifying all progrmmatic aspects of the program from archival to information laboratories.
In 2012 Silvia was awarded an exchange scholarship at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) attending 2012-2013 academic year at said university. She has participated in several international architectural competitions, collaborating with various relevant architecture and interior design firms in Madrid.
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Beth received a BA in Architectural History and Theory from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture, with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007 she earned her LEED accreditation, and in 2010 her professional architecture license. As a professional, Beth has worked on a wide range of projects which vary both in program and scale - including interior office buildouts, high-rise residential towers, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools, and urban master plans.
STL has benefited from Beth’s expertise in Building Integrated Modeling, specifically her knowledge of Revit. She is currently leading a team on the firm’s first BIM based project with the GSA. When she is not designing spaces or managing projects, Beth loves to travel with her family, try cooking new creations, enjoys being a mom, and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
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Shoko joined STL Architects in September 2014. She has experience in a wide variety of projects including educational, institutional, residential, multi-functional cultural complex and urban planning. She has been involved in conceptual design, construction documents and on-site construction . Shoko received a Master of Architecture with High Distinction from the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
During her college days and since graduation, she has gained professional experience while working in Japan, Italy, China and the U.S. She grew up the daughter of a graphic designer and art director, and has been interested in design and art since she was a child. She believes that architecture is like music created by many hands. Impressive buildings are designed well from the details to the larger design concept. Harmony from small scale to large scale inspires people and gives pleasure. Shoko is a licensed Japanese architect. During her free time, she enjoys sailing, skiing, playing the violin, cooking, visiting museums, and traveling.
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Jongpil received his Master of Environmental Building Design from University of Pennsylvania, his Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and his dual degree of Bachelor of Engineering from Handong Global University at South Korea. He has worked on domestic and international large-scale mixed-use, commercial, residential projects, combined with an expertise in sustainable high-performance building design. Jongpil has been a licensed architect in Illinois since 2016 as well as a certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). He believes that an architect has the important roles to the built environment to be kept sustainable while it is created.
His building science knowledge and computational design skills from various work experiences have contributed to his belief that strong sustainable goals should be established from the earliest of design phases and by making the design processes as efficient as possible.
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As a Principal at STL, Tracy Salvia has firm-wide responsibility for research and development, technical coordination and quality control of all projects in the office. Tracy came to STL in 1998 from the Chicago firm Lohan Associates, where she began her career.
Tracy has over 23 years of experience on large-scale public and private architecture 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. Her Municipal Code Review experience with the City of Chicago has required her to develop an intimate knowledge of the text, intent and interpretations of the Chicago Building Code. In addition, she has substantial experience with the Planning and Zoning departments working on Special Uses, Rezoning and Planned Developments.
Outside of her leadership at STL, Tracy maintains an active interest in the integration of the design and technical aspects of Architecture at the University level. She was invited to teach at the University of Illinois - Chicago, serving as a studio instructor for two semesters, and lecturing on Low-Rise Housing and Detailing.
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Ana Sanchez Iza
Ana joined STL team through the employee training internship program in June 2019. After graduating from the Polythecnic University of Madrid (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid) in July 2017. After completing school she gained a year of architectural working experience in Madrid, her home town. In 2018, Ana –always trying to learn new things- was also involved in an Architectural Visualization Course in Madrid to enhance her rendering skills.
As an enthusiastic young architect, she is a detail-orientated work person, being meticulous and hardworking, she has recently free-lanced as a CGArtist, combining both her passion for architecture and graphic design. Outside of architecture, she loves discovering new places, listening to music, graphic design and photography.
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Wade received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and his Masters of Architecture 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.
Wade ensures quality for STL’s clients by providing attentive coordination from project conception to completion. Outside of work, Wade is a fan of the “beautiful game” (soccer), and enjoys being a coach for his son’s team. A curious learner and avid reader, he also has a developing interest in ornithology and taxonomy.
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Victoria received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She is experienced in concurrently managing multiple projects of varying scales and typologies. The versatility of Victoria’s project experience speaks to her adaptability. She ensures quality for STL’s clients through her ability to balance project management with project integrity and client expectations.
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Wenjie Zheng joined STL in November 2018, after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Iowa State University. During his studies, he gained experience in a wide variety of subjects including urban planning and infrastructure, landscape design, and an architectural focus on office, residential, and retail programs.
In the past several years, he has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and South America to gain a more global perspective and experiences that have influenced his development as an architect.
As professional collaborators and friends for 19 years, Luis Collado and Jose Luis de la Fuente have steered STL into its present position as one of the top design firms in Chicago.
Jose Luis and Luis provide a refreshing contrast to an industry that thrives in individual leadership by working as a design/think team, both as team heads and client’s advocates. Throughout this time they have infused STL with a spirit of creativity through a belief in active professional collaboration and teamwork. Today, STL is an international design practice with projects in the US, Europe and, Asia. STL’s work has gained global recognition through international publications and design magazines.
Jose Luis and Luis are both Licensed Architects who studied at the Architecture School (ETSAM) in the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. They are business partners at STL Architects, an international design studio with offices in Chicago, Illinois.
After completing their schooling in Madrid, Luis pursued advanced studies in Urban Planning attending the Graduate School of Design (GDS) at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts while Jose Luis founded E6 Arquitectura winning an international competition for an Airport Control Tower in Alicante, Spain. For several years Luis and Jose Luis work together at the offices of SOM (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) in Chicago developing projects and large scale urban planning efforts in Argentina, Mexico, China and Korea.
They are regular collaborators and invited lecturers at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), Northwestern University (NU) as well as the Polytechnic University in Mumbai, India. Jose Luis and Luis are founding members of Chicago Design Matters (CDM) a group formed by Chicago architects and urban planners created with the goal to promote the architectural cultural legacy, both past and present, of Chicago around the world.