Monica was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, a rich architectural heritage and a uniquely musical culture. Her early creative interests led her to explore music and painting, but her father identified her aptitude for math, and suggested she consider architecture as a way of combining her creative and mathematical talents. She pursued graduate studies in the US in both architecture and interior architecture, and moved to New York City in 2012, where she became a licensed architect and sustainability-accredited professional. Monica then embarked on an adventure to Ecuador in 2018, in search of personal and professional growth. She’s since become an important part of PE’s Guayaquil studio, where she’s mainly focused on local work as a way of expanding her experience.
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Monica has served on the firm’s Mentorship, Sustainability, and Design Leadership Group committees. Additionally, she is involved in academia as a professor and guest critic at the Catholic University of Guayaquil supporting young designers in their path towards architecture. Her unique background as a Latina and US-trained architect allows her to support projects both locally and abroad.