What’s your favourite pastime?
Playing a Fender Stratocaster with the neck pickup activated, plugged into a slightly overdriven tube guitar amp .
What’s one item you won’t leave home without?
I always carry with me a $1 bill that belonged to my grandfather. My uncle passed it on to me before I emigrated from Venezuela. It connects me back to my roots and reminds me that I am where I am at and I am who I am thanks to the efforts of my ancestors.

Juan Carlos is an accomplished architect who joined our team in 2016. He's been recognized for his commitment to creating meaningful architectural projects that celebrate the communities, cultures, and environments they serve.

Juan Carlos's career spans two decades, and he has led and collaborated on the conceptualization, design, and development of projects across Canada, the US, and internationally. His work includes healthcare, universities, K-12 schools, civic, sports and recreation, residential, and commercial project types, as well as large-scale urban and master planning projects.  

A sense of purpose, diverse cultural background, and extensive project management experience have honed Juan Carlos's ability to create compelling and innovative design solutions. His work is artful, practical, and sustainable. He is best known for his uncanny ability to develop imaginative design solutions, and is skilled at solving complex project requirements such as challenging physical and budgetary constraints.  

Juan Carlos believes that great projects happen through great teamwork. He strives to build cordial, enthusiastic, and collaborative environments that bring people together. Juan Carlos is dedicated to advancing the architectural discipline and the purposeful integration of design, technical innovation, and advanced project delivery methods.  

Architecture places us in this world, it defines the uniqueness of our species and what we can accomplish together. I am constantly inspired by the incredible opportunity I have to be part of this discipline.
Juan Carlos Portuese


  •  Master of Architecture Southern California Institute of Architecture
  •  Bachelor of Architecture  Universidad Rafael Urdaneta


2007 Henry Adams Award, The American Institute of Architects