President & Chief Operating Officer
Monique Lugo-López, AIA, CAAPPR
Monique Lugo-López is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Alvarez-Diaz & Villalón.
Monique is a registered architect licensed to practice in Puerto Rico with over 21 years of experience in the field of architecture with a significant number of completed commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and interior design projects.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Architecture in 1996, Monique interned in various sole practitioner architecture firms in Puerto Rico gaining ample experience in residential, institutional, commercial and hospitality design projects such as the Paradisus Coco Beach, the Modernization of a Public Housing Development and Auto Workshops for various Correctional Facilities in Puerto Rico.
In July 1999, Monique joined the local architecture and engineering design firm of UNIPRO Architects and Engineers as Project Architect, where she served as lead and/or supporting architect for multiple industrial and pharmaceutical projects such as Medtronic, Janssen, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bard and the development of the San Juan Industrial Park for VS Group. She also worked on projects for federal agencies such as the U.S. Postal Service, the FBI and Veterans Administration. During her years working at UNIPRO, Monique gained ample experience in Code Compliance and Project Management.
In 2003, Monique decided to start her own architectural practice where she served as a consultant, project manager and/or project architect to the local architecture and engineering firms of UNIPRO, Entech DPM and Benitez Ramos and Associates, the latter in collaboration with Stantec. During this period, Monique designed projects such as Prados del Sur Shopping Center in Santa Isabel, as well as retail stores and El Morro Fortress Wall Promenade for the U.S. National Park Service.
As sole practitioner, Monique also continued to develop a consistent list of private clients and projects including Baldwin School of Puerto Rico (Innovation Center, Elementary School Library, Elementary School Music and Art Classrooms and the Performing Arts Center); Los Angeles Memorial Park (Funeral Chapels and Funeral Home); the Superintendence of Catholic Schools of San Juan (Facilities Assessment and Improvements Program), as well as various residential and commercial client projects.
In 1994, she worked as an intern for the State Historic Preservation Office of Puerto Rico and from 1997-98 as a Teaching Assistant for the History of Architecture Course at the New School of Architecture of the Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico. Since 1996, Monique has been an active member of El Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Monique served on the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the AIA from 2008 to 2011, where she oversaw the Continuing Education Program.
In 2017, Monique joined Alvarez-Diaz & Villalón as the Design Studio Manager and Senior Project Designer. In 2018, she was appointed the firm’s new President and Chief Operating Officer.