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Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP

Long Island City, New York, United States

Designer (architecture)

Member since March 08, 2010

Architect from the Pontificia Bolivariana University of Medellin Colombia Licensed in New York State, LEED AP with experience in the design and construction of complex projects. his work covers a broad range of project types including affordable housing, sustainable and hospitality design, cultural institutions,historic preservation, adaptive re-use and residential work. I am currently the leading designer for Magnusson Architecture and Planning a Manhattan firm where I hold the position of Senior Associate. At MAP, I have developed a wide range of projects, including several LEED® Gold affordable housing developments in Greenburgh - 22 Tarrytown Road Workforce Housing - and Ludlow Street in Yonkers. He is currently the lead designer of 1070 Anderson Avenue, a LEED®-Silver affordable houisng project in the Bronx, 500 Main Street, a mixed-use LEED®-Gold development in New Rochelle, and the interior of Atlantic Terrace, a LEED®-Gold mixed-income housing development.

Prior to joining Magnusson Architecture and Planning, my projects include “The Ana Pereira Gardens”, a multifamily affordable housing project, which received an honorable mention at the 2006 Green Building competition from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency. I was also a key member of the team responsible for the Phase IV renovations at the New York State Capitol in Albany. The project received the 2003 Award of Merit in Design from the American Institute of Architects. I was also involved in the master plan for the island of San Andres, Colombia, an UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserve Area and was the head of the state planning council for two years. While working at his own firm in San Andres, he also developed numerous sustainable design projects. one of them involved the creation of an off-shore wind farm for the Island.

I am currently a member of the American Institute of Architects participating in the AIANY Housing and Education Committees, The New York Chapter of the US Green Building Council, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Preservation League of New York State, The Sustainability Practice Network, The Society of Colombian Architects (NY Chapter) and the Historic Districts Council.

I frequently give lectures about sustainable design with presentations in Colombia and New York City.


State of New York


My Work Samples / View all (6) Work Samples

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Active memeber of the following organizations: USGBC, MAS, Supportive Housing Network of New York, AIA, National Trust, Preservation League of New York State, HDC, MOMA

Green architecture is about the celebration of the discipline and the balance with nature.

Contact Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP
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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design