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Our Story

Based in Washington, DC, Moya Design Partners (MOYA) was founded in 2017 by business leader, respected designer, and service-minded CEO Paola Moya. With diversity, philanthropy, and design excellence at the heart of the firm, Moya Design Partners makes a special effort to support and work with organizations that advance social causes and improve the living conditions of many. Our work ethic for project delivery is unmistaken. Each team member believes in giving back, works relentlessly to exceed client expectations, and embraces diversity of thought, background, culture, process, perspectives, and spaces. Moya Design Partners is a multidisciplinary boutique studio delivering innovative designs with 100% client focus.

Our Team

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CEO & Founder

Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA

Partner & Design Principal

Federico Olivera-Sala, Assoc. AIA

Partner & Senior Project Manager

Vinay Ganeshan

Partner & Senior Architect

Ligia Saldana, AIA

Studio Director

Marilaura Guerrero, Assoc. AIA + IIDA

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Rada Turcanu

Interior Design Director

Adrian Saunders, Assoc. AIA + IIDA

Marketing Advisor

Laura Moya Guerrero

Project Manager | Urban Designer

Noor Makkiya

Project Architect

Johnathan J. Styles, AIA, NCARB, IIDA

Project Architect

Marisa King, AIA, LEED A.P. BD+C.

Project Designer

Daniela Schenone

Project Designer

Ana Polettini

Proposal Coordinator

Carola Luna

Proposal Specialist

Maja Tokic, AIA

Proposal Writer

Catie Balagtas

Project Designer

Gabriela Dinerstein

Project Designer

Renata De Miguel Orozco

Project Designer

Daniela Oria

Creative Director

Ignacio Neuta

Art Director

Cristina Ramírez

Graphic Designer

Romina Pereyra

Graphic Designer

Florencia Branchicella

Marketing & Communications Manager

Rosario Ariza

Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist

Salomé Sierra

Culture & Experience Director

Aura Telman

Accounting Associate

Kareem Priestley

Financial Analyst

Julio Martínez

Opaerations Coordinator

Fernando Bermudez

Information Technology Manager

Bernardo Corrales

IT Support Specialist

Jose Leiva

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CEO & Founder

Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA

“Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” —Mark Twain

Paola Moya is a visionary leader driven by innovative designs, collaborative environments, and thoughtful placemaking. As the founder and chief executive officer of Moya Design Partners, Paola is the company’s creative director in charge of setting the firm’s strategy, direction, culture and brand. She oversees the studio’s operations and enjoys building teams. Paola is active in the design, evolution, and life of every project. She is a multifaceted designer with expertise in the fields of architecture, interiors, product, and visual design.
Paola’s client-centered and methodical approach has not only earned the trust and loyalty of clients, it has also contributed to her esteemed reputation in the industry. Paola personally collaborates with clients to check progress and implement feedback quickly and effectively. She consults with residents, partners, and stakeholders to identify vision / scope / goals for each project. With in-person design charettes, web-based video feeds, and advanced technology, Paola is known for keeping communications open and live. In turn, she coordinates with each MOYA team member to ensure timely completion of required deliverables.
The Washington Business Journal has recognized Paola as one of the region’s “Power 100 Playmakers”; a top “40 Under 40” professional; and a “Minority Business Leader of the Year.” In 2019, she was named a top “40 Under 40” professional by Building Design + Construction Magazine, and the WBJ honored Paola among seven top immigrant business leaders for her firm’s contributions to the architectural landscape of the city. She has been named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the DC and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and her work has been recognized with design excellence awards from AIA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, Graphic Design USA, International Design Awards, and Built by Women (Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation).
Paola is a frequently sought speaker at local and national AIA chapters, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Building Museum. She has served on the boards of the Montgomery Housing Partnership and the District of Columbia Building Industry Association. She earned a master’s degree in architecture with a real estate development concentration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and holds a finance certification from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Executive Education program.
Paola enjoys her hobbies outside of work, which include finding new salsa dancing venues, cultivating her love of martial arts, and discovering new rhythms and flavors in different corners of the world. She enjoys her newfound passion for running, although she says it is coming along slowly!
Partner & Design Principal

Federico Olivera-Sala, Assoc. AIA

“Nothing is impossible.”

Federico Olivera-Sala knows how to deliver a client’s vision from conception through construction while navigating the complexities, details, and nuances of urban mixed-use developments. Federico knows the pulse of market demands with the vision to push boundaries while working within regulations and code requirements. He executes beautiful designs that attract and delight clients while maximizing return on investment. In addition to performing feasibility studies, embracing best practices, and staying abreast of building processes, Federico’s responsibilities include promoting our firm regionally, as well as mentoring our next generation of architects.
In over 20 years of work in the DC area, Federico has significantly contributed to the transformation and restoration of the urban fabric of Washington DC. Since joining MOYA in 2017, Federico has led several projects for MOYA in DC and Maryland, including the site evaluation and master planning of the new 245,000 SF DC Department of General Services (DGS) headquarters on Minnesota Avenue NE; the design and construction of Diane’s House, a 42-unit affordable housing project; the design of the revitalization of DC’s Capitol Hill’s 300,000 SF Eastern Market Metro Park; and 2442 MLK Jr. Avenue SE, a new mixed-use residential development with 112 units that will offer 100% affordable housing in the Southwest Washington DC community.
Federico is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and graduated from the Lange Ley Institute and the University of Belgrano School of Architecture. In Argentina, he owned an architecture and urban planning firm, and was a faculty member at his alma mater. Shortly after arriving in Washington DC, Federico started working at SK&I, and a year into the job, he became the planning division director. He participated in over two dozen projects in DC and along the East Coast. His mixed-use experience alone has resulted in 13,000+ units and townhomes added to the DMV region. Some of his signature mixed-use projects include The Darcy & The Flats in Bethesda, MD; The Apollo on H Street in Washington, DC; Dock 79 across from Nationals Stadium; Chase Point Condos in DC’s Friendship Heights; and Sheridan Station in Southeast DC.
In a previous life, Federico was a DJ in an Argentinian club! Today he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and two dogs.
Partner & Senior Project Manager

Vinay Ganeshan

Make it simple, but significant.” 

Vinay Ganeshan is a Principal and Senior Project Manager at Moya Design Partners. He brings over 20 years of experience in architectural design and project management, specializing in residential development. Vinay has shown an uncanny ability throughout his career to manage all phases of a design project, from inception to design development and construction, while also having an eye for business opportunities and creating solid ties for long-term strategic partnerships. Vinay’s drive has contributed to his key involvement in 25 major projects, with a strong focus on mixed-use and residential. These projects have led to upwards of 4,000 plus built apartment units in the DMV, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta area.
As an architect with a strong concern for end-users and their experience, Vinay works tirelessly to reconcile the client’s requirements, budget, and vision by providing the best possible housing for consumers. He is currently the senior manager on several mixed-use developments at MOYA, including 2442 MLK Jr. Avenue SE, a new mixed-use residential development with 112 units that will offer 100% affordable housing in the Southwest Washington DC community; the interior architectural design of a multifamily project for the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation within the diverse Arlandria-Chirilagua community; and 1133 North Capitol, a 13-story complex with 430 units that will be targeting LEED Gold certification.
Prior to joining MOYA, Vinay worked for several architectural and design firms in the DMV area, such as Dwell Design Studio, where he was the Principal in Charge and played a vital role in the firm’s expansion and success; and as Project Manager at SK+I and Grimm and Parker Architects. Some of his signature projects are: The Ian, a 375-unit rental apartment complex in Herndon, VA; LEED-Silver certified The Modern on M, located near DC’s Southwest Waterfront with 276 units of sophisticated living quarters; and The Edison, a 217,000 SF mixed residential and retail development in the Union Market area of DC.
Vinay obtained his Bachelor in Science for Architecture from Howard University and a Diploma in Architecture from the University of Guyana. Vinay’s perfect day is spent on the golf course, perfecting his stroke or taking his children to a soccer match. He is a huge Chelsea F.C fan.
Partner & Senior Architect

Ligia Saldana, AIA

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein

Ligia Saldana is a senior architect at Moya Design Partners, where she en¬sures the firm’s projects are exquisitely designed, respectful of time and budget, and meet both the client’s vision and the needs of end users. As a project leader and team player with 25 years of experience coordinating with clients, builders, and consultants, Ligia’s diverse background allows her to anticipate potential obstacles and proactively propose the best course of action. She is solution-focused, understanding that each project brings a unique set of challenges, while keeping the client’s needs first and foremost in mind.
Ligia has valuable experience with diverse building types. She worked on the restoration of the century historic marketplace in the heart of Ponce, Puerto Rico, the reuse and expansion of the old fire station next to the Teatro La Perla, and the Alvarado Library for UPR Ponce. Ligia supervised construction for the Fundación Biblioteca Rafael Hernandez Colon and was the project manager for the expansion of the Plaza Las Américas. She has led multidisciplinary teams through all phases of design and construction, been responsible for permitting, and has specialized expertise with adaptive preservation. Meeting client needs in an innovative fashion is a welcome challenge that motivates her to think outside the box.
Ligia has led the MOYA team on several projects in Washington, DC, and beyond, including the luxurious Spa at MGM Springfield; business interiors and environmental branding for the DowntownDC BID; interiors for the Downtown Day Services Center for individuals experiencing homelessness; workplace interiors for Bread for the World; and a workspace renovation and expansion for Paoli Law Firm. Ligia volunteers with Limbs for Haiti, a program uniting six professors and 60 second-year architecture students to expose them to the reality of designing in a devastated landscape while realizing the important role of architecture as a life-changing agent.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ligia received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with her three sons, playing tennis, and reading. Ligia considers raising her sons her life’s project. As a Girl Scout gold medalist, she became a Cub Scout master while her sons were involved.
Studio Director

Marilaura Guerrero, Assoc. AIA + IIDA

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” —J.A. Shedd

Marilaura Guerrero is a project designer at Moya Design Partners with nine years of design experience in mixed-use and multifamily architecture as well as broad expertise developing cost-effective and stunning interiors. Marilaura uses her extensive project management skills to coordinate project consultants. She supports project teams by delivering comprehensive sets of drawings and construction documents and collaborates with the client to achieve the project vision. With advanced skills in dynamic problem solving, Marilaura knows every project is unique and values the opportunity to contribute to her city’s built environment. Nothing rejuvenates her more than blending nature and design to enhance well-being and sustainability in architecture.
Marilaura has been the project manager on several recent MOYA projects in Washington, DC, including the renovation and modernization of DCPS Brent Elementary School, the renovation of DGS/DPR Eastern Market Metro Park; architecture and construction administration for Diane’s House, a four-story 42-unit, multifamily, affordable housing complex for women who are veterans, recovering addicts, victims of domestic violence, and returning citizens; interiors for the Downtown Day Services Center for individuals experiencing homelessness; interiors for Bright Beginnings; interiors for Paoli Law Firm; and workplace interiors for Bread for the World, a DC-based advocacy group that works to end hunger at home and abroad.
Marilaura is originally from Puerto Rico. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design. She says that being in nature always makes her feel rejuvenated, and nothing is more exciting than watching live music performances in unexpected places.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Rada Turcanu

“Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.” —Paulo Coelho

Rada Turcanu is a Financial Accountant with over eight years of experience in the private and public sector (Big 4 alum). At Moya Design Partners, Rada takes care of bookkeeping, compliance, issuance of financial statements, HR and Operations. Rada loves to travel and discover new places, from the museum in a nearby town to eating at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Hawaii, while collecting fridge magnets from every place she visits. (Her goal is to fill the fridge!) Rada loves to cook with wholesome ingredients and enjoy food with her loved ones.
Rada received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University with an accounting major, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Business/ Information Systems from De Anza College.
Interior Design Director

Adrian Saunders, Assoc. AIA + IIDA

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” —Steve Jobs

As the Director of Interiors at MOYA, Adrian Saunders brings almost two decades of experience in designing and crafting meaningful interior spaces. He leads a team dedicated to developing innovative design concepts from inception to completion, focusing on environments that enhance learning and community engagement. His expertise is evident in projects for schools, community centers, and government buildings, where he blends community feedback with strategic placemaking. Adrian’s responsibilities also include selecting materials, code compliance, overseeing project implementation, and ensuring quality design execution, all while playing a pivotal role in client relations and supporting the firm’s growth and creative vision.
Prior to MOYA, Adrian developed a rich portfolio across various design fields. As Stratacomm’s Associate Director of Studio Services, he oversaw studio operations. At DowntownDC BID, he managed digital design projects, including web and graphic design, app development, and social media. His time at DDOT was marked by expertise in graphic and digital media design, while at Blackburn Architects, P.C., he focused on design, master planning, Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D rendering, and construction administration.
Adrian holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America, where he also pursued a Master of Architecture. Outside of his professional life, Adrian is passionate about exploring emerging technologies and is an avid fan of science fiction. He places great importance on family, actively involving himself in his children’s sporting events and cherishing moments that foster strong family connections.
Adrian has been the project manager for several recent MOYA projects, including interiors for the historic renovation of Douglass School in Loudoun County, VA, the DowntownDC BID office interiors renovation, and an interiors renovation for HR&A Advisors in Washington, DC. In addition to projects in DC and VA, Adrian also has architectural experience in California and South Carolina.
Marketing Advisor

Laura Moya Guerrero

I am the great ant, the immigrant.

Laura Moya Guerrero is a Marketing Advisor at Moya Design Partners, where she leverages her experience as a documentary film director and editor to create MOYA’s marketing content and provide our clients with stunning ideas.
Luna’s filmmaking is supported by The Sundance Institute and Catapult Film Fund and was featured in Variety Magazine and The Washington Post. Luna is a formerly undocumented, queer, and chronically ill filmmaker. Her debut directorial film was “The Rights of Butterflies” (AFI Docs 2012.) The short documentary launched with a screening tour to successfully help pass the DREAM ACT in Maryland. Her second film, “What The Pier Gave Us,” started as a short (BAM Cinema FEST 2021), and a feature-length version is now in production.
Luna proudly transferred from a community college in Maryland to NYU, where they received a full-ride scholarship bestowed to two students in the Tisch Arts Department. They graduated with a BFA in Film & TV production. Currently a fellow at the Sundance Latine Film Fellowship. In the past, they were a fellow at the Sundance Art of Editing Fellowship, Sundance Accessible Futures Intensive, Karen Schmeer Film Editing Diversity in the Edit Room Fellowship, and the Associate Artist-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts by Natalia Almada.
Project Manager | Urban Designer

Noor Makkiya

“The menu is not the meal.” —Alan Watts

Noor Makkiya is a Project Manager at Moya Design Partners and has 10+ years of experience from both a professional and academic architectural lens. Her urban design and architecture experience spans the globe, having worked in Baghdad, Amman, London, Ghana, New York, and Washington, DC on projects in areas such as master planning, residential & affordable housing, healthcare, post-war architecture, urban regeneration, and streetscape revitalizations.
Prior to joining MOYA, Noor worked as a Designer at Cooper Robertson, where she collaborated on multiple master planning and urban design efforts. One of her project highlights was the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition, where the focus was on strengthening the vitality and resiliency of mixed-use/commercial areas that are impacted by the threat of coastal flooding. Community feedback helped shape the design solutions, and these concepts were featured in exhibits, including being shown at the World Financial Center in New York.
Noor has a zest for entrepreneurship and innovation, which our team and clients will both benefit from. She is co-founder of an all-female award-winning design and research studio, WMN atelier. One of Noor’s latest projects is a vision hospital in Baghdad, where she co-led the design of the healthcare facility following American health standards, while managing the procurement of materials and equipment with global suppliers.
She received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (MSAUD) from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Applied Science University in Jordan. Noor also retains ties with the academia world as a teaching instructor, having taught at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture and at her alma mater, Columbia University.
Project Architect

Johnathan J. Styles, AIA, NCARB, IIDA

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life” Steve Maraboli

Johnathan J. Styles, AIA, NCARB, IIDA,  is a Project Architect at Moya Design Partners, where he oversees the architectural aspects of design, production, and construction documents. In addition, he coordinates with clients, staff, and consultants to deliver outstanding design and ensure projects move along smoothly. Johnathan’s  experience as Project Architect and Project Manager encompasses hospitality, multi-family, mixed-use, and master planning. He is a registered architect in the District of Columbia and Georgia.  
Johnathan brings  eight (8) years of design experience  Before joining MOYA, he worked at Architecture Incorporated in Washington, DC and POH in Atlanta, Georgia. Besides, Johnathan is a member of the AIA DC Urban Design Committee and, throughout his career, has served as a tutor and mentor for younger architects. 
Johnathan obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Florida Atlantic University; and his MA in Architecture from the University of Westminster, London. In addition, Johnathan is deeply interested in fitness and music.  
Project Architect

Marisa King, AIA, LEED A.P. BD+C.

“One should be light like a bird and not like a feather”  —Italo Calvino

Marisa King is a Project Architect at Moya Design Partners. She brings her critical eye and attention to detail to lead the architecture team in a wide range of projects, from Programing to final delivery. In addition, Marisa’s understanding of sustainability provides MOYA’s clients with alternative perspectives and smart design solutions.
Marisa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Virginia Tech, obtaining Magna Cum Laude honors. Besides her professional activity, Marisa does volunteer architecture work in developing countries and serves as a mentor for young girls who aspire to be designers.
Project Designer

Daniela Schenone

“The road to success is always under construction.” —Lily Tomlin

Daniela Schenone is a project designer with over eight years of experience as an architectural designer and construction manager, plus technical expertise with BIM platforms such as REVIT. Daniela has worked on commercial and institutional projects throughout the United States, Latin America, and South America. She is involved in all phases of a project: from design development to construction, and final delivery.
Daniela is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture program. A fun fact about Daniela is that she is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. While being multilingual has great benefits, it can result in Daniela forgetting how to say a word in one of these languages, while remembering it in the other two!
Project Designer

Ana Polettini

I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” ―Diane Von Furstenberg

Ana Polettini is an Interior Designer at Moya Design Partners with international project experience in residential, real estate, enterprise, and retail sectors. Her advanced technical skills, proficiency in managing complex projects, and deep understanding of the design and construction process are tremendous assets for our Interior Design team. Ana is involved in all project phases at MOYA, from programming and interior test fits.
Prior to joining MOYA, Ana worked as Senior Architect Lead at LATAM WeWork where she excelled at generating ideas and bringing innovative designs as part of an international team. During her tenure, she oversaw planning and coordinating the entire architectural design for the projects she completed.
Ana received her Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil, and also completed graduate course in enterprise and project management in civil construction at this university. A fun fact about Ana is her love of event and party planning/design. This stems off Ana’s love for hosting events to meet new people and even become better friends with co-workers!
Proposal Coordinator

Carola Luna

A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ―Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

Carola Luna is an interior designer who brings her versatile experience in corporate and residential projects to the MOYA team. Along with her creative designs, Carola is also a skilled project coordinator and her advanced technical skills with programs such as REVIT, AutoCAD, and Enscape.
Carola’s portfolio of work includes being the Interior Design Lead at WeWork LATAM, where she led the concept and schematic designs of various WeWork offices in the Latin America market. She was also a senior architect at VDV Arquitectura in Buenos Aires, leading residential projects from inception to construction.
Carola received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela. Outside of work, Carola enjoys decompressing with a variety of activities – whether it is going for a CrossFit session or savoring a dessert while watching her favorite show, Friends.
Proposal Specialist

Maja Tokic, AIA

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.” –Charles Dickens

Maja Tokic is a Project Architect at Moya Design Partners, bringing 11+ years of experience in a full range of architectural services, including master planning and initial concept development, detailed design documentation, and finishes/furniture selections. Since joining MOYA in early 2022, Maja has been integral to the company’s exponential growth.
Before joining MOYA, Maja led the Ft. Worth Downtown Masterplan and Clarksville, Maryland Masterplan, the Sagamore Spirit Distillery design. Her portfolio demonstrates renovation, multi-family housing, particular purpose, and residential design.
Maja obtained her Masters in Architecture from Washington University in St Louis. Maja has volunteered as an instructor in Washington, DC. Public Schools to teach children about the built environment. Maja enjoyed a Fulbright Fellowship in Helsinki, Finland.
Proposal Writer

Catie Balagtas

With over two decades of experience, Catie Balagtas holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, a Graduate Certificate in Hotel Planning and Design from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design and Chinese Studies from Connecticut College. Experience at Terrapin Bright Green, developing project proposals, managing client relations, and presenting on sustainability topics, has allowed her to develop expertise in both project management and sustainable design.  
Throughout her career, Catie has demonstrated her proficiency in graphic design, coupled with essential soft skills such as adaptability, creativity, and critical thinking. She has contributed significantly to high-profile projects, including the Merdeka 118 Tower in Malaysia, Portland International Airport Terminal Redevelopment in Oregon, and JPMorgan Chase Headquarters in New York City. Additionally, she coauthored “Nature Inside, A Biophilic Design Guide,” which showcases her commitment to integrating biophilic design principles in architecture.  
Catie’s dedication to sustainability is evidenced by her LEED and WELL Accredited Professional credentials. Recognized for her contributions to environmental design, she has received awards such as the Achievement Award for “The Economics of Biophilic Design” from the Environmental Design Research Association. Additionally, Catie is a polyglot, proficient in English, Spanish, Thai, Mandarin, and Filipino, enabling her to engage with diverse teams and clients globally. 
Project Designer

Gabriela Dinerstein

It seemed that we had reached the end of the road and it turns out that it was just a bend open to another landscape and new curiosities.” ―José Saramago

Gabriela Dinerstein is a Project Designer at Moya Design Partners, where she lends her advanced technical skills and creative design ideas to every phase of a project – from concept creation, schematic design, to finalizing construction documents. Gabriela’s body of work spans corporate, residential, civic, and commercial projects, which is a testimony of her versatility and adaptability to different architectural project needs.
Prior to joining MOYA, Gabriela worked at the firm MRA+A in Argentina; some of her project highlights include working on the state-of-the-art, sustainability-driven Centro Empresarial Libertador; and being the BIM lead for the firm in a project in collaboration with Foster & Partners new 750,000 SF office towers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gabriela has also worked at a BIM Consulting firm, creating designs and construction documents for a variety of projects, including the interior design of the WeWork offices in Argentina and Chile, high-rise buildings, offices, and affordable housing.
Gabriela obtained her Bachelor’s in Architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and spent a term at the École Nationalle Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris before going back to Buenos Aires for Postgraduate Studies, where she obtained a specialization degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Outside of work, Gabriela loves experimenting in the kitchen with baking, especially if it involves making a decadent chocolate cake!
Project Designer

Renata De Miguel Orozco

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.”  —Harold V Melchert

Renata is a Junior Architectural Designer for Moya Design Partners, where she contributes with her innovative designs and her expertise in urban planning and sustainability. Renata is truly a Renaissance woman, interested in the Arts, History and Science. Product of her natural curiosity, her designs and projects organically combine beauty and functionality.
Prior to joining Moya Design Partners, Renata collaborated in many diverse architectural projects all over Mexico, encompassing interior design, remodeling, and urban planning. Some of her highlights include the renovation of a protected 1905 house in Durango, or the Aquarium of Mazatlan. Both projects are proof of her unique combination of artistic expression and technical proficiency.
Renata lives in Mexico City, where she earned a Bachelor in Architecture with an Environmental Design track from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She has also spent one semester at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, where she focused in Architecture of Transportation and Public Space Design. An avid hiker and mountaineer, Renata has undertaken expeditions in Mexico, to the Iztaccíhuatl Volcano, and to the Trolltunga, in Norway, enduring the harsh winter conditions. A Fun fact about Renata is that she enjoys solo traveling and hiking.
Project Designer

Daniela Oria

Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”— Lao Tzu

Daniela is a Junior Architectural Designer at Moya Design Partners with four years of experience in design and construction projects. Daniela believes that success relies on knowledge and perseverance. She is always looking to learn by researching and listening to others.
Before joining Moya Design Partners, Daniela collaborated on diverse architectural projects in Mexico and worked at Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, mainly focused on design, construction, and remodeling. Some of her most important projects include the renovation of a house in Durango Street protected by the National Institute of Fine Arts, multiple reconstruction projects for Reconstruir MX, and the Aquarium of Mazatlan.
Daniela lives in Mexico City, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She also spent one semester at UIC University in Barcelona. A fun fact about Daniela is that she loves to dance Flamenco and will always stop in her tracks to take pictures of architectural details and interesting textures.
Creative Director

Ignacio Neuta

Ignacio Neuta is the Senior Art Director at FORMA by MOYA. With a strong background in advertising, graphic design, and digital marketing, Ignacio has developed skills in creating stunning and engaging digital and print materials, primarily for clients in the hospitality and tourism industry in over a decade of professional experience. He is characterized for an eye for aesthetics, usability, and functionality, combined with a strong sense of brand identity and storytelling. 
Ignacio holds a professional degree in Advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. His career includes leading teams of talented graphic designers and web developers to produce high-quality visual content that meets and exceeds client expectations. Ignacio’s expertise spans graphic design, digital marketing, and operations management, ensuring comprehensive project execution from concept to delivery. He has managed independent projects as well as collaborated with notable clients such as BID, CNMH, and ARN, where he contributed to the design and implementation of web platforms and communication campaigns supporting the reintegration of former combatants in Colombia. 
Fluent in both Spanish and English, Ignacio excels in communication, leadership, presentation skills, creativity, decision-making, and critical thinking. His technical skills include proficiency in UX/UI design, prototyping, web development, and screen printing. Ignacio is passionate about using these skills to produce innovative and impactful solutions that enhance user experience and client satisfaction.  
Art Director

Cristina Ramírez

Cristina Ramirez is the Art Director at FORMA by MOYA, with a strong background in illustration and graphic design. She brings in her experience and creativity, to drive the creative strategy with design excellence, ensuring that all visual communications align with client objectives and brand identity. Looking to consistently blend her technical skills with creative vision, Cristina consistently produces compelling visual stories. 
Cristina holds a Professional degree in Graphic Design from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and a Master’s degree in Illustration from the Escuela de Artes y Letras. Her educational background has equipped her with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, enabling her to tackle complex design challenges with confidence and innovation. Throughout her career, Cristina has played pivotal roles in high-profile projects for clients such as Coca Cola, Spotify, Netflix, Pfizer, Roche, and Novartis, where her expertise in creativity and strategic narrative has been instrumental in delivering impactful visual campaigns. 
In her role at FORMA by MOYA, Cristina leverages her experience to lead the team in creating innovative campaigns. Her technical skills include proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and advanced capabilities in Adobe After Effects, Premiere, and Audition. Cristina’s dedication to continuous learning and professional growth is evident in her additional training and certifications. 
Graphic Designer

Romina Pereyra

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

Romina Pereyra is a graphic designer with 10 years of experience in advertising agencies and design studios. Romina has a special passion for illustration, especially poster design. As well as being influenced by the history of Polish graphic design, she continues her professional development by attending workshops and classes in contemporary illustration practice. At Moya Design Partners, Romina supports our visual design team with logo design, proposal design, and graphic design for our clients’ marketing and corporate communications. On each project, Romina strives to find the right balance between good design and the perfect message.
Romina graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. She’s a vegan who loves animals and is very fond of soccer, sharing initials with her most-loved team, River Plate! Romina also loves traveling and rock concerts, and if both come together, that’s even better.
Graphic Designer

Florencia Branchicella

“I don’t know everything I just know what I know.” —Tsubasa Hanekawa

Florencia is a Graphic Designer at Moya Design Partners where she creates stunning social media posts and helps MOYA maintain an impressive and consistent visual language all through our Social media outlets. Florencia brings nine years of experience in graphic design, media content creation and editorial design.
Florencia has worked for corporate clients, including Fox Network Group in Latin America where she was a senior producer, and content creator. She has worked extensively as a consultant for social media, tv branding, and YouTube content creation and management, including the art direction of music videos for international artists.
Florencia obtained her bachelor degree in Graphic Design from the prestigious University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Florencia’s passion for design, video and graphics is only equaled by her immense curiosity and love for languages. She speaks Korean and Japanese.
Marketing & Communications Manager

Rosario Ariza

Rosario leads the Communications and Marketing team at MOYA, developing and implementing corporate communication strategies and overseeing brand positioning. She is the go-to person if you are a media representative, influencer, or potential partner. She also supports FORMA by MOYA clients in brand and marketing strategy development. 
Before joining MOYA, she developed over a decade of experience in managing communication processes across multinational companies in diverse industries. Her leadership in DEI initiatives and event management has been recognized for its positive impact on organizational culture. In addition to her corporate roles, Rosario has a strong academic background, having taught in Elementary, High-school and Higher-Ed settings. Her proficiency in four languages—Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese—enhances her ability to navigate global communication landscapes effectively. Rosario holds a Master’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Communication and Culture, further strengthening her capacity to lead complex communication strategies. 
Rosario is passionate about using her communication and cultural expertise to foster strong relationships within organizations and help them thrive. 
Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist

Salomé Sierra

With a passion for showing what brands want to say in the digital world and over six years of doing it, Salomé comes to be a part of the FORMA Marketing and Communications team. She plays a crucial role in our digital business, sharing our activities with the world. 
Holding a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in marketing from Universidad EAFIT, Salomé calls herself a “digital girl” who connects with both Gen Z and Millennials, helping her to communicate well with different people. She has worked in many areas, from food to cars, showing she can adapt and create interesting conversations across different industries and channels like social media and websites. 
Salomé is involved in all aspects of digital marketing campaigns. She is responsible for strategizing, creating engaging content, and executing plans that drive results. Her skills ensure that campaigns are well-planned and effectively carried out, from initial ideas to final implementation. 
Culture & Experience Director

Aura Telman

As the Culture and Experience Director MOYA, Aura specializes in creating a positive, healthy, and inclusive work environment for all team members, focusing on culture, engagement, performance, recruitment, health and wellness, and diversity and equity.

Aura believes in ethical entrepreneurship that elevates human relations and fosters community wellness. Aura has made it her mission to create healthy work environments where people thrive and grow. She has been featured in Nasdaq, BRIT+CO, Create and Cultivate, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine and DisruptHR.

Canadian from Romanian ascendency, Aura’s multicultural journey is key to understanding her approach to Human Talent and workspace relations and explains her constant search for new ways to engage people and help them grow.

Accounting Associate

Kareem Priestley

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Solomon

Kareem Priestley is an Accountant at Moya Design Partners, who brings over 18 years of finance experience to the team. He has worked in all areas of the accounting department – from accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial reporting as well as all administrative and treasury functions. Kareem ensures timely and fluid financial relations with clients, vendors, and subconsultants.
Prior to joining MOYA, Kareem was the Director of Accounting in two New York-based music recording industry firms, Royalty Solutions and the Concord Music Group Inc. Along with managing the general accounting for the firms, Kareem also assisted with external audits and championed the seamless migration of financial data to new software programs.
Kareem obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting at Clark Atlanta University.
Financial Analyst

Julio Martínez

Julio Martinez is Financial Analyst at MOYA, bringing extensive experience in financial management and strategic business operations. With over a decade of expertise in financial analysis, budget management, and data analysis, Julio has a proven track record of driving significant growth and efficiency in his previous roles. 
Julio’s career highlights include his tenure as a Business Unit Manager at Bode Vidrio SA de CV, where he developed and executed successful business plans, forged strategic partnerships, and consistently achieved annual growth exceeding 27%. His proficiency in ERP and CRM systems, along with his advanced Excel skills, enable him to effectively manage complex financial operations and provide insightful analyses. 
Holding a Master’s degree in Financial Management and Controlling from IEBS, Julio combines his technical acumen with strong leadership and critical thinking skills. He is also proficient in Spanish and English, facilitating clear communication and collaboration in diverse environments.

Julio’s commitment to professional excellence is further evidenced by his Leadership and Managerial Skills Diploma from COPARMEX. Outside of work, Julio enjoys engaging in various activities, such as watching sports events including soccer, NFL, and UFC. He also greatly values spending time with his family and enjoys playing Padel and video games occasionally. 

 

Opaerations Coordinator

Fernando Bermudez

Fernando Bermudez is the Operations Coordinator at MOYA. With over a decade of experience in operational and program management, his approach to operations management is multifaceted, combining strategic planning, analytical talent, and excellent people skills. His proficiency in Microsoft Excel and his ability to multitask and proactively address challenges make him a key asset in driving efficiency and innovation within the team. 
Fernando’s career includes key roles in brand protection, intellectual property enforcement, and workforce management. He has adeptly managed complex operations, aligning team efforts with client objectives while maintaining high standards of quality control. His expertise in tools like Microsoft Excel and his analytical skills make him invaluable in strategizing and executing plans.  
Fernando holds a degree in Systems Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI) in Managua, Nicaragua, where he is from. His academic achievements include winning accolades for his project on Marketing Strategies for Dried Tropical Fruits. Outside of work, Fernando is a specialty coffee aficionado and dedicates his free time to recreational reading. 
Information Technology Manager

Bernardo Corrales

“Ad astra per aspera.” Solomon

Bernardo Corrales is the Information Technology Manager at Moya Design Partners. Bernardo’s insightful solutions and his data-informed approach help everyone at MOYA succeed and provide a seamless IT experience. Thanks to his knowledge and thorough planning, MOYA’s Global Virtual Team is ahead of the curve and can guarantee an around the clock service to our clients, anywhere in the world.
Bernardo has worked as Cyber security expert and IT consultant for different organizations and institutions in Latin America, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Bernardo was the IT Security Specialist at the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica for over a decade where he led the implementation of diverse security and communication protocols.
IT Support Specialist

Jose Leiva

Jose Leiva, the Desktop IT Support Specialist at MOYA, plays a pivotal role in addressing the firm’s technical challenges. He employs a user-focused approach to ensure timely support for MOYA’s team and actively streamlines IT processes through automation and documentation. His efforts not only improve individual workflows but also enhance the firm’s overall tech efficiency.  
With a rich background in various IT capacities across Latin America and the U.S., Jose’s expertise includes Help Desk Support, Data Loss Prevention, Network and IT Infrastructure Management, and Cybersecurity. His experience with cross-cultural teams has been vital in advancing IT infrastructure and cybersecurity measures, particularly in facilitating remote work.  
 Jose, a Venezuelan native, is a graduate of Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacín with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. A self-taught English speaker, he exemplifies dedication and autodidactic learning. 

Our Clients

Certifications and Affiliations

Moya Design Partners has numerous certifications, some of which reflect its differentiating position as a women-and minority-owned business — a combination that is both rare and unique in the architecture and design industry.
WBENC – National Certificate of Women-Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
DSLBD – Local Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) by The Department of Small and Local Business Development in the District of Columbia
MWAA – Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
MBE/DBE/SBE certification with the Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Minority Business Enterprise
GWHCC – Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  ULI – Urban Land Institute

Certifications and Affiliations

Moya Design Partners has numerous certifications, some of which reflect its differentiating position as a women-and minority-owned business — a combination that is both rare and unique in the architecture and design industry.
WBENC – National Certificate of Women-Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
DSLBC – Local Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) by The Department of Small and Local Business Development in the District of Columbia
MMWA – Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
MBE/DBE/SBE certification with the Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Minority Business Enterprise
GWHCC – Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
NOMA – The National Organization of Minority Architects
USGBC – U.S. Green Building Council
  ULI – Urban Land Institute