P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Juan Jofre, 2011

Principal and Founder, Estudio Esmero

Juan Jofre is an immigrant from Colombia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MArch in Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Juan Jofre Lora is the Principal and Founder of Estudio Esmero, an interdisciplinary design + architecture firm based in Brooklyn, NY, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Foundation Department at Pratt Institute. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and New Jersey and has extensive experience in the design and project delivery of high-end residential projects and commercial interiors.

Prior to joining Pratt, he was the Emerging Fellow in Design at the School of Architecture at UT Austin, where he taught design studios, workshops, and seminars for both graduate and undergraduate programs. Juan has worked for several renown architecture firms, including A+I, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, and Weiss/Manfredi, and participated in multiple public exhibitions, including as the Research Coordinator for OfficeUS, the American Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

He pursued his graduate degree in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was the recipient of the Thesis Prize for his work on architecture in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Prior to graduate school, he attended the University of Cincinnati as a Darwin T. Turner Fellow an graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Science of Architecture. In 2011, he was named a Soros Fellow for New Americans.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, he immigrated to the United States in 1996.

  • MArch Architecture | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2014
  • BS Archetecture | University of Cincinnati 2010
Work History
  • Estudio Esmero, Principal and Founder
  • Pratt Institute, Assistant Professor in Foundations | August 2019
  • Registered Architect, Principal | June 2018
  • Jofre Lora Audio, Founder & Creative Director | February 2017
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