Jorge Colón Named New Director of Interior Architecture and Design at CO Architects

Architect Brings Wide Range of Project and Academic Experience To Shape Interior Spaces


Jorge Colón, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Interior Architecture and Design. Image courtesy CO Architects. Click here for high-resolution images.

LOS ANGELES: Jorge Colón, AIA, LEED AP, is newly responsible for guiding the overlapping design realms of interiors and architecture at CO Architects.  He was appointed as the firm’s first Director of Interior Architecture and Design in April 2017.  Colón brings more than 20 years of experience working on a variety of architectural projects, including university campus buildings, student housing, and creative office spaces.

Colón has a broad range of duties overseeing the interior architecture and design on all projects.  “Many of our projects require attention to the aesthetics and functionality of interior space,” says CO Architects Design Principal Paul Zajfen, FAIA, RIBA.  “Jorge will ensure we develop innovative, memorable, and lasting design and architectural solutions to our interiors—no matter what the type of building.”

In addition to working for leading architecture firms in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Boston, Colón ran his own firm, LÓNdesign, and most recently served as project manager and owner’s representative on projects.  “Executing a project is the result of a collective endeavor,” he says.  “The skill set of the designer—as communicator and maker—is valuable at various scales, whether it be an interior space, building, or city.  These skills are well suited to address the challenges facing us today, from the quality of the built environment to climate change.”

Several of Colón’s designs have been honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  He has also earned service awards from the AIA, including the Young Architect Citation from AIA Arizona, for his contributions to the profession.

Over his career, Colón has lectured, taught, served on design juries, and led student tours of cities in the United States and Latin America.  From 2012 to 2014, he was assistant professor of architecture at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, and has also taught courses at Harvard University and Arizona State University.

“Teaching shaped how I work as a designer,” Colón says.  “Participating in the creative process with others allowed me to view my own work in a more objective way.  I understand that my career, like the work of my students, is an ongoing project filled with new challenges and collaborations.”

Colón received a bachelor of science degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1995), a masters of architecture degree from Arizona State University College of Design (1999), and a master in design studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2011).  “During my first year of architecture school,” he recalls, “I realized the social implications of our work.  Beyond making beautiful spaces, I began to appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate positive social values through design.”

His creative spark, Colón says, is fueled by friends and colleagues who work in a range of creative disciplines.  “They demonstrate a passion for their work, and our exchange of ideas regarding architecture, art, design, and culture continues to be a source of inspiration for me.”

Named 2014 California Architecture Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), CO Architects is renowned for its extensive portfolio of large and complex institutional, civic, academic, laboratory, and healthcare projects, as well as strategic services that include facility evaluations, feasibility studies, and comprehensive planning.  The architecture and interiors firm has designed major “benchmark” and award-winning facilities for clients that include the University of California, Kaiser Permanente, Palomar Health, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Los Angeles Unified School District.  CO Architects is sought after for functional, green, and graceful solutions for academic, civic, and institutional needs.