Julian Palacio Architecture PLLC (JP/A) is an architecture and design studio based in New York City working in the creation of spaces that engage in transformative ways with our contemporary cultural, social and physical environment. We consider architecture to be a discipline whose expansive field of action effects positive change in society and enhances our shared experience of the world around us.
The studio's experience ranges across scales, from urbanism to the design of buildings and interiors, with particular attention to the interplay between ideas and their realization. Our design process focuses on an intense dialogue to distill proposals that address the characteristic complexities of any project, while also reflecting on the particular ethos of people and places.
Recent and current projects include the design of a master plan for a waterfront property in Shelter Island, NY; a proposal for a public school in Bogotá, Colombia; and a private residence in Dakar, Senegal.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Julián Palacio (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is the founder of JP/A and an architect with over 15 years of international design experience. He received his Master's degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (New York) in 2002, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá) in 1999.
Prior to establishing JP/A, Julián was a senior architect with the New York office of Enrique Norten-TEN Arquitectos, where he collaborated in the design of the Hotel Americano in Chelsea, the Livingston Campus Master Plan for Rutgers University, and the West End 37&50 Condominiums in Washington D.C. From 2003-2006 he was a project designer and project coordinator at Boston-based Office dA, working in the design of projects and competitions in the United States and Latin America that included, among others, the design for the expansion of the Rose Art Museum, the Weston Performing Arts Center, the Macallen building in Boston, and a proposal for incremental housing in Valparaiso, Chile, as part of the ELEMENTAL initiative.
In addition to his professional practice, Julián's work and research has been recognized with the MacDowell Residential Fellowship by the MacDowell Colony for the creative arts in New Hampshire, and the Deborah J. Norden Travel Fellowship from the Architectural League of New York. His current research continues to explore the use of materials and structures to produce new formal vocabularies in architecture, including the relationship between wide-span structures and the figuration of collective spaces.
Julián is currently a Visiting Professor in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, where he teaches design studio. Previously, he taught at Cornell University from 2013-2017, the University of Pennsylvania and Catholic University. He has been a guest juror for design reviews at Columbia University GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Yale, MIT, and Pratt Institute, among others. Julián is a registered architect in the United States and Colombia, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C).
Sean Baccei (b. San Mateo, California) is a Senior Associate and Project Manager at JP/A. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the Economics Honor Society, and studied architecture at the California College of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams merit award.
Sean began his professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area, on projects ranging from large scale mixed-use developments in Seoul, Korea, to award wining homes on the West Coast. At Jensen Architects he was Lead Designer and Project Manager on several retail and residential projects.
Before joining JP/A, Sean was a Project Manager at Office dA and Zack deVito Architecture, a design-build firm in San Francisco, where he continued to gain in-depth knowledge on both the design and construction side of the industry.
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