Jaime Torres Carmona, AIA, LEED AP

Jaime Torres Carmona, Founder and Principal of Canopy/ Architecture + Design LLC (Canopy), is a registered Architect in Illinois with reciprocity in other US states. His passion for, and sensitivity to, people, places and the built environment developed from living in two densely populated cities – Mexico City and Chicago – these experiences form the foundation for Canopy.

Jaime founded Canopy in 2009 inspired by the notion that design could be influenced by research and consequently be formed through a participative process. His keen interest in collective, research-driven design grew from his personal experiences and is evidenced in his firm’s work. The Ryerson Fellowship (UIUC, 2001) allowed Jaime to study new models for mixed-use development and urban housing in the Netherlands, while the Baker Fellowship (UIUC, 2009) sent him to Germany to study passive solar and other climate-based strategies for small and large buildings.

As founding Principal, Jaime provides leadership in design and research projects ranging from master planning to design of single-family homes, multi-family buildings, community centers, and other building types. Jaime has taught architecture at the University of Illinois, Judson University, and the College of DuPage. He has served on various architectural juries and has lectured and presented material at various regional organizations.

Away from the studio, Jaime enjoys time with family and friends around a grill (even in winter!). You can also find him at a local neighborhood event, park, zoo, or a ball game with his wife and two daughters, building the next generation of avid Chicago sport fans.



Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999


Licensed Architect (Illinois), 2005-present

NCARB Registration (for U.S. license reciprocity), 2005-present

AIA Member, 2005-present

LEED AP BD+C Accredited, 2006-present

Registered Chicago Energy Code Professional

Self-Certified Architect, City of Chicago