Principal + Founder
Jaime Torres Carmona
- LEED AP BD+ C
- Registered Chicago Energy Code Professional
- Registered Architect in Illinois
- Self-Certified Architect City of Chicago
Jaime Torres Carmona founded Canopy to explore his belief in design as a vehicle for positive change, through projects ranging in scale from community and health centers to housing, schools, mixed-use buildings and urban design. Jaime is drawn towards the urban and civic realm and its impact on the human experience, and is recognized for his sensitivity toward the end user, the community impact and the environment.
Jaime is currently engaged in projects throughout Chicago and the Midwest, focusing on opportunities that allow him to combine research with a participative process to create meaningful spaces.
Jaime’s work has been presented in a number of venues including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as the National AIA Conference in New York City. As both a Baker Fellow and a Ryerson Fellow, as well as a distinguished graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has taught at UIUC, Judson University and other local universities where his studies have focused on cities, urbanism, people and culture.
Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What motivated you to become an architect?
Being raised by an educator (my mother) and a civil engineer (my father), I was often surrounded by books, pencils and paper, construction sites, lead holders, etc. Architecture became instinctive as a process of learning and expression.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Where do you go for inspiration?
Cities, bodies of water and open land
If you had to be a Star Wars character?
Toss up between Han Solo and the Mandalorian
Thing you're most competitive about?
Sports and games generally
Dream retirement location?