Senior Project Architect

Joyce Vela

  • AIA

Joyce Vela is a licensed architect with over 15 years of professional experience in multi-family residential, educational, and mixed-use development. She has a passion for social impact work, and believes that we can create greater equity through good design. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and has worked on architectural projects nationwide.

Joyce was born in Zambia, spent her childhood in Tanzania and Kenya, and her late teenage years in Singapore, where she started her Architecture degree at the National University of Singapore, before moving to Chicago in 2001. These experiences have given her a unique cross-cultural perspective and a deep commitment to be a part of meaningful social change in whatever context she is in.

Joyce currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, Chicago. She also enjoys participating in local design juries.


Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

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What's your favorite season?

Fall – the season where it’s beautiful to be visibly aging

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Leopard – I want to be sleek, powerful, and stealthy, but I also want to eat a lot and sleep in a tree all day.

In a parallel universe, what would your profession be?

Professional soccer player

What was your best Halloween costume?

I made my daughter a Chinese Takeout costume, but we didn’t get to Trick-or-Treat in it, so 2 years later, we reused it with me as Sriracha

What motivated you to become an architect?

It appealed to me that I could make a real difference in the world, using both the practical and the artistic sides of myself.

What music do you listen to while working towards a deadline?

Salsa, ABBA, Queen

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