Director of Design & Planning
Gonzalo serves as Director of Design and Planning for MDI. Gonzalo believes in team collaboration and is committed to excellence within a sound business practice. Over the past 20 + years, the focus of his work has been on architecture, urban design, regional planning, and research.
Gonzalo’s project experience includes several Master Plans for Residential, Commercial, Mix Use, Transit-Oriented, Waterfront and TND communities. Gonzalo has worked on projects in 38 states across the U.S as well as in Latin America, U.K and Canada. His project management experience includes coordinating the efforts of multiple professionals for publicly and privately financed projects. He seeks to design great places that promote sustainable thriving communities.
Prior to joining MDI Gonzalo was Principal and Design Lead for Looney Ricks Kiss Architects in Princeton NJ. and Philadelphia PA. He was a Project Manager with Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, PA, Project Manager with URBE in Santiago, Chile, and Intern Architect at Arquitectonica Intl’, Miami.
Gonzalo holds an Architecture Degree and graduate degree in Urban Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; and Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from University of Miami, Coral Gables.
Gonzalo has been a Trustee for the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Development Corp., Speaker at American Planning Association, the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conf. St Louis U, The Congress for the New Urbanism, NODO Mexico, Guadalajara Builders Expo, Carnegie Museum of Art, Urban Land Institute. He is member of AIA Int’l Assoc., American Planning Association, CNU, Preservation Alliance, and NCC Board Member, Urban Land Institute technical assistance panel TAP an teacher at Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.