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Juan Jofre Lora

Assistant Professor


Juan Jofre is currently an Assistant Professor in the Foundation Department at Pratt Institute. He is a practicing architect and educator in New York City, a cofounder of JLA Soundsystems, and runs a small interdisciplinary design practice, Estudio Esmero.

Prior to joining Pratt, he was the Emerging Fellow in Design at the School of Architecture at UT Austin, where he taught design studios, workshops, and seminars for both graduate and undergraduate programs.

Juan has worked for several renown firms, including A+I, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, and Weiss/Manfredi, and participated in multiple public exhibitions, including as the Research Coordinator for OfficeUS, the American Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

He pursued his graduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was the recipient of the Imre Halasz Thesis Prize for his work on architecture in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Prior to graduate school, he attended the University of Cincinnati as a Darwin T. Turner Fellow and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Science of Architecture. In 2011, he was named a Soros Fellow for New Americans.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, he immigrated to the United States in 1996.