José Juan Terrasa-Soler, ASLA
José Juan is a registered and CLARB certified landscape architect with over 25 years of experience in environment, development, planning, and design. His professional practice, research, writing, and teaching focus on the intersection of ecology and design, including green infrastructure, landscape resilience, and sustainable urban design. Throughout his wide-ranging career, he has held leadership positions in corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations, like the Environmental Business Unit of CSA Architects & Engineers, and in the Government of Puerto Rico as Deputy Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, overseeing its Planning and Development Division.
As Director at Marvel, José Juan has participated in the early planning and design stages of a wide variety of projects, and as landscape architect of complex developments. Recent projects include El Portal Visitors’ Center at El Yunque National Forest, the Puerto Rico Center for Arts and Technology, and Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition, he has led efforts for a more resilient Puerto Rico with Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a designer-led nonprofit.
José Juan received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College (Maryland), and a master’s degree in Ecology, from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. He is a founding faculty member of the Master in Landscape Architecture degree program at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan.