Based in Washington, D.C., Moya Design Partners was founded in 2017 by renowned business leader and respected designer Paola Moya. Diversity is at the heart of the firm; each team member respectfully embraces diversity of thought, background, culture, approach, process, perspectives and spaces. At Moya Design Partners, the standard for excellence is limitless and the work product speaks for itself. It’s the firm’s collaborative process, client-centered approach, international perspective, extraordinary designs and thoughtful team members that delight both new and existing clients.
Moya Design Partners has numerous certifications, some of which reflect its differentiating position as a woman and minority-owned business–a combination that is both rare and unique in the architecture and design industry. Certifications include:
National Certificate of Women-Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Local Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) by The Department of Small and Local Business Development in the District of Columbia
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
MBE/DBE/SBE certification with the Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Minority Business Enterprise (Pending)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“We are very excited about our collaboration with Moya Design Partners on our multi-family development: Diane’s House. Our mutual goal of creating and facilitating transformative community development initiatives like these, along with working alongside key community stakeholders, is what they do best.”Duane MillerVice President, Community & Asset Management, Flaherty & Collins
“Transforming a concrete shell into a fully-functioning, modern, and aesthetically incomparable workspace was something I thought could never be done to my office. Moya Design Partners matched and exceeded my highest expectations, guided me and my team through the entire design process, and catered to our collective vision and needs. Productivity is higher, and people actually enjoy being in-office and showing it off to guests. Thank you, Moya Design Partners.”Neil AlbertPresident & Executive Director, DowntownDC Business Improvement District
“Working with the Moya team was an awesome experience. We presented several disjointed concepts but they managed to pull it all together. The results were better than we could have imagined, and most importantly, they listen!”Lisa MalloryCEO DCBIA
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Paola Moya is a visionary leader driven by innovative designs, collaborative environments and thoughtful placemaking. As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Moya Design Partners, she is in charge of setting the strategy, direction, culture and brand of the company, she oversees the studio’s operations and enjoys building teams. Paola is active in the design, evolution and life of every project. She has an eclectic array of design expertise, that encompasses architecture, interiors, product and visual design. Paola’s client-centered and methodical approach has not only earned the trust and loyalty of clients, but also contributed to her esteemed reputation in the industry.
Paola brings almost 15 years of business leadership and design experience to her new enterprise, which she founded in 2017. Before forming her own company, Paola led her previous firm Marshall Moya Design towards a successful expansion into new architectural markets outside the D.C. Metropolitan region, diversified the firm’s portfolio, cultivated strategic relationships, oversaw operations and elevated its profile in the architecture world. Under Paola’s leadership, the firm won some of the most influential and renowned projects in the city.
The Washington Business Journal recognized Paola as one of the region’s “Power 100 Playmakers,” a top “40 Under 40” professional and a “Minority Business Leader of the Year.” She was also named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by both the D.C. and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She serves on a number of boards, including the D.C. Building Industry Association, Montgomery Housing Partnership and is very active with the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Her work has been recognized with international, national and local design excellence awards from The American Institute of Architects (national and D.C. chapters), The National Organization of Minority Architects, Graphic Design USA, International Design Awards for product design and Built by Women (Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation). Paola is a frequently sought speaker, presenting on numerous occasions at local and national AIA chapters, the ULI and the National Building Museum.
Paola earned a master’s degree in architecture with a real estate development concentration, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from The Catholic University of America. She also holds a finance certification from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Executive Education program.
Paola enjoys her hobbies outside of work which includes finding new salsa dancing venues, cultivating her love of martial arts, and discovering new rhythms and flavors in different corners of the world. She also enjoys her newfound passion for running, although she says it is coming along slowly!
CEO & Founder
“Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain
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Brian Taylor is a Principal and Director of Architecture at Moya Design Partners, where he manages the lifecycle of the firm’s architectural projects with a keen eye for quality control and technical compliance. Due to his attention to detail and methodical project management throughout every phase, the company's deliverables are not only successful but also thoroughly accomplished. His goal in every project is the integration of thoughtful design with the realistic constraints of construction and economics. This balance is achieved through careful coordination with consultants, as well as close communication with clients and builders throughout the successful completion of each project. Brian is known for completing technically complex projects with high quality execution and timeliness. As a result of his business and architectural background, he views each assignment as a unique opportunity to exceed client expectations, and applies his 25 years of diverse architectural experience to deliver outstanding projects.
Brian is a LEED Accredited Professional and licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. His experience spans a diverse array of building types including residential, commercial, educational and industrial projects. In his experience at Edgewood Properties, one of New Jersey’s largest private developers, he led a staff of architects, engineers and interior designers in the design and construction of large-scale, mixed-use residential developments, as well as commercial office and retail projects that were part of the development portfolio. Notable projects include Somerville Town Center, consisting of 190,000 square feet of retail over 250 apartments; Fairway Town Center, a mixed-use development consisting of four mixed-use buildings that contain 80,000 square feet of retail and 164 apartments, as well as 96 condominiums, 104 townhomes and a 5,000 square foot clubhouse; and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, a 8,500 square foot, 180-seat classic steakhouse restaurant with an international presence.
Brian is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the American Institute of Architects at national, state and local levels. Brian grew up in New Jersey and received his Bachelor of Architecture and MBA from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition to spending his free time with his wife and four children, he enjoys traveling, flying his drone, learning about history and coaching wrestling.
Brian Taylor, AIA
Principal & Director of Architecture
“Work hard, play hard.”
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As the Design Principal at Moya Design Partners, Federico Olivera-Sala knows how to deliver a developer’s big idea while navigating the complexities, finite details and nuances that come with any large-scale project. With over two decades of experience in urban planning with multi-family residential projects, he understands the context of urban mixed-use developments and has the vision to push boundaries while working within regulations and code requirements to make it work. Federico always has a pulse on what the market demands, and he executes beautiful designs that attract and delight patrons, while maximizing the return on the owner’s investment.
He oversees the creative design process from conception through construction. He directs a team of architects and manages the firm’s design philosophy, while also ensuring clients’ needs are met. In addition to performing feasibility studies, pushing design boundaries, embracing best practices, and staying abreast of building and zoning regulations and processes, his responsibilities also include promoting the firm regionally as well as carefully selecting the next generation of architects. Federico has over 25 years of experience, including specialized expertise in complex mixed-use projects, building design, urban design, and regional planning.
Over the past decade, his projects have also included urban infill, including restoring the eroded urban tissue of Washington, D.C., as well as urban planning in major metropolitan areas from New York to Florida. Some of his large-scale projects in the D.C. area include The Darcy & The Flats in Bethesda, The Apollo on H Street, Fenwick in Silver Spring, The Parker in Alexandria, 2 Eye Street, Dock 79 across from the National’s Stadium, Jenkins Row in Southeast D.C., Mass Court Apartments in Northwest D.C., Carlyle Block O in Alexandria, The Central in Silver Spring, The Halstead in Fairfax, Chase Point Condos in Friendship Heights, The Monty in Bethesda, Sheridan Station in Southeast D.C., and 800 New Jersey Avenue. His experience also includes the 110-acre Potomac Yard 1 and 2 project with 2 million square feet of office space, 450,000 square feet of retail, 2 hotels and 1,200 residential units among a 5-story “podium building” and townhomes.
Federico is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated from the Lange Ley Institute and the University of Belgrano School of Architecture. In a previous life, Federico was a DJ in an Argentinian club! Today he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and two dogs.
“Nothing is impossible.”
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Ligia Saldana is a senior architect at Moya Design Partners, where she ensures the firm’s projects are exquisitely designed, respectful of time and budget constraints, and meet both the client’s vision and needs of the end users. As a project leader and team player, Ligia maintains close communication with all parties involved in each project, coordinating with clients, builders and consultants alike. With 25 years of experience working on a wide array of municipal, educational, commercial and institutional projects, Ligia’s diverse experience allows her to anticipate potential obstacles and proactively propose the best course of action. She understands that each project brings a unique set of challenges, but she is solution-focused, while keeping the client’s needs first and foremost throughout the project. Ligia is a licensed architect (Puerto Rico) and has a certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ligia received her Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with her sons, playing tennis and reading. Ligia considers raising her three sons her life’s project! Although she was a Girl Scout gold medalist in her childhood, as an adult she became a Cub Scout Master of the local pack while her sons were involved.
Ligia Saldana, AIA
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
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Igor Zivkovic is a Project Designer with international experience contributing to residential, commercial, office and institutional projects. At Moya Design Partners, Igor develops comprehensive layout concepts, drawings and design documents, integrating the client’s vision into every design detail. He approaches each project with an open mind of its existing context, performing a thorough site analysis and understanding the location’s natural and built environment so the project can best complement its surroundings. Igor is a licensed architect with experience designing LEED-certified projects. He enjoys both the classic art of hand drawing as well as the creative potential of BIM, CAD and 3D visualization.
Originally from Serbia, he received his Masters of Science in Architecture from University of Nis. He enjoys reading, free skiing, mountain biking, hiking and playing tennis, and has even tried bungee jumping and paragliding. Igor is married to a fellow architect and is excited to be a new father to a baby girl. Not many people know that Igor has a camel-riding certificate from Tunisia!
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Marilaura Guerrero is a Project Designer who brings six years of impressive design experience in mixed‑use and multi‑family designs, as well as defining cost-effective yet stunning interiors. At Moya Design Partners, she collaborates with the architectural team to produce dynamic designs that focus on problem solving while achieving the client’s vision. Marilaura also leads the coordination efforts between consultants and supports the project team by delivering a comprehensive set of project drawings and construction documents. She knows every project is distinct and values the opportunity to contribute to her city’s built environment.
Marilaura is originally from Puerto Rico received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Masters of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design. She says that being in nature always makes her feel rejuvenated and nothing gets her more excited than watching live music performances in unexpected places. Two fun facts about Marilaura, that her friends and architect husband know well, are that she has trouble walking and texting at the same time and she never eats all of her vegetables!
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – J.A. Shedd
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Elisabetta Fanelli is a Graphic Designer at Moya Design Partners, where she develops and designs stunning branded elements, unique editorial pieces and striking digital artwork. She also contributes to digital communications, including the planning, strategy and tactics for the firm’s social media channels. Elisabetta approaches her work with a combination of methodical structure, efficiency and creative flair, preferring to sketch designs by hand before translating her concepts into digital format. Her extensive educational background and seven years of impressive design experience allow her to deliver compelling art in all forms, from print designs and branded materials, to web and logo designs.
Originally from Italy, she earned an Executive Masters in Social Media Marketing and Web Communication from IULM University in Milan; received a master’s degree in Architecture from Dessau Institute of Architecture in Germany; completed an Erasmus Exchange in Parametric Architecture from Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris; obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Architecture from Politecnico di Milano in Milan; and completed an Erasmus Mundus Exchange from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. In her spare time, she likes to teach yoga and practice meditation to stay grounded. Elisabetta also loves to spend time in nature, cook wholesome meals and travel the world. A fun fact about Elisabetta is she started elementary school when she was only four years old and could already read!
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” –Lao Tzu
Jhonny Güechá is a visual communicator with 10+ years of experience in digital multimedia design. Jhonny has extensive knowledge of motion graphics, animation, and graphic design. With specialized skills in Adobe Creative Cloud, he can handle every step of your project with brilliant motion graphics. At Moya Design Partners, Jhonny develops original animations according to each project’s unique art concept. He brings expertise in corporate videos, documentaries, short films, music videos, and other artistic and social projects. Jhonny is a straightforward collaborator who strives to find your perfect design solution.
Jhonny loves music and a natural style of life. He runs a family classic hip-hop project called Versopesado with his wife and young son, presenting educational workshops in schools and communities. A fun fact about Jhonny is he used to draw sequential art in the corners of his school notebooks. Although his teacher didn't like it too much, those were his first animations at elementary school!
Jhonny is a graduate of the Visual Communicator program at the Digital Design Center (DDC) in Caracas, Venezuela.
Multimedia Developer & Graphic Designer
“The day will come when the Eagle and the Condor will fly together in the same sky, wing to wing, and the world will come into balance.” — Ancient Prophecy
Mayela Grávalos is a multifaceted designer with architecture and graphic design experience. As Designer and Proposal Coordinator, she supports both the architecture and graphic design teams to produce competitive proposals and supportive marketing materials. She facilitates the proposal process, adhering to strict deadlines, organizing the moving pieces and ensuring the content is high quality and timely. Her background and training in architecture combined with her meticulous approach and attention to detail ensure that her materials—whether for presentations, proposals or project designs—are both effective and thoughtful.
Mayela is from Venezuela, where she received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Simon Bolivar University. She continued her studies in architecture at Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy. Mayela has a passion for languages; she is multilingual and speaks English, Spanish, Italian and now studying French. She loves hiking, visiting libraries and drawing, especially in charcoal, but her favorite activity is playing tennis against her twin sister and younger sister—their competitive interactions usually draw a crowd of onlookers!
Designer & Proposal Coordinator
“Believe you can, and you will.”
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Erika Ross is a communications professional and editor with international experience writing for art & design. At Moya Design Partners, Erika develops blog content and makes sure our corporate communications are accurate, consistent, and complete. She fact checks URLs, quotations, timelines, and visual material, ensuring that nothing has been left out. Erika consults with our clients on content and style, proofreads our visual designs, and works on final production editing. She cares about your business and puts her skills to work to make your copy shine.
Erika studied communications at Ithaca College and holds an MA in Art History & Visual Culture from the University of California, Riverside. She taught art writing for 10+ years at the University of Toronto, Western University, and the Ontario College of Art & Design. A true arts lover, she’s also a painter and photographer and has sung mezzo-soprano roles in eight operas!
Content Writer & Editor
“Prose is architecture.” – Ernest Hemingway
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Olga Glioza is a Public Relations, Marketing and Brand Communications Associate at Moya Design Partners, where she works on strategies and tactics of promotion of the brand and its digital presence. Using her diverse experience in the areas of public relations, creative writing, art project management and social media, she works closely with all firm’s departments to present the ongoing and upcoming projects and connect Moya Design Partners with media outlets and partners in the design and architecture world. She also contributes to the planning and development of firm’s social media channels. Her approach to work is mixing creative inspiration with strict work ethics and punctuality.
Originally from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Olga holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business and Trade from Xiamen University in China. Speaking four different languages (Russian, English, Spanish and Chinese), she lived and worked in several countries, mastering her professional skills in different areas. She loves traveling and exploring new places, dancing, painting and meeting up with her friends in different parts of the world.
Marketing & Brand Communications Associate
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
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As Moya Design Partners’ Financial Controller, Jacy's financial management approach comes from her experience in both business and economics. This complementary fusion of expertise allows her to be creative in how she manages the financial aspects of the company. She ensures the company is operating effectively and efficiently, from managing the business accounting to monitoring all finance activities. Jacy considers herself a “numbers neat freak” and prioritizes organization and friendly customer services in her work style.
Jacy holds an MBA in Financial Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Millersville University. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jacy lives with her husband and cats. When she’s not working, she loves to travel, read and enjoy great music and food with friends. In the evenings and on weekends, Jacy also moonlights as a stand-up comedian and is proud to be one of the few female comics out there!
Jacy Nicole Carroll
“Be kind and considerate to others, in both business and life.”