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Ponce de León Architects was established by architect Carlos Ponce de León in February 2004. Ponce de León graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of the Republic in Uruguay in 1985. Since the start of his career, he has dealt with a wide range of scales and programs such as urban planning, architectural design and interior design of different areas such as recreational, retail, office, health, housing, administration, education, industry, laboratories, and multifamily and single-family residences. The latter, multifamily and single-family residences, is an area Ponce de León has been involved in since the beginning of his career.
Since 2004, Ponce de León has worked on projects in India, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as in several countries in South America, namely several key ongoing projects in Uruguay and Argentina. The collaborative efforts of Ponce de León’s firm and world-renowned fellow Uruguayan, architect Carlos Ott, has allowed for the creation of a new partnered effort specializing in large-scale master planning, as well as cultural, office and residential projects. The Celebra Office Building was awarded the International Commercial Property Award in association with Bloomberg Television, in the International Architecture Award (Office) category in 2010. Another one of their projects, Siruseri Technology Park for TATA Consultancy Services (in Chennai, India), has won an International Property Award in association with Bloomberg Television for Best Office Architecture both in India and Asia Pacific, and the International Architecture Award (Office) in 2011.
Ponce de León Architects is an industry leaders in its commitment to sustainable designs. The architectural designs of Ponce de León Architects and Carlos Ott promote the incorporation of “green” in every design stage. They both believe that architecture and sustainability are inseparable, mutually dependent parts to integrated design.
Sustainably designed buildings intend to lessen architectural projects’ impact on our environment through energy and resource efficiency by adhering to principles like the following:
– Minimizing non-renewable resource consumption and enhancing the natural environment.
– Eliminating or minimizing toxic emissions.
In this way, Ponce de León Architects achieves an environmentally friendly architecture, while avoiding the use of nonrenewable energy. Constructing sustainable buildings involves considering the entire life cycle, taking environmental and functional quality, and future values into account.
Ponce de León Architects identifies five objectives in relation to environmental impact policies and corporate social responsibility in its practices and its designing of new projects:
– Resource Efficiency
– Energy Efficiency
– Pollution Prevention
– Harmonization with the Environment
– Integrated and Systemic Approaches