Josef A. Fuentes was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Upon graduation, Josef moved to Washington, DC where he helped found the DC Chapter of Architecture for Humanity (AfHdc) in 2005. Through AfHdc, Josef and his colleagues create and implement programs to promote socially responsible design. Josef balances his local, national and international involvement in AfH with full-time architectural work at RTKL Associates in their Healthcare Studio. RTKL is a full-service global design firm involved in a variety of disciplines — including academic, commercial, healthcare, residential, public/civic, engineering and sustainability projects. Recognized for his leadership and dedication within AfH and the profession, Josef was selected as the American Institute of Architects “Emerging Architect of the Year” in 2009 and the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Society’s “Young Architect of the Year” in 2010. Josef has registered as a licensed architect in 2010 and is LEED AP BD+C since 2006. His vision, professionalism and collaborative spirit have helped AfHdc become one of the DC area’s emerging leaders in design advocacy for humanitarian causes. During his collegiate experience at RPI, Josef participated in the Rome Study Abroad program, providing him with a greater appreciation for the boundless and diverse nature of the world. Josef’s multi-faceted travel adventures also include several countries in Europe, as well as Peru, Columbia, Nigeria and Rwanda. Josef is an avid soccer enthusiast, and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and various other recreational activities, as well as photography.

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