Architect, author, and advocate, Alicia Ponce is the founder and principal of APMonarch, a Latinx Woman-owned Architecture & Design firm with a keen offering in nature-inspired design. Since founding APMonarch in 2007, Alicia’s team of active learners have employed a highly collaborative approach to successfully lead project teams and organizations in earning the most robust levels of both LEED and Living Building Challenge Certified projects. Through Alicia’s leadership, APMonarch creates radically better projects that are healthy, highly efficient and reduce the carbon footprint. Notable projects include The Field Museum Long Term Master Space Plan, Midway International Airport Concessions, The University of Chicago Keller Center, Erie Family Health Clinic and the Exelon Corporation 55th Floor Headquarters.
Alicia is proud to be among the <1% of Latina licensed architects in the U.S. and is a Registered Architect in Illinois and Wisconsin. She is a frequent guest speaker for large professional conferences as well as high school career days promoting her mission of building healthy environments and increasing diversity and Latinx visibility in the Architecture and Engineering fields. Alicia is a contributing author of Today’s Inspired Latina Vol. VI Europe Edition. In the book, she writes about her purposeful journey to architecture, entrepreneurship, and connection with nature.