2020 PRA Keynote Speaker:

Jonathan J. Marvel - FAIA

Principal at Marvel Architects, Co-founder of Resilient Power Puerto Rico

Presentation:  Power to the People: Alternative Energy Sources for Island Communities and Municipalities


Born in Puerto Rico, Jonathan Marvel is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience providing civic planning, community, economic and sustainable development of public spaces, infrastructure, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums, performing arts and large-scale mixed-use developments. He is Founding Principal of Marvel Architects with offices in New York and San Juan.


In 2017, Jonathan co-founded Resilient Power Puerto Rico and since then has spoken on behalf of the island’s needs at TEDx Dartmouth, The Architectural League, AIA Puerto Rico, UMass Club, Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, and the Universitario Tecnológico de Bayamón Presidential Keynote. Jonathan is the recipient of national and international design awards including a 2019 Presidential Citation by the National American Institute of Architects, co-chaired the NYAIA Planning and Urban Design Committee and sits on the boards of The Buckminster Fuller Institute and The Isamu Noguchi Museum. Jonathan has contributed essays on museums, public community spaces, and micro housing, and is also the founder of Truck Product Architecture, PRotechos, providing roofs for houses in Puerto Rico, and Citizen Designer, a participatory planning listening and advocacy effort.

Two weeks after Hurricane María a prototype was created to test a hypothesis about powering up informal communities that were the last in line to receive help.  Two years later, Resilient Power Puerto Rico has built forty sites that provide thousands of people with electricity, water, communication and refrigeration.  In teaming with other groups like Rocky Mountain Institute, RPPR’s goals are broadened to include online platforms and larger scale microgrids.  Join us at PRA, to hear the many ways Resilient Power Puerto Rico has restored the island.     

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