Builder Of Storeys: Andrew “Andy” T. Laguaña
Andrew T. Laguaña is part of the first generation of island-born architects, and the first Chamorro elevated to Fellow status of the American Institute of Architects. Since 1989, he has guided Guam’s architectural and engineering professions while defining the island’s building environment, honoring Guam’s cultural uniqueness, and serving as an outstanding example for future generations. He is the first Guam architect to chair a region (Region 6) of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He also advocated for updating Guam’s Building Code.
A graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School, Laguaña received a BA in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1972, and a Master’s in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975.
Laguaña’s 39 years of planning and design experience has focused on large-scale government, office and commercial buildings. He was previously affiliated with the San Francisco Office of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum for 14 years, serving as Vice President and Senior Project Designer for complex projects requiring interface with public agencies and private client groups. In 2006, the architectural firm of Laguaña + Cristobal was selected to design the permanent home for the Guam Museum.Laguaña is currently the Principal of his firm, Architects Laguaña, LLC. He was presented with the Governor’s Award in recognition of his dedicated service to the people of Guam and positive contributions to the island community.