Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA, NOMA

CEO and Principal


  • Finance certification from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Education program
  • Masters degree in Architecture with a Real Estate Development concentration
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from The Catholic University of America (CUA)
  • Associate’s degree in Architecture from Montgomery College in Maryland


  • AIAU Faculty Instructor
  • DCBIA Board Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Next and Women's Leadership Initiative Member
  • MDBIA Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Leadership Certification
  • Leadership Montgomery's Core Program
  • 2017 Featured Speaker, ULI Women's Leadership Initiative, "Insight into Action"
  • 2016 Featured Speaker, National Building Museum, "Architects Across Generations"
  • 2016 WBJ's "40 uner 40" Awards Juror
  • 2016 Built By Women Honoree with a featured project exhibit at the National Building Museum
  • 2016 Featured Speaker and Presenter at the AIA National Convention
  • 2015 Keynote Speaker, GROW Symposium for AIA New York State
  • ULI Women's Leadership Initiative Committee Member
  • 2014 Jury Member for ULI Washington's inaugural Real Estate Trends Conference Awards program
  • 2014 Design Judge for PBS television series, "My Big Show"
  • 2014 Speaker at international conference in Geneva focused on solving crisis of internally displaced people, presented an architectural solution to international organizations including The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) & the Displacement Research Action Network (DRAN) to be included in their joint report
  • 2014 Featured Speaker and Lecturer at The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
  • Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce member

Recognition and Awards:

  • 2016 "Power 100" Playmaker, Washington Business Journal
  • 2015 "40 under 40" by the Washington Business Journal
  • 2014 Keynote Speaker, National Organization of Minority Architects annual conference
  • 2014 “Minority Business Leader of the Year” by the Washington Business Journal
  • 2013 “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 “Rising Star” by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 “25 Most Influential Women” by MEA Magazine
Design excellence awards from: The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), The American Institute of Architects (National and DC Chapters), the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, Graphic Design USA, International Design Awards (IDA), Forrec, and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.


CNN Español: Juan Carlos Lopez’s segment Latinos in America, CNN Español tour of the Howard Theatre with anchor Ione Molinares, Telemundo, Univision, Caracol Television and Radio (Colombian National Broadcast), NPR’s Tell Me More, FOX News Latino, Radio America, The Washington Post, The Washington Post Express, The Washington Examiner, Architect, WPFW 89.3 FM

Volunteer and Community Involvement:

  • Board member, DCBIA
  • Advisor for Elizabeth Seton High School STEM program
  • Advisor for NOMA DC
  • Advisory Board of Catholic University's graduate Architectural Real Estate program
  • High school and college level presentations on architecture profession and STEM topics
  • Hispanic student mentorship, architecture critiques, hosting student groups in MMD office


Paola Moya is the CEO and Principal of Marshall Moya Design. She manages the firm’s executive responsibilities and is actively involved in the design, development, and successful completion of each of the firm’s projects. Moya directs the Marshall Moya Design team, cultivates new business opportunities, oversees the firm’s daily business operations, and leads the firm’s strategic planning. In 2010, Moya joined a partnership with Michael Marshall to form Marshall Moya Design. Prior to forming the partnership, Moya worked for three years with Marshall at his firm, Michael Marshall Architecture. Before working with Marshall, Moya worked for six years at Georgetown Design Group in Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for several design-build projects. Moya was born in Bogota, Colombia and has a Colombian architecture license. She shares her diverse experience through delivering inspiring keynote speeches and lectures, introducing architectural solutions to support humanitarian efforts for Internally Displaced People (IDP), and volunteering on a local level as a guest critic and mentor.