Emmanuel Garcia

Manny enjoys creating spaces that highlight communal spirit and bold visions.

Manny graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and obtained a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to joining WKA in 2016, he was an associate architect at FGM Architects in Chicago where he worked on educational facilities ranging from early childhood to higher education throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

With WKA, Manny has led institutional, commercial and educational projects including the Purple Llama Coffee & Record shop in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, schematic design for Ednovate’s USC Hybrid High in Los Angeles, and the Chapel of St Joseph at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Des Plaines, IL. He is currently working on the Wheels Inc. Expansion and Masterplanning project which includes assessing current facilities and determining how their physical space will grow alongside them.

Manny is an active member and leader in the community. He currently serves as Media Chair for the UIC Architecture Alumni Association and a Board Member for Arquitectos, The Society of Hispanic Professional Architects in Chicago, IL.

Manny is a registered architect in Illinois. He enjoys biking to work, playing soccer, and resides in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

2014                     . MArch, University of Illinois at Chicago
2007 Bachelors Degree in Architectural Studies (BSAS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professional Experience
2016-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
2014-2016 FGM Architects, Full-time Arch 1
2013-2014 Woodshop Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago Teaching Assistant
2013-2014 Freelance Draftsman and Logo Design
2013 FGM Architects, Summer Intern
2013 Wheeler Kearns Architects, Winter Intern
2011 Lauren Schreyer & Associates, Summer Intern
Professional Affiliations
2015-present UIC Architecture Alumni Association, Media Chair
Individual Honors
2011 RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) National Scholarship