Lorena Rios Ayhan

Director of Panama & Latin America Studio

The design world was in a recession when Lorena Rios Ayhan approached John Beasley and Lamar Wakefield and proposed starting a new office in Panama. With her keen eye for viable projects, Lorena landed some major contracts in the Central American country, including Wakefield Beasley’s first project for Panama Pacifico, a mixed-use development created on the site of the former Howard Air Force Base. The firm now boasts a dozen repeat projects for Panama Pacifico that will be built out over the next 15 years, including the International Business Park and the upscale, residential Grand Park. These developments are coming to life with multiple, sustainable structures designed locally by Lorena’s talented group of professionals.

Simply describing Lorena as passionate is an understatement. She is focused and enthusiastic in everything she does and thrives on the collaborative design process. With her guidance, Wakefield Beasley clients can articulate their goals and meet their aesthetic, budget and schedule requirements goals every time. She is a firm believer in the importance of client service and knows that listening to each of her client’s unique perspectives gives her better understanding of project goals and builds the kind of trust that continuously delivers successful projects.

Lorena knows that assembling the right team of professionals is a key factor for developing a successful project. As the Regional Director for Panama and Latin America, Lorena knows the strengths of her internal team of designers and knows how to incorporate a complementary team of consultants to deliver successful results. Under her leadership, the Panama office of Wakefield Beasley continues to positively influence the Latin American built environment.


Bachelor of Structural Architecture
Santa Maria La Antigua University, Panama City, Panama

Master of Architecture
State University of New York at Buffalo

Memberships & Affiliations:

Registered Architect, Panama
Member, Panama Green Building Council (PGBC)
Member, American Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Panama (AmCham)
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)


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