who we are

we believe in making the world a beautiful place

who we are

An award-winning team of architects and designers who believe in making the world a beautiful place and solving problems in an unproblematic way.

Gary Turton | Director

“The Caribbean context, modern architectural ideals, and the way we live, work & play, influence my imagination towards a bold yet harmonious approach to architecture with careful attention to detail.”

Laura Narayansingh | Director

“A country’s architecture is a reflection of its culture. Finding cohesive, nuanced ways of articulating our style as Trinidadian people is the kind of investigating that fuels my work as a designer. “

Ricardo Newallo | Director

“I have a keen appreciation of the patterns in the everyday and the ordinary, and the potential of design to improve anywhere, for anyone, at any budget.”

Kadeem Thomas | Undergraduate Architect

“Problem solving is an integral part of architecture as almost every project brings a unique challenge. As a designer I enjoy finding solutions to complex issues and creating spaces that are functional yet poetic.”

Hayley Dougall | Interior Designer

Sustainability and human-centered design captivate my interest – it makes us think critically about inclusiveness and the way that designers can create interiors that connect emotionally with individuals.

Jeffrey Juman | Senior Technician

“I love to see the way buildings are put together and I’m extremely detail-oriented. My role is to turn architectural vision into buildable reality and I have a passion for what I do.” 

Karen Gioannetti | Office Manager

“I’m a creative at heart. Before being a part of this amazing team I honed my skills in the banking sector. My role is to keep the creatives in check and keep the wheels turning.”

Mandilee Newton | Consultant

Architecture has the potential to be powerfully transformative and I’m deeply interested in exploring its ability to find meaningful solutions for sustainable habitation.”

Leniqueca Welcome | Consultant

It is very important to me to think critically about the built environment. This drove me to pursue a doctorate in anthropology. By gaining a deeper understanding of the effects of the way we design and use space I want to help design a better world.”

our history

1945
1945

ACLA established in Barbados

Founded by Anthony Clyde Lewis [1918–2008], fellow of the Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects and graduate of MIT.

1950
1950

First indigenous architectural practice of T&T

First indigenous architectural practice of T&T

Practice repatriates to TT and designs Church of the Assumption, pioneering Caribbean architecture that broke away from American and European influences to create a Trinidadian vernacular. view project

1974
1974

Eric Williams Financial Complex

Eric Williams Financial Complex
1976
1976

Brian Lewis (son of A.C. Lewis) joins practice

Brian Lewis (son of A.C. Lewis) joins practice
1981
1981

Hall of Justice

Hall of Justice

Construction started with only 15 drawings, but there were more than 3,000 by completion. read more

2000
2000

Merger and formulation of acla:works

2005
2005

ABEL/ Bestcrete architectural design & excellence awards

Church of Assumption – 50-Year Project Award
RBL Operations Centre – Best Commercial Project Design
St. James Square – Best Civic/Community Project Design
Maison Verte – Honourable Mention
Vintage Imports – Honourable Mention

2009
2009

Publishes Manikin: The Art & Architecture of Anthony C. Lewis

Publishes Manikin: The Art & Architecture of Anthony C. Lewis
2015
2015

Celebrates 70 years

Publishes Contemporary Caribbean Architecture

2017
2017

Brian Lewis (son of A.C. Lewis) retires.

2019
2019

TTIA 65th Anniversary awards

TTIA 65th Anniversary awards

Office Building; Large Commercial Project (over 20,000 sq. ft.) – Winner
Scale House; Small Commercial Project (under 20,000 sq. ft.) – Winner
Côté Ci Côté La; Residential Project (under 5,000 sq. ft.) – Honourable Mention

2020
2020

Celebrates 75 years

Relaunches as ACLA Architecture