Andrew T. Laguana

Nov. 9, 1950 – July 14, 2022

Andrew T. Laguaña, who passed away at the age of 71, was part of the first generation of island-born architects, and the first Chamorro elevated to Fellow status of the American Institute of Architects in May 2012.

He had a huge influence on the architectural and related professions and on up-and coming-young architects. 

Laguaña was 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.

His 39 years of planning and design experience focused on large-scale government, office and commercial buildings.

Laguaña held a 1972 bachelor’s of arts in architecture from Iowa State University and a 1975 master’s in architecture from the University of California, Berkely.

He was affiliated with the San Francisco Office of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum for 14 years from June 1975 to November 1989, serving as vice president and senior project designer for complex projects requiring interface with public agencies and private client groups.

Laguaña was the principal of Martin, Cristobal Laguaña Architects LLC from 1990 to 1995 and the principal of Architects Laguana and Cristobal LLC from 1995 to 2009.

In 2006, the architectural firm of Laguaña + Cristobal was selected to design the permanent home for the Guam Museum.

From 2009 Laguaña was 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 and posthumously with a Maga’haga Award on July 29.

Andrew T. Laguaña is survived by his wife, JoAnn Shimizu Laguaña, daughters Jerusa Laguaña Benavente and Drew Ann Laguaña Cruz and their families; and brothers and sisters Lillian Laguaña Mariano, Carlos Laguaña, Lucy Laguaña, Beverly Laguaña Borja, Dorothy Laguaña Benavente, Lawrence Laguaña, and Ronald Laguaña and their families. mbj