Profile

Pedro I. Colón

Associate Director

M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1983
B.A., National University of Mexico, 1980
B.A., Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, 1980
A.S., University of Puerto Rico, 1975

Architect / LEED Accredited Professional

Role in Museum: 

Mr. Colón is currently the Associate Director of the Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services (OBRES) at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and has been with the Smithsonian Institution since 2002.  He directs and manages the design and construction of one of the largest and most complex public space construction and renovation projects at the Smithsonian.  Mr. Colón is responsible for leading and managing a diverse group of professionals and technicians in the planning, design, and construction for the transformation of the museum. In addition, he is responsible for leading a team of project managers, editors, designers, and exhibit maintenance supervisors in the production of the museum’s visual and cultural endeavors. Other responsibilities include the revitalization of the museum’s public spaces and exhibitions that will expand the American Experience to our visitors and meet the museum’s needs for the 21st century. Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution, Mr. Colón worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 18 years. He has a M.A. in Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a B.A. from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and an A.S. from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a registered architect in Mexico and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Medal for Equal Employment Opportunity, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2001
  • Medal for Exceptional Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1998
Professional Affiliations: 

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
Interagency Sustainability Working Group
Green Building Council