Miguel Rosales

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Miguel A. Rosales
Born 1961
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Universidad Francisco Marroquin
Occupation Architect
Practice Rosales + Partners
Projects Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy
Puente Centenario
George Washington Carver Bridge
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge
Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge
Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge
Port Columbus Airport Crossover Taxiway Bridge
Frances Appleton Bridge
Tilikum Crossing

Miguel Rosales (born 1961 in Guatemala) is president and principal designer of Rosales + Partners, a transportation architecture firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an architect specialized in bridge aesthetics and design, with more than 30 years of experience in urban design and bridge architecture. Some examples of these bridges include; Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge, Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, and Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy River.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rosales was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he received a degree in architecture at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. In 1985, he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study Urban and Environmental Design, obtaining a SMArchS (Master of Science in Architecture Studies) degree in 1987.[2] He later completed engineering studies related to bridge design when he received grants from MIT to study Swiss bridges, from the AIA/American Architecture Foundation to study Swiss and Spanish bridge structure, and from the National Endowment for the Arts to study Infrastructure Design for the Future.[citation needed] As part of the grants' activities he visited the following cities in the late 1990s to conduct research and documentation related to transportation and bridge design: Barcelona, Spain; Zurich, Switzerland, and Seattle, Washington.


Rosales' career has largely been dedicated to bridge and infrastructure design in the United States. He initially worked with pioneering Swiss engineer and bridge designer Christian Menn,[3] and from 1988 to 1996, Rosales served as the lead architect and urban designer for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge over the Charles River.[4] This highly-visible structure is part of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, informally called "The Big Dig".[5] During his tenure at this high-profile project, he mainly focused in improving the appearance of the highways and bridges as part of the multi-billion project that helped transformed downtown Boston by removing an elevated highway and by opening access to the harbor.[6]

In 1997, he started his own independent architecture and engineering professional practice, Rosales + Partners, in Boston.[7] Soon after the formation of his firm, he was involved in the design of three award-winning bridge projects: Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, South Carolina, completed in 2004, Puente Centenario,[8] over the Panama Canal, Panama, completed in 2004 and Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge[9] over the Potomac River in Washington DC, completed in 2008. These bridges have received multiple awards and widespread recognition.[10][11]

Recently completed projects include the Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge over the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas, completed in 2012, the Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, completed in 2013, and the Moody Pedestrian Bridge, completed in 2016, in Austin, Texas.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Rosales lives on Mount Vernon Street in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, not far from the Zakim Bridge, the Longfellow Bridge, and several other bridges he has designed.[14] He is active in the Beacon Hill Civic Association Tree Committee, which he co-chairs with John Corey as of 2015. Working together with the Beacon Hill Garden Club and the Boston Parks Department, the Tree Committee was able to fund and recruit volunteer staff to install protective iron tree guards and decorative plantings around tree pits in the sidewalks of Charles Street, the main thoroughfare of Beacon Hill.[14] Rosales and Corey were originally inspired in 2009 by a visit to Jermyn Street in London, England, famous for its fashionable men's wear shops and other retail stores.[14] In 2016, Rosales was appointed by Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh as a full member of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. The Commission reviews all new exterior work visible from a public way in the historic Beacon Hill District which was designated in 1955.


Miguel Rosales has received international recognition for his iconic bridge aesthetic and designs.[15] Some of the awards he has received are for the following bridges: Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, Liberty Bridge, I-235 Pedestrian Bridge, Puente Centenario, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. Earlier in his career, Rosales received the P/A Young Architects Award in 1993, published in Progressive Architecture. In 1993, he received an AIA Urban Design Award of Excellence, for his "Plan for Charles River Crossing/Interchange, Central Artery/ Tunnel Project".

  • 2008 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
  • 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Merit Award. American Society of Civil Engineers for the Liberty Bridge, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • 2006 Federal Highway Administration Merit Award for Pedestrian Bridges over I-235, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • 2005 International Footbridge Award in the aesthetics category (medium span), awarded in Venice, Italy for the Liberty Bridge, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • 2005 Arthur G. Hayden Medal for a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating innovation in special use bridges for the Liberty Bridge, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • 2005 American Segmental Bridge Institute Award of Excellence for Puente Centenario, Panama Canal, Panama.
  • 2004 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
  • 2003 AISC Prize Bridge Award for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
  • 2002 Move Massachusetts Design Award as the Lead Architect and Urban Designer for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston.

Completed projects[edit]

Current projects[edit]

As of 2015, Rosales is designing the following bridges:

  • Massachusetts: North Washington St. Bridge at Boston Harbor[22] New Charlestown-North End bridge in the works; Frances Appleton Bridge [6] over Storrow Drive connecting to Esplanade Park and Charles River; Leverett Circle Pedestrian Bridge, connecting to Science Park (MBTA station) near the Boston Museum of Science and the West End neighborhood;[23] restoration and rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River; and the Fore River Movable Bridge, in Quincy. In addition, Rosales has designed a new lighting scheme for the Harvard Bridge near MIT.[24] North Washington Street / Charlestown Bridge.
  • Ohio: Brent Spence Bridge Replacement, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Lakefront Pedestrian Bridge connecting from downtown Cleveland to the lakefront, the Wendy Park Pedestrian Bridge[25] and the North Coast Harbor movable pedestrian bridge next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, at the lakefront.
  • Texas: Three Trinity River Vision Bridges in downtown Fort Worth and 16th Street Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas.
  • Washington: The Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge over new Alaskan promenade next to Colman Dock Ferry Terminal in Seattle's waterfront.
  • Minnesota: Bruce Vento Regional Trail Pedestrian Bridge next to the Mississippi River in St. Paul and restoration of Como Park Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Alabama: Huntsville Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

Proposed projects[edit]

  • Massachusetts: Science Park footbridges, next to the Boston Museum of Science. If built, these two footbridges would close a gap in the "Charles River bridge circuit", allowing pedestrians to walk or run next to the river rather than alongside traffic congestion on a nearby road.[24]


  1. ^ Stephen Litt (18 June 2011). "A trio of pedestrian bridges proposed by Boston architect Miguel Rosales could change the face of Cleveland". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Rosales + Partners". Rosalespartners.com. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  3. ^ Murphy, Dan (April 11, 2012). "Miguel Rosales: Building a better bridge". Beacon Hill Times. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  4. ^ "Lawrence model bridge builders meet their role model". The Boston Globe. May 31, 2013. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  5. ^ a b "BUILDING BIG: Who Builds Big?: Interview Miguel Rosales". PBS. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Miguel Rosales: Building a Better Bridge for Esplanade". The Back Bay Sun. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Rosales + Partners". Rosalespartners.com. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  8. ^ "Puente Centenario - Second Panama Canal Crossing, Panama". roadtraffic-technology.com. Retrieved 18 June 2015.[unreliable source?]
  9. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Bridge (I-495 and I-95)". roadstothefutre.com. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Private Firms & Public Agencies Honored with Transportation Project Environmental Excellence Awards". ARTBA. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Wins Prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal". thomasnet.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  12. ^ Jim Peipert (27 August 2012). "A pretty new link on the Trinity Trails". Thomasnet.com. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  13. ^ Seth Daniel (25 October 2013). "Bridge Termed 'successful result'". Revere Journal. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  14. ^ a b c Besser, Suzanne (June 9, 2015). "Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits". Beacon Hill Times. The Independent Newspaper Group. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  15. ^ "Persons: Miguel Rosales". Structurae. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  16. ^ Nicolas Janberg. "Puente Centenario (Paraíso, 2004)". Structurae.net. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  17. ^ Nicolas Janberg. "George Washington Carver Bridge (Des Moines, 2004)". Structurae.net. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  18. ^ Nicolas Janberg (2014-07-29). "I-235 Pedestrian Bridges (Des Moines)". Structurae.net. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  19. ^ Hanna, Bill (23 April 2012). "Pedestrian bridge rises along Trinity River near downtown". Star-Telegram. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  20. ^ Daniel,Seth (30 November 2012). "Bridge Termed 'successful result'". Revere Journal. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  21. ^ Brouillette, Julia (13 November 2014). "After seven years, Moody College sky bridge almost a reality". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  22. ^ Ramos, Nestor (4 August 2014). "New Charlestown-North End bridge in the works". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  23. ^ Murphy, Dan (May 13, 2014). "Rosales Is Architect for Leverett Cir. Foot Bridge". Beacon Hill Times. The Independent Newspaper Group. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  24. ^ a b [Editorial Staff] (October 14, 2014). "The Bridges of Suffolk County". Beacon Hill Times. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  25. ^ Steven Litt. "Team of Miguel Rosales and Parsons Brinckerhoff ranked top choice to design lakefront pedestrian bridge". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2015-06-18.

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