Two Architects You Need to Know

BJC Arquitectos

Juan Barberena & Jessica Cespedez

Many of the major builders and contractors here have used this young Granada husband-wife team of architects. If you are thinking of building a home, doing a restoration, a hotel or even a condominium complex it may be to your advantage to speak with them. But don’t let their youthful appearance fool you, they have a lot of experience and major projects under their belts. And they are not just architects, they can work with you through the entire building process.

Among many other projects, they worked on the Hotel Dario expansion, the Hotel Casa San Francisco extension, restoration of Hotel La Bocona and the new condominium complex being built on Calle Cuiscoma. Also, they have worked on many homes, restorations and even a restaurant. I will let Jessica tell their story. (Darrell Bushnell)

My name is Jessica Cespedes and my husband’s name is Juan Barberena. We recently realized our dream which was to open our own design and construction office in Granada though we do projects in many areas of Nicaragua. We named our new baby, ‘’BJC ARQUITECTOS’’, which is a combination of our last names. And fate played a major role in our coming together.

It has been an adventure being part of many colonial restorations around the city as well as new constructions at various levels of scale. Many of our customers have become good friends. Our business offers bilingual, personalized design and construction.  It has been exciting working on major and small projects alike, turning people’s dreams into reality. Among other projects, we are working with a couple to build a San Juan del Sur beach home and they have become very good friends.

But this realized dream of ours would not have happened if not for the amazing life journey that brought us together. Many years ago while we were just teenagers, we first met each other. At that time it was just a nice friendship, not knowing that the future would keep bringing us together until that day we would become husband and wife. To be honest, we each had our own problems at that time (ex-boyfriends are always a problem). Time passed and eventually we were going to college when we discovered that we were studying for the same major. My first design project came along and I needed help so guess who I called for assistance? Yes I called my old friend Juan.

Well that was the point where we realized what we wanted to do with our lives. Over time our paths crossed several times so we decided not to cross each other’s way anymore. We agreed to have a life together so after 2 more years we became married which started our family but also when “BJC Arquitectos” was born as well. Our business offers all that we think is the best for people coming to and investing in the historic city of Granada and other locations in Nicaragua.

We prefer to get involved early in the design phase so that we can manage the project more efficiently, provide effective building solutions, and identify challenges early on to mitigate design changes after construction commencement. This involves detailed pre-construction planning crucial to successful construction and on-time delivery, and allows the client and team a clear pathway to the bidding process, construction phase, and through to completion.


Is to craft places that live in memory based on the sculpting of light, surface, material and space. We provide creative solutions to our client’s specific circumstances. We employ research-driven processes that yield efficient and unique solutions. We believe in the financial responsibility of the architect, client relationship. Quality is the ultimate measure of value.


Design Excellence – We believe in the extraordinary power of design to influence the quality of life.

Integrity – We stake our reputation and our relationships on honesty, trust, respect and financial integrity. We desire clients who believe in the same.

Innovation – We question accepted methods in order to access improved processes and technologies.

Collaboration – We participate in a co-creative process with clients, consultants and contractors.

If anytime you are in Granada, Nicaragua and need assessment for your construction process, a beautiful personalized design, someone to build your dream or just to ask questions about your project, do not hesitate to contact us or visit our office. It is always a pleasure to meet with new customers. Look at our website to see some of our projects.

Many regards and hope to meet you,

Juan Barberena & Jessica Cespedez

Office Location: Del parque Sandino 1 cuadra al Sur, ½ cuadra al este. Granada Nicaragua

8269-3380 – 8813-7750