As Design Director for the Atlanta office Manuel's creative solutions have been recognized with numerous regional, national and international design awards over a 30-year career. Manuel's design for the CDC National Center for Environmental Health achieved a LEED Gold Certification, the First Federal Government High-Performance Laboratory to achieve that distinction. His collaborative design for the SANY Beijing Master Plan was awarded first place at the 2009 Sao Paulo Biennial.
Manuel is recognized as a strong, agile designer and a successful consensus builder, creating a unified design tone for each project. An ardent advocate for interdisciplinary design, Manuel has led the firm's Interdisciplinary Design Initiative. His Darden Headquarters Building was awarded an AIA Design Excellence Award and is regarded for its successful integration of interdisciplinary design. He is a visiting design critic at the Georgia Institute of Technology and serves on both the curriculum advisory board and the alumni advisory board. Manuel has also served on the board of the Latin American Association, the St. Joseph's Mercy Care Board and the Cultural Diversity Board of Atlanta's High Museum of Art. Manuel serves on the firm's Board of Directors.