About Joan Roca Master Pool Designs

Discover why Joan Roca Master Pool Designs is unlike any design firm you’ve ever worked with before…

The Joan Roca Master Pool Designs firm does three things for homeowners, builders and architects, all over the world:

  • Create stunning conceptual designs for residential and commercial swimming pools, fountains, reflecting pools, water gardens, and other aquatic endeavors.
  • Develop engineered construction drawings of those concepts, to enable any builder, contractor or architect to implement the concept, anywhere in the world.
  • Provide ongoing project management services throughout the construction process, to ensure the project is built in accordance with the strict and necessary international codes and standards for watershape construction.

Joan Roca Master Pool Designs will help you turn any outdoor space into a work of art. By combining natural and avant-garde elements and materials with the latest technologies, they design and produce one-of-a-kind projects that are unrivaled in the industry.

About Joan Roca...

Joan Roca (pronounced “Hwan”) is the founder and the heart and soul of Joan Roca Master Pool Designs.

Joan is a world-renowned master pool designer who creates award-winning swimming pool and watershape designs for commercial facilities and discriminating homeowners all over the world. Joan Roca is rightly considered one of the top 10 pool designers in the world. His designs have graced nine countries, three continents, and dozens of design books and magazines. His services include (1) conceptual pool design, (2) engineered construction drawings for those designs, and (3) project management services, if desired.

Joan has nearly 50 years experience in pool design and construction, achieving some of the highest levels of certification in the world, including:

  • CERTIFIED MASTER Pool Builder & Design Professional (one of only six in the world).
  • GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL of the International Watershape Institute.
  • CHARTER MEMBER of the Society of Watershape Designers.
  • Multi-year MASTER of DESIGN winner.
  • International CHAIRMAN’S AWARD winner with NSPI/APSP/PHTA.

Joan’s Philosophy:

“I design swimming pools and watershapes that make people happy, and give their owners a unique reflection of their own personalities. Every project is intended to be a finely-crafted piece of art that incorporates water in one way or another. I strive to make each pool design project extraordinary, with unconventional materials and design elements, and innovation wherever possible.”

Joan Roca, Master Pool Designer

Here’s why you should consider working with Joan Roca, Master Pool Designs

  1. Half a century of expertise – Joan Roca has been in pool design and construction since 1975 (starting when he was only 15 years old).
  2. Internationally Award-winning – Joan Roca’s Master Pool Designs have repeatedly “taken the Gold” at international pool design award competitions such as GAVA (the Global Aquatekture Visionary Awards), APSP (the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals), and the Pool & Spa News “Master of Design” awards.
  3. Certified Master – Joan is one of only seven people in the world to achieve the top level of certification in the highly-esteemed Genesis / PHTA Certified Builder Program.
  4. Widely-Published – Publishers around the world have admired the creativity of Joan Roca, Master Pool Designs, with their creative works published in books in 7 different languages.
  5. Front Page News – The creative works of Joan Roca Master Pool Designs have graced the covers of prestigious international prestigious magazines more than a dozen times, including Luxury Pools Magazine, Aqua Magazine, Watershapes Magazine, and Pool & Spa News in the US; Piscinas Actualidad in Spain; Estilos y Casas, Su Casa and Casa Ideal in Costa Rica; ABC Design Magazine in Panama; and Area Magazine in Italy.
  6. Member of the Society Of Watershape Designers (now known as Certified Master Pool Builder & Design Professional).
  7. Global Experience – The works of Joan Roca Master Pool Designs extends from the U.S., and Canada to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama, to Saint Martin and the Bahamas to Chile and Dubai.
  8. Recommended by Professionals – Joan Roca Master Pool Designs Comes highly recommended by some of the top names in the world, including the internationally renowned founders of Genesis (Skip Phillips, Brian Van Bower, and David Tisherman), and many other experts in the industry, including Dave Peterson, Bill Drakely , Paola Benedetti, Michael Nantz, Rick Chafey, Dave Penton, and Eric Herman.
  9. Something for Everyone – Joan Roca Master Pool Designs works with Homeowners, Business Owners, Engineers, Architects, and contractors to develop and implement custom watershape designs for any environment.
  10. Flexible Choices – It’s not “Our way or the highway” at Joan Roca Master Pool Designs. our services and expertise are available to whatever extent you desire. If you just need help with a basic concept? No problem. Do you need a concept converted into professionally engineered construction drawings, for your preferred contractor? Once again, not a problem. Do you need an expert project supervisor, monitoring the project? Or a complete crew to get the work done? We can do that also. It’s all up to you, and whatever you need.

Joan Roca’s Bio / Curricula is available for download here, if desired.

Our Association and Certifications

Further evidence of our advantages in the swimming pool industry are the various groups and associations we belong to.


Joan Roca’s Master Pool Designs is the proud winner of a GAVA award. The GAVA is the newest and perhaps most prestigious award in the history of the pool industry. GAVA refers to “Global AquaTekture Visionary Awards™,” and is designed to recognize the most innovative concepts, designs, materials and applications of water-inspired environments from across the globe.

The GAVA Award program salutes the innovative spirit of artisans from every segment of the globe, celebrating diverse concepts from varying cultures, environments and philosophical aspects. Entries from across the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and Portugal receive the illustrious GAVA Bronze, Silver or Gold awards and are included in a full-color, hardbound book published by Schiffer Publishing, International Pools, Spas and Water Environments Edition II.


GENESIS® technical education is the most comprehensive and complete curriculum and establishes the highest standards in the pool and spa industry. Since 1998, GENESIS® has taught thousands of students in best practices governing proper water vessel design, engineering, and construction. The vast curriculum, and adherence to standards, leads to excellence in education. GENESIS® is a company of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance.

Master Of Design - 2008, 2014 & 2018.

Joan Roca’s work has been internationally recognized and awarded on many occasions.  Every year, Pool and Spa News devote an issue to some of the most beautiful pools and spas — to provide the beauty and other quality-of-life benefits that pools and spas offer.  They honor the best of the best in the pool and spa design. The award categories are for concrete, vinyl liner, fiberglass, portable spas, inground spas, and water features. Joan Roca has been honored as a Master Pool Designer in 2008, 2014 & 2018.

Certified Master Pool Builder & Design Professional

A Certified Master Pool Builder & Design Professional is an elite professional who has demonstrated quality, professionalism, ethics, and business prowess. A Master CBP has completed elevated courses in master design methods, history of pools and water features, and advanced construction.

Master CBP is the fourth and highest level of certification in the new PHTA Certified Pool Builder and Design Professional Pathway. This certification is reserved for the upper echelon of the industry.

Joan Roca is one of only seven people in the world to achieve the top level of certification in the highly-esteemed PHTA Certified Builder Program.

Watershape University

Watershape University is founded on the premise that a “TEAM” always wins over individual achievement. They believe principled leadership, honesty and integrity, a supportive culture, and altruism will result in personal growth and professional gain for the entire WU TEAM of students, faculty, and corporate partners.

Joan Roca’s Master Pool Designs is proud to be certified with Watershape University.

PHTA – International Awards of Excellence

Joan Roca’s Master Pool Designs have repeatedly “taken the Gold” at international pool design award competition.

PHTA’s International Awards of Excellence program is one of the largest, most well-renowned design competitions in the pool industry.

These awards recognize exceptional installations of pools, spas, hot tubs, and water features that showcase the most beautiful, creative, and innovative work in the industry.

PHTA – Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

As a member of the PHTA, Joan Roca adheres to a code of ethics in business and technical practices and share a strong commitment to the safe, healthful, and enjoyable use of industry products.

PHTA is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub and spa manufactures, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, supplier, retailers and service professionals. PHTA offers pool and hot tub education and certification programs, provides valuable membership benefits, develops trusted industry standards and advocates for critical legislation.

Society of Water Shape Design

Joan Roca one of only pool designers worldwide, to have completed the curriculum and be accredited by the Society of Watershape Designers (SWD).

The Society of Watershape Designers’ Curriculum will elevate the watershaping industry through education in practical skills associated with design excellence, all according to standards observed in the world beyond watershaping.

Would you like to know more about working with Joan Roca, Master Pool Designs?

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(904) 559-8209