Our Firm / History
Arquitectonica is an architecture, interior design and planning firm that began in Miami in 1977 as an experimental studio. Led byBernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, the studio has evolved into a worldwide practice, combining the creative spirit of the principals with the efficiency of delivery and reliability of a majorarchitectural firm. Its affiliated firm, ArquitectonicaGEO, provides landscape architecture services.
Today Arquitectonica has a practice across the United States directed from regional offices in Miami,New York and Los Angeles. Arquitectonica’s international practice is supported by a European regional offices in Paris; Asian regional offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Manila; the Middle Eastregional office in Dubai; and Latin American regional offices in Lima and São Paulo.
Since its founding in 1977, Arquitectonica has won numerous American Institute of Architects and ProgressiveArchitecture Design Awards. The firm has been named the AIA Florida Firm of the Year, and in testimony to the longevity of the firm’s work, Arquitectonica won the AIA Test of Time Award for the Banco de CreditoHeadquarters, The Atlantis condominium and the Pink House. Arquitectonica’s work has been featured in nearly 3,000 national and international publications such as Time, Newsweek, Life, Fortune andBusiness Week, as well as numerous professional journals such as Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Design, Domus, Global Architecture, L’Architecture D’aujourd’hui, Abitareand Häuser.
The firm’s work spans several continents, from projects such as schools and universities, resorts and casinos, hotels, luxury condominium towers, retail centers and office buildings tospecialized projects such as a U.S. Embassy, opera house/symphony halls, museums, courthouses, multipurpose arenas and convention centers, airports and transportation centers, television studios and...