Arquitectonica International Corporation
Arquitectonica is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm that began in Miami in 1977 as an experimental studio. Led by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, and Laurinda Spear, FAIA, ASLA, the studio has evolved into a worldwide practice, combining the creative spirit of the principals with the efficiency of delivery and reliability of a major architectural 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 our European regional office in Paris; Asian regional offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila; Latin American regional offices in Lima and São Paulo; and the Middle East office in Dubai.
Since its founding in 1977, Arquitectonica has developed its practice, winning numerous American Institute of Architects and Progressive Architecture Design Awards. In testimony to the longevity of the firm’s work, Arquitectonica has won the AIA Test of Time Award for the Banco de Credito Headquarters, 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 and Business Week, as well as numerous professional journals such as Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Design, Domus, Global Architecture, L’Architecture D’aujourd’hui, Abitare and Häuser. Rizzoli Press recently published a monograph on the firm, Arquitectonica, written by Beth Dunlop.
Arquitectonica’s designs have been exhibited in major museums and institutions in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia including shows in Paris, Buenos Aires, Rome, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Bordeaux, Brussels, Zurich, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, Boston and Philadelphia. The Smithsonian Institution Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum mounted an exhibit on the firm focusing on The Westin New York at Times Square project.
The firm’s work includes projects on several continents, from projects such as mixed-use developments, schools and universities, resorts and casinos, hotels, luxury condominium towers, retail centers and office buildings to specialized 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 several bank headquarters. Projects by the firm are located in the United States, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Czech Republic, Malta, Lebanon, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Malaysia, Korea and Japan as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.