Arquitectonica, founded in 1977, is a major influence on the global architectural stage, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Dubai, Lima, and Sao Paulo. The business gained recognition and critical praise almost immediately after its founding, thanks to strong modernism that was immediately associated with a revival in Miami’s urban landscape. Principals Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear continue to explore and push the boundaries of their inventive use of geometry, pattern, and colour to present a new style of humanistic contemporary design to the globe. Arquitectonica has garnered hundreds of design prizes over the years, and the firm’s revolutionary work has been the subject of worldwide exhibitions at several museums and organizations.
Arquitectonica focuses on ecologically sensitive yet financially successful design and is highly renowned for its ability to generate distinctive forms of unforgettable images in close harmony with the environment. To generate value, identity, and a sustainable environment, the company investigates the complex difficulties of contemporary built and natural contexts, offering solutions that mix a modern aesthetic with an ecologically aware practice. The concept of Arquitectonica is founded on the notion of conserving a location’s geographic character—the whole combination of natural and human features that distinguish one place from another—via an authentic design approach that safeguards the ecological and cultural surroundings. Laurinda H. Spear, FAIA, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, IIDA, one of Arquitectonica’s founding principals, founded ArquitectonicaGEO, a landscape architectural firm focusing only on resilient and sustainable design, to advance green design methods.
With projects in 59 countries across five continents, Arquitectonica has made its mark around the world. Arquitectonica’s well-known projects include the Microsoft Europe Headquarters in Paris, the Bronx Museum and the Westin Times Square in New York, Festival Walk and the Cyberport Technology Campus in Hong Kong, the International Finance Center in Seoul, the headquarters of the Construction Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China in Shanghai, the Mall of Asia in Manila, the Banco Santander Headquarters and W Torre Plaza in Sao Paulo; the Embassy in Lima, San Francisco’s Infinity Towers, Houston’s Hilton Americas, and Miami’s Brickell City Centre and AmericanAirlines Arena. Source: Arquitectonica