Our Firm / History

Based in Miami and with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Dubai, Lima and Sao Paulo, Arquitectonica is a major presence on the world architectural stage.  Founded in 1977, the firm received critical and popular attention and acclaim almost from its inception, thanks to a bold modernism that was immediately identified with a renaissance in Miami’s urban landscape.  Principals Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear have continued exploring and pushing the limits of their innovative use of geometry, pattern, and color to introduce a new brand of humanistic modern design to the world.  Today their practice spans the globe, with projects in 54 countries on five continents.  Over the years, Arquitectonica has received hundreds of design awards, and the firm’s groundbreaking work has been the subject of exhibitions at numerous museums and institutions.

Well-known projects by Arquitectonica include the Microsoft Europe Headquarters in Paris, the Bronx Museum and 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 Agricultural Bank of China in Shanghai, the Mall of Asia in Manila, the Banco Santander Headquarters and W Torre Plaza in Sao Paulo, the US Embassy in Lima, the Infinity towers in San Francisco, the Hilton Americas in Houston, the Philips Arena in Atlanta and the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.