Bernardo Fort-Brescia is a founding principal of Arquitectonica. A native of Lima he did his early studies in Peru and Europe where he learned five languages which would later prove useful for his international career. He then studied architecture and urban planning at Princeton University and received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he later taught. He first came to Miami in 1975 to teach at the University of Miami. By 1977 he founded Arquitectonica with a group of young architects and set up a studio in Coconut Grove. Within two years Arquitectonica’s work was widely published around the world.
Bernardo Fort-Brescia led the charge of expanding the firm across the country and abroad. The firm is known as one of the pioneers of globalization in the architecture profession. Thirty-eight years after its founding, Arquitectonica has worked on projects in 54 countries around the world. It has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Dubai, Lima and Sao Paulo.
Mr. Fort-Brescia is the recipient of the 1996 AIA Florida Honor for Design Award and the 1998 AIA Silver Medal for Design Excellence. He was honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1992 and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1999. Mr. Fort-Brescia was honored by the Salvadori Center in New York with the 2000 Founder’s Award.
Laurinda Spear is a founding principal of Arquitectonica. She studied fine arts at Brown University, received her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and later a Master of Landscape Architecture from Florida International University. She has taught at Harvard and the University of Miami.
Laurinda designed many of the firm’s signature projects, and her designs have won over a hundred design awards. She was also instrumental in the expansion of Arquitectonica into design fields beyond architecture and planning. She first established the interior design practice, ArquitectonicaInteriors, which earned the firm its place in the Interior Design Hall of Fame. She also created the design products group, Laurinda Spear Products, which has over 150 products on the market under dozens of global brands.
Laurinda established the landscape architecture practice ArquitectonicaGEO, focusing on environmental land planning and landscape design.
Laurinda is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Registered Landscape Architect, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is the recipient of the AIA Silver Medal and the Rome Prize in Architecture. Laurinda is active in community affairs and sits on the Board of Architecture and Arts at Florida International University, as well as the board of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.