Miami Visionaries Awards design finalists

Architecture and Design visionary: An individual or individuals whose work in architecture, planning or design is making South Florida a more pleasant place to live and work.


▪ Alan Faena, developer of Faena Arts District

▪ Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, founders of Arquitectonica

▪ Craig Robins, developer of Miami Design District and co-founder of Design Miami

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Here’s what their nominators wrote about these finalists.

Following the transformation of Buenos Aires’ Puerto Madero warehouse district into a thriving cultural, dining and living enclave, Alan Faena turned his sights on a half-dozen blocks in mid Miami Beach, transforming the once-moribund stretch. In the past year he has opened the Norman Foster-designed Faena House condo (home to the most expensive condo purchase in the city’s history) and the reimagined Faena Hotel, complete with Damian Hirst’s gold-plated mammoth on the terrace. Later this year he is due to open the Faena Forum, designed by Rem Koolhaus, which will provide cultural programming in mid-Beach much like that at Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Mrs. Laurinda Spear are the founding principals of Miami-based global design firm Arquitectonica, who have been designing and defined Miami’s skyline, including iconic developments such as American Airlines Arena and The Atlantis as well as recent groundbreaking projects such as Brickell City Centre and Icon Bay and its Park. Most recently, the principals have led local initiatives cultivating young talent in their own city, partnering with the architecture students of the University of Miami for the Biscayne Line project, a public boardwalk to line the edge of the city.

As the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company he founded in 1987, Craig Robins focuses on developing creative communities that integrate art, design and architecture to accelerate asset value creation and enrich urban life. Dacra has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential and mixed-use projects in Miami’s history, including South Beach, the Lincoln Road area, Allison Island and currently, the Miami Design District. The latter is an 18-square block neighborhood dedicated to fashion, design and art that incorporates the work of emerging and established architects, site-specific public art and the stores by the world’s most significant luxury brands.