Laurinda Spear, FAIA has practiced architecture since 1977 with her husband Bernado Fort-Brescia, in their firm, Arquitectonica. Together, they have pursued an unconventional modernism that is both abstract and romantic, playful as well as dramatic, and forceful. First recognized for its flamboyant contributions to Miami's skyline in buildings such as the Atlantis, "the building with a hole in the middle", Arquitectonica has earned a reputation that has spread throughout the world. Today, Arquitectonica has representative work in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.
Laurinda Spear's architecture and design projects, widely covered in the international press, have received a number of awards. Among them, AIA Honor Awards, Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Progressive Architecture Design Awards.
Ms. Spear, who was educated at Brown and Columbia Universities and is a recipient of the coveted Rome Prize in Architecture, has lectured around the world. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe.
Arquitectonica is one of the most prestigious international firms practicing today. Based in Miami, it now has offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Manila, Lima, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The firm has created groundbreaking work over the past 20 year; early on, Arquitectonica virtually created a new Miami with their signature modernism, in which the International Style is brought to life with color and vibrancy. They have since taken their work global, with major projects worldwide. Their high-style modern architecture appeals to private and public clients alike, and has resulted in large retail projects in Hong Kong, a performing arts center in Dijon, France, and hotels in New York City and Asia as well as a variety of work in South America.