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Miami’s restaurant scene is vibrant, and the band of architects behind it is just as diverse as the eateries themselves. But they all have one goal – to create structures that are representative of a lively, colorful Miami.
Norberto Rosenstein’s fingerprints are all over Miami’s restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Specifically, his firm helped to develop Cold Stone Creamery’s 60 Florida locations, Sunset Mall’s Pasion del Cielo Coffee, Fat Rooster in Delray Beach. Rosenstein, AIA, NCARB, has been working in architecture since the early 1990s.
Although Studio Robert McKinley is based in New York, the firm’s designs have helped to enliven areas of the Miami restaurant scene. McKinley is an artist who has worked in fashion, for Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, and the like. Each of his designs creates a unique environment, a callback to an earlier time. His designs have earned space in such publications as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
Founded in 1990, William Lane Architect specializes in contemporary design. The firm’s awards resume includes the 1997 and 2005 Excellence in Architecture awards from the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as well as the 2009 Excellence in Architecture award from the Florida/Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Tom Telesco, Sr., leads a firm that takes pride in its accessibility, via a lax dress code and collaborative work process. A former club-owner himself, Telesco’s firm is known for its nightclub and restaurant designs, which dot not only the United States, but the Caribbean. Telesco’s nightclub designs include Miami’s Crobar.
Telesco, a member of the American Institute of Architects, started his firm in 1990, when he moved to Miami Beach from upstate New York. To this day, he reportedly starts each project that is in another city by visiting that city.
Archiquadra is run by Jorge Eduardo Gonzalez, AIA LEED AP, and Fulvio Rottigni, ASID. The two have been working together since their days running Vertical Design Studio, P.A., in the earlier 2000s. Together, the pair has more than two decades of experience. Gonzalez, who is LEED-accredited, hails from Chile and studied architecture at the graduate level at Florida International University. Rottigni comes from Venice, Italy, and is licensed to practice interior design in Florida.
Gonzalez and Rottigni’s work has helped to shape the Brickell/Downtown restaurant scene, and in their eight years of working as a team, they have designed over 35,000 square feet of executive office space and remodeled full condo units in Brickell and Key Biscayne.
The studio takes on the full spectrum of projects: hospitality, residential, nightclub, restaurant, commercial, and hotels. Bigtime’s awards resume includes inclusion on the 15/16 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist for Boatyard Restaurant, the 2017 Sofhie Awards Best Hotel Design for the Washington Park Hotel in South Beach, and the 2017 Sofhie Awards Best Resort Design for the Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina.
Charles H. Benson founded his South Beach-based firm way back in 1996. In the two decades since, the firm has cultivated a portfolio that stretches across all categories: residential, restaurant, commercial, industrial, and the list goes on.
Mr. Benson’s firm has completed projects for the likes of Cameron Diaz and Danny DeVito, and has collaborated on projects with partners such as Herzog & De Meuron—on Artech condominiums— and Carlos Ott on the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage. In 2013, for its work on the Juvia restaurant, the firm won the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best Restaurant Design or Renovation in North America Since January 1, 2010.
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