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Talk: Arquitectonica

Wed, Jul 18, 2012

Laurinda Spear

Laurinda Spear
Photo by Gary James.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Women in Architecture

In this conversation, Laurinda Spear, founding principal of Arquitectonica, discusses the firm and its projects with colleague and designer Marisa Fort. Arquitectonica is an architecture, interior design and planning firm that began in Miami in 1977 as an experimental studio. Led by Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, the studio has evolved into a worldwide practice, combining the creative spirit of the principals with the efficiency of delivery and reliability of a major architectural firm. Its affiliated firm, ArquitectonicaGEO, provides landscape architecture services.

Spear 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. 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.

Fort received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College in 2002 then went on to get a Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2006. She has since worked at Arquitectonica, first establishing an office dedicated to conceptual design in Cambridge, MA, then moving to Miami to apprentice with Laurinda Spear.