CO-FOUNDER, ARQUITECTONICA, MIAMI
Arquitectonica — known for its iconic designs, including Icon Brickell — started as a studio of five young recent architecture graduates in 1977. Today, Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Spear, his wife, and two of their children remain part of the firm, which employs 650 architects, landscape architects and interior designer in nine offices around the world. The firm has built projects in 58 countries.
“Laurinda and I actually had a real family life while building our global practice,” he says. “We were married in our early 20s and had six children by the time we were in our 30s. So, it is possible to raise a large family and develop a rewarding career. They are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they set an example of dedication and conviction to the children.”
|EDUCATION||Princeton (BA), Harvard (MA)|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I live a few blocks from my office. I only have an electric cart and a bike. My desk has a camera, where I can do interactive sketching with other offices and clients any day at any time even if at the other end of the world.|
|FLORIDA ISSUE||Sea-level rise and public transportation|
|PHILANTHROPIC PASSION||National YoungArts Foundation|