The Real Deal Miami

Supporting the star

Major out-of-town architects rely on South Florida colleagues for crucial back-up

April 16, 2015 10:30AM
By Nick Madigan

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Raul Rodriguez of Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects was retained to work with the U.K.’s Grimshaw Architects on the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

From the South Florida Market Report: Sometimes it starts with mere squiggles on a piece of paper, a design architect’s embryonic glimpse of a prospective building.

But it’s another architect — the nuts-and-bolts guy, the purveyor of plans, technical drawings and piles of construction documents — who brings that original idea to life before the first brick can be laid.

The exuberant construction boom sweeping Miami and the surrounding landscape, much of it stratospherically expensive condos and high-end hotels, has meant a growing number of collaborations between big-name architects from elsewhere — the so-called starchitects — and local architects who are deeply tuned in to how things are done around here. [more]