Miami was built in the 20th century in the only sub-tropical environment in North America and this particular intersection of time and place has greatly influenced Miami’s character and design. In this part of the world the sky, the sea, and the tropical environment are design elements that contribute to an iconic Miami architectural oeuvre that architect Allan Shulman calls Miami’s most famous and remarkable product.

The invented Mediterranean style of the 1920s brought European elegance to the American tropics. The Art Deco of the 30’s produced a regional variation of deco that was tropical, nautical, and spoke to Miami Beach’s seaside location. The post war MiMo buildings reshaped resort hotels and introduced tropicality to the International Style of the times. And throughout the 80s and 90s exuberant colors, shapes and designs flaunted Miami’s Latin influence and natural attributes with an architecture that reflected the city’s carefree nature and newfound maturity

Today architects like Caesar Pelli, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Herzog and de Mueron, Rem Koolhass, Bjarke Ingells, Carlos Ott, Jean Nouvelle, Zaha Hadid and others appear on the scene adding their voices to the architectural conversation. While in Miami you should certainly come hear the conversation with your own eyes.