ArqGEO has been redefining landscape architecture in South Florida for nearly 15 years. While the firm welcomes international commissions, Miami is home. Incorporated in 2005, ArqGEO, led by Laurinda H. Spear and Margarita Blanco, two women steeped in architecture, has elevated the conversation about the important role landscape architecture plays and the contributions it can make in the face of climate change and sea level rise.

Our projects address not only ecological objectives, but also add community value and elevates the return of investment of our clients by improving performance and livability.

Our approach is clear. To design innovative and bold solutions that respond to the existing conditions of the site and are adaptive to climate change, sea level rise, restores biodiversity, and enhances the human experience. Mixing resiliency with beautiful functional landscapes has created a level of awareness in communities and the world at large where the understanding of nature being incorporated into the built environment is a priority.

ArqGEO works in close collaboration with clients, architects, planners, engineers, developers and construction professionals to create aesthetic and functional design solutions. The international, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural richness of our firm provides the expertise to examine projects from all angles and the agility to respond to changing issues of global concern.

 

Capabilities

Landscape Architecture
Master Planning / Land Use Planning
Urban Design
Green Infrastructure
Resilient Design
Architecture
Interior Design
Streetscape / Hardscape / Street Furniture Design
Parks and Recreational Facility Design
Green Roofs and Living Walls
Greenways and Trails
Stormwater Management
Ecological and/or Cultural Preservation
Multi-Family Residential Design
Single-Family Residential Design

Leadership in Energy & Enviromental Design (LEED) + SITES

(LEED) is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for sustainable development. Many of our projects have focused on LEED concepts that target the landscape’s influence on building systems, such as site selection, water-management and energy consumption. These advanced design elements influence aesthetics and contribute sustainable, often cost-saving features to the design. We have LEED Accredited Professionals who can actively contribute to the process of obtaining LEED Certification for construction projects. Through innovative technologies, ArquitectonicaGEO projects aim to incorporate the best practices for conserving water, soil, plants, materials and energy, while ultimately aiming to satisfy human needs for health, safety, well-being and education.

Originally modeled after LEED, SITES was developed to fill the gap in addressing site sustainability. In 2015, GBCI acquired the SITES rating system and started administering certification as part of its strategy to ensure that the sustainability movement addresses all areas of the built environment. SITEScertified landscapes help reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, improve human health and increase outdoor recreation opportunities.

Founding Principals

Laurinda H. Spear, FAIA, PLA, LEED AP, IIDA

Principal

As a founding principal of Arquitectonica and ArqGEO, Ms. Spear has been active from the beginning, and has participated in the design of all projects undertaken by both firms. Ms. Spear is interested in educating others in design excellence, she has lectured around the world, and her work has been exhibited in many prestigious museums.

Laurinda has designed many of the firm’s signature projects, and her designs have won over a hundred design awards.  Many of Ms. Spear’s projects have been featured in books, as well as prominent magazines and professional journals. 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.  She also created the design products group, Laurinda Spear Products, which has over 150 products on the market under dozens of global brands.

In 2005, Laurinda established the landscape architecture practice ArqGEO, focusing on environmental land planning, sustainability, innovation, and landscape design.

Laurinda is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Registered Landscape Architect, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.  She is the recipient of the AIA Silver Medal and the Rome Prize in Architecture. In 2018, Laurinda was the recipient of Urban Land Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the first time the prestige award was given to an architect.


Como fundadora de Arquitectonica y ArqGEO, Laurinda Spear ha estado activa desde el principio y ha participado en el diseño de todos los proyectos realizados por ambos estudios y tiene gran interés en educar sobre la excelencia de diseño.Ha dado conferencias alrededor del mundo, y su trabajo ha sido expuesto en muchos prestigiosos museos.

Laurinda ha diseñado muchos de los proyectos de la firma, y ​​sus diseños han ganado más de un centenar de premios de diseño. Gran cantidad de los proyectos de Laurida Spear han aparecido en libros, así como revistas prominentes y revistas profesionales. También fue instrumental en la expansión de Arquitectonica en campos de diseño más allá de la arquitectura y la planificación. Primero estableció la práctica de diseño de interiores, ArquitectonicaInteriors, el cual le dió a la firma su lugar en el Salón de la Fama del Diseño Interior. También creó el grupo de productos de diseño Laurinda Spear Products, que tiene más de 150 productos en el mercado bajo docenas de marcas globales.

Laurinda estableció la práctica de arquitectura de exterior y paisajista ArqGEO en el 2005, centrándose en la planificación sostenible, innovación e integración.

Laurinda es miembro del Instituto Americano de Arquitectos, Arquitecto Registrado, miembro de la Sociedad Americana de Arquitectos Paisajistas y Profesional Acreditado LEED. Ella es recipiente de la medalla de plata de AIA y del premio de Roma en la arquitectura. En 2018, Laurinda recibió el premio Lifetime Achievement Award del Urban Land Institute, la primera vez que se le otorga este este premio de gran prestigio a un arquitecto.

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Margarita Blanco, Ph.D., LEED AP

Director

Driven by a commitment to excellence, Ms. Blanco has been the Director of ArqGEO since obtaining her Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 2005, after many years of practice in Architecture. She is involved on nearly every project and ensures that proper and accurate execution of the design intent is carried out for the exterior spaces, down to the smallest detail. Under her direction, the firm has earned numerous state, national, and international awards.

During her 35+ year career working on numerous projects worldwide, Ms. Blanco has gained experience in many project types including hotels and resorts, offices, retail, and residential projects ranging from large master plans for low cost, technologically advanced housing, to luxury high-end residential. Her overseas portfolio includes projects in England, France, Spain, Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Panama, Brazil, and Colombia. Ms. Blanco has been practicing Landscape Architecture for 15 years and Architecture for over 25 years.


Impulsada por un compromiso con la excelencia. Margarita Blanco ha sido Directora de ArqGEO desde que obtuvo su Maestría en Arquitectura de Paisajes en el 2005 después de muchos años de práctica en Arquitectura. Ella participa en casi todos los proyectos y se asegura de que la ejecución adecuada y precisa de la intención del diseño se lleve a cabo en los espacios exteriores, hasta el más mínimo detalle. Bajo su dirección, la firma ha ganado numerosos premios estatales, nacionales e internacionales.

Durante sus más de 35 años de trayectoria trabajando en numerosos proyectos en todo el mundo, Margarita ha adquirido experiencia en muchos tipos de proyectos, incluyendo hoteles y complejos turísticos, oficinas, comerciales y proyectos residenciales que van desde grandes planes maestros de bajo costo, proyectos de vivienda de algo nivel technologico. Su portafolio en el extranjero incluye proyectos en Inglaterra, Francia, España, Egipto, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, China, Filipinas, Panamá, Brasil y Colombia. Margarita ha practicado la Arquitectura Paisajista por 15 años y la Arquitectura por mas de 25 años.

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John “Ben” Hutchens, PLA, SITES AP, LEED AP

Vice President – Landscape Architect

Mr. Hutchens is a Registered Landscape Architect and recently served as the Lead Landscape Architect Designer for the Wynwood Streetscape Master Plan project for the City of Miami. Driven by a passion of the outdoors and striving to achieve a timeless design and a sense of place with every project; Ben’s thoughtful and expressive design demonstrate his commitment to aesthetics, functionality, and resiliency while providing our clients with designs of great impact and value. Ben is involved in several new projects in the Wynwood District and currently serving as the Lead Landscape Architect for the new University of Miami Lakeside Village project, a mixed-use student housing project that will revolutionize the student experience living on campus.

Ben is a graduate of the College of Charleston’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning program, and Florida International University’s Master’s program in Landscape Architecture. He has been practicing Landscape Architecture for 15 years.

Michelle Cintron, AIA, NCARB

Vice President

Ms. Cintron is a Registered Architect and has a varied background in project coordination, design, construction documents, construction administration, 3D modeling, and rendering. Her unique multi-discipline experience, collaborative nature, attention to detail, and motivation to have the responsibility to influence the dynamics between nature, space and people; strengthens the design philosophy for which ArqGEO lives by. She currently serves as a project manager for the Wynwood Streetscape and Street Tree Master Plan project. She has also participated on numerous large-scale luxury hotel and condominium projects, including the SLS  Lux Hotel & Residences and Brickell City Centre in Miami, Florida as well as the St. Regis Hotel and Residences, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; The Venture, Aventura, Florida and Canyon Ranch Waterfront Development, Miami Beach, Florida. Her experience also includes working on various mixed-use and commercial projects.

Michelle is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Architecture program and University of Los Angeles’s Master’s project in Architecture. She was an Assistant professor at Miami Dade College and FIU and taught from 2003 – 2015.

 

Leadership

Timothy Reedy

Chief Executive Officer

Jorge Jimenez

Chief Financial Officer

Staff

Alejandro Perez, PLA

Senior Associate

Rene Llanes

Senior Associate

Ana Faria-Delfino

Associate

Veronika Ortega

Associate

Gary Cassagnol

Designer

Pedro Munarriz

Marketing

Monica Grigorescu

Marketing Manager