New Project: Casa Cuba
We were selected as the landscape architects to work with Rene Gonzalez Architects on Casa Cuba, FIU´s emerging cultural center and think tank focused on Cuban and Cuban-American history and culture. Barry Miller is the Principal in Charge and Jose Fonseca (Cuban-American and FIU alumni!) is the Project Manager.
Casa Cuba’s opening is scheduled for 2023. It will feature lecture halls, community gathering spaces, a café and collections of Cuban art, music, and genealogy on a site along 107th Avenue at FIU’s main campus in Miami.
New Team Member: Kristelle Boulos, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C | Business Development and Marketing Manager
We are thrilled to welcome our newest team member: Kristelle Boulos, our new Business Development and Marketing Manager. Welcome to the team!
Kristelle holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the American University of Beirut. She was first inspired to create green public spaces due to the dense urban setting of her hometown, Beirut. She has six years of experience working as a landscape designer in Beirut, Washington D.C and Miami. Her career and interests organically led her to the business development and marketing side of the industry, which she believes is an extension of the design process. Her mission is to help the SMDS team strategize growth opportunities, strengthen our marketing outreach, and help us become more innovative, impactful and efficient.
Florida ASLA Student Award of Merit - Open Space | Ecohub Park by Patricia Matamoros, ASLA
We are proud to announce that one of our associates, Patricia Matamoros, won the 2020 FLASLA Award of Merit in the Open Space category for her project “Ecohub Park” developed during her Masters in Landscape Architecture at FIU. Congrats, Patty!
Florida ASLA Award of Honor - Resiliency Master Plan | The Barnacle Historic State Park
Savino & Miller Design Studio received the Award of Honor as a Resiliency Master Plan for The Barnacle Historic State Park.
We look forward to the next design phases of this project and for its implementation. Stay tuned!
Florida ASLA Award of Excellence | Miami Baywalk Riverwalk
Savino & Miller Design Studio team received the Award of Excellence by Florida ASLA for our Miami Baywalk Riverwalk Unifying Design Elements, Branding and Design Guidelines. Congratulations to all other Award winners, it is an honor to be part of this very talented group. Congratulations to our partners in this job, RSM Design, HLB Lighting and Coastal Systems International and of course our Client Downtown Development Authority and all the people, organizations that participated throughout the process.
APA Gold Coast Award of Excellence - Best Plan, Report or Study | Miami Baywalk Riverwalk
Savino & Miller Design Studio team received the Award of Excellence for Best Plan, Report or Study by the APA Gold Coast for our Miami Baywalk Riverwalk Unifying Design Elements, Branding and Design Guidelines. Congratulations to all other Award winners, it is an honor to be part of this very talented group. Congratulations to our partners in this job, RSM Design, HLB Lighting and Coastal Systems International and of course our Client Downtown Development Authority and all the people, organizations that participated throughout the process.
AIA Miami Merit Award of Excellence - Urban Design | Miami Baywalk Riverwalk
Savino & Miller Design Studio team received a Merit award of Excellence Urban Design by the Miami AIA for our Miami Baywalk Riverwalk Unifying Design Elements, Branding and Design Guidelines. Congratulations to all other Award winners, it is an honor to be part of this very talented group. Congratulations to our partners in this job, RSM Design, HLB Lighting and Coastal Systems International and of course our Client Downtown Development Authority and all the people, organizations that participated throughout the process.
MiMo Bay/Legions Apartments receive TCO!
In September news, MiMo Bay/Legions Apartments has obtained its TCO! We are excited to share the news as we work towards attaining CO.
River Landing Groundfloor TCO!
We are excited to announce that River Landing has received its base building TCO for retail level 1 and parking garage! Please stay tuned as we transition through the final phases of this incredible project.
SMDS Featured in Wharton School Special Report on Resilient Landscape Design
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania released a special report with a focus on Miami Beach, New York City and Norfolk, Virginia. The report features SMDS’ latest resiliency projects including Bayshore Park in Miami Beach, the Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk Design Guidelines and The Barnacle in Coconut Grove.
River Landing Construction Update - Landscape Developments
The landscape is coming along at River Landing, a multi-use development on the Miami River, which is expected to open early 2021. SMDS designed the Riverwalk and the amenity decks for the residences and offices.
COVID 19 Update - SMDS Transitions to Working Remotely
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, SMDS will stay connected through virtual means in order to safeguard the health and safety of the community, its clients and employees. We remain committed to our projects, and expect minimum impact to project schedules and communications. We hope everyone is practicing social distancing and is staying healthy and safe during this time.
Jose Fonseca Awarded Anova LARE Grant
SMDS is proud to announce that one of our designers, Jose Fonseca, received a $1,000 grant from Anova Furnishings for his LARE exams. We can’t wait to have another registered Landscape Architect on our team!
SMDS Supports FL ASLA ACE Legacy Class
SMDS joined the Florida ASLA Chapter and eight other South Florida landscape architecture firms to attend presentations by Coral Park High School and Liberty City Elementary School students as part of the ACE Legacy Project to introduce young people to the fields of architecture, construction and engineering.
SMDS Participates in Miami's Resilient Solutions Summit
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce gathered representatives from various organizations and municipalities to discuss ongoing efforts to build a more socially, economically and environmentally resilient Miami for all residents. SMDS shared its green infrastructure and shoreline resiliency projects with attendees.
New Lincoln Road Restaurant MILA Opens
SMDS designed the MediterrAsian South Beach restaurant’s rooftop terrace as an extension of the impeccably designed interior.
SMDS Celebrates Another Successful Year
SMDS hosted a happy hour for the holiday season to express its gratitude to their collaborators.
SMDS Attends SoBu Flats Groundbreaking in Atlanta
This hotel project renovates a 1950s era condominium building transforming it into a boutique hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta. As the lead landscape architect, SMDS attended the project’s groundbreaking in Atlanta. The project is expected to open later this year. SoBu Flats will have a restaurant, beer garden and pool deck, taking advantage of its pockets of open space to create a dynamic outdoor experience.
Wynwood Brewery Construction Begins
Our Wynwood Brewery project construction has begun and is expected to open in 2020. This brewery will be set in a tropical forest and become a cultural immersion into Latin culture as well as a celebration of Miami’s multi-culturalism, reflecting a youthful vibe that mixes with the urban, artsy personality of Wynwood.
NoMi Residences Receives City Approval
This North Miami mixed-use development designed by Frankel Benayoun Architects is the first of its kind in the area and was approved by the City. SMDS designed the pedestrian promenade, public plazas and streetscape with the intent to preserve as many existing large shade trees as possible, and create a “park-like” setting for community enjoyment.
Custom-designed Poulsen Lights Installed at Bayfront Park
These lights were custom-designed by SMDS as part of the Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk Unifying Design Elements. Bayfront Park is the first piece of the Baywalk to have them installed. This very exciting news marks the first implementation of the Miami Baywalk Design Guidelines.
SMDS Attends Greynolds Park Ribbon-Cutting
In collaboration with Gurri Matute and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces, SMDS designed landscape improvements for one of the County’s seven Heritage Parks, Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach.
SMDS Presents Bayshore Park at Van Alen Institute Resiliency Event
SMDS Principal Adriana Savino presented the Bayshore Park project in Miami Beach for the Van Alen Institute’s event promoting their program Keeping Current: A Sea-Level Rise Challenge for Miami. Bayshore Park is designed to keep the neighborhood dry during flood events by channeling stormwater into the park’s central lake. Once completed, this will be a one-of-a-kind project for Miami-Dade County.
SMDS Participates in FIU Alum Panel
Patricia Matamoros participated in a panel with other FIU alums at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach to talk through their paths from student to professional.
SMDS Partners with FIU Student ASLA Chapter for PARKing Day
PARKing Day offers a chance to show our communities the benefits of landscaped urban public spaces, even ones just the size of two parking spots. Savino & Miller was proud to sponsor the incredible efforts of the FIU Student ASLA Chapter and Landscape Architecture program students and professors who made Plaza Planta possible. They hosted a program full of activities and many visitors throughout the day making this year’s PARKing Day a huge success!
SMDS joins team for Kenect Miami development
Kenect Miami is two mixed-use towers part of the greater Miami Worldcenter development in Downtown. Chicago-based developer, Akara Partners hired Perkins + Will Chicago as the design architect and Stantec as the local architect. SMDS is the landscape architect and will be designing the streetscape and amenity deck.
SMDS Awarded Grant by Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge
SMDS’ idea to link the Baywalk underneath MacArthur Bridge wins the Public Space Challenge, along with 11 other projects to improve mobility in Miami.
Southeast Florida Resilience Accelerator Workshop Publishes Report
Our associates Kelly Hitzing and Patricia Matamoros participated in the Southeast Florida Resilience Accelerator this past June. The workshop’s results were published in a report this month, which will be used by city and county officials in the Southeast Florida Tri-County area to build resilience in our coastal region.
SMDS attends FLASLA conference and wins Award of Excellence for South Pointe Park
Our principal, Barry Miller, with our team of landscape architects, Xiaoyuan Du, Jose Fonseca, Patricia Matamoros, and intern Robert Colon. Patricia presented her Master’s thesis at the conference and SMDS received an Award of Excellence for their work as the local landscape architect for South Pointe Park in Miami Beach.
Patricia Matamoros joins SMDS
We welcomed a new team member this week, Patricia Matamoros, recent MLA graduate and native Venezuelan. Patricia worked as a part-time intern during her studies and now joins us full-time.
ULI Advisory Board Recommends Proposed Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk Guidelines
The City of Miami, in partnership with the Miami DDA, recently hosted a panel of ten experts organized by the Urban Land Institute ULI to gain new insight into how Miami can make its downtown waterfront more resilient. We are proud to say that one of their recommendations includes the need to adopt our proposed designs guidelines for the Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk, which includes a push for living shorelines along our Bayside coast.
Miami Baywalk Light Demonstration
The Miami Baywalk may be lit in pink very soon! As part of the unifying design elements for the Miami Baywalk, Savino & Miller Design Studio customized an existing Louis Poulsen fixture (the same one at Museum Park) with a color-changing LED strip. To welcome the Superbowl to Miami in 2020, these poles will be installed in Bayfront Park and Parcel B, the public space behind the American Airlines Arena.
Ribbon-cutting for Maurice A. Ferré Park (fka Museum Park)
The City of Miami celebrated the completion and renaming of Museum Park to honor Maurice A. Ferré, the nation’s first Puerto Rico-born mayor, who spearheaded the purchase of Bayfront property to preserve green space in Miami’s urban core.
Miami Baywalk Wins Honorable Mention for World Changing Ideas
The Miami Baywalk project was awarded an honorable mention in Fast Company’s Spaces, Places, and Cities category as part of the 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards.
Jose Fonseca Joins the Team
We are happy to announce that Jose Fonseca has joined our firm as a Project Manager. Welcome to the family Jose!
SMDS Celebrates 25 Years
We want to extend our gratitude to our friends, family, clients, colleagues, new and old, who came from near and far to celebrate 25 years with us. Until the next one!
Miami Beach LGBT Crosswalk Ribbon Cutting
Our LGBT Crosswalk on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach is complete! The Art Deco-inspired design honors the the contributions of Leonard Horowitz to the Art Deco District and his legacy with the Miami Design Preservation League.
New Park Project in Hallandale Beach
Sunrise Park is getting a makeover! Very excited to be working on this project with the City of Hallandale Beach. The City has accomplished amazing park renovations through their G.O. bond and we are proud to be part of their efforts.
FLASLA Award of Honor
We are happy to announce that our City of Miami Beach Community Park project has received an Award of Honor from the FLASLA!
New Renderings for Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk
The Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk project will propose unifying design elements, resiliency measures, a branding and design guidelines for the 25 foot public promenade at the waterfront.
Successful Final Outreach for Miami Walk Project
Our final public outreach for our Miami Walk project launched the brand and created a pop-up parklet for people to enjoy discounted food, free popsicles and waterfront views.
Grateful to our amazing team of consultants, RSM Design, HLB Lighting and Coastal Systems International, as well as everyone who helped build and activate the parklet: Ladyfingrs, Cortada Landscape Design, The Sandman, Oldcastle, Dixie Landscape, KM Associates Inc, Landscape Forms and Gustavo Matamoros.
Sandy Hook Memorial Design is a First Round Finalist
We are proud to announce that out of 188 submissions, our design was selected for the first round of finalists among 12 others.
Kelly Hitzing Joins the Team
We are happy to announce that Kelly Hitzing has joined our firm as a Project Manager. She is a registered Landscape Architect with a wealth of experience in the field. Welcome to the family Kelly!
Midtown 29 Reaches Completion
This mixed-use development in Miami’s Midtown neighborhood includes 309 units with 12,000 square feet of ground-level retail, five floors of parking and outdoor amenities.
Dear friends, colleagues, clients & family one of the joys during this time of the year is having the opportunity to thank you and wish you a Joyous Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace & Happiness. Adriana. Barry. John. Xiaoyuan. Sophia. Patricia. Marc. Our office will be closed from December 25 to January 2.
Barry Miller Selected to Sit on the Bal Harbour Architectural Review Board
Savino & Miller Design Studio’s Principal, Barry Miller, was selected to be a member on the Bal Harbour Architectural Review Board.
Savino & Miller Design Studio Selected For New Wynwood Brewery
Savino & Miller Design Studio participated in a competitive RFP process to be the landscape architect for a new brewery coming to Wynwood.
Savino & Miller Design Studio Ranked #1 for DDA Baywalk-Riverwalk Project
Savino & Miller Design Studio and RSM Design will be partnering up to brand and design Miami’s Baywalk-Riverwalk. They participated in a competitive RFP process where the Downtown Development Authority’s selection committee considered 11 other highly qualified firms. In the end, Savino & Miller Design Studio and RSM Design were ranked #1.
FLASLA Awards of Honor
We are excited to announce that our unbuilt Key Biscayne projects, Civic Center Park and Matheson Plantation Village have received Awards of Honor from the FLASLA!
A Day at Bayshore Park Video Release
Watch our rendered fly-over of the Bayshore Park project.
Barry Miller Speaks at Miami Green Roof & Wall Symposium
On December 16th, Barry Miller, Principal of Savino & Miller Design Studio, presented his studio’s Green Roof project Aventura Optima at the Miami Green Roof & Wall Symposium hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). Trey Whitley of American Hydrotech presented alongside Barry to add insight on his company’s waterproofing technology used for the project. In 2015, Aventura Optima received GRHC’s Award of Excellence.
Gardens of Miami wins Award of Honor by Florida ASLA
The Villagers Inc.’s Gardens of Miami book received the 2016 Florida Landscape Architects Publication Award, an award of honor bestowed upon by the by the Florida ASLA. Two of Savino & Miller Design Studio projects were selected to be featured: Cisneros Residence and Sanchez Garden. We congratulate the Villagers and are proud to have been included!
Books & Books Event Featuring Gardens of Miami Book
At 8:00 PM on May 16, 2016, Books & Books will be hosting an event showcasing the Gardens of Miami book, presented by The Villagers Inc. Two of Savino & Miller Design Studio projects were selected to be featured: Cisneros Residence and Sanchez Garden. All proceeds from book sales will support The Villagers’ mission of saving historic places through restoration and preservation.
Barry Miller selected as a FLASLA Design Awards Juror
Barry Miller, Principal at Savino & Miller Design Studio, was selected as a juror for the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects 2016 Design Awards Program. The program encourages the advancement, expansion, and recognition of the Landscape Architecture profession.
SMDS sponsors Miami-Dade County's Great Park Summit
Savino & Miller Design Studio is a proud sponsor of Miami Dade County’s 2016 Great Park Summit.
Michele Oka Doner Installation Unveiled for Louver House
Louver House, developed by Mast Capital, unveils its commission to internationally-acclaimed artist, Michele Oka Doner, which will be featured in Savino & Miller Design Studio-designed sunken gardens at Louver House in Miami Beach by Rene Gonzalez Architect.
SMDS featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine
Landscape Architecture Magazine features Savino & Miller Design Studio’s Sanchez Garden in the March 2016 issue. See us on pages 19, 70-80.
Adriana Savino selected as Panelist at ULI Event
On January 21st, Principal Adriana Savino will present as a panelist at the Urban Land Institute event, “ULI Explores Miami’s Evolution through Art, Architecture and Culture,” along with Chad Oppenheim from Oppenheim Architecture, Claudia Busch from Berenblum Busch Architecture, and Margi Nothard from Glavovic Studio, moderated by Cheryl Jacobs from AIA Miami.
Aventura Optima featured on Cover of Living Architecture Monitor
In the Winter 2015 issue of Living Architecture Monitor, Savino & Miller Design Studio’s project, Aventura Optima, was honored as the magazine’s cover, along with an article featuring the project as the recipient of the 2015 Green Roof & Wall Award of Excellence for Design in the Intensive Industrial/Commercial Category.
Wishing you a joyful holiday season!
Our office will be closed from December 23rd to January 4th.
Green Roof & Wall Design Award of Excellence
Savino & Miller Design Studio is thrilled to announce that our Aventura Optima Plaza project was nationally recognized by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities with a 2015 Green Roof & Wall Design Award of Excellence in the Intensive Industrial/Commercial Category. The project was praised by judges for its form, materiality, accessible layout, and plant density, as well as its consideration of sustainable plantings and installation material. It also received high marks for incorporating and promoting a healthy work life balance in the design. The firm will be awarded at the CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Brooklyn, New York.
Aventura Park Square Sales Center Opens
Sales Center for Aventura Park Square is now open. Landscape Architecture by Savino & Miller Design Studio.
SMDS Launches New Website
Savino & Miller Design Studio is pleased to officially announce the launch of our new website on August 25, 2015. With improved structure and navigation, Savino & Miller’s website offers an informational look into the work of our firm and is designed for current and prospective clients, designers, architects, collaborators, and friends. Our goal with this new website is to provide a straightforward system for visitors to gain further insight into Savino & Miller’s projects, services, and culture. We would like to thank our web developers, Till Bergs and Ivan Toth Depena, as well as our wonderful staff at Savino & Miller Design Studio, for their time and energy to design and develop our new website.
Savino & Miller Attends TREEmendous Miami Event
Principal of Savino & Miller Design Studio, Barry Miller, volunteered at the TREEmendous event to plant trees at Virginia Key Beach Park, planting native trees and shrubs in the dune and hammock areas.
SMDS Awarded Five FLASLA Awards
Savino & Miller Design Studio is honored with five Awards of Merit from the Florida Chapter of ASLA, the highest number of awards for a Florida firm in 2015. The following projects were recognized: Museum Park Baywalk Miami, Sanchez Residence, Cisneros Residence, Aventura Optima, and Miami Beach Multi-Modal Center.
River Landing Developing 1.5 Acre Park on County Land
Curbed Miami shares the good news about Savino & Miller Design Studio’s park project at Miami’s River Landing.
Barry Miller will present at the FLASLA Conference
On July 30th, Barry Miller will be presenting “Designing and Space Shaping – Museum Park and the Baywalk Promenade” based on the Museum Park Baywalk project at the FLASLA Conference. This course, based on a project to be built in phases for the City of Miami, delves into the historical background of the site and how Museum Park was created. He will discuss the process of designing a large waterfront park that would restore linkage between the City’s downtown and its bayfront as well as a park that is home to two, world-class museums, the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
SMDS Attends Aventura ParkSquare Launch Party
Principals, Barry Miller & Adriana Savino, attend the launch party for Aventura ParkSquare.
SMDS Featured in Curbed Miami
Savino & Miller Design Studio’s Sanchez Garden project on 47th Street in Miami Beach was featured in Curbed Miami’s article, “Touring Six Fabulous Private Gardens Across Miami Beach.”
SMDS joins TREEMendous Miami
TREEmendous Miami is a group of dedicated citizens making Miami-Dade a greener, cooler, healthier and more enjoyable environment in which to live.
SMDS Featured in ArchDaily
Hargreaves & Associates, Savino & Miller Design Studio and William Lane Architects, the design team for South Pointe Park, were featured in ArchDaily.