The beach is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear “Miami.” A gleaming ocean, golden dunes, tanned tourists, celebrity-filled hotels, and never-ending nightlife: the visuals are appealing, and reality only outdoes the fantasy. Miami offers more than sun and beach: there’s a world-renowned nightlife scene, world-class hotels, and a sophisticated dining scene.
Our editorial team has created this list of the area’s best restaurant architects. These excellent firms were chosen for their experience, awards, and outstanding portfolios.
1929 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Founded in 2008, EoA Group specializes in interior design, hospitality, resort, and hotel architecture for its clients in Coral Gables and surrounding areas. The firm was founded by Malcolm Berg, who also serves as its president and design director. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with Concentration in Architecture, from the Massachusetts College of Art.
Some of the firm’s work has also been recognized for its exceptional quality. These awards include the 2021 Interior Architecture Merit Award from the AIA Miami Design Awards and the Excellence in Design for Best Casual Dining from the 2020 Gold Key Awards. EoA Group maintains affiliations with various industry organizations, including The Hospitality Industry Network.
100 Biscayne Boulevard, 27th Floor, Miami, FL 33132
Zyscovich is an international master planning, architecture, and interior design firm with offices in Miami, Orlando, Florida, New York City, and Bogotá, Colombia. The firm’s inventive approach to planning, Real Urbanism®, embraces the history and economics of a community to create a unique vision and thus creates tangible value and improved quality of life for the area. Founded in 1977, the studio’s broad range of experience includes large-scale mixed-use, transportation, educational, commercial, retail, multi-family residential, and hospitality projects.
Zyscovich currently runs under the supervision of founder and CEO Bernard Zyscovich. With over 45 years of experience in the business, he has become an industry-wide subject matter expert on urban design, historic preservation, and master planning; he also incorporates character, flavor, and vision. Thanks to Bernard’s leadership and the breadth of experience of the entire team, the company’s work has appeared on the pages of publications like the School Construction News, Orlando Weekly, and Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Peacock + Lewis
1295 US Highway 1, Suite 200, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Peacock + Lewis is a hospitality and club amenities design firm with a rich history of creating transformative outcomes for its long and distinguished list of clients. Since 1961, P+L has maintained a culture and value system of client satisfaction in club master planning that includes hospitality, recreational amenities, and architectural and interior design services.
Brian Idle leads the studio as CEO and has an enviable reputation for designing and managing complex projects requiring the complex coordination of specialty consultants and government agencies. His experience and passion for club design have inspired the P+L team to create an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects. Under Brian’s watch, the firm has piqued the interest of several publications, including South Florida Business & Wealth, Naples Illustrated, and BoardRoom Magazine.
Shulman + Associates
100 NE 38th Street, Miami, FL 33137
Allan Shulman launched Miami-based Shulman + Associates in 1996. S+A is an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm focusing on architecture, interior design, urban design, and graphic design. Mr. Shulman is an architect, author, editor, and curator who also serves as a professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. His research concentrates on modernism and urbanism, and the firm was founded over two decades ago as an extension of his research.
After two decades in the industry, S+A holds maintains industry affiliations, such as the American Institute of Architects and Urban Land Institute. The firm has also been featured by publications like Architect Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, ENR, and Architectural Record.
Norberto Rosenstein Architect
126 S Federal Highway, #202, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Norberto Rosenstein Architect is an architecture and design firm founded by Norberto Rosenstein in 1999. Located in Hollywood, Florida, the firm’s clientele includes everyone from residential to commercial clients in South Florida. Thanks to a comprehensive knowledge of today’s construction process and approaches, the studio consistently provides international clients with great design via an analytic approach to building and system components.
Norberto Rosenstein Architect was a recipient of the 2012 Appreciation for Historical Preservation from the Historic Preservation Board. It is licensed in more than ten states in the U.S. and has members who hold affiliations with the American Institute of Architects.
The Architects Group
8000 NW 7th Street, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33126
The Architects Group was established in 1991 and serves clients throughout the United States. After working for over ten years with a national architectural firm as a principal specializing in retail architecture, Pedro P. Ramos partnered with Manny Leon to start The Architects Group. Manny Leon complements the partnership with a local architectural firm with over 15 years in hospitality design and construction. Their project experience includes 10 to 20-story office buildings and hotels in Florida, New York, and Atlanta.
The company’s approach to architecture is to develop creative projects that will meet the functional, financial, and aesthetic goals of its clients. For The Architects Group, a well-designed project is cost-effective, meets client goals, and is aesthetically creative. Some of its work has appeared on the pages of renowned publications like Miami’s Community News and South Florida Business Journal.
Vertical Design Studio
10950 SW 88th Street, Suite 200, Miami, FL 33176
Vertical Design Studio is a full-service boutique architectural and interior design firm based in Miami. Founded in 2009, the studio has been steadily growing and proudly serving the South Florida market.
Jorge Eduardo Gonzalez, the principal architect, leads a talented group of in-house designers from diverse backgrounds in the development of thoughtfully designed and efficient projects. Over the past 20 years, having worked for large and small firms, Jorge developed a good understanding of successful project delivery from early on, always keeping the client’s interest at the forefront; a skill he has been honing ever since. The firm takes pride in repeat clients, while being able to deliver a diverse design style. Although the firm specializes in restaurant design, it has designed a diverse portfolio of commercial, retail and residential projects. Jorge earned both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Florida International University.
8425 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33138
ArchiMia is a luxury interior design and architecture company based in Miami. Established in 2017, it was featured by South Florida Business Journal for its works and has been serving its clients in Miami and the surrounding area. The studio is currently headed by principal architects Carlos Anthony Mindreau and Fulvio Rottigni.
Carlos’ experience and his involvement with notable architects influenced his commitment to developing high-quality and design-conscious architecture. Fulvio is a Florida-licensed interior designer who has worked on several projects where his architectural expertise shaped the design of residences, the remodeling of historical buildings, exclusive retail spaces, and high-end restaurants.
William Lane Architect
1480 Marseille Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33141
William Lane Architect is a full-service design firm that was founded in 1990. The Miami-based office specializes in planning and designing public and private spaces by merging art and architecture to generate dynamic environments. The company takes a collective approach to design, developing an open exchange of ideas within the firm and with its clients. Since the design process is customized to the client’s program, context, and site, each firm’s projects have a distinctive character and appearance.
Principal architect William Lane has over 35 years of experience in the business and holds several degrees. He earned his architecture degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, architecture with a concentration in design from The Architectural Association in London. He also studied film, anthropology, and urban planning at New York University