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As a graduate from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, Germán has been involved with architecture for more than 25 years. As a Project Architect at the Miami offices of Perkins + Will, he became the very first LEED Accredited Professional at the firm, serving as a liaison with renowned environmental designers Battle McCarthy, ARUP, and Busby & Associates. As Director of Sustainability at Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Germán intervened in more than a dozen sustainably designed projects throughout the world, working alongside consulting firms that are among the international top tier in green building, such as Büro Happold and RWDI.

He launched his first architectural firm (DEN Architecture) in 2009, receiving more than a dozen design awards from the local and state chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Now, as the founder and sole principal of DOVA Architecture, Germán conceives one-of-a-kind solutions that embody the essence of each design challenge.

A recipient of prestigious prizes such as the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, the US Department of State's William J. Fulbright Fellowship Program (Italy), and AIA Miami’s Environmental Preservation Award, Germán also served as Co-founder, Board of Directors, and Programs Chair at the South Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council for several years. At present, he frequently attends design reviews at University of Miami, Miami-Dade College, and Florida International University, while lecturing at conferences, symposiums, and speaking engagements on a regular basis.

At just over 2,000 air-conditioned square feet, this one-story single-family bungalow is about a third the size of the average new McMansion in South Florida. Despite it’s reduced interior area, it nonetheless offers a generous amount of outdoor covered porches and courtyards throughout the house, equivalent to about one third its area.

The permeable and porous character of the design, much like the bed of Oolite limestone underneath most of Florida, allows life to fill the gaps. Nooks and crannies abound. Porches, verandas, courtyards, gardens, and decks are not only inhabited by landscaping, but also by social activities that breathe life into the building.

Screened porches on the south and north facades allow the prevailing breezes to cool the house while filtering the tropical sun. The structure’s single-story height at the street allows it to blend in with the scale of neighboring older homes. Being a good neighbor, however, does not preclude the architecture from being full of character and meaning. Towards the back yard the single-story house blossoms into a cross-ventilated tropical oasis, which the inhabitants use as a true Florida Room.

Inspired by the wood-crates that fishermen in Florida use to trap local spiny lobster and stone crab, the bait house is a rare front-yard addition in the oceanfront town of Surfside. Concealing an uninspiring mediterranean-style bungalow, the expansion cloaks the hip roofs of the existing structure, confidently asserting an aesthetic departure from any historic nostalgia.

With a nod to Japanese reverence for natural materials, precision craftsmanship, and attention to detail; this small intervention of less than 600 SF makes a big impact. Intricately spaced vertical strips of timber adorn rough concrete openings left by the facade’s structure. The flush columns and beams frame a variety of spaces beyond, producing a mondrianesque composition of vertical and horizontal subdivisions that invigorate an otherwise bland boxy elevation. A carefully curated selection of plants and trees are delicately nestled within the compartmentalized frontage of the house, promoting a subtle dialogue between landscape and hardscape.

Commissioned by a Franco-Brazilian family, the bougain villa is the product of two cultures where landscape is an essential compliment to human existence. At this intersection of nature and structure, a network of unfinished concrete columns, beams, and slabs become a skeletal framework for the proliferation of the beloved “bougainvillea” vine. The design intent envisions landscape to inhabit the structure, parallel to the inhabitation of the property owners, creating an ever-changing architecture in which the proportion of natural to man-made will be constantly evolving, but always in balance.

The comprehensive renovation of the ground floor and second-story addition organizes the public space in a t-shaped configuration, opening up to a large Florida Room facing the backyard and allowing the sleeping quarters to fill in the remaining spaces. The second-story master suite, setback from all sides, is perched in the center of the house much like a bird’s nest, silently overlooking the neighborhood.

With the typical program of an expanding family’s desire to be close to the water, the slat house started as a standard addition on a coveted double-lot in the family friendly beach-side town of Surfside. Inspired by the nearby wood slat sand fences protecting beach dune habitat, the renovation and addition is sheathed in a system of composite wood slats that slip and slide past the facades at various points, anchored by a series of concrete frames that house different leisure areas such as porches, verandas, and pool cabanas. These open structures contrast with the existing monolithic house, improved through an elevated roof, reinforced walls, and raised finished floor.

From a plan perspective, the expansion takes advantage of the oversized lot’s generous width, creating a split plan in which a Florida Room separates the master suite from the rest of the family’s sleeping quarters. With extensive covered terraces comprising nearly a third of the square footage, the outdoors is as much a part of the house as the interiors.

Morningside Historic District, developed between 1922 and 1941, is one of the best examples of boom-era subdivisions in Miami. Even though the architectural styles found in the neighborhood are varied, there is a predominant use of barrel tile roofs. The proposed design repurposes this historic building material into a vertical format, creating an intricate veil of overlapping clay tiles. This detail screens the entire front porch of the house, literally and conceptually integrating the charm of the past with present-day functionality.

Located in a major historic district, this project asserts that contemporary buildings can be respectful of a historic neighborhood, not in a servile imitation of vintage architectural styles but with a more mature, meaningful, and layered strategy. The proposed two-story massing is subdivided into smaller volumes as it approaches the street. A series of cascading rooflines, parapets, and terraces culminate in a large entry porch, acting as a transitional space between public and private realms.

Located in the idyllic Ozark Mountain Range, this second home for a client of the Buddhist faith gently adapts to the area's precious ecosystem. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of forested terrain, standard utilities such as electricity, water, sewage, and garbage collection are unavailable for miles, which not only makes sustainable design an attractive option but an absolute necessity. The house is therefore designed in a completely autonomous manner commonly identified as "off-grid", and achieved Gold Certification in the LEED for Homes sustainable rating system.

The orientation, placement, and shading of the building were decided by climate analysis, in which the "off-grid" nature of the project highlighted the importance of passive design strategies to the maximum extent possible. The house section is based on these bioclimatic passive strategies, opening a funnel-shaped volume towards predominant summer breezes and winter southern solar exposure. Active systems such as solar panels, radiant underfloor heating, and rainwater harvesting supply 100% of the remaining energy, heating, and water requirements of the house; creating a structure that lives in complete communion with its surroundings.

As a graduate from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, Germán has been involved with architecture for more than 25 years. As a Project Architect at the Miami offices of Perkins + Will, he became the very first LEED Accredited Professional at the firm, serving as a liaison with renowned environmental designers Battle McCarthy, ARUP, and Busby & Associates. As Director of Sustainability at Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Germán intervened in more than a dozen sustainably designed projects throughout the world, working alongside consulting firms that are among the international top tier in green building, such as Büro Happold and RWDI. He launched his first architectural firm (DEN Architecture) in 2009, receiving more than a dozen design awards from the local and state chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Now, as the founder and sole principal of DOVA Architecture, Germán conceives one-of-a-kind solutions that embody the essence of each design challenge. A recipient of prestigious prizes such as the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, the US Department of State's William J. Fulbright Fellowship Program (Italy), and AIA Miami’s Environmental Preservation Award, Germán also served as Co-founder, Board of Directors, and Programs Chair at the South Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council for several years. At present, he frequently attends design reviews at University of Miami, Miami-Dade College, and Florida International University, while lecturing at conferences, symposiums, and speaking engagements on a regular basis.

Alejandro Saravi Posada graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, one of the premier universities of South America, in 2002.  He has worked both locally and internationally before joining the team at DEN.  His previous employment experience includes positions at ZAARQ Architectos (Buenos Aires), Itecdesign (Miami) and David Collins Studio (UK) as Director of Operations in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Since those early beginnings, Alejandro has produced drawing packages and three-dimensional renderings for renown interior design studios such as Avroko, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Robert Angell Design International, Rockwell Group, Workshop APD, Alexander Waterworth Interiors and Noam Studio among others.  He enjoys combining BIM technology, CGI production, hand sketches and computer aided design into comprehensive construction drawings that successfully convey both a sense of design and ease of constructibility.  He is currently in charge of supervising a diversified array of professionals that make up each project team.  An avid traveller and outdoorsman, he enjoys spending time visiting different corners of the world and varied natural ecosystems that latter inform his design work.  From the rejuvenating springs of Patagonia to the metropolis of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, and even the tropical beaches of Rio de Janeiro, he always manages to bring new ideas and a fresh attitude to a long-standing profession.

Charly Alazraki graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan in 2007 and completed his masters degree at Columbia University in New York City. He held the project coordinator and senior designer positions at the San Pablo headquarters of RAF Arquitectura, an architecture firm focused on the sustainability, healthcare and commercial markets.  While in Buenos Aires, he collaborated with the B4FS studio, winner of the competition for the Kirchner Cultural Center, where he also participated in several commercial projects throughout the region.  A few years later, he formed part of the team that developed the bidding project for the expansion of the Roffo Hospital, which is the University of Buenos Aires’ medical facility and the most important oncological sanatorium in Argentina. He became a studio manager at Jasper Architects, a studio with offices in Buenos Aires, Berlin and Vienna, which was the winner of important international competitions during his tenure. He also worked in the same role at Estudio Oscar Fuentes, a firm with a long history in South America. Interpersed throughout his formal positions, Charly collaborated in the development of projects for different high-end architecture and interior design studios, mainly from the UK and USA. His international professional training and experience in different fields of architecture has prepared him well for any project type, anywhere in the world.

Having graduated with a doctorate degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAB), Soledad Perna has a distinguished career not only in the theory but also in practice of the profession.  Her thesis focuses on the modern architectural form in Latin American architecture from the 1950s and 1960s.  Also a graduate of University of Buenos Aires’ School of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism (FADU), she was honored with several adjunct faculty positions at her alma mater.  From a practicing perspective, she started her career in 1999 at Estudio Becker & Ferrari (Buenos Aires) where she collaborated on competitions and full working drawings for large urban-scale projects in the region.  She later became senior project architect at Estudio Enric Soria & Badia (Barcelona) in 2003, where multi-use complexes, multi-unit residential buildings, and large scale institutional projects continued providing her with opportunities to grow.  She later founded her own firm, Estudio Perna Osuna Arquitectos (Buenos Aires) in 2010, where she focuses on large-scale gated communities, before joining Saravi A+D as project manager for international hospitality and high-end interiors projects.  Using her management and supervision skills, she makes a meaningful contribution everywhere she works.  In her collaborations with DEN, her acumen for organizing information and conveying the important aspects of a project, are as appreciated as ever.

After graduating with an architectural degree from University of Buenos Aires’ School of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism (FADU) in 1999, Elena Leguia has been on a trail-blazing path of post-graduate academic work and professional practice.  With post-graduate research courses in Sustainable Design (University of Palermo), Project Management (ESEADE), and Architectural Technologies (Torcuato Di Tella University), Elena is well prepared in terms of both theory and practice.  She equaled her prolific academic career with an equally impressive list of job titles.  Since her graduation in 1999, she has worked in Buenos Aires for Estudio Becker & Ferrari, Estudio Alvarez y Asociados, Estudio Conticello Arquitectos, BBRCH Arquitectos, ARX Digital Solutions, Zumoideas+ Estudio, and her very own Leguia-Yias Arquitectos.  The depth and breadth of her portfolio of projects spans from large-scale urban planning, institutional buildings, infrastructure proposals, municipality improvements, and international competitions, ranging from Osaka (Japan) to Geneva (Switzerland), and of course, her native Argentina.  In addition to her extended list of projects, she has been featured in array of South American publications such as Summa+, La Nacion Arquitectura, and El Constructor. Elena’s extensive international experience, coupled with her design and graphic skills, helps DEN complete successful projects regardless of budget, scale, and location.

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