Women's History :: Spotlight on Laurinda Spear

By Angeline Focht, BArch Candidate

Laurinda Spear, of Arquitectonica, was born in Rochester, Minnesota. She studied at Brown University, first earning her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, then went on to study Architecture at Columbia University. She later returned to school for Landscape Architecture at the Florida International University. Two years after earning her architecture degree, Spear founded Arquitectonica with her husband, Bernardo Fort-Brescia.

Free Time Watch designed by Laurinda Spear

The firm’s work ranges from architecture, landscape, interior, to product design. What started as an experimental studio has now evolved into a practice with over three hundred professionals. Arquitectonica has office locations in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City as well as regional offices in Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.  Laurinda was instrumental in the expansion of Arquitectonica, establishing both the interior design and landscape architecture practices. Because of ArquitectonicaInteriors, Spear was inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame in 1999.

South Dade Cultural Arts Center in Miami, Florida

Laurinda is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She has received the AIA Silver Medal and the Rome Prize in Architecture. She has spent time teaching at Harvard as well as the University of Miami.