114 2020 Architecture Awards BUILD Jun20458 Best Full-Service Architecture & Design Firm – Florida & BUILD Excellence Award for Human-Centric Design erenblum Busch Architects was founded by Gustavo Berenblum and Claudia Busch in Miami in 2010. While some would baulk at opening a business at such unsettling times, it proved to be the making of their firm. With a demand for good architecture and excellence in service, but an unwillingness to pay the top fees associated with larger, more established firms, clients engaged with the newly created Berenblum Busch Architects and they were not disappointed. Since then, the team has grown to include fifteen staff, capable of providing design services in architecture, planning and interiors with a focus on education, residential, campus planning, port- cruise planning, cultural and hospitality. The firm has a broad portfolio that covers an impressive range of industry which has ensured that BBA is always in demand for work. These projects take place globally, and their work can be seen in places like Spain, Japan, Belize, the Caribbean and the US. The design process for Berenblum Busch Architects follows a consistent set of principles, responding to project goals and requirements. Each design solution is meant to respond to site, program, context and financial constraints. The team embrace specific criteria applying an iterative design process to develop concepts and ensure each project is responsive to its clients’ needs. The award-winning firm is recognized for being great collaborators that provide innovative, and practical solutions, creating spaces that inspire while also being efficient, functional and feasible. This year, with the Pandemic having a global effect, BBA has taken a proactive stance creating a division that assesses and re-designs spaces to provide a safer and healthier user environment for work, dinning-out and travel. BBA calls the re- occupancy solutions S.O.S., which stands for Safer Optimized Spaces. As clients adjust to the new normal, BBA assists them with planning and designing ahead of time, to help them quickly adapt to an ever-changing reality. Together with S.O.S., the firm has recently added Resiliency Consulting to its services, providing expertise in design of new structures and adapting existing buildings to become more resilient and sustainable responding to climate change and sea-level rise. Good design is crucial to the success of any architecture firm, but it is not the only factor at play. Berenblum Busch Architects B is a firm that has developed a strong reputation for being able to work alongside demanding clients to ensure their long-term success. It’s the relationships that they’ve cultivated that will allow the team to flourish and thrive no matter how challenging the circumstances. Company: Berenblum Busch Architects Name: Claudia Busch and Gustavo Berenblum Web Address: www.bbamiami.com Formed in the wake of the 2008 recession, Berenblum Busch Architects has battled the odds to become one of the most successful architecture firms in Florida. Their work is truly exceptional and has won accolades in a number of different venues. We turn our attention to the design firm in order to better understand how they’ve managed to make such an impact.