Martinez  Alvarez
Urban Design, Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.
Certificate of Authorization AA26002213

 

 

Gray & Johnston Residence, 1993
tannin
2211 NW 4th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33125 ~ aalvarez@ma-miami.com ~ Tel:(305)643-6958
 

Ana Alvarez and Frank Martinez are partners in the firm of Martinez & Alvarez Architecture, Inc.  The office, which they originally founded along with former partner, Juan Caruncho, as Caruncho, Martinez & Alvarez Architecture, Inc. (CMA) in 1993 and worked collaboratively through 2006, focused primarily on architectural and urban projects that contribute to the art of making cities.   The work ranges in scale and complexity, from small, hand crafted houses to campus design and institutional buildings.  Because the partners are directly involved in producing the buildings of the firm, they have been able to give the projects equal intensity of design and attention to detail, producing responsible and thoughtful contributions to the built environment. Design Projects include buildings at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove; Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens; homes in the new towns of Windsor and Alys Beach in Florida, and Tannin in Alabama; and historic renovation projects in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard and Boston, Massachusetts.  Additionally MA Architecture works out of a 1921 wood frame bungalow in Miami, which they have been restoring over time, and remains one of the on-going projects.   Publications of work include the design for a compound of houses for "Dos Rios", a new town in the Philippines in New American Urbanism: Re-forming the Suburban Metropolis by John A. Dutton for Skira in 2000.  The Windsor Tennis Cottages and the Windsor Courtyard Building at the town of Windsor, Florida were published in national and international professional journals, Architecture, Archi & Colonne and the lay journal, Southern Living, which also published the "Picket Fence" house and office in 1999 as well as the "Badia Residence" in 2001.  Elena Elli's article "The Renewal of Architectural Traditions Under the Tropics" in the Sept.-Nov. 1999 Archi & Colonne examines the work of Caruncho, Martinez & Alvarez Architecture with respect to "references" in the architecture that through a study of the traditional and vernacular of a region becomes an "original".  In the scholarly publication Between Two Towers: The Drawings of the School of Miami for Monacelli Press in 1996, Vincent Scully describes the search for character in "Kilborn Residence & Tannin Pool House," both early examples of the attention to the association of theory and practice in architecture.  Publication of these projects in professional journals takes a different approach to the work by placing it within the larger context of practice, most notably in the article by Raul Berraneche in the May 1999 issue of Architecture (a theme issue dedicated to young American architects) titled "The Traditionalist".  The first built design project, the Gray & Johnston Residence in the Village of Tannin, Orange Beach, Alabama, was featured in American HomeStyle in June of 1995 in an article by Dylan Landis titled "Embracing Sea & Sky".  The house was the selected by Casas International (January 1999) for publication in an issue dedicated to the work of Miami design firms and featuring the work of several colleagues at the University of Miami, School of Architecture.