Ana Alvarez received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, serves on the Board of Architects in Coral Gables and volunteers as a member of several committees at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, Florida. Frank Martinez received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Frank is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami, School of Architecture. He teaches design, drawing and theory courses and he has lectured and led tours in the UM Grand Tour of Europe travel abroad programs with primary interest in Renaissance & Baroque architecture and urban design. Underlying the teaching and research is an exploration of drawing as a method for acquiring and developing architectural knowledge.
The office work ranges in scale and complexity, from new custom homes and historic renovation projects 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; various building types including single and multi-family dwellings in the New Urban Towns of Windsor and Alys Beach in Florida, and Tannin in Alabama; new custom homes in Coral Gables and the Miami area; renovation of historic and architecturally significant buildings in Miami Beach, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard and Boston, Massachusetts. The firm is a woman and minority owned Florida business enterprise in the State of Florida.
The firm’s early work is composed of built and unbuilt residential projects in the DPZ New Towns of Windsor, Florida; Village of Tannin, Alabama; Prospect, Colorado; Dos Rios, Philippines; Rosemary Beach, Florida; and most recently in Camana Bay, Cayman Islands and Alys Beach, Florida. 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. Publications of work include the New American Urbanism: Re-forming the Suburban Metropolis, Casas International Journal, Miami Herald, and Architecture, Archi & Colonne. The Janzon Residence in Bay Point, Miami, Florida (a new 7,000 sq.ft. residence) was recently awarded the Addison Mizner Medal by the Institute of Classical Architecture. Select projects will be featured in the upcoming 2018 publication entitled Transformations in Classical Architecture