Frank Martinez

Martinez & Alvarez Architecture

2211 Northwest 4th Terrace
Miami, FL 33125


Frank is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami, School of Architecture. Frank’s private work ranges in scale and complexity, from small, hand crafted houses to campus design and institutional buildings. The office works out of a 1921 wood frame bungalow in Little Havana, which they have been restoring over time, and remains one of the group's on-going projects.

Publications of work include the firm's 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 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 their office and 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 the "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 an article by Raul Berraneche in the May 1999 issue of Architecture (a theme issue dedicated to young American architects) titled "The Traditionalist: Caruncho, Martinez & Alvarez Architects." The first built work of the office, 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 then selected by the international journal Casas International (January 1999) for publication in an issue dedicated to the work of architects in Miami and featuring the work of several colleagues at the University of Miami School of Architecture. 

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