MIAMI, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Miami-based ArquitectonicaGEO, the landscape architecture firm led by globally renowned designer Laurinda Spear, FAIA, ASLA, has announced the firm’s expansion into the U.S., Spanish and Latin American markets for senior housing, retirement homes and
The firm has partnered with Baltimore-based CSD, a specialist in senior living, as part of this new initiative. Already highly active in the residential, commercial and institutional markets, the firms have designed hundreds of thousands of square feet of new projects, with a value of approximately one-half billion dollars. In addition to Spear, ArquitectonicaGEO’s staff includes George E. Fogg, one of the world’s foremost experts in designing landscapes adapted to the needs of individuals over 55 years of age.
The new partnership with the architecture firm CSD, a national leader in the design of senior living facilities, results from their collaboration on the East Ridge Retirement Village in Miami. The successful life-care community has been acclaimed for its resort-like atmosphere and the lush, tropical landscape designed by ArquitectonicaGEO. “Based on the tremendous results of our work together on East Ridge, ArquitectonicaGEO and CSD see new opportunities in numerous markets, especially in Latin America,” says Spear. “Our team’s experience in large-scale residential and hospitality architecture further bolsters the prospects for this partnership.”
Expanding Latin American senior market
The new focus on retirement communities and senior living, however, is driven by market demand as much as the experience and expertise of the firm. The need for retirement communities and senior living facilities in countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, and Brazil has far outpaced supply.
“Latin America is becoming one of the top places for retirement due to the natural amenities and the lower cost of living. Increasing numbers of U.S. and European baby-boomers are looking at retiring overseas to take advantage of the lower cost of living,” says Spear, who founded the landscape architecture practice ArquitectonicaGEO in 2005. “Improvements to healthcare systems and pension programs such as Panama’s Pensionado are attractive to foreign retirees,” she adds.
To meet this need, the award-winning landscape projects by ArquitectonicaGEO have also been commended for displaying a profound understanding of Latin American customs and social dynamics and familiarity with the complexities and local market demands in Central and South America. The firm has completed residential, hospitality, and mixed-use commercial projects in Miami, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Panama City, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, and Manila.
CSD has offices in Baltimore, Miami, and Dallas, and the firm is active in national and international markets. The firm’s top specialties are healthcare and senior living facilities.
“Many urban areas in Latin America urgently need retirement alternatives that are tailored to specific needs and levels of care required. This is especially true as fewer families provide care at home for their senior relatives. With CSD, we will help our clients develop appropriate housing options for the specific stages of life, from active retired and independent lifestyles to assisted living and long-term care,” says architect and landscape architect Margarita Blanco, Director of ArquitectonicaGEO.
To that end, CSD and ArquitectonicaGEO have recommended to client developers and institutions a careful balance between the freedom and “active lifestyles,” now associated with U.S. retirement communities, and the proximity to family and friends that is crucial in many Latin American cultures. “These modern, built-in conveniences provide individuals the comfort and security of aging in place, with appropriate levels of care for maintaining the best possible quality of life,” says Duncan Walker, a principal with CSD.
Outdoor, community life for Latin American seniors
Indoor-outdoor living and community engagement also represent important values for the Latin American seniors market, adds Spear. “Our projects demonstrate success in supporting the cultural and social dynamics that are so important to new senior housing and community development and community developments,” she explains. Spear points to ArquitectonicaGEO Vice President George E. Fogg, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, as a valuable asset for clients. An expert in designing landscapes for the senior market, Fogg has authored seven books on related topics, including the authoritative publication, Leisure Site Guidelines for People Over 55.
This recognized expertise in designs for the senior market — coupled with the deep track record of ArquitectonicaGEO in the Latin American market — will aptly serve many current and new clients who are active in the senior living segment. “This is a unique partnership, and we are extremely optimistic about our prospects for serving the increasing need for better senior options in Latin America,” Spear concludes.
About ArquitectonicaGEO (www.arquitectonicageo.com): A full-service landscape architecture firm founded by Laurinda Spear, FAIA, ASLA, to focus on environmentally sensitive design. The firm explores the complex challenges of the contemporary built and natural environments, developing design solutions that balance a modern aesthetic with environmental concerns to create an aesthetic and sustainable landscape. Among the firm’s many current projects is the landscape design for the new Miami Art Museum (MAM), to be built in Miami’s Museum Park.
Interrelated company: Laurinda Spear Products (www.laurindaspearproducts.com).
About CSD (www.csdarch.com): Founded in 1947 as Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet, the full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm CSD espouses a philosophy of “People Architecture,” where building quality relationships is just as important as creating superior design and structures. For more than 60 years, CSD has made an impact on architecture across the United States. Today, the firm provides full architectural services in 23 states and five countries from its offices in Baltimore, Dallas and Miami. The firm was named by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the nation’s top 500 design firms. Among the firm’s foremost specialties is senior living and healthcare facilities.
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