Landscape architect Robert Rovira leads a firm that is “detail-oriented, artistically obsessive, technically-inclined, and rarely satisfied in their mission to improve the built environment.” It's this passion and vision that earned him a place among this year’s Emerging Voices, one of the most coveted honors in North American architecture.
Awarded to eight up-and-coming firms and designers whose “voices” positively influence the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism through their professional and academic works, the Emerging Voices are selected through an invited, juried competition held by The Architectural League of New York. The chosen practitioners’ realized works are not only the best of the best, but they also address larger environmental or social issues within the built environment. Rovira, a Vectorworks software user, is now a part of this prestigious lineup of creative visionaries.
Rovira, founder of Studio Roberto Rovira and chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at Florida International University, has a background in design, engineering, and fine arts. His firm is dedicated to creating projects of “uncompromising design quality that work at the edge of the built and the natural.” His investigative approach seeks to engage a project’s end-users by discovering connections between ecology, patterns, history, and time, and it caught the attention of the Emerging Voices jury. Rovira’s recent work includes the Sky Lounge Pavilion at Florida International University in Miami, which received an Award of Merit for Divine Detail at the AIA-Miami 60th Annual Design Awards, and Magnolia North Park in Opa Locka, Florida, which received the American Planning Association Florida Award of Excellence in 2014.
Congratulations to Rovira and all of this year’s winners. Learn more about their work, as well as the work of past years’ winners, at The Architectural League of New York website.