Brillhart Architecture is a design-intensive office, based in Miami, FL. Focused on creating a new architecture for the tropics, the work is deeply connected to the landscape. It relies on interpretations of vernacular principles that have embedded environmental considerations; and gives architectural primacy to composition, materiality, and the logics of construction. This design approach is the common thread that links all of the projects together, whether the office is working on projects in Florida or other regions.
Brillhart Architecture was also borne out of a love for and facility with "making" things. The office constantly seeks ways to mediate between the worlds of art and architecture. In addition to residential and boutique commercial projects, work is focused around design-build competitions, exhibitions, interiors, furniture, and other speculative research projects.
The firm has won numerous awards for design innovation, including 2014 House of the Year (Architect's Newspaper), and was among five finalists selected for the prestigious MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Work has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Record, Architect, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Dwell, Wallpaper, Cultured, Metropolis, The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, and Architect's Newspaper, among other publications.
Jacob Brillhart founded the office in 2007. He compliments his practice as an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Most recently, he published Voyage Le Corbusier: Drawing on the Road (Norton Press), a compendium of sketchbook travel drawings and watercolors done by Corbusier between 1907-1911.