AIA Guides to Miami
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AIA Guides to Miami

AIA Miami is proud to offer two different comprehensive guidebooks to the architectural fabric of the City of Miami and surrounds.

  • Building Paradise: An Architectural Guide to the Magic City by Marilys Nepomechie
    (photograhy by Steven Brooke)

    An indispensible guide to the principal buildings and landscapes of Miami, richly depicted through the camera lens of award-winning photographer Steven Brooke. Elegant maps guide the visitor to over 500 remarkable contemporary and historic structures—and to the beaches, parks, landmarks, neighborhoods, and historic districts that tell the story of this vibrant, multi-cultural, polyglot city.Organized by neighborhood, the guide is an introduction to the diverse styles that shape Miami, from its earliest pioneer development through its contemporary design icons.

    Essays by author Marilys Nepomechie and renowned guests on the architecture, landscapes, and design culture of the city, serve to situate the reader. The AIA Guide to Miami is an essential resource that equally rewards the first-time visitor and the long-time resident.Books can be found at AIA Miami, Book and Books in Coral Gables and Miami Beach, Barnes & Noble at FIU, and the FIU Wolfsonian Dynamo Museum Store, on Miami Beach. For more information contact 305.448.7488 or email your request to

  • Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide Featuring Downtown, the Beaches, and Coconut Grove by Allan T. Shulman, Randall C. Robinson Jr., and James F. Donnelly
    (photography by Robin Hill & Thomas Delbeck)

    A major urban center perched between vast natural ecosystems, Miami is known for a strikingly diverse built environment that is barely 100 years old. Within this brief span, the city has constantly reinvented itself, seeking a tangible identity as Florida’s largest metropolis. In this invented landscape, architecture, landscape design, and urban planning have played a particularly important role in creating Miami’s modern character and unique identity.

    Miami Architecture grew out of the Miami Architecture Project, a community-based, nonprofit association that organized more than a dozen local forums to develop deeper appreciation of architecture and the role of architecture in community revitalization.Ideal for residents, professionals, vacationers, and day-trippers, this authoritative guidebook provides a broad, accessible architectural overview of the notable buildings that can be found in the core of downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove.

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