A graduate from the University of Miami School of Architecture, Alberto Latorre began his professional career in 1992 at C3TS, a full-service multi-disciplined architecture and engineering firm. While at C3TS, he gained vast experience in the design and management of numerous residential, commercial, and public projects throughout Florida, including: Sunset Drive Streetscape Improvements which helped revitalize downtown South Miami into a thriving, vibrant destination; the Lauderdale Lakes Community Center which received much attention for its functional buildings that work as a “machine”, such as the work of Le Corbusier’s machine a habiter; and the iconic and playful concession stands and public facilities that adorn the shores of Miami Beach at 21st, 46th, and 64th streets. These and other projects highlight Latorre’s intrigue with architecture as theatre, that is, the manipulation of space, form, and light to create environments or “living stages” through which we move as “characters,” guided toward new interpretations of the world and our lives.
This intrigue in the theatrical stems from his formal training in visual arts since childhood, and is influenced by the Caribbean typology of his native Puerto Rico with its constantly changing “sets” of architectural styles—from Spanish Colonial to Art Deco; from the grand 1950’s resorts of Morris Lapidus to the vernacular of the countryside dominated by nature. Since venturing out on his own as a free-lance architect in 2006, Latorre has lent his dramatic language to such alluring landmarks as the South Beach Marriott Hotel and the luxury residences at the 1000 Venetian Causeway building. He has also completed over a dozen commissions of private residences throughout some of South Florida’s most exclusive areas.
Drawing on his passion and talent for the visual arts, Latorre has collaborated with international artist Carlos Betancourt on several innovative and truly theatrical installations aboard Celebrity and Royal Caribbean’s fleet of cruise ships. One of the most recent commission, “The Magic Trees” consists of two 1.5-ton cast bronze trees that soar 23 feet high with azure enameled butterflies, creating a fluid experience of space and light on the promenade deck of the Oasis, the largest cruise ship in the world. Other collaborative projects with Betancourt include sculptural installations at Miami International Airport and Miami-Dade Metro Zoo, both commissions awarded by the Miami Dade Art in Public Places Trust. Most recently, Latorre participated with the board of "Visionaries" for the Wolfsonian Museum.
From the consulting office to fine art galleries, whether designing municipal facilities or the installation of mammoth sculptures, Latorre brings the full spectrum of all his professional experience and training to all his projects and clients, with a profound understanding that architecture, above all else, is meant to be savored and enjoyed.
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