Internationally recognized architect Pat Bosch has been design director of Perkins+Will’s Miami office since 1996 and designed one of the city’s most striking buildings – the glass-and-steel Academic Support Center at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. Having lived in Spain, Puerto Rico, New York, and Zurich, she now considers Miami her home: “The city has come a long way since I moved here,” she says. “I love the diversity of its creative environment, its sense of fearlessness, its respect for nature, the climate and surrounding environment, and how globally minded it has become.”
Here are her Miami highlights for art lovers or those considering making their visit more permanent.
A different perspective
For Bosch, the most meaningful architecture showcases the past and present; she believes that the built environment should be a concrete embodiment of poetry and tradition – something that moves people, or makes them think.
Among her favorite buildings is Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus: “I love it and my company was fortunate to lead the design for its new Academic Support Center, which was featured in the Architectural Record in 2015.”
Another favorite is the Miami Rowing Club in Key Biscayne, mainly because it gives people the opportunity to experience Miami’s skyline from a new perspective. “Visitors should go on a kayak so they can appreciate and view the wonderful contrast of the architecture and the stillness of the water,” she says. “You see things differently – I love to feel surrounded and embraced by nature. For me it is the ultimate picturesque experience.”
“There are certain restaurants that I visit again, and again,” says Bosch. “I like Cantina La 20, a modern Mexican that has wonderful views of the Brickell neighborhood. And I love to go for cocktails at The Raleigh hotel, in Miami Beach. It’s home to the ultimate classic martini, shaken not stirred, with three olives and chilled so cold you can skate on it. My favorite restaurant ever is NIU Kitchen in [Miami arts district] Wynwood. It’s tiny – there are only five tables – and it serves the best cava and tapas.
Art and culture
“There are many wonderful museums, here,” says Bosch, “but I think everyone must visit Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Rubell Family Collection, The Bass Museum of Art and The Wolfsonian. I love the collections and one-of-a-kind selections – they’re unique and world-renowned. They discover high-caliber talent that’s edgy and groundbreaking.”
“RESPICE in South Miami is great – it has unique accessories and lifestyle items from all over the world, mostly made by independent designers. And I also like Luminaire – a pioneering design and furniture company, and Books&Books.”
The best places to stay
“I recommend Casa Morada, an all-suite hotel in Islamorada, which has incredible Gulf views and a peaceful and serene atmosphere. I also really like the furniture design throughout the house. It’s minimalist and tropical chic, all white and pristine. They take the art of hospitality to another level.”
“Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables is special. It’s here I take my sketchbook and a smuggled glass of white wine. It has world-class sculpture exhibitions but most of all I love its magnificent curated gardens where nature becomes art.”