Reinaldo Borges

Reinaldo Borges
Principal
Borges + Associates Architects

Reinaldo Borges is the Founder and Principal of Borges + Associates Architects, a leading design and architecture firm headquartered in Miami, Florida. Originally born in Cuba, Borges immigrated to the United States in 1969 when political strife threatened the well-being of he and his family. After receiving degrees from the University of Florida, the University of Miami School of Architecture, and North Carolina State University, Borges went on to hold the position of Design Director for Arquitectonica, where he played an integral role in developing the existing skylines of Miami and Miami Beach.

Throughout his 25+ year career, Borges has put his stamp on iconic developments throughout Southern Florida and the Middle East. Over the course of 12 years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, he designed luxury hotels, mixed-use complexes, and office centers. In South Florida, Borges has led teams for the American Airlines Arena, one of the first sporting arenas to receive LEED Green Building Certification, the Royal Palm Hotel, Carillon Hotel, Park Central Hotel and the Infinity at Brickell Tower, and the Grand Beach Hotel, amongst others.

As the Co-Chair of the Sea Level Rise Task Force at the American Institute of Architects, Borges has devoted significant energy towards resilient and “future-proof” building practices. During the 2015 celebration of 100 Years of Miami Beach Resiliency Summit, he was awarded a special community appreciation award for his enthusiastic and engaged involvement with the City of Miami Beach on the complex topic of sea level rise. In conjunction with the Dutch government and other experts on rising sea levels and their effects on cities like Miami, Borges has traveled extensively to gain insight and perspective into new technology and architectural methods for adaptability and resiliency.

Not simply a designer and architect, sustainability and resiliency are at the heart of each of Reinaldo Borges’ internationally-acclaimed projects. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, and the U.S. Green Building Council, he is also the Pillar Board Chair at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce where he previously served as Chairman for its Real Estate Council from 2013-2016 and where he is also a member of their Executive Board of Governors. Additionally, Borges is a member of the City of Miami Commission appointed SLR Committee. Building upon his illustrious body of work within Miami, Borges has become a leading voice on the topic of sea level rise and how it will affect future development, through which he has devised key strategies for resiliency and future-proofing cities like Miami from the effects of climate change. Borges was recently awarded the 2016 Architect of the Year Award by the AIA Miami and featured in Season 2 of YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY documentary series on the effects of Climate Change with Jack Black and Re-Insurance executives on the topic of Sea Level Rise, Coastal Risks and innovative thinking.