Brillhart Architecture is a design office based in Miami, FL. Work ranges from residential and commercial projects to design-build endeavors, exhibitions, interiors, furniture and other speculative research projects. A reliance on interpretations of vernacular building principles and emphasis on composition and construction logic are the common themes that link the firm’s projects together. Often, the structure is the architecture, and sense of atmosphere is derived through the use of materials and a deep connection to the landscape.

The firm has been honored with national and international design awards, and work has been featured in publications around the world. Honors include 2015 House of Year (Architect’s Newspaper); local and state AIA awards and international competition winnings. In 2015, the firm was selected as one of five finalists for MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program. Work has been featured in the New York Times, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, Architect, and Architectural Review, among other publications. Brillhart’s furniture designs and watercolor paintings have also been exhibited throughout Miami.


Brillhart Architecture was founded by Jacob Brillhart in 2005, after he completed his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. He complements his practice as a painter, author, and professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Brillhart has spent more than a decade making travel drawings - often using Le Corbusier’s sketches and travel itineraries as his travel guides. This self-education, which includes the creation of more than 700 personal drawings and paintings, serves as a platform for inspiration and is an ongoing aspect of research and development for the office. Grounded with a working knowledge of those architectural principles that do not change (such as form, mass, profile, shadow, scale, proportion, etc.), the office is then able to explore those aspects of architecture that do change – such as new technologies, materials, fabrication techniques, construction assemblies, and representational media – elements that make architecture present and transformative.

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