Brillhart Architecture is a design office based in Miami, FL. Vernacular building principles form the foundation of our work. Often, the structure is the architecture, and atmosphere is derived through natural materials and a connection to the landscape. Working with a range of materials, the aim is to develop innovative construction assemblies that will redefine the relationship between the building, those who live there, and the immediate surroundings – with the goal of developing more natural environments for living.

The firm has been honored with national and international design awards, including 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.



Jacob Brillhart has built his career as an architect, builder, painter and teacher. He is the founder of Brillhart Architecture and complements his practice as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Jacob has extensive construction knowledge, having worked as a general contractor in New York City for almost a decade for H.C. Kranichfeld, Inc.

In 2015, he published Voyage Le Corbusier: Drawing on the Road, a compendium of 175 travel drawings and watercolors done by Le Corbusier between 1907-1911 (published by W.W. Norton & Co).

Jacob earned his BA in Architecture at Tulane University and his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.



Melissa Brillhart earned her Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia and her Masters in Architecture from University of Miami. She joined Brillhart Architecture in 2013. As Principal, she leads the practice’s daily operations while also working on project design and competitions, publishing and marketing efforts. Prior to joining Brillhart Architecture, she worked for urban design firm, Dover, Kohl & Partners, and also served as a Development Manager for a local real estate development firm, overseeing design and construction of multi-family properties.




Andrew Aquart, project manager, joined Brillhart Architecture in 2013. He is responsible for the management and coordination of projects from concept development to construction administration. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and began his career working for Michael Miller Architects in Key West, FL.




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