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Rene Gonzalez

Rene Gonzalez with Cathy Leff at a dinner held in his honor, hosted by Cathy Leff & Micky Wolfson

Cuban-born architect Rene Gonzalez grew up in Miami before studying architecture at the University California Los Angles (UCLA). While there, he developed a working relationship with his thesis advisor, Michael Palladino, who is Richard Meier’s design partner. Upon graduation, Gonzalez was invited by Palladino to work at Richard Meier and Partners. At the time, the firm was working on the Getty Museum and Gonzalez had the opportunity to assist on that famed project.

Following his stay in Los Angles, Gonzalez chose to bring his talents back home to Miami where he has become one of the city’s most respected architects. In addition to his work in luxury residential – Gonzalez recently designed a $60 million spec house and is currently working on an exclusive condo project South of Fifth in Miami Beach – he is known for his work with art collectors and museum spaces. Gonzalez designed the CIFO building located downtown, which houses Ella Cisnero’s collection, and he worked with legendary architect Mark Hampton on the Wolfsonian Museum. He has also designed museum installations at MOCA, MAM and the Wolfsonian. Gonzalez remains extremely active with the Wolfsonian and serves on the board of directors.

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