About 2017-04-27T19:42:08+00:00

Who We Are

Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. (B&A) is one of the top international Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Construction Services firms. B&A serves several market sectors including Maritime, Aviation, Commercial, Residential, Healthcare, Education, Municipal and Transportation. Headquartered in Miami, the firm operates on 6 continents from its offices in Florida, New York and Denmark.

B&A was originally founded in 1939 as a small local architectural firm and incorporated in the City of Miami under its current name in 1992. The arrival of Willy Bermello in 1976 ushered in a new era of expansion. Mr. Bermello led the 80’s diversification, taking the firm into multiple disciplines, including Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, and Interior Design. When Luis Ajamil joined the firm in 1992, B&A embarked on the second wave of diversification into multiple market sectors such as Maritime, Transportation, and Municipal with strong focus on Engineering.

Today, the Partners’ have expanded the business into Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East which marked the third wave of diversification into global markets. B&A has since become a leading global multidisciplinary, multi-sector, international A/E firm recognized worldwide for its award-winning designs and extraordinary service.

Leadership

Mr. Bermello is Chairman of the Board and Principal of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc. He is a Florida-registered professional architect with over 30 years of experience in professional practice and is recognized as one of the leading architects in South Florida. His background includes a broad base of public and private projects, including development of large commercial facilities, educational facilities, aviation, transportation and port related developments. Mr. Bermello has received numerous honors and awards for his professional design work as well as his civic involvement within the community.
Luis Ajamil is President and CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., an award-winning international multidisciplinary design firm. Under his leadership, B&A has expanded its worldwide presence to become one of the preeminent firms in its field. A consummate visionary who believes in providing service on a global scale, Mr. Ajamil strategically expanded operations to include B&A offices across the United States from Florida to California and abroad in Dubai – embracing the opportunity to serve that burgeoning market. Mr. Ajamil is a Planner and a Professional Engineer with an impressive portfolio of innovative master planning projects for waterfront projects. Long recognized as a national and international expert in the Maritime field, Mr. Ajamil has served as keynote speaker and panelist at many conferences all around the world.

Ms. Garcia has over 26 years of experience in accounting for A/E firms. As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Partner of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc. (B&A), her responsibilities include directing all overall financial plans and accounting practices for the Firm and overseeing treasury, accounting, budget, tax and audit activities for all B&A offices in the U.S. and overseas. Ms. Garcia is also responsible for overseeing financial and accounting system management controls and standards and ensuring timely financial and statistical reports for the Board of Directors.
Scott Bakos has over 18 years of architectural experience with a variety of project types. His experience includes work on residential projects for public and private clients, commercial office, transportation, military facilities, and maritime/waterfront projects. Mr. Bakos has also been involved in several projects in the Middle East in Dubai and Kuwait. His responsibilities include developing close working relationships with clients and maintaining involvement with all disciplines of the project. Scott is also Managing Director of our Fort Lauderdale office, overseeing a staff comprised of architects, designers, administrative and support personnel.
Rai Fernandez, practicing since 1983 with experience in managing, coordinating, designing and master planning a variety of projects. His work includes numerous award-winning projects: New York City Cruise Terminal – Brooklyn Pier 12, American Airlines Admirals Clubs at Miami International, Mexico City International Airports, Four Seasons Hotel Tower in Downtown Miami and 1800 Club in the Miami-Omni District. Other notable projects include the world-class Homestead Motorsports Complex in Miami, Florida, Warren Cromartie Baseball School, a master plan for 20 parks in the City of Miami Beach and Univision Network Offices and Television Studio.

Mark Ittel is a Partner with Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. and Sr. Vice President of Ports & Maritime. He also sits on the firm’s Board of Directors. He has more than 15 years of experience working with ports and destinations worldwide in his current role. He also brings extensive destination planning and project management experience from his tenure with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. He is a proven problem solver with a clear understanding of balancing the scope of a project with the need to provide a realistic, measurable solution for the client. His balance of skills and experience brings a significant level of value to any project of which he is associated with an emphasis on cruise market assessment, cruise tourism destination review and planning, cruise facility master planning and destination advocacy.
Tere Garcia has more than 25 years experience in the fields of planning, public participation, governmental and media relations. Eighteen of those years have been spent specifically in the public involvement field concentrating on transportation and infrastructure projects. B&A has provided public involvement services to governmental agencies such as the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade Transit Agency and Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

Dr. Bonzon has over 30 years of experience in program and construction management of complex transit and aviation capital improvement programs including extensive experience in managing multidisciplinary A/E teams. Dr. Bonzon’s has expertise in Automated Peoplemover (APM) systems and rail transit systems. Dr. Bonzon retired from Miami-Dade County in 2006 as an Assistant County Manager. During his 35 year tenure with the County he also served as Miami International Airport (MIA) Director and as Deputy Aviation Director in charge of its multi-billion dollar Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Randy Hollingworth is a senior associate with B&A and has more than 30 years’ experience as an urban and landscape designer. His specialty is the design and development of mixed use projects and their integration within the urban fabric. With a comprehensive understanding of the needs and requirements of various land uses, Mr. Hollingworth has prepared development plans for a wide range of project types. He has developed master plans and design guidelines for commercial and retail areas, office parks and residential communities in numerous waterfront locations throughout Florida. In addition to his extensive urban design and planning experience, Mr. Hollingworth has worked on a wide variety of landscape design oriented projects.
Mr. Ferrer has over 20 years of experience in architecture and interior architecture for a variety of clients, including government, commercial office, parks, and hospitality facilities. Mr. Ferrer’s primary responsibility is to ensure that all projects developed at B&A go through our rigorous document review and coordination process. He, along with his team of professionals, reviews all projects for completion, correctness, and compliance with established design criteria and governing codes.
Bernard N. Horovitz, AIA is Director of Bermello, Ajamil and Partners, Inc.’s Healthcare and Education Divisions, directing his Team on projects for both markets throughout South Florida. In professional practice for 41 years, Mr. Horovitz has developed specialized expertise in architecture and planning for institutional facilities. Mr. Horovitz is an expert in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, is responsible for the firm’s ADA program and has lectured on the subject and prepared ADA survey for Lee County Healthcare System, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Broward County Schools. He is Principal in Charge for the firm’s General Consultant contract with the University of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida, Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare Systems.
Tony Hernandez has over 28 years of experience in Construction Management and the successful delivery of Construction Engineering and Inspection (CE&I) Services for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) and Miami-Dade County (MDC). Mr. Hernandez also has extensive experience in Project Management, Quality Control (QC), and Materials Testing and Inspection Services.
Ms. Cohen-Mora has more than 31 years of experience in the architectural profession, specializing, during the last 25 years, in Interior Architecture and Interior Design. Her various roles have included project architect, project designer, senior designer, project manager, principal and design director and her experience covers all aspects of project management from project administration to design and construction. She has held a number of these positions with some of the top 100 Architectural and Interior Design firms in South Florida. Speaking three languages, Ms. Cohen-Mora has an understanding of the diversity of cultures and has allowed her to practice regionally and international. Her project experience encompasses corporate, banking, government, educational, retail, hospitality, residential, healthcare/medical and aviation. Her goal always is to deliver innovative, thoughtful design solutions that exceed client expectations.
Mr. Lopez has more than 30 years of  experience in civil engineering, project and contract management; permitting, stormwater management, planning, and flood control; water supply; watershed management; operation and maintenance; and Everglades restoration. In the past he worked as a VP of Engineering in the design and manufacturing of wastewater treatment plants, at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) as a lead project/water resources manager.
Steve Pynes is a Registered Architect with over 30 years of professional experience in the design, project management and construction administration for large, complex projects. This includes program development, master planning, client coordination, consultant engineering coordination, design, specifications, construction documents, permitting, bidding, services during construction, project punch lists and project close-out.
Saul Suarez has over 39 years of architectural design and construction experience on a wide variety of multifaceted projects. He is particularly adept in the design of ports and major cruise line terminals, hospitality, residential and multi-use/commercial facilities and components; projects for which he successfully integrates various forms of transportation, terminal operations, concession spaces and a variety of other uses. He manages multi-disciplinary projects, teams and sub-consultants, supervising them from initial design phase through to documentation and construction administration.
Mr. Carreras has over 22 years of experience in the field of architecture with specialization in program management, project team and consultant coordination, and production of construction documents. As a project manager, Mr. Carreras collaborates on a variety of public and private sector projects including government facilities, park and recreational complexes and hospitality/commercial properties.
James Rowe is a versatile architect with more than 15 years of project management, design and coordination experience, primarily in public sector work including production management, conceptual through construction design and detailing, code and constructability review, specification, construction administration and creative resolution of client requirements. Mr. Rowe is a respected designer and project manager with expertise in large-scale, complex infrastructure projects and a specialization in in-situ analysis and installation within existing structures.
Alfredo Sanchez is a Florida-registered architect and AICP-certified planner with more than 25 years of experience in architecture and urban planning and design. Mr. Sanchez has directed a number of major planning studies and urban design plans in the Miami area and throughout the world. His project experience encompasses city wide master plans, corridor plans, major reconstruction efforts, pedestrian improvements, urban, retail and mixed-use development projects, land planning projects including redevelopment and design of new communities, and seaport master plans. Apart from his extensive experience, Mr. Sanchez’s strength lies in his understanding of project methodology and approach. This solid foundation is complemented by his ability to understand all aspects of a project, from the initial economic feasibility analysis to the ultimate impact and image of the project architecture.

Testimonials

“One of the best urban waterfront planners in the world.”
Paul Anderson, President/CEO , Port Tampa Bay
“B&A successfully set the stage for what is going to be San Diego’s waterfront experience for decades to come.”
Rita Vandergraw, Director, BD& Marketing, Unified Port of San Diego
“Thanks to you and other professionals at Bermello, Ajamil & Partners we have facilities here at the University of Miami that combines beauty, distinction, timeliness of design, and exceptional functionality…It will be the centerpiece and an architectural example of the excellence required of the University.”
Dean Nilda P. Peragallo,Dr.PH,RN,FAAN, University of Miami- School of Nursing
“I have found the professional architecture and engineering services provided by the firm of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners (B&A) to be excellent…responsive and to be staffed with professional architects and engineers that possess a high degree of competence and professionalism.”
Jose Abreu, P.E.,Former Director , Miami International Airport
“Over the years we’ve had a number of construction projects and have found BA to be among the easiest with which to work providing a great deal of personalized service, immediate availability, quick responsiveness, and complete on-time follow-thru. In my extensive career, I don’t believe I’ve ever dealt with a more professional firm.”
Ronald K. Gorland, City Manager, City of Miami Springs
“Our experience with B&A throughout these projects has been outstanding and the work produced by the team has not only met, but exceeded our expectations. Their expertise and available professional resources is very impressive.”
Paul A. Paradis, Chair of Bar Harbor Cruise Ship Committee, Town of Bar Harbor, Maine
“Their creativity, level of responsiveness and management of our construction program was nothing short of phenomenal. We are extremely satisfied with their services to Florida International University and we are pleased to recommend them highly to you.”
Mary L. Pankowski, Former VP for North Campus, Florida International University
“Our experience with B&A throughout these projects has been outstanding and work produced by the team has met and exceeded our expectations.”
Thomas Spina, Director of Cruise Operations, New York City Economic Development Corporation
“I am providing this correspondence to indicate the City’s overall satisfaction with your firm’s design of the Aventura Community Recreation Center. The facility is aesthetically pleasing and a great compliment to the City of Aventura.”
Antonio F Tomei. Capital Projects Manager, City of Aventura