The Standard at Coral Gables – Coral Gables, Florida.

We design landmarks

BA has won hundreds of “best of” awards in architecture because we pay close attention to the details that make every project unique. Whether it’s a residential or commercial project, mixed-use or educational, for travel by air or by water or by road, we design for function but also to create bold statements that are complementary to the community and sensitive to the area’s history. These structures become landmarks.


Willy A. Bermello, AIA, AICP

Chairman of the Board

Agustin Barrera, AIA, NCARB

Partner, Director of Architecture

Rai Fernandez, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Director – New York, Board Member

Jose Lugo, AIA, CGC, NCARB

Vice President and Managing Director Central Florida Regional office

Luis Sousa, RA, NCARB

Partner & Vice President-in-Charge Healthcare Design & Architecture

Robert Brown

Senior Project Architect

Steven J. Pynes, AIA

Partner, Senior Project Manager, Director of Aviation.

Jim Rowe, AIA

Sr. Cruise Facility Design Lead / Partner / Board Member

James Bowers, AIA, NCARB and LEED AP

Sr. Cruise Facility Design Lead / Partner

John Townsend

Architect / Project Manager

Raul Carreras

Project Management, Partner.

Mark Macco

Senior Project Manager

Daisy Fernandez

Project Manager

Mark Lutz

VP of Healthcare Studio Central & West Florida

Marcelo Minoliti, AIA.

Project Architect


Building The Block

BA is Building The Block in celebration of World Architecture Day. Block 45, designed by BA, is a market rate, workforce, and affordable housing mixed-use project located in the heart of Miami’s Overtown; a perfect example of “housing for all.”

Phase 1 of Orlando Health’s Surgical Expansion Completed.

March 25, 2022
Here are pictures of Phase 1 of Orlando Health’s Surgical Expansion project. This phase marks the end of 1 of 4 in total. The scope of work of the entire project involves the interior renovation of approximately 76,000 SF of the hospital’s 4th floor surgical suite. It accounts for 10 new operating rooms that include a hybrid OR with staff and patient support areas. Also included is the expansion of pre- and post-operative patient areas with 44 patient bays and private rooms. Second phase recovery bays are also combined in pre-op as are 36 bays and private rooms for PACU, a central physician’s / staff lounge and locker rooms, and renovated family waiting areas.


Jun 20, 2022
McNair Park in Pompano Beach will be new and improved. This 6.5-acre park is currently being expanded to include a multi-use athletic field with bleachers, press box and electronic scoreboard, athletic courts, a playground with shade covers, a new recreation / concession facility, additional parking, walkwalks, a 400-meter, 8-lane running track and an outdoor gym area.

AIA Award: NCL Terminal B Port Miami

BA was awarded the AIA Miami Honor Award of Excellence for Interior Architecture of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Terminal B at PortMiami. Terminal B will accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster and more efficient embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in. The project will also feature a new parking garage with valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge.

The Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York is about to complete its second and final phase.

May 30, 2022
The Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York is about to complete its second and final phase of construction which included the remodeling of the grand hall. The space will contain wood paneling throughout, specifically designed to reduce noise, a brand new café, and a new glass curtain wall system to maximize the use of natural light. The project is on schedule to be completed at the end of June. Congratulations team, looking good!

The Standard at Coral Gables wins 2 SHB awards!

May 9, 2022
BA’s project The Standard at Coral Gables won two Student Housing Business (SHB) Innovator Awards honoring excellence in development, architecture / design, and development in student housing properties, on- and off-campus: Best new development under 400 beds - Coral Gables, best Architecture under 400 Beds - Coral Gables Great job team!

BA Announces the completion of the Gus Machado School of Business

Construction of The Gus Machado College of Business at St. Thomas University (STU) designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners has been completed. The new 46,521 square foot complex is a “campus within a campus”, connecting its students with a sky bridge.


March 21, 2022
Progress is well underway on the Embassair Fixed Base Operator (FBO), a sleek and futuristic looking privately run airport located on the south side of Miami Opa-Locka Executive Airport. Embassair hosts two hangars under one roof and measures 84,000 square feet. The building is a concrete CMU shell with steel trusses and joist forming a curved roof. Our BA construction administration team includes Steve Pynes, Bayardo Sandoval, Karina Castrodad, Randy Hollingworth, Kirk Olney, Fatima Montoya, Liliana Andrade, and Tania Nuño. Nice progress team!


March 7, 2022
We are pleased to announce that our BA aviation team, in association with Gensler and HDR, has won the contract for the design of T5 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a new terminal for JetBlue Airways. The $308 million project consists of a two-level, 6-¬gate domestic concourse located on the southeast corner of the terminal loop. Congratulations to Steve Pynes and his team on this important win for our aviation practice! Rendering courtesy of Gensler.

A Disney win for BA!

Jan 17, 2022
BA has been awarded the interior guest room renovation for Disney’s Boardwalk Villas Vacation Club Resort. The 6-story waterfront Resort consists of 532 guestrooms / keys containing Studio, 1-BR, and 3-BR Grand Villa Units. BA will lead and provide comprehensive design services as the Architect of Record (AOR) including Interiors and Engineering services. This win strengthens our relationship with Disney and strategically launches BA into an Entertainment market sector. Congratulations to Jose Lugo of Orlando and his team who have been working hard at securing a project with Disney.

The Standard at Coral Gables

Feb 28, 2022
The Standard at Coral Gables has been designed to be LEED Silver-certified and includes a number of sustainable elements, such as natural ventilation and LED lighting with bi-level switching. The project’s 1.5-acre site is within an urban context and accessible by mass transit and public transportation located within a half-mile radius or less. Project Team: • Architecture: Allan Zamora, Raul Carreras, Cynthia Parada, Heriberto Delgado, Juan Gaviria, Hector Valverde, Daisy Fernandez. Civil: Maria Zapata. Landscape: Randy Hollingworth, Kirk Olney, Tania Nuño, Maria de Fatima Montoya.



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NCL PortMiami

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Luis Ajamil & Willy Bermello forged a visionary plan to lead BA into a prominent global, interdisciplinary firm.

In 1992, Luis Ajamil and Willy Bermello forged a visionary plan to lead BA into a prominent global, interdisciplinary firm providing Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Services. BA focused on several key markets with Maritime being one of the core components of the firm.


Luis Ajamil, PE

President, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Ittel

Sr Vice President of Ports and Maritime, Board Member

Michael Vanderbeek,

Director Ports + Maritime

Luis de Carvalho

Managing Director Europe

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BA has played a major role in the development of cruise destinations, private islands, waterfronts, and port facilities by delivering innovative solutions to the growing and changing demands of the world’s seaports and communities. We develop forward thinking strategic plans based upon solid financials and flexible operations to meet the needs and expectations of the clients and users.