Aug 19 2010

2010 – 100 FLORIDA ARCHITECTS

Touzet Studio

The Miami-based Touzet Studio offers full-service architecture, interior design, and master planning. It utilizes the complementary skill s, extensive backgrounds, and talents of the founding principles, husband and wife team Carlos Prio-Touzet, AIA and Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet, AIA, LEED AP. The firm characterizes its work as governed by mindfulness – by the thoughtful consideration of physical and cultural implications. ¬∑we believe that every space and every surface must be able to bear the weight of engagement over time, so that the spaces, over extended periods, enrich the experience and add 10 the understanding of the whole,” Carlos Prio-Touzet says.

Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet describes this thoughtfulness as an approach to design that consists of patient searches for humane, elegant solutions. 11.we do not present an exterior until all interior functions have been considered and resolved it she says. “Considerations such as the movement of humans through space s, the flow of breezes, and the effects of changing light are primary in our work.”

As a husband and wife team, the Touzets are able to infuse their work with shared interests and inspirations – an aspect of their firm they believe sets it apart from other design studios.

A discussion of Lissajous figures and proportional systems informed the interior profile of a basin we had carved from a marble block for one client, while the early paintings of Wilfredo Lam, the writings of Lydia Cabrera, and the music of Trio Matamoros greatly influenced the design of a Cuban-American company’s corporate headquarters,” Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet says. “The resonances we seek to create for our clients are always specific to them and their projects’ contexts, both culturally and climate/location specific.”

Carlos Prio-Touzet is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Miami. Jacqueline Gonzalez Touze1 is a graduate of Cornell University. They have held senior roles in several firms, including Arquitec1onica, where both were vice presidents. The Touzets’ built work includes numerous prize-winning, internationally acclaimed projects in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States.

In 2006, Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet was honored as Young Architect of the Year by the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Both architects have lectured nationally and abroad, and they have also served as adjunct professors and guest critics at the University of Miami and Florida International University.

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