Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) announces new Partner, VP & Director of Architecture, and participate in the “Next Generation of Port Cities World Conference”

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) has named Agustin Barrera, AIA, as Partner, Vice President, and Director of Architecture – Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this new role, Barrera will report to Willy A. Bermello, Principal and Chairman of the Board.

Barrera, who has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the architecture industry, joins B&A from AECOM’s architecture and design practice, where he served as Vice President for Planning Design + Development, as well as Florida Business Unit Leader for Buildings + Places. In this position, Barrera provided operational direction, project delivery and technical leadership for the firm. Prior to AECOM, Barrera was Managing Principal for Leo A. Daly’s Miami office.

Highly client-focused, Barrera prides himself on his reputation of exceeding client expectations and needs, while continuously providing creative solutions for a range of complex design challenges.

Previously, Barrera worked at B&A from 1988 to 1999, as well as served as a B&A Partner from 1994 to 1999. During that time, he worked as a project manager on an assortment of projects including: 404 Washington Avenue, Terremark Centre, Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus) Building 3, and Florida International University Kovens Conference Center.

“Throughout his career, Agustin has created stellar designs for a variety of successful projects that always strive to bring positive influences back to his local community,” said Willy Bermello. “We are proud to welcome him back to the B&A family.”

With over three decades of experience in all facets of architectural design, construction administration and project management, Barrera has a wealth of knowledge of the entire design process and ensures proper resources and outstanding client support. As B&A’s Director of Architecture, Barrera will develop client relationships and business opportunities for the firm, as well as collaborate closely with B&A teams to deliver the next generation of projects while using the firm’s global expertise.

Barrera was elected to the Miami-Dade County School Board from 2002 to 2010 and served as Chairman of the School Board from 2005 to 2008. A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Barrera was also inducted into the Miami Dade College 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame for Architecture and served on the Board for the Miami Coalition for the Homeless. He holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Florida International University, Miami, FL and a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


Bermello Ajamil & Partners was proud to participate in the Next Generation of Port Cities World Conference, sponsored by AIVP and Port de Québec, which took place this past week in Québec. AIVP is the only international organization that has been bringing together all the public and private development stakeholders in port cities for over 30 years.

Randy Hollingworth, B&A Partner and Director of Landscape Architecture & Planning, has consulted globally on the redevelopment of waterfront projects and was a featured guest speaker regarding how to better the quality of life in marine waterfront areas. From the creation of new urban waterfront centers in Dubai to redeveloping Seattle’s waterfront, Mr. Hollingworth has worked on a wide range of urban waterfront projects while integrating the many aspects of waterfront developments into transformed, modern urban centers.

At Wednesday’s workshop in Québec City, Mr. Hollingworth and other cruise industry experts spoke about the considerable challenge for port cities, with available land becoming more and more scarce and sustainability becoming an increasingly important priority.

(Bermello Ajamil & Partners – B&A)