Jorge L. Hernandez is a professor and a practitioner of Architecture. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1956 and immigrated to Miami in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami in 1980 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1985 where he studied design and the architectural history and theory of the Renaissance. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1985 and since 1987 has been a professor of Architecture at the University of Miami.
Jorge has lectured in Europe and the United States, has taught for the Prince of Wales School of Architecture, and has participated in numerous international symposia and conferences. His work has been published in the United States, South America and Europe in various books and journals. In 1996 he was selected to be one of 40 architects featured in that decade's 40 Under 40, and he collaborated with Vincent Scully on a book entitled Between Two Towers: The Drawings of the School of Miami. In 2002, Kliczkowski Publishers issued a monograph entitled Casas/Houses: Jorge L. Hernandez.
His firm, Jorge L. Hernandez Architect PA (JLH Architect), founded in 1987 has completed:
2 transit oriented mixed use projects in Coral Gables ranging from 400,000-600,000 square feet, a master plan for Old Spanish Village, a seven acre urban mixed-use neighborhood in historic downtown Coral Gables, the Brickell Bridge to downtown Miami, the Williamsburg, VA and James City County Courthouse and other civic projects. Jorge L. Hernandez, Architect has planned campuses for several private schools and designed buildings for private and religious institutions. The firm was responsible for the LEED certified restoration of the historic Coral Gables Police & Fire Station, a National Register WPA building, now the
Coral Gables Museum. His professional work involves the design of custom residences and
their interiors many of which have been widely published. The larger number, over 40, are in
Jorge has served on numerous national, state and local boards and agencies. He was Vice Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisor of Dade Heritage Trust. He has served as: Chair of the City of Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board, Chair of the State of Florida Historic Preservation Advisory Council, Vice Chair of the Florida Historical Commission, a Trustee of the Florida Trust and a member of the Florida State Historic Marker Council and the Historic St. Augustine Direct Support Organization Board of Directors for the stewardship of Spanish Colonial sites in St. Augustine. He served in the Coral Gables Board of Architects, the Historic Preservation Board and the Planning and Zoning Board. His professional and research interests lie at the juncture between residential, civic and landscape architecture, with particular focus on the preservation of American architecture. More recently, he is championing the designation and preservation of civil
rights, women's rights, and hispanic monuments and sites in Florida, advancing the
understanding of preservation and sustainable design and advocating for the preservation of the recent past. He is married to Alina Palacios-Hernandez and has three children.
Friday, November 22
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM