Miami: Allan Shulman

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Allan Shulman in his office in Miami’s Design District.

Allan Shulman in his office in Miami’s Design District. Image: Chris Bott

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The unassuming entrance to Shulman + Associates.

The unassuming entrance to Shulman + Associates. Image: Chris Bott

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An accolade of design awards displayed in the foyer.

An accolade of design awards displayed in the foyer. Image: Chris Bott

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The architect's notebooks are filled with ideas.

The architect’s notebooks are filled with ideas. Image: Chris Bott

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The devil is in the details.

The devil is in the details. Image: Chris Bott

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An architectural model of one of Schulman's most recent projects, Soho House Miami.

An architectural model of one of Schulman’s most recent projects, Soho House Miami. Image: Chris Bott

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Staff members work below images of previous projects.

Staff members work below images of previous projects. Image: Chris Bott

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Allan Shulman is the man behind many of Miami's newest and most stylish buildings.

The quality of light in Miami is just astounding,” says architect Allan Shulman. That light, which floods his storefront space, is just one reason the 50-year-old settled on the Design District for the home of his firm, Shulman + Associates. The company, which resides in a one-storeyed building that sits under a highway overpass, employs a staff of 18 (and one cat-in-residence named Lucky) and creates homes, hotels and retail and workspaces. Recent projects include Soho Beach House and Lincoln Road’s Apple store.

“The Design District has undergone several transformations since we arrived seven years ago,” says Shulman. He’s a part of that: for the past three years, he has celebrated the city’s Art Basel, one of the world’s biggest contemporary art fairs, by inviting an artist to transform the building in any way he or she likes. Much more than a stunt, the exercise reflects Shulman’s work and “commitment to urban life”. Last year, local arts collective FriendsWithYou covered the studio’s exterior with their trademark caricatures and icons under the title Lil Mono Myths.

“Living in Miami, I feel that I am witnessing the construction of a city,” says Shulman, who is from Rochester, New York, and has been practicing architecture for 23 years. “The city has been built and rebuilt many times over. I wanted to be part of the next layer.”

When in Miami, Shulman recommends:

  • A car wash at Karma (Biscayne Boulevard) and a meal at Metro Bistro, which is attached. 
  • A mojito at The Raleigh hotel bar in South Beach. 
  • A Wallcast concert of the New World Symphony.

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