Thiago Menezes, RA NCARB (FL/NY)

Thiago Menezes, RA NCARB (FL/NY)

Miami Beach, FL, US



As Founding Principal of AVRC, Thiago Menezes (RA, NCARB), is a Florida & New York Licensed Architect focused on Architecture, Virtual Reality, and Consulting.

In 2013 Thiago was awarded the A.I.A. Henry Adams Medal: Academic Excellence Award; The highest award given by AIA to emerging professionals.

A graduate of Florida International University School of Architecture, holding a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture, and a Master's of Architecture, Thiago is a young, highly experienced, and talented entrepreneur, actively seeking to challenge the status-quo.

Prior to forming AVRC, Thiago was the Vice President and company qualifier at Coral Gables renowned CMA Design Studio, and Director of Architecture at internationally known BRG Studio, where he produced drawings, helped develop new design & construction methods, created new standard operating procedures, and oversaw day to day operations, all while conducting drawing reviews prior to signing and sealing for permit submittals.

Today, Thiago is focused on growing his practice, and expanding his network through hard work, perseverance, and dedication to high standards.



AVRC, Miami Beach, FL, US, Owner

Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked with some of the best firms and professionals out here, taking roles from Draftsman to Director, and Free-Lancer to Vice President. Time and time again, I bore witness to things just “being done”, rather than “manifested with intention”. Sentences like “good enough”, or “ok for now”, being uttered with every other breath. I could not understand how, anyone, would be okay with themselves, knowing that investing their time from the beginning, would not only save them time in the foreseeable future, but also aid in the personal and professional growth of everyone involved for the rest of their life.

Through life, via either successfully fulfilled projects, or unsuccessful interactions with both co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates, it became clear to me:

It matters not where you sit in your world hierarchy (hi or low), properly manifesting ideas, designs, visions, etc., into the real world, isn’t about taking or giving orders, it’s not about trying to change someone’s work ethic or their mind. It is about doing “it” with purpose, love, and intent, where your energy and focus are aimed at creating something of value to you and to everyone else involved. It is our belief that “this”, can be achieved by working with people who share your mentality, consulting with people that don’t (The “Devils Advocate), and leading by example.

Oct 2019 - current

BRG Studio, Miami Beach, FL, US, Director Of Architecture

Architect leading a team of excellent architects, designers, project managers and contractors. focused on custom Landscape, Interior, Residential, and Commercial Architecture, Design & Construction.

Jul 2018 - Oct 2019

CMA Design Studio Inc., Coral Gables, FL, US, Vice President / Architect

Vice President / Architect focused on high end custom residential homes, interiors, and resort planning.

Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

CMA Design Studio Inc., Coral Gables, FL, US, Architectural Intern / Associate

Registered Architect, focused on high end custom residential homes, interiors, and resort planning.

Jul 2013 - Jun 2017

Socialated, Miami, FL, US, Social Media Makerting + Graphics

Jan 2013 - Apr 2013

Florida International University, Miami, Graduate Assistant

Graduate assistant in charge of helping over 100 students for "Introduction to Theories of Architecture" + G.A. Responsible for the FIU MBUS (Miami Beach Urban Studio) lab located on South Beach

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

BRG International, Miami Beach, FL, US, Creative Director

Aug 2011 - Aug 2012

Intercontinental Hotels Group, Miami, FL, US, 3D modeling / Spatial Visualization

Aug 2010 - Aug 2011

Cesar Molina Design Studios, Coral Gables, FL, US, Cad Drafter / 3D Modeling

Aug 2009 - May 2010

itec design, Miami Beach, FL, US, Cad Drafter / Photoshop Tech

May 2008 - Sep 2008


Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, MArch, Masters Of Architecture

With about 450 students, The Department of Architecture trains students in the profession of architecture to become thoughtful practitioners, critical thinkers, and broad visionaries with the skills and knowledge to enhance their communities and the built environment around them. Students arrive in the Department at various points in their educational careers—as freshmen, as third-year transfer students, or as first-time graduate students and graduate with the Master's of Architecture degree.

Students also join the Department after their a professional education to join the Master's of Arts in Architecture post-professional degree program. Students in this program are often presented with opportunities to teach, to research, and explore topics in and around architecture in close collaboration with our full-time faculty.

The Department has a world-class faculty engaged in architectural practice and research on issues of design, sustainability, history/theory/criticism, sea-level rise, digital fabrication, and a whole host of interdisciplinary areas that advance knowledge in South Florida and across the globe.

Together, the faculty, staff, and students build an exciting atmosphere of architectural innovation and exploration that addresses the needs of today by engaging in the communities around us. The proof of our success is that FIU Architecture graduates are sought after in the workforce and around the world for their exceptional skills, knowledge, and experience.

Taken From

Aug 2010 - May 2013

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

From urban centers to national parks, from regional greenways to neighborhood playgrounds, landscape planning and design is one of the most effective, economical, and valuable methods of holistically addressing such topical issues as clean water, transportation patterns, open space protection, and community planning. In 2008, Landscape Architecture was voted as a member of US News & World Report's Best Careers for 2009 - Landscape Architecture list.

Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. Typical projects include site design and planning, town and urban planning, regional planning, environmental impact plans, garden design, historic preservation, and parks design and planning. Landscape architects hold undergraduate or graduate degrees and are licensed in 46 of the 50 states.

Always an environmentally conscious profession, today landscape architects are at the forefront of a movement to create livable communities--practical, sustainable, and enjoyable developments that protect the natural world. In increasing numbers, landscape architects are called upon to design large-scale conservation plans, reclaim neglected inner-city brownfields, and restore damaged wetlands and forests. The profession has never been in so much demand. -

Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture prepares students for research and practice while focusing on the analysis, planning, design, and management of the natural and built environment of tropical and subtropical landscapes. Our goal is to educate individuals who can serve and lead the community in the enhancement of the quality of life through the aesthetic, meaningful, and sustainable design of the physical environment.

Taken From

Aug 2006 - May 2010


A.I.A. Henry Adams Medal: Academic Excellence Award, 1st Place

Each year The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (or CACB for Canadian schools). A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student. These awards are provided as part of the AIA Scholarship Program.

Formerly called "The School Medal", the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate program began in 1914 and was awarded for "general excellence in architecture throughout the four-year course to graduating students of architecture schools recognized by the Institute." The graduate was later presented with a copy of Mont St. Michel and Chartres, written by Henry Adams. The copyright of this book was later bequeathed to the Institute by the author.

The Henry Adams Fund was established in 1921 with royalties from the book sales. The fund was used to award a copy of the book "to draftsmen who cannot afford to buy it." The School Medal and Henry Adams book awards evolved into the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate Program.

Schools interested in participating can download and submit a 2013 application. If the awards are to be presented at a school ceremony, allow a minimum of four to six weeks prior to the event for medal engraving and certificate preparation.


F.I.U S.O.A. Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design Award, 1st Place

Awarded to Best Design for a Graduating Design Studio


Florida International University Presidential Scholarship, Award

Freshman applicants with a combined SAT score of 2000 or higher or ACT score of 30 or higher and a 4.0 GPA.
Award Full tuition, enrollment fees (health, athletic and parking) and housing. Renewable.


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