The Porcelanosa Awards Promote Design Innovation and Sustainability

Fernando Arteaga of Miami

Based in Miami, Florida, Fernando Arteaga has led an accomplished international career in architecture and design. He has served as the director of design at HKS in Miami. Fernando Arteaga participated in multiple architecture competitions, such as the Porcelanosa Awards.

The annual Porcelanosa Awards acknowledge the creative achievements of architects and interior designers who champion innovation and sustainability. Established in 2007, the design competition is open to design professionals, including interior designers, property developers, and architects, and undergraduate students of design or architecture.

The awards feature two prominent categories, Design of the Future and Design of the Year. The Design of the Future Award celebrates projects that offer solutions for the retail industry. The Porcelanosa Group issues two awards in this category, professional and student.

Each year the organizers of the awards set a specific theme for the Design of the Future category. In 2020, contestants designed a hotel lobby with communal areas, such as restaurants and public bathrooms. The Design of the Year Award recognizes projects constructed from materials manufactured by the Porcelanosa Group companies.

A jury panel of distinguished design experts evaluates the entries and selects the finalists. The evaluation criteria include originality, functionality, and inventive use of materials.

The Grafton Plaza Preschool and Retail Center Construction Project

Fernando Arteaga (Miami)

An architect who has designed major projects that span the globe, Fernando Arteaga has served as principal of HKS in Miami, Florida, since 2019. Fernando Arteaga leads this Miami firm in building projects such as the new Grafton Plaza Preschool and Retail Center in Dublin, California, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

HKS broke ground on the Grafton Plaza construction site in May of 2021. The site sits at the southeast corner of Grafton Street and Dublin Boulevard, just off Interstate 580 in downtown Dublin.

The construction project consists of three buildings: a preschool and two retail structures that can support a number of floors and restaurants. The preschool will occupy 9,980 square feet, while the two retail buildings will occupy a combined total of 22,060 square feet. HKS is also erecting outside structures such as a wood deck, a fire table, an artistic planter structure with built-in seating, and several outdoor benches.

The Prehistoric Origins of Polo

Fernando Arteaga (Miami)

Principal and director of design with HKS in Miami, Florida, Fernando Arteaga builds upon decades of experience as an architect and large-scale construction project leader. Although Fernando Arteaga lives in Miami, he has won multiple polo competitions in Asia.

The sport of polo predates recorded history and marks an important milestone in the interspecies relationship between humans and horses. Archeologists and historians generally agree that polo was the first of all equestrian sports, originating in the ancient country of Persia (modern-day Iran) in the sixth century BC.

Polo began as game to help train the king’s guard and other elite cavalry units, who approached it as if it were a small battle. These early polo matches could include up to 100 competitors on each team.

The sport quickly spread from the military to the nobility of Persia, and gradually solidified into a standardized format with formalized rules. Before long, polo play became common in the neighboring regions of Turkey, India, China, Japan, and Tibet.

Three Diving Sites Near Miami

Fernando Arteaga, Miami, FL

Based in Miami, Florida, Fernando Arteaga is a design professional who currently serves as principal for HKS, where he handles architecture and interior design for luxury resorts. In his free time, Fernando Arteaga enjoys skiing and scuba diving.

A gateway to the third largest barrier reef in the world, Miami offers many great scuba diving opportunities. Here are three.

Biscayne National Park: Found off the shore of South Dade, this park is 95 percent underwater and includes the Maritime Heritage Trail. Divers will encounter shipwrecks and natural reefs, and due to a variety of water depths, there are opportunities for scuba divers of all experience levels.

Half Moon Shipwreck: A 154-foot German yacht, the Half Moon sank in 1930 and is now covered in coral and home to tropical fish. In calm water as shallow as 10 feet, the wreck is good for both divers and snorkelers.

Neptune Memorial Reef: One of the largest man-made reefs, this reef was built to mimic the lost city of Atlantis and is best explored with scuba gear. Divers can swim around columns, domes, and arches over hundreds of thousands of square feet.

The Real Stars of Polo – Polo Ponies

Fernando Arteaga | Miami

Fernando Arteaga prepared for a career in architecture and design, earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urbanism from Iberoamerican University in Mexico City, a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya in Barcelona, and an MBA from Harvard University. He has worked with firms in Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Dubai, and Miami, and currently serves as a principal and design director in the Miami, Florida offices of HKS. HKS is an international architecture and design firm with offices in 24 major cities worldwide. As an active sportsman outside the office, Fernando Arteaga enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and playing polo.

The object of polo, a team sport played on horseback, is to score goals by hitting a ball with a long-handled mallet through a pair of goalposts on a 300-yard field, while preventing the opposing team from scoring goals. There are four riders to a side, and the game is played in periods of 7.5 minutes called chukkas. Riders typically change mounts after each chukka, and each player thus brings several horses to a match.

Although the riders hit the ball and score the goals, it’s the ponies who are the real stars in this fast-moving sport. The consensus among the sport’s afficionados and experienced players is that the pony contributes up to 75 percent of the value of the player-pony duo, meaning the pony makes the player, not the other way around. They’re not really ponies, but full-grown horses chosen for their speed, agility, and intelligence. Although they’re not necessarily of any specific breed or bloodline, most good polo ponies are three-quarters or more Thoroughbred. They gallop throughout the chukka, following the ball and responding to the rider’s instructions, sometimes turning 180 degrees at full gallop.

Training for polo ponies generally starts around age 3 and can last for two or more years. Polo ponies are generally used exclusively in the sport until they retire, often in their late teens or early 20s. Many retired polo ponies go to live on breeding farms, or to horse-loving families as pets.

Three of Florida’s Most Popular Dive Sites

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Based in Miami, Fernando Arteaga is an experienced architect and design professional with expertise in project management. Fernando Arteaga has worked on diverse design projects in America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, primarily focused on the hospitality and resort industry. Mr. Arteaga enjoys a range of personal interests, including diving.

Florida offers numerous sites where one can scuba dive. Three of the most interesting places to dive in Florida are described here.

Devil’s Den
Located in Williston, Devil’s Den is a 54-foot deep and 120-foot wide privately-operated spring open to divers and snorkelers. Diving and snorkeling equipment can be rented on-site and campsite and cabin style accommodations are also available to guests who want to stay overnight.

Jose Cuervo Artificial Reef
Located approximately 150 yards offshore of South Beach, Jose Cuervo Artificial Reef is a concrete bar that was purposely sunk by the Department of Environmental Resources of Miami-Dade County. Since its sinking two decades ago, the bar has become home to numerous marine species including tropical fish and the spiny lobster.

Half Moon Shipwreck
A German sailing yacht that sunk in shallow waters between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne in 1930, the Half Moon shipwreck is now an archeological site visited by snorkelers and divers. The wreck offers easy access to visitors, since it lies in only ten feet of (usually) calm water.

Reasons to Join a Professional Society for Interior Design

Fernando Arteaga | Miami

Fernando Arteaga is a principal for HKS in Miami, Florida, where he directs design for the east coast and Latin America. Fernando Arteaga previously held the position of Associate Vice President of CallisonRTKL in Miami, and he served on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Interior Designers.

Joining a professional society like the Association of Professional Interior Designers is a great way to advance most careers. Associations are beneficial for people of all experience levels, from a college student to a professional with years of experience. Joining an association is a great way to legitimize a business and build a strong network of industry contacts. Associations also help professionals stay up-to-date on industry trends. If you’re in the interior design industry and thinking about joining an association, here are some top organizations:

1. The American Society of Interior Designers is the premier association in the industry, offers five levels of membership, and helps designers achieve credibility.
2. The American Institute of Architecture serves all architects, including interior architects, and offers education and business administration support.
3. The Interior Design Society is the largest association focused on residential interior design, and membership holds weight with potential clients.
4. The U.S. Green Building Council, which manages the LEED program, is an organization for those interested in environmental practices.

Regardless of which organization you choose to join, you’ll be likely to glean some benefits and find value in belonging to a community of like-minded professionals.

A Primer on the Game of Polo

Fernando Arteaga: Miami

A resident of Miami, Fernando Arteaga holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Ibero-American University. Fernando Arteaga recently served as the principal of HKS, a company that provides architectural and interior design services for luxury and five-star resorts. Away from work, Mr. Arteaga enjoys playing polo.

A team sport played on horseback, polo games are held outdoors on a 300 by 160-yard grass field or indoors in an arena measuring 300 by 150-feet. Two teams compete against one another as players try to drive a ball into the opposite team’s goal using a bamboo mallet. Each team has three players in games that are held indoors, whereas each team has four players in games that are held outdoors.

Polo games consist of from four to six play periods, which are referred to as chukkers. The winning team is the one who achieves the highest score at the end of the game, and a game can go into overtime if the teams are tied after all chukkers have been played. Polo games are officiated by two umpires, each on horseback, and a referee who is positioned on the sidelines.

Porcelanosa Group and the Architecture and Interior Design Awards

Fernando Arteaga | Miami

Fernando Arteaga is from Miami, Florida, and holds a degree in architecture from Ibero American University in Mexico City. A principal at HKS in Miami, Fernando Arteaga has been nominated for and won several awards, including one from Porcelanosa Group at its Architecture and Interior Design Awards.

Porcelanosa Group is a leading manufacturer of ceramic floor and wall tiles in the Spanish and international markets. The group now has eight different firms that each specialize in various materials and products for the home. For the last 13 years, Porcelanosa Group has been hosting the Architecture and Interior Design Awards, honor industry professionals.

The awards are held with several objectives in mind, including collaborating with architecture and interior design institutions, improving the overall image of the sector, and showcasing new values in the fields of architecture, design, and real estate. This type of competition evaluates projects that have used materials and innovations from the eight Porcelanosa Group firms. There are two different categories for the competition, one for the design of the future and one for the year’s design.

An Overview of Polo for Beginners

Fernando Arteaga - Miami

A career architect and resident of Miami, Florida, Fernando Arteaga is the principal at HKS, a luxury architecture and design firm. When he is not working, Fernando Arteaga of Miami, Florida enjoys several hobbies, such as playing polo. He has won competitions in the sport.

Polo is a game that is played on a field that measures 10 acres and roughly the size of 10 regulation-size football fields. Goalposts are at each end of the playing surface with eight yards between them. Teams can have four players on the field at a time. The players ride horses and try to score on their opponent’s goal using a ball and mallet.

Each match typically lasts an hour and a half and is split up into periods or chukkers that last seven minutes. There are three minutes between each chukker as well as 15-minute halftime. Every time a team scores a goal they change direction on the field. As safety is the main concern, there is plenty of protection for both players and horses, and the horses normally only play two chukkers per match, which equals 14 minutes of play.