Den consists of a husband and wife team of architects. Together, they have worked on more than 16 million square feet of architecture worth more than 3 billion dollars, winning numerous design awards in the process.
Germán Brun, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
As a graduate from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Germán has been involved with sustainable design for more than 15 years. Germán won Berkeley’s famed John K. Branner Travelling Fellowship, and then he attained the coveted US Department of State’s William J. Fulbright Fellowship Program to Italy. Even though his architectural experience started with DMJM Keating, the depth of his knowledge and expertise on sustainability was acquired while at the South Florida offices of Perkins + Will, where he became the first LEED Accredited Professional at the 900-person international firm, and was the liaison with many renowned environmental designers such as Battle McCarthy, ARUP, and Busby & Associates. At the community level, Germán served as Co-founder, Board of Directors, and Programs Chair of the South Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council for several years. Intermittently, he shares his knowledge as Adjunct Professor of Architecture at both Florida International University and University of Miami, while also lecturing at other institutions such as The Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Dade College, and Florida Atlantic University. In 2006, he won the AIA Environmental Preservation Award, given to individuals with a proven track record in environmental stewardship. During his tenure as Partner and Director of Sustainable Design at Oppenheim Architecture + Design, he intervened in more than a dozen sustainably designed projects throughout the world. In the process, he worked alongside consulting firms that are among the international top tier in sustainable design, such as Büro Happold and RWDI. He’s eager to continue working on all sorts of projects, with an interdisciplinary approach that seamlessly integrates ecological concepts with Den's unique architectural vocabulary. Download resumé OR email Germán here.
Lizmarie Esparza, RA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Since graduating from famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for her undergraduate degree, Lizmarie has been on a trail-blazing career path. She finalized her education at fellow Ivy League Columbia University for her masters diploma. Lizmarie's subtle yet confident demeanor exemplifies the type of architecture she designs. Her love of nature percolates through her work, as she integrates buildings to their natural surroundings, imitates biological processes through building systems, or designs her own version of a more moderate, human modern architecture. Lizmarie loves tropical and sub-tropical climates, and has developed a knack for designing buildings in these locations. Her native Puerto Rico is a factor in her appreciation for lush landscapes and colorful fauna. As Partner at Oppenheim Architecture + Design, she worked on projects all around the globe, and adapted her unique design process to each one. Her work demonstrates a firm knowledge of cutting edge software and professional best practices with a vast portfolio of projects including urban scale developments, timeshare projects, mixed-use condominium buildings, hospitality feasibility studies, and single family residences. The geographical range of projects varies from Miami to the Caribbean, and the Middle East, where projects for the region’s major developers such as Emaar, Omniyat, and Mubadala are required to comply with green building standards. Also active in humanitarian endeavors, Lizmarie volunteers at charities such as Habitat for Humanity (HFH) and Architecture for Humanity (AFH), promoting the environmental, social, and financial value of green design. Her sensitive designs and technical training have catapulted her to positions of increasing responsibility. At Den, she now enjoys being her own boss. Download resumé OR email Lizmarie here.