Our firm was born from the idea that appropriate architecture creating a well-designed space, is itself an experience. As well-seasoned masters of vernacular architecture, we have deep expertise designing for the globe’s most storied destinations and luxurious homes. In our luxury resorts, boutique hotels, and bespoke villas, travellers are moved by transformative vacations. Moments that lodge forever in the heart.
Deep wells of expertise, our Centres of Excellence are independent departments and virtual studios that transcend our regional offices. Each represents a concentration of specialized strengths, maximizing specific expertise and creative talent to the advantage of our clients. Regardless of a project’s physical location, it benefits from the sum total of our team’s innovative ideas and practical experience.
As well as designers, architects, and master planners, we are curious travellers. Our collective passion for world-class destinations is fuelled by a fascination about the key drivers of their success. These journeys inspire design solutions for authentic Hospitality projects that enrich the lives of their guests. The resulting boutique hotels and luxury resorts celebrate the process of arrival and discovery, setting the stage for moments that transform.
“Our work can transform our clients and their visitors into new worlds, new experiences that take them out of their everyday lives.”
The urban environment is one of diversity, complexity, and social exchange. As architects, urban planners, and designers, we understand how deliberate design and thoughtful programming add vitality, for a truly welcoming sense of place. Through our understanding of urban forces, growth trends, systems, strategy, and policy, we create new neighbourhoods that give social meaning to cities while increasing value for the project and its context. Our Commercial/Civic and Mixed-use projects enhance the lives of their various users and stakeholders.
“Arts, Sciences, landscapes and Recreation experiences inhabit our urban lifestyle designs, not only commercial and residential solutions for the future.”
OBMI Regional Director
Our Caribbean roots have instilled in us an appreciation for the symbiotic relationship between environment, lifestyle, architecture, and Interior Design. We have an outstanding reputation for creating sensitive, unique, and appealing design—inside and out—that is appropriate to its context. By framing spectacular views, drawing in the cooling trade winds, challenging established definitions of indoor and outdoor space, and creating interiors that complement their architecture, our Island Living residences have achieved cachet for thoughtful, functional spaces.
“At the genesis of the project it’s critical for architects to be good listeners, great listeners. We don’t want to push our designs on our clients, we want their wishes and their dreams to be manifested through our designs.”
OBMI Managing Director, British Virgin Islands
Every Centre of Excellence—and every project we take on—involves our Green Matters team to ensure sustainable planning from the start. Much of our work takes place in pristine settings that are especially vulnerable. After decades of architecture in the sensitive Caribbean islands, we have instilled an approach that always plans for the best long-term outcomes—for the land, the water, and the people. Legitimate leaders in Sustainability Consulting, our firm has played a founding role in establishing The Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST).
“It’s more about the authenticity of how the design fits in with its environment, and how it makes the customer feel like they got something more important going on than just a beautiful room or a beautiful resort or a beautiful pool.”
Grace Bay Resorts CEO
With deep roots in idyllic vacation destinations throughout the world, OBMI has developed a sterling reputation for creating experiences that transform travellers. We are honoured to take on the role of trusted advisors for the most prominent and celebrated international resort brands.
Celebrating more than 80 years of passion for our profession, OBMI has become renowned for architecture of luxury hotels, resorts, vacation destinations and residences that reflect the culture specific to their place.
From our origins in Bermuda, we have expanded to include offices and studios throughout the Caribbean and beyond. With an extensive portfolio of projects, we have positioned ourselves as a prestigious design firm whose work beautifies coastlines, hillsides, and cities around the world.
We have weathered some of recent history’s most challenging economic storms by developing a proactive, nimble approach to problem-solving. We now leverage those acquired skills to our clients’ advantage, presenting inspired solutions with flexible adaptability. From architecture for the tropics to desert environments, from municipal buildings to mountain resorts, clients count on us for design that is profoundly relevant to place and purpose.