Connect
To Top

Meet Randall Moreland of Moreland Architecture and Sustainable Design in Coconut Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randall Moreland.

Randall, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a young kid, I would beg my parents to drive around different areas of town to look at a variety of houses and buildings. As we passed them, I would think about elements of each structure that I liked specifically what seemed unique or particularly effective, and I would try to imagine how the plan was laid out and what I could learn from it. It took me a while before I realized this was not typical behavior for a kid. It turned out I was fortunate enough not only to have the opportunity to take drafting in both middle and high school, but also to attend one of the top architecture programs in the county not far from where I was raised. Until I opened my own architecture firm, most of my professional experience was in medium-sized firms designing and building a wide range of commercial sector project types in the US as well as overseas. Once I gained my architecture license and LEED AP credential, I had a terrific opportunity to open my own company with a focus on the smaller scale, eco-friendly projects which really appeal to me – ones which have a unique response and relationship with the South Florida region and climate. My favorite project so far has been our family home with which we achieved LEED Platinum and have been net positive for electricity for nearly three years now. We designed in a great little library and book nook where I love to sit and read with my young daughters.

Has it been a smooth road?
This journey has had numerous highs and lows. In a profession where low fees are too often the overriding criteria for winning contracts, it has been a struggle to establish my reputation for creative, quality design delivered with honesty and integrity. Another challenge has been that interest in resource efficiency (energy, water, materials, etc.) in this region lags well behind a number of other areas of the country. However, I am hopeful that eco-friendly design and sustainability will begin to gain traction in South Florida.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Moreland Architecture and Sustainable Design story. Tell us more about the business.
MA+SD is a full-service architecture firm focused on the creation of an appealing, healthy built environment which compliments and engages its surroundings. As principal, I am proud of our accomplishments including design and construction administration for the first LEED Platinum single family home in the city of Miami, the 2015 AIA Miami COTE Award for sustainable design, and the 2016 USGBC of South Florida award for the Most Outstanding Single Family Home.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The shift of architecture has started moving and should continue toward a more consistent conversation about resiliency, specifically in the South Florida region. This area was originally a swamp, and sea level rise is pushing to return to that condition. Sustainability and resiliency go hand-in-hand to help address both the issue directly, as well as the underlying causes. The current state of our buildings and infrastructure along the coast is untenable, so architects need to be at the forefront of creative solutions for new construction as well as existing retrofits.

Contact Info:


Image Credit:
Randall Moreland, AIA
Livia Moreland

Getting in touch: VoyageMIA is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

1 Comment

  1. Aurora

    October 24, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Amazing vision keeping our beautiful environment at the forefront! Way to go Randy!!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what...

    Voyagemia StaffDecember 14, 2017
  • Fun Things to do in Miami

    The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in the 305 over the next few weeks. Check them out...

    Voyagemia StaffDecember 8, 2017
  • The True Renegades

    Female skateboarders are making their mark from Miami to LA and everywhere in between. Cindy Whitehead is a 70’s pro skateboarder...

    Voyagemia StaffJune 21, 2017
  • 11 Pizza Joints that will change your life

    When we work late, there is one thing almost everyone on the editorial team agrees on: it’s time to order pizza....

    Voyagemia StaffJune 19, 2017
  • The Miami Nightlife Guide Everyone’s Talking About

    How many times have you found yourself wondering what you should do tonight? Miami is an incredibly city, full of world-class...

    Voyagemia StaffJune 19, 2017
  • Life is Uncertain. Have Dessert Every Day

    The Top Dessert shops in Miami – handpicked by our editors – one for each day of the week 🙂 Havana...

    Voyagemia StaffJune 3, 2017
  • Seasons of Love

    Kadam Malik, relationship guru and entrepreneur, shares his thoughts about love, romance and dating in the city. I find myself in...

    Voyagemia StaffApril 14, 2017
  • Miami’s Most Talked-About Street Food

    Food trucks are the heart and soul of the 305’s emerging street food scene. Below we’ve listed some of Miami’s most...

    Voyagemia StaffApril 7, 2017
  • Open Late: A Guide to Late Night Eating in Miami

    For many of us, some of our best memories are from late night dining with friends. Sometimes sober, sometimes not so...

    Voyagemia StaffMarch 18, 2017