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Building Center No. 3
7610 NE 4th Ct.
Suite 110
Miami, FL 33138

Building center No. 3 applies the most current knowledge and research tools available in the design and construction disciplines to deliver the client sustainable solutions from a cradle-to-grave perspective. Architecture and design are produced with a sensitivity that address issues of regionalism and appropriate technology while meeting the performance demands of the client and mitigating negative impacts to the environment.

Our approach to landscape design is centered on environmental stewardship while seeking creative solutions that emphasize the use of indigenous plant species, water conservation and low maintenance. Where landscape meets the built environment we strive to enhance the user's experience and complement the design of adjacent structures.

In the interior design for both commercial and residential clients we reaffirm our dedication to sustainable solutions. In addition, we provide our clients with a package of services that includes designing within the client's aesthetic, procurement services for furnishing, fixtures and equipment coupled with experienced staff during the construction administration phase to ensure the design meets the expectations in terms of performance and appearance. By having architects and interior designers in-house we are able deliver projects that have a high degree of technical quality along with great design.

Where are building centers 1 and 2?
The founder of building center number 3, Jason Tapia, AIA, traveled in 2009 to India to conduct research as a National Science Foundation Fellow. The concept of a building center was developed in 1988 when the government of India announced loan funding for a national network of building centers to be launched by entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, developers and design professionals. The mission of the centers was to decentralize the dissemination of skills needed to solve India's human settlement problem. These centers, over 500 across India, were intended to be community based and would train local laborers and artisans the skills needed both to earn a living and contribute to the growth of the local construction industry. The core values shared by these building centers was the need for regional solutions that were appropriate for the context and climate; made efficient use of materials; adhered to strict budgetary constraints; and were able to be built quickly and safely. Two decades later only two of these original building centers remain India today:

Anangpur Building Centre
Auroville Building Centre

Building Center No. 3 Team

Claudia L. Aravena is a designer and trained architect. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is originally from Chile but has lived in Amsterdam, Paris and New York and has finally found in Miami her home. She has been a practicing design professional for nine years and her project experience ranges from interior design, luxury high-rise residential to commercial buildings. She is currently a designer at Building Design Center No. 3.

Patricia S. Borba earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Florida International University. She is a designer and trained architect currently working at Building Center No. 3. She is originally from Brazil and has lived in South Florida since 2001. Her career focuses on researching and practicing environmentally responsible design while producing high performance buildings.

Anaclaudia Magalhaes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture at Florida International University. She earned her Associates in Arts in the discipline of architecture at Miami Dade College. She is originally from Brazil but has resided in Miami, FL for the past ten years. Her academic work focus includes investigating context-driven concept solutions fostering community and environment. She is currently a designer at Building Center No.3.

Jahmairi Sainz is an Interior Designer at Building Center No. 3. She earned a BFA at Miami International University of Art & Design. In her work she seeks to transcend the conventional boundaries of design disciplines and instead focus on drawing inspiration from both the tectonic and the emotive: object, material, space and form. By fusing on strong concepts with insight into the personal needs of her clients she creates habitable and meaningful spaces that reflect their objectives.

Jason Tapia AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, CDT is a registered architect in Florida and New York. He earned a B. Arch at Cornell University and an M.S. in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been practicing architecture for thirteen years and is a Principal at Building Center No. 3. Areas of expertise include the design of buildings using life cycle assessment tools, building performance modeling and passive design strategies.

Client List

The Related Group
J Records
Boca Developers
The Villages, LTD
Merrill Lynch
Melrose Pharmacy
Cancos Tile Company
The Capital Group
MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Plus One Fitness Centers
Scudder Kemper Investments
MIT Department of Architecture
Harlem Homes LLC


Building Center No. 3 is a full service architecture firm with the capabilities to work in multiple practice areas and provide a number of services for its clients.

Programming and Envisioning
Design - Build
Interior Architecture
Landscape Design
Energy Performance Optimization
Prescriptive and Performative Specification Writing
High Performance Buildings and Sustainable Design
Building Technology Research
Construction Administration