Anabella Smith, ID studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University’s College of Architecture + the Arts. She has been creating sophisticated branded environments that generate value for multifamily, office, retail, and healthcare environments, as well as entertainment venues for over 30 years. Anabella is a principal of the award winning architectural firm, Zyscovich, and she has been the firm’s Director of Interior Architecture for over 25 years.
Known for resolving complex programming and operational challenges, Anabella’s commitment to a design process that results in innovative solutions exemplifies the firm’s dedication to quality, elegance, and an economy of means. By promoting the use of renewable materials and resources, Anabella has advanced the sustainable design protocol of Zyscovich, resulting in the creation of healthier indoor environments. Her leadership has energized the Zyscovich Interior Design Studio and has inspired young, emerging professionals to reach the highest levels of the profession.
Anabella was appointed by the Coral Gables City Commission and City Manager to the City’s Green Task Force, which advises Coral Gables officials on environmental issues that support a sustainable community. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Trustees for the Doral Business Council. She was also on the Miami Dade County Art in Public Places Advisory Board and the Coral Gables Actor’s Playhouse Advisory Board.
For nearly a decade, Anabella has also served on the Advisory Board of her alma mater, FIU’s College of Architecture + the Arts. She was recently invited to participate on a panel of independent judges for Record Products, the annual competition of Architectural Record, which scrutinizes and assesses the industry’s latest building materials, finishes and furnishings.
Over the years Anabella has received multiple awards, including the AIA Miami Award of Excellence in Interior Architecture for the renovation of the Crystal Plaza residential tower in Arlington, VA, the Award of Excellence in Architecture for the Flamingo South Beach, and the Honor Award of Excellence in Architecture for Miami Beach’s Lincoln Cinema. In 2004 she was name the AIA Miami Interior Designer of the Year, and in 2008 she was named Women Extraordinaire of South Florida by Business Leader Magazine. In 2011 she received the FIU Alumni Association’s Torch Award, which was established to honor alumni who have had a positive impact on their profession, the community and the university.