Key West, FL, Architectural Designer
Guillermo Orozco was born in Colombia where he studied architecture. An impassioned interest in Historic Preservation led him to New Orleans where he earned a masters degree in Historic Preservation from Tulane University. In 1987, he relocated to Key West where he was involved in the restoration of several landmark projects that included the Old Custom House, now The Custom House Museum; The Key West Light House Keeper’s Quarters Museum; and the East Martello Museum. These notable ventures led him to becoming known as a go-to source for creating buildings, including stylish residential projects, that meld the time-honored charm for which Key West is known with modern creature comforts.
In 1994, Guillermo founded his design studio specializing in residential restoration, renovation, and new construction in the historic district of Key West. He oversees the entire process, from the architectural design to the finishing touches, creating personalized environments that reflect the sensibilities of his clients while meeting the rigorous requirements the town planning commission sets forth—a multi-faceted challenge to say the least.
Art and travel have always been influencers in Guillermo’s work, his passion for visiting significant art exhibitions and installations when he is globetrotting resulting in a fascination for painting that has blossomed in his own life, his abstract compositions finding their way into many of the environments he actualizes. He believes traveling is important for any design professional as a source of inspiration. He sits on the advisory board of The Studios of Key West, a member of the design committee steering the renovation of the organization’s new facility in Key West.
Guillermo’s work has been published in Costal Living magazine, Florida Inside Out magazine and The Miami Herald, as well as in the book Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle. His projects have been awarded 18 of the coveted ceramic “Stars” from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation, the highest honor for outstanding achievements in design in Key West.
Guillermo lives by a credo that everyone should be in tune with their immediate surroundings in order to maintain the utmost quality of life; that the environments we create for ourselves serve as enduring reflections of ourselves. This is only one of the reasons we’re proud to have him as a Global Lighting tastemaker. He chose the Dokka pendant in our Stratos Collection to review, not a surprise given his love of historically significant design!