member of the National Endowment for the Arts, and serves on the board of directors of the Miami Art Museum, spearheading the capital campaign for its new Museum Park location in Miami's Bicentennial Park with a $35 million donation in 2011. The institution will bear his name when it opens as the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County.
He's taken passion for the arts into his developments, bringing master artists like Jose Bedia into Related buildings, and creating the art wall on the Riverwalk featuring various works of art that are not only extensions of Related buildings, but also community landscapes.
The talents of Philippe Starck, David Rockwell, Karim Rashid, Carlos Ott, Yabu Pushelberg, Arquitectonica and many others have served as collaborators and inspirations behind Related properties.
While The Related Group is best known for its luxury high-rise developments and visionary mixed-use urban centers, Mr. Pérez made his first impact on South Florida's affordable housing market. He started out in the late 1970's, building in neighborhoods such as Miami's Little Havana and Homestead. Even then, his attention to detail and commitment to creating quality living environments distinguished him within the marketplace. Mr. Pérez chairs the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and is a director of the Miami International Film Festival.
He is a member of the University of Miami's Board of Trustees. The University's new architecture center, Jorge M. Pérez Architecture Center, designed by Leon Krier made its debut in the fall of 2005. Similarly, the Miami Wellness Center has been named after Mr. Pérez and his wife, Darlene.
He has received numerous awards for his professional and philanthropic achievements including Builder of the Year, from Multifamily Executive; Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year; the Hispanic Achievement & Business Entrepreneurship Award from Hispanic Magazine; Sand In My Shoes Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for his commitment to the South Florida community; and Developer of the Year from several other associations and publications such as the Latin Builders Association. The Developers and Builders Alliance honored him with its most exalted award, the 2006 Community Advancement Award.
In early 2006, Mr. Pérez was awarded the Icon in Real Estate Award of Excellence at MIPIM in Cannes, France; the only American developer ever to have been honored with such a prestigious award. The Urban Land Institute honored Mr. Pérez with the Lifetime Achievement Award in September 2006 and he was named Hispanic Role Model of 2006 by the Miami Dade County's Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board. In 2013 he was honored with South Florida Business Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also committed to The Giving Pledge, a campaign founded by Bill Gates, in which Mr. Pérez will donate 50 percent of his wealth to philanthropy. Mr. Pérez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cuban parents. He graduated summa cum laude from C.W. Post College and earned a Masters Degree in Urban Planning, with highest honors, from the University of Michigan.