A Day in the Life of Craig Robins

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A Day in the Life of Craig Robins
Robins inspects the installation of Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye dome in front of new construction designed by architect Sou Fujimoto in Miami’s Design District / © Audra Melton for WSJ

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A Day in the Life of Craig Robins
Robins inspects the installation of Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye dome in front of new construction designed by architect Sou Fujimoto in Miami’s Design District / © Audra Melton for WSJ

AS MUCH AS THE complexity of any modern metropolis resists the influence of a single individual, Miami native Craig Robins, 51, the founder of the real estate development firm Dacra, is nevertheless making a strong case for himself as the author of the Magic City’s future. After aiding the transformation of the moribund South Beach area into a glamorous district of pristinely restored Art Deco hotels in the ’80s and ’90s, he helped engineer the launch of Art Basel–Miami Beach and co-created the satellite fair Design Miami. Now he’s about to see the fruits of more than a decade of planning and construction as another area revitalized under his care—the once-derelict Design District—becomes home to a who’s who of high-end fashion retail brands like Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana, with 50 stores set to open next year.

Robins came by his métier partly by blood—his father, Gerry, was a successful New York City real estate broker who decamped to Miami in the 1950s. A college stint in Barcelona sparked the younger Robins’s interest in the arts—and in the idea of preserving cultural history, a belief that shaped his efforts to rehabilitate iconic hotels on Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive alongside his mentors, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and developer Tony Goldman. ….

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