Over the past three decades, Craig Robins has nurtured the growth of neighborhoods that combine commerce, culture and a strong sense of community as the President and CEO of Dacra. His distinctive approach to real estate development, passion for art and design, and commitment to innovation has unequivocally transformed Miami.
Early in his career, Robins focused on the revitalization of South Beach. While others advocated for demolition, Robins and a core group of investors saw the potential for widespread neighborhood renewal. Years of meticulous renovation brought the grandeur of South Beach’s Art Deco District back to life, spurring an economic reawakening for the region.
Robins was encouraged by the impact of this critical work, and turned his attention to other neglected neighborhoods. He made a long-term commitment to redeveloping an 18 square block area of abandoned warehouses. Here, Robins has cultivated a new kind of neighborhood – the Miami Design District. Today, the Miami Design District is home to creative businesses of all kinds and it is the center of a vibrant community. The neighborhood inspired the creation of Design Miami/ and Design Miami/ Basel, design fairs that Robins owns in partnership with the producers of Art Basel, MCH Swiss Exhibition.
Robins is an avid art and design collector. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Anaphiel Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting arts education and exploration. Among other initiatives, Anaphiel created the Miami Design District’s Performance Series presented by the Knight Foundation. The live event series is produced by 19-time Grammy© Award winning producer Emilio Estefan in collaboration with Maestro Eduardo Marturet (Miami Symphony Orchestra) and offers free concerts on Friday nights in the Miami Design District. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Miami Art Museum and the recipient of the 2006 Design Patron Award from the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.