By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
As a vice president of The Related Group in Miami, Patrick Campbell spends a lot of time at Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, a Fort Lauderdale condominium project he’s supervising.
But not all of it is spent on land. An avid scuba diver and fisherman, Campbell spends plenty of time looking over his project from the sea as well.
“I spend a lot of time off the coast of Fort Lauderdale,” says Campbell, who lives in Miami Shores and has worked for Related for 12 years. “There are actually three reefs in a row off Auberge, so I love going there — and I’m always promoting the ocean on the projects we do.”
In addition to managing Auberge, Campbell is responsible for Icon Las Olas, a rental project in Fort Lauderdale, which he says will welcome its first residents in September. “Icon by far is the most luxurious product downtown,” he says. “Aside from its stature as a luxury product, it’s really on what we consider the best site downtown — it goes from Las Olas to the river, which allows us to have dining on both Las Olas and riverfront dining.”
Campbell has had a long career in the construction industry. A registered architect, he also built commercial buildings, interior offices and houses in Coral Gables before he learned about a job opportunity at Related. Campbell started off completing projects that were close to delivery and then was put in charge of developing Trump Hollywood from the ground up.
“I’ve been fortunate since doing that project that I’ve been handling most of the high-end luxury projects for Related,” he says.
One of the keys to Campbell’s success: “I’m very fortunate to have such a vast construction background,” he says. “I also bring some of the design experience that not every developer has.”
Outside of work, Campbell and his wife, Dorothy, are passionate about “anything having to do with the ocean.” They boat, fish and paddleboard and have traveled to Mexico, the Bahamas, St. Thomas and the Turks and Caicos to dive and fish.
They also give their time to the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. “Not only do we sell the ocean, and enjoy it and live in it, we also try to protect it,” Campbell says. “It’s a big part of our life.”