As the CEO of Miami-based development firm Terra, David Martin has cultivated a portfolio of more than five million square feet of residential and commercial real estate valued in excess of $8 billion. The firm is active across all major real estate asset classes, including multifamily apartments, luxury condominiums and single-family residences, retail and office space, hotels, and industrial properties. Mr. Martin oversees several facets of Terra’s business, including real estate development, design, construction, financing, marketing, sales, and leasing.
Under Mr. Martin’s leadership, Terra has achieved international acclaim for its commitment to design excellence, resiliency measures, and sustainable development. Since launching the firm in 2001, Mr. Martin has excelled at assembling multidisciplinary teams of architects, designers, planners, engineers and builders to bring projects to life. Recent examples include Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Renzo Piano, Bjarke Ingels, Daniel Buren, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Meyer Davis Studio, William Sofield, West 8, Chef Michael Schwartz, Rene Gonzalez, Chad Oppenheim, RDAI, Gabellini Sheppard and more.
A Florida native, Mr. Martin has taken a proactive role in ensuring his hometown is built to last. Terra integrates green space, resilient construction methods, transit connectivity, and renewable energy into its developments wherever possible. Additionally, Mr. Martin has been and is involved in several boards and organizations, including serving as a member of Miami-Dade County’s Biscayne Bay Task Force, an Advisory Board member for the University of Miami’s Masters in Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) program, Chair of the Neighborhoods Committee for The Underline, a 10-mile linear park now under construction in Miami, as well as an active member of the Sea Level Rise Committee.
This commitment to the community is underscored by Terra’s historic role in charitable, civic, arts and cultural organizations, including the Miami Children's Health Foundation benefitting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Freedom Tower, Vizcaya Museums and Gardens, YoungArts Foundation, Wolfsonian-FIU, and PAMM.
Mr. Martin is an alumnus of the University of Florida, where he earned his MBA and his Law Degree (JD), as well as his undergraduate degree, and currently sits on the board for the UF School of Business. He resides in Miami Beach with his wife and two children.