University of Miami School of Architecture 

Living Facades Create Art, Filter Air and Water

Imagine a building’s façade that is able to purify water and air, sequester carbon, serve as biofuel and look cool too! UMSoA Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury’s Responsive Architecture and Design Lab (RAD-UM Lab), housed at UMSoA, is creating exactly that: a bio-reactor integrated into the building envelope to give a strikingly leafy character while enhancing the building’s environmental performance.

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UMSoA, RAD, CCS and CoE To Design Smart City in the Yucatan

In March, the University of Miami announced a hemispheric collaboration between its Center for Computational Sciences and the Yucatan State Government’s Information Technologies Innovation Center and “Heuristic” IT Innovation Center located in the Yucatan Science and Technology Park. Taking that collaboration a step further, the UM School of Architecture, the Responsive Architecture and Design Lab (RAD-UM Lab) and the CCS will come together to design Zenciti, a smart city next to the science park.

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Summer Studio Focuses on Rehabilitation, Resiliency & Regeneration

Sonia Chao’s summer studio, Rehabilitation, Resiliency & Regeneration, focused on different degrees of intervention on a historic area of Miami Beach. Students worked with Deborah Tackett (B. Arch., ’00), the Preservation and Design Manager for the City of Miami Beach, to provide a virtual makeover to the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in the Flamingo Park area.

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UMSoA Breaks Ground on the B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab

On June 10, UMSoA broke ground on a new building for the second time in less than one year. The B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab will provide a home for the Design Build program, providing a covered space out of sun and rain for students to work. The BuildLab is slated to open in early 2017.

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Building a Resilient South Florida with UMSoA, HUD and AARP

The University of Miami School of Architecture, the Southeast Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the AARP Foundation collaborated in a day-long symposium about resiliency and sustainability in South Florida on Monday, June 13. Experts in housing, urban planning, sustainability, health, and architecture discussed the future of South Florida.

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New Leadership Announced at UMSoA

Carmen Guerrero and Allan Shulman, both long-time UMSoA faculty, have been elevated to new roles at the School. "Guerrero": will be the Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Facilities, while Shulman will take over as the Director of Graduate Architecture Programs. Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean of UMSoA, announced the new appointments at the end of May.

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Women in Real Estate Build Neighborhoods, Revitalize Cities

Three of the most accomplished women in South Florida real estate joined forces to speak to a standing-room only crowd at the first Women in Real Estate Luncheon. Avra Jain and Kim Briesemeister talked about their latest projects, followed by a discussion moderated by Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, on June 3. The luncheon was presented by the University of Miami School of Architecture’s Master of Real Estate Development and Urbanism (MRED+U) program.

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