University of Miami School of Architecture 

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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UMSoA Faculty, Alumni To Be Honored with Driehaus Form-Based Code Award

UMSoA Faculty member Steven Fett and a small group of urban designers led by project manager Anthea Gianniotes, Marcela Camblor, Jose Venegas, and Bill Spikowski of Spikowski Planning Associates, collaborated on behalf of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to produce a new code and architectural guidelines for the Central Business District of Delray Beach, Florida. The code was awarded the Driehaus Award by the Washington D.C.-based Form-Based Codes Institute.

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Building a Resilient South Florida High School Charrette Hosted by UMSoA

High school students from seven Miami-Dade Magnet Programs will participate in a half day charrette to envision innovative responses to the following three themes to contemplate the needs for the neighborhood that hosts schools – while considering the changing demographics and needs of the aging population: Investing in People and Communities for Upward Mobility, Securing Housing Options for All and Responding to Shocks and Building Resilience.

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