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Donations to UMSoA come from a variety of sources; students and their families, staff, faculty, alumni, attendees to our lectures and events, and those that share an interest with the School or its programs.

Currently, our pressing needs are:

To donate online you may use the attached link. To discuss a gift or a particular program need, you may contact the School’s Development Director, Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or

Current School Needs

Architecture Library

The University’s architecture collection is housed in two locations, the Otto G. Richter Library and the School of Architecture library. The School’s library facility allows in-classroom and studio use, for students and faculty.

A new, 10,000-square-foot building is being developed and will integrate the Richter and School library collections, to form a comprehensive library / learning center.

Design/Build Studio

The Design Build Studio enables faculty to provide students with hands-on experience in designing, permitting, and constructing architecture. The Design Build Studio exposes students to essential learning experiences such as: public and private project negotiation, effective techniques for project presentation, cost-estimating, sustainable design, project mobilization, safe building practices, the importance of craft in design, improving the quality of design and construction through collaboration.

Real Estate Program

The School’s new Real Estate Development and Urbanism program is being developed to expand the School’s influence, enhance the quality of the built environment through education, and promote successful, professional practice in the real estate industry. This  program provides students and mid-career professionals an opportunity to sharpen skills, learn new ones and gain the knowledge required to meet work challenges in the real estate industry. A gift to the program will help create new faculty positions.

Center for Urban & Community Design

The Center for Urban and Community Design coordinates the School’s outreach to the community. Established in 1992, the CUCD has a multiple project effort to guide rebuilding in South Miami Dade (following Hurricane Andrew). More recently, the Center implemented a design build program for affordable housing in Coconut Grove. Support for this program will enable expansion of the School’s outreach to the community, and ensure that a hands-on experience continues to be available for students.

Rome Program

The Rome Program provides the opportunity for students to live and study in Rome for one academic semester. The program, run by our faculty, engages European architects and introduces students to the roots of western civilization in antiquity, as well as to the contemporary culture evolving in Rome’s historic setting. Each student must assume the additional expenses of travel and living abroad. Support for this program will allow more students to experience studying in Rome.

Visiting Critics & Exhibitions

With the completion of the new Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, the School has experienced increased attendance at lectures and exhibition openings. Visiting speakers enhance the classroom encounter and offer opportunities for the greater community to hear from the world’s foremost experts in the field of architecture and community design. A gift to support the lecture and exhibition series will provide students, faculty and the local community with enhanced opportunities for learning and dialogue.

New Urbanism Archive

The New Urbanism Archive is a collection of materials documenting the beginnings and evolution of the New Urbanism movement. The School is actively reaching out to further develop the collection as a long-term resource for the movement and future study of architectural history. A gift to support the New Urbanism Archive will help the University of Miami expand and digitize the collection for broader accessibility.


Financial assistance is crucial for sustaining a highly-talented and diverse student body at the School of Architecture. One-time gifts to selected students and endowed scholarship funds assist students who lack financial resources; scholarship gifts are useful to help students nearing completion of the rigorous regimen of the professional degree. Give securely online to the School of Architecture.

Ways to Give

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts, including cash, securities and other property, provide the School of Architecture with the financial assistance to meet its most pressing needs. To make an outright gift, please contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or Remember, you can give securely online to the School of Architecture.

Retained Interest

Your gift to the School of Architecture can do double-duty by providing the School with much-needed funds while also allowing you to hold an interest in that gift. For example, you can set up a charitable trust that provides you with income from that trust for life, or for a specified number of years. For further information about setting up a charitable trust, please contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted gifts allow the School of Architecture to meet its most urgent needs, while also providing the flexibility necessary to support the School as its needs change. Your donation to the Annual Fund is an example of an unrestricted gift. To make an unrestricted gift, please contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or or give securely online to the School of Architecture.

Endowed Gifts

An endowment is a permanent legacy reflecting a donor’s generosity. It’s a gift that continues to give. For more information, please contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or or visit MyUm Endowments.

Gifts of Security

A gift of securities to the School of Architecture can take the form of shares of corporate stock or mutual funds, stock options, bonds, or other types of securities. With a gift of securities you may enjoy tax savings. For further information about making a gift of securities, contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or

Matching Gifts

Double or triple your investment in the School of Architecture by asking your company to participate in a matching program. Many corporations have already demonstrated their support for UM by matching, or multiplying, their employees’ gifts up to a set amount. Call your personnel office today to find out whether your company will match your gift.

Gifts of In-Kind

Do you have art, equipment, rare books, or other possessions that could be put to good use by the School of Architecture? To determine the School’s interest in the object you would like to give, please contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts to the School of Architecture may provide lifetime income to the college while also affording specific tax advantages to the donor. For further information about making a planned gift or bequest to the School of Architecture, contact Lisa Merritt, at (305) 284-4373 or or visit MyUM Gift Planning.

Online Giving Form

For additional information about gifts to the School of Architecture, contact:

Lisa Merritt
Development Director, Major Gifts
University of Miami
Division of University Advancement
Newman Alumni Center, Suite 300
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Phone (305) 284-4373