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U-SoA maintains a robust exhibitions program that utilizes the Korach Gallery (located in the School’s Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center). Exhibitions include traveling shows, faculty organized exhibits, and student works. Also, each year, the School organizes a major exhibition that accompanies the annual Tecnoglass Lecture Series topic. Exhibitions are open to the University community, as well as the public. The School has also co-sponsored faculty-organized exhibitions at two local museums.

February 2017 through November 2016 - Cuban Architects At Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation at the Coral Gables Museum

This scholarly exhibit will be the first to examine the lives and work of mid-20th-century Cuban architects in both Cuba and abroad. Visitors will see original documents, drawings, photographs, letters and other ephemera from public and private collections. Many artifacts come from straight the personal collections of Cuban architects and their families. Lending institutions include CINTAS Foundation, the Bacardi Archives, HistoryMiami, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and University of Pennsylvania. Videos will portray the Cuban architects’ private lives, examples of Cuban architecture throughout the island, and details about the events in 1959 that affected the profession and teaching of architecture in Cuba. Co-curated by Victor Deupi and Jean-François Lejeune from U-SoA.

Guided tours in English and Spanish will be available upon request to groups of 10 or more. To schedule a group tour, please call 305.603.8067 or email education@coralgablesmuseum.org.

February 2017 through October 2016 - The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker in Florida Exhibit, co-curated by Allan Shulman, at HistoryMiami

A Modernist architect best known for his residential designs, Alfred Browning Parker was born in Boston but moved to Miami at age 8. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1939 with a degree in Architecture. He designed over 500 projects in his 60 year career, including the “Tropex-pansible home”which was constructed with high quality modular parts. Through The Discipline of Nature, we will explore the life and design of Alfred Browning Parker.

Join curators Allan Shulman and Randolph C. Henning in a conversation, "The Legacy of Alfred Browning Parker" that will bring to light the indelible impact the work of modernist architect Alfred Browning Parker had on Florida’s built landscape. Guest moderator: Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, architect and urban planner. Dean of the U-SoA from 1995 to 2013.

November through October 2016 - Jaime Correa: (RE)thinking Urbanism 

How will large numbers of people living together respond to the environmental threats posed by climate change? Will new habitat aspirations and modes of production emerge as a result of critical vulnerabilities in personal property, safety, and general welfare? Should our designer’s imagination be used to raise a new political awareness where inventiveness operates to undermine the complacent convictions of the reasonable and the respectable? Under the current conditions of uncertainty, should we use utopian ideas to generate an allegorical call for innovative design and greater preparedness? Or, should do more of the same while expecting different results? Professor Jaime Correa’s (RE)thinking URBANISM induces the spectator to answer these questions while recomposing, laboriously, a series of utopian fragments for a new urban puzzle. His colorful capricci exalt the capacity of our imagination to create new models of living through an unprecedented typo-morphological catalogue in which the sum is greater than the parts.

Exhibit hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. A reception with the Artist will be held in the Gallery on October 24, at 6:30 p.m. 

September through August 2016 - Steven Brooke: Views of Miami 

Inspired by the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch and Italian vedutisti (view painters), Steven Brooke emulates rather than imitates his artistic predecessors. His goal is to acknowledge the vedute tradition while reshaping and extending it to accommodate the qualities of the photographer’s art. Many of the vedutisti were associated with one city: Piranesi in Rome, Canaletto in Venice, and deHooch in Delft. The photographs in this exhibition are drawn from Brooke’s more than 35 years of extensive work documenting Miami’s iconic and diverse architecture.

Steven Brooke is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. He is the winner of the National Institute of Architects Honor Award in Photography. Among Brooke’s over 40 books on architecture and design are the critically acclaimed Views of Rome (Rizzoli), the first collection of its kind on the Eternal City in over 100 years, and Views of Jerusalem and the Holy Land (Rizzoli).

Exhibit hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. A reception with the Artist will be held in the Gallery on August 24, at 6:00 p.m. 

March 2016 - Tecnoglass Miami and the Tropical World 

This exhibition considers the challenges of building in the tropics. Defined geographically as the region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, nearly 40 percent of the earth’s surface area falls within the tropics. The climates of the tropics are extreme, ranging from deserts to rainforests. They are often unforgiving, victimized by repeated natural disasters. Perhaps due to this instability, economies are often limited as well, further affecting the outcome of the built environment. According to the World Bank, 40 percent of the world’s population lives within the tropics today. Projections show that number swelling to 55 percent by 2050. This rampant growth, coupled with the seriousness of climate change, have arguably made building in the tropics the most important architectural problem of the current times, affecting not just the region itself, but the entire earth. Miami, located just north of the Tropic of Cancer, shares many of the distinguishing characteristics of its tropical neighbors and is often cited as the American city most threatened by sea-level rise. Despite these realities, relatively little scholarship on the subject exists in the architectural schools and firms of North America and Europe.

Presented here are creative solutions from local and international contemporary architectural practices building in the tropics today. Woven into the arrangement of projects are some noteworthy influences from years past. Historic research provided by Allan Shulman and Jean-Francois Lejeune. Curated by Steven Fett & Edgar Sarli.

Exhibit hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. 

November 2015 - Seven Latin American Architects: On the Road 

This exhibition showcases the beautiful models of seven key buildings in Latin America that were commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art and created by U-SoA students and faculty. They were included in the MoMA exhibition Latin America in Construction: 1955-1980, which ran from March through July, 2015.

Exhibit hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. 

September through August 2015 - Victor Deupi: In the Moment

Victor Deupi is a Cuban American architect and architectural historian dedicated to promoting representational painting as a critical component of contemporary art and architecture. A lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture, his sketches, watercolors, and paintings represent the timeless expression of architectural form and space. Painted largely in situ, Deupi’s works capture the spirit of art, architecture, and landscape while providing compelling vistas onto classical culture’s enduring resonance in the modern age.

Exhibit hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. A reception with the Artist will be held in the Gallery on September 18, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.  

 

October 2014 - La Magia de Cartagena 

A visual study of the architectural preservaton of Cartagena, Colombia. Opening night begins with a lecture by Alberto Samudio, "The Urban Evolution of Cartagena."

Exhibit hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. 

August through September 2014 - Thomas A. Spain: A Retrospective

Thomas A. Spain, Architect, has been a part of the University of Miami School of Architecture faculty since 1966. His enormous talent and unwavering devotion to teaching design and drawing has left an indelible impact on the students he has taught over the past two generations. The drawings of Rome shown here constitute a small sample of the architect’s work generated through numerous yearly visits to the eternal city with his students. In addition to his academic work, Thomas A. Spain’s professional work in architecture and fine art is accomplished and original and for the first time is exhibited here. In the architectural series, six drawings, each of a different building, reveal the architect’s sensibility of design expressed in a painterly form. The fine art series is the architect’s most labored and personal work, and can be understood as an ideal platform for the author to reflect upon the existing tension between natural and manmade environments.

The exhibit will be on display from August 25th through September 12th, 2014, Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 7 PM, at the Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables Campus. A reception with the Artist will be held in the Gallery following a lecture by Jorge L. Hernandez at Glasgow Hall, on September 12th, 2014, at 6 PM. Free and open to the public.