U-SoA Fall 2020 Final Reviews

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At the end of each term, students, faculty, guest critics and members of the community participate in the U-SoA Annual Final Review, a tradition that has long defined architectural education in North America. The Annual Final Review is a key component of U-SoA’s pedagogy and its emphasis on experiential learning. It offers opportunities for students to exercise their communication and presentation skills while interacting with leaders in the fields. The public setting and engagement with the community also tests the relevance of the issues we tackle with our students and showcases the diverse ways in which we engage them.

We customarily hold the reviews at the School or off-campus, at a prominent venue in the city that is accessible to the public, so as to engage the larger community in this annual ritual. Given the extraordinary circumstances of the global COVID-19 pandemic this year, the reviews are held online, in virtual jury rooms that are accessible to our community and viewers around the world through a dedicated website: arc.miami.edu/final-reviews2020.

We will surely miss seeing the student work literally filling the room and some of the excitement of being present with jury members, students, and faculty for their thrilling and insightful exchanges. We will however gain from the virtual platform in potentially reaching a larger community and in compelling students to explore and learn more form ever expanding digital environments and resources.

We look forward to future Annual Final Reviews as live and present events in UM’s and Miami’s cherished venues. But the precious lessons learned and new media adopted from this Fall 2020 editions will no doubt stay with us to transform, enhance, and amplify the juried review format as we know it.

We owe much respect and gratitude to faculty, staff, and students who transitioned swiftly and seamlessly to digital platforms to enable remote learning without comprising quality. The fact that we can hold the event virtually to recognize this body of student work and assess its contribution to the field is entirely due to their dedication, resourcefulness and ingenuity.

Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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    arc203-gray.burkeImage credit: Gray Burke

    Studio Description
    Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. It is projected that by 2050 an additional 2.5 billion people will migrate to urban areas across the globe. How we build new cities and adapt the current patterns of those that exist, will be at the forefront of the critical questions facing our society. Additionally, the environment is a complex collection of intricacies that are shaped by policy.

    These policies impact the architecture, urbanism and communities upon which they are inacted. The challenge of building smarter and more sustainable cities is a complex endeavor; and yet several key issues rise to the surface including: race and ethnicity, the understanding and preservation of the natural environment and its ecological patterns; the creation of equitable transportation networks that provide a multiplicity of experiences such as walking, biking, and public transportation; the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and infrastructure; and the integration of mixed-use and mixed-income environments capable of supporting more dynamic and vibrant societies.

    ARC 203, the third in a sequence of ten design studios at the University of Miami School of Architecture, will focus on the relationship between architecture and the natural environment. The studio will stress the topics of equitable design, regulatory contexts, urban resilience, building adaptation, and the impacts of climate change and sea-level-rise on our communities.

    Assignments and workshops will be designed to build an understanding of what this might mean at both a personal and communal level. A series of virtual site visits, analytical drawings, and workshops will provide a platform for the exploration and acquisition of knowledge in this field.

    Germane Barnes


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    Student Names
    Lillian Acosta
    Alex Adams
    Isabella Adelsohn
    Alana Bernard
    Gray Burke
    Zachary Cronin
    Brianna Frank
    Justin Heitner
    Abdulaziz Jawher
    Alexandria Jones
    Andrea Martinez
    Carolina Rodriguez
    Connor Stevens

    Rocco Ceo

    Morning Session

    Student Names
    Michelle Akl Villegas
    Salem Alsalmi
    Salome Arango
    Lauren Elia
    Hannah Meyer
    Maria Rosiles
    Carlos Santos Ortiz
    Emel Yilmaz
    Emmaus Yonas

    Alice Cimring


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    Meeting ID: 923 8363 3743
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    Student Names
    Gabriela DeCamarero
    Daley Hall
    John Kovacic
    Ashley Lee
    Benjamin Martin
    Teagan Polizzi
    Brandon Soto
    Rebecca Stewart
    Samuel Tsirulnikov
    Kevan Washington
    Isabella Zayas

    Donnie Garcia - Navarro


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    Meeting ID: 976 5683 0041
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    Student Names
    Ryan Berman
    Ethan Blatt
    Sasha Braggs
    Tyler Dowd
    Alexander Harper
    Tarynn Kaelin
    William Redding
    Kayla Rembold
    Mikayla Riselli
    Francisco Sanabria
    Jaclyn Torn
    Nicole Alana Trujillo
    Leanne Vera

    Florian Sauter
    Charlotte Von Moos


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    Meeting ID: 928 6728 2001
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    Student Names
    Nicolas Alvarez
    Julia Borges Reis
    Ayca Erturk
    Yuxin "Jasmine" Hong
    Daniela Jalfon
    Grace Levey
    Douglas Noriega
    Erika Orellana
    Nandha Ravi
    Abbas Yaqoub

    Mikhaile Solomon

    Morning Session

    Student Names
    Annsley Barton
    Sophia Benitez
    Keely Brunkow
    Jacob Davis
    Sean Festa
    Emma Friderici
    Jake Gawrych
    Sidney Marques
    Erik Olliges
    Quinn Riesch
    Chi Ta
    Kailyn Wee
    Andrew Zegans

    David Trautman

    Morning Session

    Student Names
    Nicholas Amadori
    Teodoro Bueres
    Jack Chazotte
    Emily Dietzko
    Meghan Dombroski
    Josie Duran
    Mariana Fleites
    Nicole Garcia-Tunon
    Dario Gonzalez Bautista
    Kean O'Connor
    Shea Stuyvesant
    Sara Tufail
    Robert Upton

    Yasmine Zehgar


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    Student Names
    Juan Chinchilla
    Nathan Dankner
    Alexis Ebue
    Didem Erbilen
    Andrea Lira
    Blaise Lowen
    Fabiana Macedo Rodriguez
    Ana Carolina "Nico" Machado Rusconi
    Manuela Marulanda Bedoya
    Yuhang Liu
    Steffi Rangel
    Benedetto Rebecca
    Daniel Sicorsky-Brener



    Studio Description
    The City of Miami Beach has decided to sponsor the creation of a Miami Beach Architecture Center. The purpose of this building is to highlight importance of architecture and urbanism as a discipline and the architecture of Miami Beach. The new public facility will perform simultaneously as visitor center and architecture research center. The intention of the city is for the center to provide information to tourists and to become a place of encounter for the local and visiting architecture and design community. The project site is located in the SW corner Alton Rd. and Lincoln Rd. The site includes two lots approximately 50’x 150’ for a total of approximately 100’ x 150’ or 15,000sf. The site boundaries are Alton Rd, Lincoln Rd, Lincoln Court and a new mix use building in south side of the combined lot with commercial and parking facilities.

    Roberto Behar


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    Meeting ID: 935 8703 3138
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    Student Names
    Amy Agne

    Ethan Anderson
    Gabriel Figueroa
    Isaiah Holmes
    Diana Juarez-Montano
    Maia Marshall
    Blake Oliver
    Miranda Posey
    Morgan Rapp
    Joao Ribeiro
    Lucas Rosen
    Jayna Schack

    Eric Firley


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    Meeting ID: 997 5809 0434
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    Student Names
    Livia Brodie

    Vincent Brown
    Brenda Hernandez
    Kevin Johnson
    Benjamin Klinger
    Christopher Muchow
    Andrey Nash
    Ian Ondek
    Farha Reshamwala
    Megan Sheehan
    Anthony Venant
    Christelle Vincent
    Ckiara Condezo

    Steve Fett


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    Meeting ID: 686 462 4363

    Student Names
    Adriana Ferreira Penna Chaves

    Paul Fishel
    Gianna Florio
    Herber Hernandez
    Nicholas Ingold
    Mahlia Jenkins
    Hope Kenny
    Dominic Lanctot
    Conor Quigley
    Elliot Saeidy
    James Schmidt
    Shannon Stack
    Harrison Zaye

    Jean Francois Lejeune


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    Meeting ID: 953 6795 3199
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    Student Names
    Naser Alkandari

    Sarah Alturkait
    Fahad Alzaid
    Johanela Hinz
    Emily Kopke
    Ashanni McClam
    Emad Munshi
    Julia Teig
    Anna Valdes Zauner
    Anan Yu
    Abdallah Zaidan
    Zeyu Zhang

    Veruska Vasconez


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    Meeting ID: 964 0426 5072

    Student Names
    Abdullatif Alhusaini

    Mohammad Alramadan
    Crispin Blamphin
    Vanessa Crespo
    Runyu Da
    Sophia Elwaw
    Emma Gerlach
    Amanda Guerrero
    Afomia Hunde
    Katherine Lesh
    Guang Liang
    Teymour Khoury


    arc407 guerrero rome

    Studio Description

    In comparison to other European capital cities, the historic center of Rome has remained largely untouched by contemporary architecture. This studio will be an exciting opportunity to transform one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rome by proposing a new housing project. Students will develop a new and contemporary housing solution that is informed by modern Mediterranean architecture.

    In light of the global pandemic, lower density housing projects with generous interiors and exteriors, offering healthy, well ventilated spaces and green areas, will become more attractive solutions for urban centers. For this studio, a lower density housing type known as the Roman palazzina will be considered to be the most viable precedent.

    The methodology for the studio will require an in-depth analysis of the Roman palazzina and research on Mediterranean architecture. Students will translate the spirit of modern Mediterranean models to a housing idea that is inclusive of a larger demographic than the palazzina and one that proposes an alternative to the unsuccessful, unhealthy and oversized housing projects of contemporary times.

    Carmen Guerrero


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    Meeting ID: 928 6498 8174

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    (Combination of virtual and in-person sessions in Glasgow Hall)

    Student Names
    Megan Browne
    Hannah Lilia Rodriguez
    Max Speziani
    Abel Andres Victores
    Connor Griffin Murray
    Samantha Ramos
    Otto  Gustav Mastrapa
    Daniel Oh
    Jake Leonardi
    Charlotte Kyra McCabe
    Ho Ming Herman Lui


    upper level Joanna Lombard

    Studio Description

    Organized as part of a seminar and healthcare design studio led by Professor Joanna Lombard in the University of Miami School of Architecture in collaboration with Dr. Steven G. Ullmann, Director of the Center for Health Management and Policy in the Miami Herbert Business School, each panel features a conversation among healthcare leaders who will discuss their observations and experiences in relation to their work in and with hospitals amidst COVID-19 conditions. Structured with opening remarks, discussion among the panelists with the moderator, questions from the audience, and panelists' closing remarks, this series provides invaluable first-hand insights to students and faculty, business, design, and health professionals.

    Joanna Lombard


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    Student Names
    Emily Camejo
    Polen Durak
    Tomas Tapias
    Tiffani Banks
    Ryan Paul Daniusis
    Jheanelle Christasia Georgian Miller
    Daniel Eduardo Morgan Levy
    Nora A KH S Alkhalaf
    Gabrielle Boyar
    Sheinya Wittney Joseph
    Michael Kundin
    Skyler Barton Lowden
    Gabriel Jean-Paul Soomar

  • ARC 407, 408, 509, 582, 609: UPPER LEVEL DESIGN - GELABERT-NAVIA

    upper level navia

    Studio Description

    The last few months has seen a dramtic change in the lives of everyone in the world. Every single continent has been afflicted by a pandemic which has challenged the way we all live. From the way we interact to the way we work, COVID 19 has left a mark which will have a direct impact in the way that buildings are being designed now, but more profoundly, the way in which we will conduct our lives in the future. The University of Miami is the second largest healthcare center in the United States and its Medical Campus has never had a cohesive vision. A unique opportunity has appeared where partnerships with the private sector could possible create a new Medical City in which healthcare, wellness, research, and hospitality co-exist in one single campus. The studio will explore the design of such a center, focusing on 4 specific programs: A Medical Education Center; a Research Facility; a Residential Building and a Hotel, all within the same complex. We will begin with a Master Plan for the complex, and then we will produce individual building designs for each of the program components. The course will be taught on-line and will involve lectures by outstanding experts in the design of Healthcare and Mixed-Use facilities. We will have online reviews and design critiques which will be scheduled so that students will have individualized one-on-one attention.


    Time/Session Information
    Contact jgelabert@miami.edu.

    Student Names
    Siying Cheng
    Lauren Kimberly Oates
    Ricardo Perez
    Daniel Bradley Kamb
    Sofia A Kiblisky
    Alexandra Marie Leitch
    Gretchen Suzanne Lemon
    Stefanie M Levy
    Karlie Ann Lobitz
    Tanner Wall
    Natalie Marie Lipsey

Friday, November 20, 2020

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    Studio Description
    PROJECT 5 THE GUEST HOUSE: A Place for Dwelling, Thinking and Making shall be the final Project of the semester. Students will be asked to draw upon the knowledge gathered up to this point in the semester by taking on the challenge of designing of a small Guest House. Having explored the discipline of Architecture through rigorous precedent analysis and exemplary models of works of architecture capable of imparting knowledge on conventions in architectural composition in response to a culture, climate, materiality, technology, use and form, students will engage in questions of convention, tradition, repetitive paradigms and invention. The setting for the new design shall be within a historical site of cultural importance in the City of Coral Gables. The design shall provide a place for an invited guest artist/scholar (painter, sculptor, musician, poet, writer, dancer, researcher…) to be in residence while completing hers/his creative work. There will be a virtual tour of the site, with City of Coral Gables officials, to aid in understanding the physical attributes and history of the place. The goal of embellishment and completion within an existing valued context shall be explored using principles of architectural composition studied in the preceding projects of the semester.

    Image credit: La casa de la palmera, oil on linen “House with Palm Tree”, Joan Miró, 1918, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, photo by F. Martinez

    Frank Martinez (c)
    Mario Ostolaza


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Adeline Angelino

    Carlos Arrinda Ulivi
    Cassandra Cotter
    Leah Culbert
    Sophia Emanuel
    Carolina Gonzalez
    Beibhinn O'Reilly
    William Perik
    Elisabeth Schnell
    Sophia Tosti
    Benito Zapata

    Juan Alayo
    Victor Deupi


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Benjamin Callanan
    Daniel Ferrer
    Ahmad Jamal
    Paris James
    Matthew Jaramillo
    Ana Jouvin
    Marielle Koeppen
    Elise Palenzuela
    Kelsey Payne
    Anna Puente
    Nate Raisner

    Juan Calvo
    Melodie Sanchez


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Samuel Carter
    Ashley Collins
    Antonio Del Toro
    Ciara Joseph
    Santiago Krossler
    Chailing Alexis Lewis
    Meghan Mahoney
    Alex Miller
    Carlo Paz
    Melanie Plutsky
    Vivian Smith
    Jillian Tarini

    Wendy Caraballo
    Adib Cure


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Abdullah Almousalli
    Tai Dottin-Meggs
    Franco Ferreira De Melo
    Juan "Sebas" Hernandez
    Mia Morgan
    Danielle Natale
    Samantha Nowak
    Tate Nowell
    Emma Catherine Przybylo
    Mason Rape
    Aiden Surman

    Najeeb Campbell
    Carie Penabad (c)


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Roee Aviv
    Margaret Barrow
    Christina Gallarello
    Andrea Hernandez
    Nicole Kertznus
    Vanessa Lopez-Trujillo
    Sofia Paniagua
    Mykayla Pauls
    Andrew Price
    Michael Roldan Pico
    Andrew Rosenburg
    Matthew Trebra

    Megan McLaughlin
    Oscar Machado


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Latifa Alfalah
    Andrea Baussan
    Harold Collard
    Lara Connolly
    Benjamin Darby
    Abdulwahab "Wahab" Eisa
    Sarah Figueira
    Tatiana Gaviria Cardenas
    Charles Penny
    Shariq Ramsubhag
    Christopher Stinson
    Pablo Vera
    Hamza Waris

    Ricardo Lopez
    Jorge Trelles


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    Student Names
    Raghad Alqertas
    Catalina Cabral-Framinan
    George Elliott
    Daniel Kurland
    Katherine Lindsey
    Malachi Matthews
    Isha Patel
    Bennet Resnick
    Maria Saldivar Sandoval
    Cailley Slaten
    Roland Stafford

    Jaime Correa
    Oscar Machado


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    Student Names
    Yousif Abdulhasan
    Farhan Ali Barmare
    Jesper Brenner
    Daniella Bueso Flefil
    Daniela De Sola
    Adriana DeCastro
    Alexandra Ducas
    Mary Gorski
    Liam Green
    Julian Karam
    Bryson Leonard
    Angela Mesaros
    Yanitza Gisselle Velez

    Rafael Tapanes
    Jorge Trelles


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    Student Names
    Khalil Bland
    Aidan Davis
    Isabella Jackson
    Mariam Khadr
    Grant McNavage
    Lares Monge
    Defne Oezdursun
    Michelle Saguinsin
    Hailey Scarantino
    Sebastian Serrano
    Xinrong "Cindy" Ye

    Cristina Canton
    Carolina Calzada


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    Meeting ID: 991 0528 8780

    Student Names
    Julio Brea
    Peter De Leon
    Alyssa Garcia
    Diego Horta
    Rim Khayata
    Celeste Landry
    Yamaris Martinez
    Jacob Nussbaum
    Laura Petrillo
    Olivia Speaks
    Thomas Wenke

  • ARC 407, 509-510, 609: UPPER LEVEL DESIGN - C. MEYER

    upper level - meyer

    Studio Description

    “the organism which destroys its environment, destroys itself”
    - Gregory Bateson, English Anthropologist Social Science 1904-1980

    In the simplest of terms, Bateson acknowledges the act of environmental alteration as a potential act of self destruction. Consciously or unconsciously the decisions made at the scale of the building impacts both geological and ecological systems near and far; consequently, architecture provocations must address both the built and natural environments simultaneously.

    The studio Wood and Everything After will explore the resurgence of wood as a buliding material through the simple question, what is the architecture morphology of wood? Student driven research will delve into architecture as a conscious act of design linking territory, industrial processing, logistics, tectonics, form and space. These elements will stand as the alibi to strip away the ambiguity of wood as a commodity and serve to understand the diversity of wood’s architectural building morphology: frame, hybrid, mass based, and everything after. Deleuze and Guattari unveil the first act of the studio: surrender to the material so we can uncover the specificity of wood architecture.

    “It is a question of surrendering to the wood, then following where it leads by connecting operations to a materiality, instead of imposing a form upon a matter: what one addresses is less a matter submitted to laws than a materiality possessing a nomos. One addresses less a form capable of imposing properties upon a matter than material traits of expression constituting affects”
    - Giles Deleuze (French philosopher) & Felix Guttari (French Psychoanalyst)

    Christopher Meyer


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    Meeting ID: 973 7314 8373
    Password: 049024

    Student Names
    Jennifer Ann Lamy
    Yayu Yan
    Peyton Fraser Smyth
    Shimeng Yang
    Madison Taylor Seip
    Maria Claudia Aparicio
    Shariq Ishaque
    Brendan Patrick Riggs
    Haoran Wang
    Cooper William Kaplan

  • ARC 407, 509-510, 609: UPPER LEVEL DESIGN - LAMERE

    upper level - lamer

    Studio Description

    The relationship between form and function, and in particular the reciprocity between geometry and structure, is among the oldest preoccupations in architecture. And despite the liberatory promise of structural surfaces (especially as exemplified in the work of Felix Candela, Frei Otto, Heinz Isler and their kin), the extruded beam, uniform slab and plumb wall still reign. This persistence is equal parts a failure of our collective imagination, and a limitation imposed by industrial production. An example: the steel beam has been produced the same way for some two hundred years. It is straight, uniform and flat because it has been rolled or extruded. The structurally perfect beam, in constrast, is shaped, allocating material where it is most needed and best used. In short, structural geometry and efficient production are at odds under the prevailing industrial paradigm.

    Emerging technologies, specifically computational design and robotic fabrication, promise to transcend the limitations of aging industrial production processes. It is possible, only in our moment, to have it both ways: structural geometries that can also be produced efficiently. The aim of this studio is to explore the radical new possibilities engendered by this shift. We will focus on one method (among many) for this exploration: using the robot arm, equipped with hot-wire cutter, to slice foam blocks. The solids formed this way, by definition bounded by ruled surfaces on all sides, will have inherent structural properties that we will elverage to compose larger assemblies. Two common building systems will serve as our real-world precedents for foam acting as structure: Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).

    Put another, equally truthful and much less verbose, way: this studio will be using a robot to cut blocks of foam into spectacular shapes. We will imagine them at many scales, combine them with other materials in interesting ways, and add them together to make larger things still. We will discuss geometry, structure, pasts and futures. You will get hands-on time with the Kuka robotic arm, and learn the software necessary to use it. Through playing, testing, experimenting, prototyping and other modes of making, you will transform raw material into architectural matter.

    Joel Lamere

    1 - 3pm online
    (on Zoom)
    3 - 5:30pm in-person 
    (@U-SoA, Murphy Terrace)

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    Miro Board

    Student Names
    Haley Smith
    Jason Scott Brostoff
    Behzad Tavakol
    Valeria Vyacheslavna Dimitryuk
    Alexandra Maria Remos
    Morgan Christopher O'Brien
    Faris Al Aswad
    Michael Sean Cannon
    Batuhan Dortcelik
    Mackenzie Sky Wilhelm
    Reid Kruse Yenor

  • ARC 407, 509-510, 609: UPPER LEVEL DESIGN - VICTORIA

    upper level teofilo

    Studio Description
    Resiliency and Recovery Master Plan for Cultural Patrimony in the Abaco Cays

    Architecture and Urbanism, Historic Preservation, Classical and Vernacular Building Traditions, Social Geography and Material Culture, Resilient Planning, Sustainable Urban and Community Development, Transportation, Island Geo- Culture, Ocean Civil Engineering, Water Resource Management

    After disaster, of any kind, comes a time of recuperation and reconstruction. It is a time of introspection and memory also. Memory of what is lost and passed in our own lives and in our consciousness as a people in community. Cultural Patrimony of the built environment is the common and shared heritage where the collective memory of a society, in time and place, resides and is manifest.

    The settlements of the Abaco Cays are such patrimony for the peoples of The Bahamas and, to the extent these towns and places share a common history and culture with a broader Caribbean and mid-Atlantic heritage, have a greater ethno-geographic meaning. The studio is a focused and committed effort towards a designed planned recovery for the island settlements based on architecture, landscape, urbanism and infrastructural practice, which is at once resilient, projects forward and preserves, for future generations, the meaning and beauty of a distinct culture.

    The Studio is an extension of the After the Storm Studio, which addressed the destruction of Hurricane Dorian in the Abaco Cays, and contextualizes the effect of the pandemic unto a broader fabric of disaster response and the stewardship of cultural patrimony.

    Image credit: Clarence Bethel under the shed in Hope Town was the builder of this wooden dingy being constructed for the photographer, Martin Linsey in 1947.

    Teofilo Victoria


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    Meeting ID: 943 2729 9973
    Passcode: 779653

    Student Names
    Jichu Li
    Christian T Meyer
    Mariel Delyn Lindsey
    Sarah Nicole Ercia
    Alexia Marotta
    Jane Wesley Rakow
    Alicia Colon
    Caitlin Garner
    Florianne Adrien Jacques
    Nathalia A Giacetti


    upper level - jaime

    Studio Description
    CANIN URBAN DESIGN STUDIO: Barrio de la Merced, Mexico City

    A sponsored studio focused on the production of urban design and architecture alternatives for one of the oldest neighborhoods in Mexico City: Barrio de La Merced. There wil be a potential collaboration with students/faculty at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM); students enrolled in the CANIN URBAN DESIGN STUDIO studio will intervene in public spaces and building areas around one of the most important and surreal retail markets in Mexico City: Mercado de La Merced. This is a sponsored research studio where innovation and experimentation are fundamental pre-requisites for its successful completion.

    Jaime Correa


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    Meeting ID: 959 6963 2256

    Student Names
    Emily Paige Fusilero
    Eduardo A Ventura
    Janan A H GH Husain
    Rawan Kh H H M Alkandari
    Salah Saleh M Alsharari
    Ciana Leigh Bello
    Thomas Long
    Amanda Blair Brown
    James Joesph Tirado
    Andre Mega de Mathis
    Spencer Richardson
    Adam Toum Benchekroun


    upper level cure penabad

    Studio Description

    The Vernacularology Studio is preoccupied with the extent to which the ordinary and the colloquial resonate in architecture and the construction of the city today. According to the World Bank, since WWII global population has increased from two billion to 7.8 billion, and nearly all this growth has taken place in the developing world, where the urban population has grown from 300 million to 1.7 billion today. Most of these urban dwellers live in communities that, while composed of buildings that range from simple shacks to permanent structures, belong to an urban geography that is literally “off the map”: undocumented, illegal, mobile, ephemeral, and generally beyond the reach of government services and infrastructure. Lacking even an agreed-upon descriptive term-they are variously referred to as slums, informal settlements, shantytowns, or Unplanned Cities-they are often seen as nothing but undifferentiated pockets of misery, wracked by poverty, crime, and unsanitary conditions: in other words, an unfortunate but inevitable wast product of the uncontrolled urban growth that characterizes our time. This view is as unfortunate as it is misguided. While undeniably precarious in construction, Unplanned Cities exhibit underlying urban and architectural patterns of remarkable resilience, and that moreover reflect their inhabitants’ enduring cultural values. Given this framework, this studio will initially focus on the mapping of the La Playa informal city in Barranquilla, Colombia. However, the primary objective of the semester is to initiate urban regeneration through the design of sustainable urban and architectural proposals within this neighborhood. The proposals will constitute an opportunity to investigate building types that would foster a sense of community ownership, and provide a variety of spaces serving an entire urban environment. At the same time, while rigorously studying the principles of architecture and town building found in these communities and documenting our findings, we will also position our research within the framework of local cultural history, aesthetic tradition, and popular culture, arriving at suggested solutions that derive organically, in a sustainable fashion, from the immediate social, topographic and cultural environment.

    Adib Cure 
    Carie Penabad

    Time/Session Information
    Contact acure@miami.edu or cpenabad@miami.edu

    Student Names
    Gladys Amelia Espinal Vasquez
    Rebecca Kate Rudner
    Hunter J Kronk
    Yufei Huang
    Haochen Su
    Katya Carmen Garcia
    Cecilia Debary McCammon
    Jose Alejandro Villalobos
    Alexia Lohken
    Jackeline Ivonne Del Arca Argueta
    Larah Garcez Biondo
    Natalia Andrea Cure Garcia

  • ARC 407, 408, 509, 510, 601, 609: INTRO TO URBAN DESIGN - PLATER-ZYBERK

    arc 601 urban design

    Studio Description

    This studio will introduce students to the principles, processes and practice of urban design through a series of design projects varying in scale and location.

    The semester will engage four projects in a sequence that builds the student’s understanding of the elements of urban design. These will include: 1) a synoptic survey (design analysis) of a place (neighborhood street) of the student’s experience; 2) the design of an urban infill site with buildings and streets; 3) a design analysis of an internationally admired public space; 4) and the design of a new neighborhood of specific context and program to make a place of convenience, character, and beauty.

    Students will learn about place-making, designs that invite pedestrian use of public space, promoting a sense of community, neighborhood structure, the Transect, building types, modes of mobility, and site-specific concerns of environment, health, and climate.

    The studio will be run in a dual format, with in-person meetings on campus and on-line sessions that include all in the studio, as well as individual sessions. Once a week, guest lecturers on the topic of urban design will be assembled from around the world to make presentations and converse with studio participants. Students will be asked to suggest the names of urban designers they would like to meet in this manner.

    Image credit: ARC 601 Project #4  – Three Corners redevelopment site in Vero Beach, FL

    Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk


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    Student Names
    Andrew Kent Bissell
    Marissa Gomez Almanza
    Jiaxin Li
    Yingqi Li
    Pratiksha Jayprakash Achari
    Michael Sutton Cahn
    Maria Andreina Noriega Guerrero
    Leah Keira Coleby
    John Lawrence Henneman
    Mikayla Paris Allen
    Vaishvi Likhar


    Upper Level Shulman Reuter

    Studio Description

    The design studio for the fall semester 2020, which works at the interface of architecture, infrastructure, urban design and landscape, will focus on the spatial and social densification of downtown Miami. The starting point of our investigation will be the roofscapes and the often unused building structures beneath. We are looking for visionary designs for selective spatial urban expansions above the existing built environment, with the urban fabric providing the spatial and content-related basis. The continuous destruction of old buildings should be avoided, but this does not mean that the old structures should be recreated. These should be supplemented and provided with content. The goal is to consider the layered construction of cities with ad-hoc juxtapositions rich in contrast, for it is the oppositions that often make two rather mediocre buildings more interesting, and the city versatile.

    There are many different unrealized theoretical constructs and realized projects of vertical growth that may inspire us in this design effort. Some of these designs have arisen from historic preservation concerns, but often they are driven by opportunity, or by a philosophical position toward the conservation of built artifacts. They show how a second city can be conceived above an existing one without displacing it. Such a city can be understood as non-rigid, with overlapping layers, free spaces and structures that can be separately conceived and thus to do justice to the free will of the individual inhabitants and to the democratic process of urban appropriation. An intensive networking of these layers multiplies the possibilities of urban life. A further focus is on the adaptability of existing structures, and thus their sustainability and elasticity. Adapted, transformed, and extended, these structures are extended sustainably for many years. And so we pursue the idea of transferring the organic life cycle of birth and growth to urban development and architecture. Flexible and expandable architecture should make this possible, based on an efficient and resource-saving use of materials and building modules that can be exchanged and expanded and take into account a constant change in function. In summary, we are interested in visionary and sustainable projects based on a big and sustainable idea, without losing sight of the given context and scale.

    Allan Shulman
    Patrick Reuter


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    Student Names
    Alixandra Fleming
    Peter O Kiliddjian
    Santiago Salamanca
    Crawford Suarez
    Nathan Michael Sullivan
    Junren Tan

Monday, November 23, 2020

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    upper level el-khoury chung jarosz

    Studio Description

    Computing is migrating from dedicated static appliances to mobile devices, objects of everyday life, and physical environments thanks to proliferating microchips, ever-expanding information networks, and new interactive interfaces such as Augmented/Mixed Reality. Soon every object around will be inherently or virtually equipped with some computational power and become enmeshed in a network of communication. The built environments will take on functionalities we usually reserve to computers and hand-held communication devices. This functionality becomes particularly desirable in a post-COVID-19 world where the manipulation of digital content that is virtually layered on top of things becomes preferable to physical contact with objects and user interfaces. MR allows for engaging interactions in the real word with non-substantial content. Surely one of the greatest benefit of MR in times of social distancing and confinement is the capacity to meet, interact, and collaborate remotely: to be virtually present without being physically exposed. The studio course explores this new reality and propose designs for its non-substantial environments.

    The course seeks synergies between Mixed Reality (MR) and the Internet of Things (IoT), using Magic Leap’s platform for spatial computing as well as other digital tools that facilitate remote learning and collaboration. We will focus on the domestic environment and how it may overlap with and accommodate various aspects of everyday life by means of technology: working, learning, leisure, health, shopping, and storing. Particular attention will be given to how the home could become an augmented site for new forms of interaction and socialization.

    Rodolphe el-Khoury
    Christopher Chung
    Max Jarosz


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    Student Names
    Taylor Alyssa Eyo
    Elaheh Mahiantoosi
    Kerianne Taylor Matre
    Shannon Rose Skylark Newberry
    Hector Gonzalo Valdivia
    Clarissa Hellebrand Blasini
    Olivia Tower Schilling
    Valentina Eugenia Alfonzo Albornett
    Andrew Joseph Almeida
    William John Barrett

  • ARC 407, 509-510, 609: UPPER LEVEL DESIGN - VON MOOS

    upper level - von moos

    Studio Description

    Openly alluding to Ed Ruscha’s seminal publication Twentysix Gasoline Stations from
    1963, this studio proposes to rethink and reconfigure some of Miami’s gas stations for a
    post-fossil future. The first step will be to document a number of rather generic examples
    along 27th Avenue in a ‘dead-head, straight on’ way like ’commercial archaeologists’ so as
    to discover the worthiness and beauty of these everyday structures, which in the
    past century have been objects of attraction and fascination for a series of notable artists,
    photographers and architects. After this thorough examination and visual collection of
    existing gas stations, an additional theoretical seminar will try to historically grasp and
    develop an aesthetic understanding of their relevance in the arts, before moving into the
    final project phase that will explore their transformative potential. Thus, metamorphosing
    from the real into the surreal, on an evolutionary basis we will attempt to envision another
    Miami full of possible architectures and magical surprises, fluctuating between issues of
    bizarre change and radical continuity. However, with all this optimism at hand, each
    initial concept will be rigorously tested in its utopian potential as it faces the more
    pragmatic – urban, social, structural, constructive and thermo-dynamical – realities
    inherent to the discipline and specific to the tropical condition of Miami. Visual montages,
    and if possible also physical models, will be important instruments to achieve the desired
    transfigurations which in a meaningful way as social infrastructures should contribute to
    their urban settings.

    Charlotte Von Moos


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    Student Names
    Michael M Ganom
    Tanya Gabriela Rivera
    Johnny Edward Laderer
    Xingyi Huang
    Sofia Francisca Contreras Ojeda
    Maria Isabel Lira Adrian
    Yemin Yan
    Sofia Karina Silva Cadena
    Abdullah Yahya A Alyahya
    Natalie Castillo
    Robin Crowder

    Guest Critics
    Rodrigo da Costa Lima
    Amélia Brandão Costa
    Lars Lerup
    Florian Idenburg
    Reto Geiser
    Adib Cure


    ARC 604 Shawna Meyer Joachim Perez


    Studio Description

    “Architecture has a complex character, because on the one hand it creates the physical world we live in. It’s an undeniable part of reality, manifests a physical presence, and shapes urban spaces. On the other hand, architecture, just like art, literature and cinema, has a strongly narrative character. As designers, we tell stories through space and material.”

    Christ and Gantenbein, Interview 23.11.16

    The design studio ARC 604 Architecture as Process serves as the first course in a series of four core studies, one advanced elective studio, and a thesis project in the UM-SoA MArch I program. As such, this course serves as the introduction to the discipline of architecture as a design process. Within this course, a range of architectural conventions and typologies will be introduced, explored, and confronted. The studio will serve as a call to awareness; a heighted and focused sense of observation will be nurtured. The pedagogical objective is the development of architectural thought and methodologies fostered through conceptual and critical conversations, and implemented through the fundamental tools of the architect’s craft.

    Shawna Meyer
    Joachim Perez

    9am | Morning Session I

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    Student Names
    Tiffany Agam
    Isacio Javier Albir
    Megan Ray Barrett
    Estefania Bourgy El Sarrouh
    Andrea Camere
    Carolina Gonzalez
    Kari Ellen Grindel
    Tais Hamilton
    Carole Denae Keutzer
    Amber Elizabeth Kountz
    Kathleen Joanna Lockwood
    Shantal de Los Angeles Medina Zalzman
    Steven Louis Mercado
    Emily Christine Nelms
    Harrison Mark Neuman
    Allison Annette Newcombe
    Arina Novikova
    Flint R Porter
    Benjamin Alex Smith
    Christine L Tran
    Nina Tatiana Voith 


    upper level hector

    Studio Description

    The Sutro baths and casino out on the beach, just north of Sutro Heights, are rapidly nearing completion.  There is no bathing establishment in this country as large, as complete, as convenient or as luxuriously appointed. 

    Once there was a huge depression on the north side of the road that runs to Sutro Heights, and in the depression or gully was a sea of sand, and rock, and seaweed and spray, and the gulls went there to roost.  The Sutro baths and casino will be enclosed, and one of the most desolate and forlorn spots in the world will have been converted into one of the finest structures in the world—if not the finest.
    Inside these green, glass-covered walls there will be an amphitheater capable of seating 5000 people comfortably.  Here all manner of aquatic entertainments will be provided. Sham naval battles will be held. There will be trapezes without number, springboards galore, and all the athletic appointments that can possibly be employed in aquatic sports.

    Excerpted from The Morning Call, San Francisco Sunday August 27, 1893

    Image credit: Billington, W. C.  Sutro Baths, looking south, San Francisco, CA, 1897 May 01, U. S. National Park Service

    Denis Hector


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    Student Names
    Olawumi Faith Akinniyi
    Maria Cadena
    Aleksandra Monika Czaja
    Alexandra Nicole Dreybus
    Shane Jezowski
    Hali Keller
    Winston Lee
    Chuchen Liu
    Maha Tariq Malik
    Han Wang
    Shifan Wang
    Stephen Matthew Wisniew


    Studio Descriptions
    Fundamentals of real estate development of urban places, including the many challenges of the development process such as analyzing market sectors and development opportunities, comprehending the development context of regulation, public policy and politics, raising investment capital, assembling land, program formulation, building types, construction management, marketing, and sales. Team projects this semester include:

    This project is an actual RFP that the City of South Miami issued for an area immediately west of Red Road Commons. The goal includes infill of mixed income housing including townhomes and apartments. These teams will interact with members of the Related Company who are pursuing this project and students may become involved in public workshops that Related will be holding should their proposal be chosen by the City.

    These teams will collaborate with an interdisciplinary studio involving the School of Architecture's Urban Design program and the Miami Herbert Business School's Department of Health Management and Policywork. The joint studio will focus on proposals for a health district near the Clark Fork River at the edge of the downtown district of Missoula, Montana which was the recent focus of a Dover Kohl and Partners virtual charrette. The plan calls for the creation of an extensive mixed-use health district and students will reflect on the implications of COVID-19 for the future of healthcare and real estate development in their proposals. Students will also be invited to participate in four optional online seminars organized by the studio.

    These projects will focus on smaller urban infill lots in urban Miami neighborhoods, primarily Allapattah where land remains comparatively affordable and zoning has been changed under Miami21 to allow for somewhat higher densities, mixed uses and, in locations near transit lines, reduced parking requirements. These are projects that should be feasible for individual entrepreneurs and small firms to finance, build and lease/sell.

    These are sites consisting of multiple acres, typically under single ownership, that are prime redevelopment sites in Coral Gables, Miami, Doral and other metro area locations. Examples from past years: Sears site on Douglas Rd and Coral Way; the Publix site on Lejeune Rd in Coral Gables; the Mediterranean Village site on the east side of Ponce Circle in Coral Gables; a golf course conversion in Doral; repositioning/redevelopment of transitioning retail centers such as Sunset Place and Cocowalk.

    These are downtown urban sites typically zoned for very high intensity, high-rise development for condominium, multifamily, hospitality, office and mixed use projects.

    Chuck Bohl
    Steve Nostrand


    See listing of Nov. 23 presentations.
    See listing of Dec. 1 presentations.

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    Student Names
    Julio Alex Albarracin
    Corey James Altman
    Betina Barbalat
    Malak Benmassaoud
    Kevin John Buxton
    Cece Camacho
    Christopher Carbonell
    Isabella Sophia Chandris
    Daniella P Cioffi
    Matteo Colasuonno
    Mariana Cordoba
    Demetri Adam Demascus
    James Richard Farrar
    Daniel Walker Gautier
    Daniel Golden
    Jose Augusto Heighes Sousa
    John Lawrence Henneman
    David C Holmes
    William Hunter Holtz
    William Alberto Jacome
    Chelsey Marie Kaniewski
    Darwyn Lenior Kelly
    Kristina Leiter
    Isabella Loret De Mola
    Jessica Lott
    Harry Andrew Mannil
    Benjamin Mashaal
    Athanasios William Mazas
    Taylor Knight McHarg
    Rafael Siqueira Martins De Oliveira
    Daniel Alberto Otero
    Pratik Radadia
    Michael Ramirez
    David Schulwitz
    Krystal Sheppard
    Spencer Tiel Sorfleet
    Michael Steinbaum
    Gian Troche
    Emily Dominique Viera
    Stephen Michael White
    Camila Zablah Jimenez
    Chenkai Zhao