Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building

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The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building, named by Tom P. Murphy Jr., the President, founder and CEO of Coastal Construction, in memory of his father, is LEED-certified and includes studios to accommodate approximately 120 students. It includes a state-of-the-art fabrications lab and modern workstations, designed to enable advanced digital production. A lounge, computer lab, presentation areas, review spaces and offices are additional amenities. The facility occupies about 20,000 square feet, which includes indoor and outdoor jury areas where students present their final projects before esteemed peers and faculty.

The concrete and glass structure is simple and elegant, yet features exposed mechanical and electrical interior elements to serve as a teaching experience for students. The floor to ceiling seamless windows feature the most advanced glass technology available. The interior boasts minimal support structures to maximize flexible furniture placement, preparing students for modern collaborative workspaces.

Donors who have enabled the completion of the Building include Arquitectonica Foundation, Tecnoglass, Winnie & Larry Kearns, B. Arch '85, and Rolando Llanes, B. Arch '83. An anonymous donor enabled the purchase of equipment for the Fabrication Lab.

About the Architect:
Arquitectonica Foundation was founded 38 years ago by Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, two of the leading architects of a then emerging new generation. Today their practice spans the globe, with projects in 54 countries on five continents. Arquitectonica has 800 architects, landscape architects, planners, interior designers and industrial designers, in ten studios around the world. Its work is widely recognized through publications and exhibits, and its roster of clients includes leaders of both the public and private sectors.

For information about naming opportunities in the Murphy Design Studio Building, please contact SoA Advancement at 305-284-5841.

Photo by Cheryl Steiffel, Miami in Focus

Rendering by Arquitectonica