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The 2018 REIC, Another Successful Real Estate Conference  
Top executives from Starwood Capital GroupWhole Foods MarketLennar Corp. and Marriott International provided key insights on the real estate market at the University of Miami’s Real Estate Impact Conference on Friday. Over 500 people packed the Four Seasons Miami for the conference, hosted by the UM School of Architecture and the UM Business School. Read more.

Image: Starwood Capital Group CEO Barry Sternlicht at the University of Miami Real Estate Impact Conference
New programs in Construction Management at U-SoA are poised to launch Fall of 2018
The new Master of Construction Management (MCM) degree* will provide students with the knowledge, discipline and marketable skills to become the future leaders in design and construction-related organizations worldwide.
The program is open to graduates from Architecture, Engineering and Construction programs. The curriculum will broaden educational and career options for students. Formal knowledge and experience in project and construction management are highly sought after by, not only architectural firms but also construction companies and real estate developers.
Mid-career professionals with a minimum of five years demonstrable experience in construction, our MCM for Executives will offer cutting-edge courses taught by top Leaders in the Industry. Courses will be offered in the evenings and on weekends, to meet the needs of working professionals. The program will focus on current issues and events in construction management and address the needs of the industry by developing candidates for middle and upper management positions
Combined with other educational opportunities currently offered or planned, at the U-SoA or other academic units, students can create their own future expanding their horizon in the job market. Students at U-SoA are able to enroll in an MCM and our MRED+U degrees completing a total of 60 credits combined. When coupled with our professional BArch degree, graduates will have laid the foundations of Architecture, Construction and Real Estate Development enabling them to significantly influence the development of the built environment in a positive way.
Construction Management is highly sought after by, not only Architectural Firms but also Construction Companies and Real Estate Developers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Mean Annual Salary for Architects was $76,930 per year in 2016. Likewise, the Mean Annual Salary for Construction Managers in 2016 was $99,510. See
For latest updates and additional information please email Prof. Armando Montero –

*The program is pending final approval
Joint Travel and Studio to Colombia, Sponsored by Fundacion Tecnoglass  
U-SoA Profs. Adib CureTeofilo Victoria and Yizhou Zhao traveled with their studio to Barranquilla and Cartagena Colombia from January 30th – February 4th.  The studio, sponsored by Fundacion Tecnoglass included the travel, visit and collaboration to the site of their project by 34 students and faculty from U-SoATsinghua and Peking University. The name of the studio is ‘The Vernacularology Studio: Lost and Found, Adaptive Reuse in the Age of Consumption’ and the site of their project was in the city of Cartagena de Indias.
Arc Studio Students Visit RISD Nature Lab & Artist Housing
ARC 605 Design & Theory students recently visited the new Arts & Housing facility for Rhode Island School of Design - RISD
The trip to Providence to visit and document the site, included tours to the RISD Nature Lab to explore its programming and functions, and to the newly completed building of Diller, Renfro, Scofidio for Brown University the Visual Arts Initiative. During the trip, students went to important historic buildings, learning about early American typologies and construction types.
Students from Prof. Roberto Behar’s Spring Upper Level Studio travel to New York for a site
visit in SoHo

Prof. Roberto Behar's graduate and undergraduate level students studied Tudor City in Midtown East, Aldo Rossi’s Scholastic Building in SoHo
, and convened at the 'Top of the Rock' overlooking Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

Photos by: Michael Alexander, University of Miami B.Arch ‘18

"Calibrated Preservation + Resiliency Toolkit" has been selected as a nominee to represent the University of Miami for the The Miami Foundation, 2018 Community Grants Program (internal Limited Submission Competition)
Out of all the internal applications to the University of Miami, two teams were selected to move forward with their grant proposal to the Miami Foundation in the Resilience Category. U-SoA’s CUCD Director and Research Assoc. Professor Sonia Chao is the proposal PI and Prof. Landolf Rhode BarbarigosCoE is the Co-PI. Over the past few years, on a pro-bono basis, Chao and Rhode-Barbarigos have been collaborating with the City of Miami and with the County on the creation of the Calibrated Preservation + Resilience Toolkit. Funding would go towards translation in Spanish and Creole and final editing, graphic designing and related efforts.

Honoring Prof. Jan Hochstim’s Legacy with a Faculty Office
A fundraising campaign is underway at the University of Miami School of Architecture to name an office in the new Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building in memory of Professor Jan Hochstim. Within the new Murphy Design Studio Building are two faculty offices. U-SoA will name one of these offices as a tribute to Professor Hochstim’s legacy. A fund to create a naming gift of $50,000 will ensure that the Jan Hochstim Faculty Office is named in perpetuity. Signage in the space will recognize all donors who contribute to the fund. For more information, please contact Lisa Merritt at LMerritt@miami.edu.

student highlights

U-SoA Healthcare Design Students Create an Interactive Exam Room
In the very near future you may visit the doctor and instead of being greeted by a nurse or a physician’s assistant, you may be welcomed by a talking wall with an Alexa-like voice.

The wall will not only know your name and vital signs but will project images from your iPhone to calm you. For example, if you are fretting about whether you have the flu and anxiously awaiting the doctor, your children’s faces may appear on the wall to soothe you. Read more.

faculty highlights 

2018 Addison Mizner Award to Cure & Penabad
Adib Cure & Carie Penabad (CURE & PENABAD) Received an ICAA-FL 2018 Addison Mizner Award for their design of ‘Escuelita Buganvilia’, in recognition for its excellence in Institutional Architecture.

Photo by: Carlos Domenech
“Marginal Urbanisms: Informal and Formal Development in Cities of Latin America” by Cure & Penabad
Adib Cure and Carie Penabad’s essay titled: “Off The Map: The Unplanned City Case Study, Las Flores, Colombia” was just published in a publication titled: “Marginal Urbanisms: Informal and Formal Development in Cities of Latin America”, edited by Felipe Hernandez and Axel Becerra.  
The Splendid Ordinary: the Neighborhoods of Rome 1883-1974
The old center of Rome is well known to most scholars and visitors, but the neighborhoods that surround the Aurelian walls and were built from the 1880’s to the 1960’s are treasures of great urbanism and innovative housing that remain to be discovered and discussed. A new book to be co-published in the United States and Sweden under the title The Splendid Ordinary: the Neighborhoods of Rome 1883-1974 is under preparation in Miami and Rome. The authors include U-SOA Professors Jean-François LejeuneVeruska Vasconez and Carmen Guerrero, architect and author Daniel Solomon in San Francisco, Professor Anna-Irene del Monaco (La Sapienza, Roma), and former Dean of La Sapienza University School of ArchitectureLucio Barbera. A group of U-SOA graduate students is collaborating to produce drawings to document the neighborhoods. In the context of this project, Professor Jean-François Lejeune gave a lecture at Yale University School of Architecture on January 22nd. The host was Elizabeth Moule, architect and partner in the firm Moule-Polyzoides in Los Angeles. She is currently the Robert A.M. Stern Visiting Professor in Classical Architecture.

upcoming events

Wednesday, February 14th  
High Noon Lecture "LANDSCAPE by/through/in/and DESIGN by Tiago Torres-Campos, 12:15pm, Rinker 

Starting from personal and professional impressions about contemporary European landscapes, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, Tiago Torres-Campos will offer a possible understanding of landscape and of the values that the discipline of landscape architecture has to offer the world today.

Through a succession of past, present and future acts of design, research, teaching, and community activities, Tiago will focus on how important our contemporary landscapes are in the context of the Anthropocene as a planetary situation comprising massive geopolitical, technological, climate, and architectural change. 

Tiago is a Portuguese landscape architect and Asst. Prof. in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, where he directs the MA(Hons) Landscape Architecture programme, and a team member of the European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA). 

He is a PhD candidate in Architecture by Design, where he investigates Manhattan as a contemporary landscape of the Anthropocene. Other relevant research fields include the social impacts of urban innovation in Latin American Cities; and the effects of digital media on contemporary landscape representation.

In 2017, he co-chaired ‘Postcards from the Anthropocene’, an international symposium and exhibition showcasing the work of over 100 international designers and artists. The event focused on the reciprocity between geopolitics and modes of representation through the motif of postcards. An edited book is currently being prepared.

Tiago is also the founder of CNTXT Studio. Recent design awards include City Vision (Rio de Janeiro and Rome), Vision 42 (NYC), and Future Architecture Platform—with design and curatorial commissions for MAXXI (Rome), MAO (Ljubljana), LX Triennale (Lisbon), and CANActions (Kiev).

Wednesday, February 14th
DEADLINE for Student Career Fair Book submission. Email soa.careers@miami.edu.

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Thursday, February 15th
Kundalini YOGA with Prof. Kathy Wheeler, 6:30-7:30pm, Location: TBA.  For more info, email kjwheeler@miami.edu.
Monday, February 19th 
Vincent Scully Memorial, 1-2:30pm, Glasgow Hall
February 19th - 23rd
U-SoA Model Shop Open House, 9am - 5pm, Building 35, Room 150/151
February 22nd - 25th
The Seaside Prize Lectures and Walking Tours, led by prize winners.  
More info.
February 22nd 
Fit City Miami 5 - Age Friendly Active Design, 8am - 2pm, Coral Gables Museum. Register now.
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February 26th - March 2nd
2018 Vincent Scully Lecture - Three Thinkers on Architecture and the City Lectures by George Baird, 6:30pm, Glasgow Hall
January 31st - February 28th
Highlights from the Miami High Rise, Monday - Friday, 9am - 7pm, Korach Gallery
Save the Dates!  
Stay tuned for more detailed information.
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