a bi-weekly e-newsletter from the University of Miami School of Architecture
ARCH Students on a Mission for Preservation of Santa Lucia
On a sunny January day in Santiago de Cuba, Oriente, 13 students from U-SoA scurried through the halls of the Church of Santa Lucia looking for the iconic eyes among the wooden crosses and masonry of the Colonial-style sanctuary. “Karen Mathews, an art historian who went with us to Cuba, told us that since Santa Lucia gouged her eyes out in her devotion to the Lord, there were figures of eyes hidden throughout the church,” says Jorge Hernandez, B.Arch. ’80, professor in the University of Miami School of Architecture. Read more.
University of Miami - President's Report
2017 President’s Report: The Year in Review
At UM, 2017 was a year of dynamic growth, prestigious accomplishment, and a few daunting challenges that tested and ultimately strengthened the bonds of our ’Canes community.  As we look ahead to 2018, take a moment to enjoy a few signature moments and the 2017 President’s Report.
RAD-UM takes Honorable Mention for ROBOTIC CLOUD
@ the LAKA ’17 Competition
University of Miami School of Architecture’s RAD-UM was awarded Honorable Mention at the LAKA ’17 Competition (Architecture that Reacts), for its shading system, Robotic Cloud. In an effort to adapt and control ever-changing environmental conditions – sun, wind, and rain – for visitors in public spaces, RAD-UM proposed a dynamic system, capable of shading several visitors within a public space, at any given time. Robotic Cloud is a two part, worker-hive system, loosely inspired by the honey bee colony, consisting of the Drones and the Docking Towers. Congratulations to the U-SoA team led by Dean el-Khoury, Chris Chung and Veruska Vasconez, and students, Stefani Fachini, Melodie Sanchez, Hongyang Wang, and Kelsey Wang. More info.

advancement news

The John Ames Steffian Sr., Endowed Scholarship Fund Helps U-SoA Students
Thanks to our many generous donors, the School of Architecture can ensure that a degree is within the financial means of every meritorious student. In an effort to drive this UM-wide initiative, the School of Architecture continuously seeks to grow endowed scholarships. Donors, such as Mr. John Ames Steffian, Sr., makes these goals a reality. In 1985, Mr. Steffian founded the John Ames Steffian, Sr. endowed scholarship fund with an initial gift of $10,000.  With the additional investment of annual contributions, the fund now stands at over a quarter of a million dollars.  Interest from the fund is awarded in a scholarship annually to a student or students who show academic achievement and promise.  We thank our supporters, like Mr. Steffian, for their generosity and legacy of giving to U-SoA. 

For more information on Giving to U-SoA, please contact Senior Development Director, Lisa Merritt @LMerritt@miami.edu.

student highlight

Commencement Profile: Daniela Deu
Daniela Deu spent a great deal of her childhood crisscrossing Europe. Born in the United States but raised in the small municipality of Andorra, located between France and Spain, Deu visited many cities as she competed in ice skating tournaments.

Each city offered her a window into people’s lives, how they lived, worked, where they ate, where they played. She was drawn to cities, their differences and their architecture. After high school and living in New York, she decided to take a summer course in architecture at the Pratt Institute in the city. Read more.

Come to The U: Shruti Khandelwal, School of Architecture

faculty highlights

U-SoA Associate Professor, Allan Shulman’s “Radical Cocktail” - 15th International DOCOMOMO Conference
Associate Professor Allan Shulman's paper “Radical Cocktail: Miami’s Bacardi Imports Tower” has been accepted for the 15th International DOCOMOMO Conference“Metamorphosis. The Continuity of Change” (August 28-31 2018, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia), as part of the Session “S11_Downtown Reloaded," to be chaired by Ruth Verde Zein.
Professor Lejeune co-curates “Open Air Rooms”
As part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, University of Miami School of Architecture Professor Jean-François-Lejeune co-curated a small exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture of Chicago, with Professor and Dean Michelangelo Sabatino (IIT School of Architecture). The exhibition of the works of Naples architect Cherubino Gambardella (with his wife Simona Ottieri) and its accompanying catalogue are titled “Open Air Rooms” (Lettera Ventidue, 2017). The collage of sketches and drawings deals with the Mediterranean concept of patio and terrace and its influence on modernity. U-SoA Professor Lejeune also lectured at the IIT on his research titled “Loos and Schinkel: The Metropolis between the Individual and the Collective.”
Professor Jean-François Lejeune and Professor Victor Deupi are collaborating with MA alumnus Silvia Ros, now a professional photographer of architecture, to produce an online and traveling exhibition Cuban Architects at Home and in Exile: the Modernist Generation.  Both projects are the follow-up of the successful exhibition held at the Coral Gables Museum from November 2016 to February 2017. In collaboration with the University of Miami School of Architecture, Silvia Ros has won a $15,000 Knight Arts Challenge 2017. According to the press release, the grant will allow “to explore the international importance of Cuban modernist architects and architecture, both on the island and in the United States, with an online and traveling exhibition.” 

alumni stories

Miami-based, PlusUrbia Design, comprised almost entirely of U-SOA Alums, is Honored
PlusUrbia, an “extended University of Miami School of Architecture studio” has enjoyed an historic year. Juan Mullerat and Megan McLaughlin – Directors of PlusUrbia Design and U-SoA professor team teaching a studio on resiliency and transportation solutions – have led their Miami-based urban design studio to multiple major awards this year. They have also lectured on Resiliency, Transit Oriented Development and Complete Districts while leading several major, context-sensitive master planning efforts. PlusUrbia Design, an urban and architectural design atelier, features U-SoA graduates Maria Bendfeldt, Manuel de Lemos, Bo Li, Sofia Villanueva, Mullerat and McLaughlin on its design team. Recent highlights of the Miami-based studio include:
PlusUrbia, honored by the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County for its community-based work, is actively working with a broad base of leaders in San Juan to help with the rebuilding and restoration of Puerto Rico. Follow news of this initiative at www.plusurbia.com/blog. We congratulate our U-SoA Team @ PlusUrbia, for this well-deserved recognition. 
Come to The U: Nika Mirrafie, School of Architecture
Nika Mirrafie, Master of Architecture, Spring 2017
U-SoA's Global Connections and the Comprehensive Studio  

upcoming events

Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Application and portfolio due @midnight for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Rome Program.  For more info, email Professor Carmen Guerrero at carmeng@miami.edu.
Saturday, January 20, 2018YALE Memorial for Vincent Scully, at 1pm in Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College streets. A reception will follow at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Tecnoglass Lecture by Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow Wow, 6:30pm, Glasgow Hall
Friday, February 9, 2018: Real Estate Impact Conference, 12 to 5pm, at the Four Seasons
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