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An Unforgettable and Transformative Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building Dedication Ceremony

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The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building Dedication Ceremony rolled out the “orange” carpet, kicking off the official dedication with the ribbon-cutting, gathering donors, Board of Trustee members, government officials, UM leadership and the U-SoA community. The donor, Tom Murphy Jr., Founder, Chairman and CEO of Coastal Construction Group, surrounded by his family and business partners, shared his inspirational stories on his humble beginnings, tenacious drive and bold moves that led him to success. The guests were witness to his humility, humor and deep sense of family; ingredients that no doubt, have championed his leadership. Tom Murphy Jr. graciously added that the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building would have never seen the light of day, had it not been for the Arquitectonica family, the globally-renown architectural firm led by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Spear and Raymond Fort. Their close relationship and partnership with Coastal Construction was a critical element in the design and creation of the TPMDSB. The customized, high-technology windows, from Tecnoglass Inc., were also celebrated; in attendance from Tecnoglass was co-founder and Corporate Director, Jose Daes. Lorena Knezevic, Fifth Year BArch student, Dean el-Khoury, President Frenk and Chairman Richard Fain expressed profound gratitude and admiration for the transformative impact the TPMDSB will have on the U-SoA community, and the immense donor generosity, a generosity not limited to financial resources, but one that fervently displayed a generosity of spirit. In closing, The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building is a testament to the impeccable work that can be achieved through collaboration, generosity and vision.

#USOA #USOANOW #UMurphyDesignStudio

Images provided by: Jennifer Abreu

U-SoA’s Germane Barnes Shares his Front Porch with the New York Times

It is a place to gather after Saturday night dinners and after the church doors open on Sunday afternoons. A dais upon which to sing lullabies and honor memories, to weave folklore and family stories, the kind carried from greats to grands, from one generation to the next. 


Photographs by: Wayne Lawrence

The Seaside 2018 Annual Legacy Tour

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Sponsored by the School of Architecture (U-SoA), a multi-disciplinary group of 80 students, faculty and staff from the University of Miami traveled to the northeastern coast of the Gulf of Mexico for an immersive-learning experience to analyze four newly-built coastal settlements designed with best practices in resiliency and sustainability. The Seaside Annual Legacy Tour is highly regarded by students, alumni, and professionals for its contribution to their own development, as well as its illumination of the foundational work in transformational urban design established at the School of Architecture. Faculty members from diverse professional and pedagogical backgrounds guided students from the Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, Master of Architecture, and Master of Real Estate Development and Urbanism programs through sessions, tours and workshops with real estate stakeholders, architects, and urban designers addressing issues in the various disciplines as well as larger ecological and sociological concerns.
Image Credit: Waverly Wyld

U-SoA Broadens its Network in the Caribbean

The University of Miami School of Architecture continues to expand and strengthen its network in the Caribbean by creating new partnerships and launching initiatives with existing partners. Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury and Associate Dean Carmen Guerrero visited the three leading institutions in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to pave the road for multiple forms of collaboration involving research, teaching, course sharing, graduate student recruitment and student exchange.


12th Annual Rome Program Golf Tournament Marked Historic 10-Year Anniversary of U-SoA’s Rome Center!

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Another successful Rome Golf Tournament was enjoyed by over 28 foursomes, 35+ sponsors, and Rome Golf Committee members, accompanied by U-SoA faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

The event kicked off the afternoon of November 2nd at Crandon Golf on Key Biscayne celebrating a milestone, as 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of U-SoA’s own Rome center in the Prati district. The proceeds from the tournament support U-SoA students and the school’s position as a prestigious academic research and educational center in Rome. Student participation in the tournament was at a record high with Rome alums sharing fond memories of their semester abroad. Fifth Year Undergraduate student, Nicholas Meury, shared his Rome experience as prospective students learned more, in anticipation of their future journey.


We congratulate our competitive golfers and shout-outs to Coastal Construction Group who took home first place, followed by Civic Construction and Plaza Construction.

We thank our committee members; Roberto Behar, George Cuesta, Jim Durante, Chris Korge, Albert Menendez, William Real, Alex Remos, Luis Revuelta, Tom Spain, and Frank Vilar, our generous sponsors, and alumni, for making this event a huge success and our continued Rome program, a reality. Rome Director, Carmen Guerrero reminded the audience of how the scholarships, produced by the tournament, make Rome a possibility for an increasing number of students every year. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful day on the links with Bacardi bars and a surprise appearance by Sebastian who enjoyed being chauffeured around the greens, by none other than Dean el-Khoury; the proof is in the pictures.

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Header and gallery photos by: Jennifer Abreu

2018 Homecoming BBQ; 

This year’s Homecoming BBQ enjoyed a record, sold-out attendance with more than 270+ guests. Alumni, faculty, students and staff enjoyed a perfect night under the firework-lit skies in the U-SoA courtyard. Many thanks to our generous sponsor, Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits!


Photo by: Jennifer Abreu

University of Miami Pioneers the Next Frontier with Magic Leap

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Magic Leap Gallery
As first academic partner, UM forges education through spatial computing.


Images provided by: Jennifer Abreu

U-SoA NOW: Faculty Highlights

Third Time's the Charm for Jaime Correa

For the third time, ACT.OF.MAPPING has featured the work of U-SoA’s Jaime Correa, Associate Professor Prof. Practice - POST-Digital Housing. Congratulations to Prof. Correa for achieving this accomplishment, (a third time), in less than two years! 


U-SoA’s Professor Sonia Chao, continues to Lead on Solutions to Climate Change

Professor Sonia Chao, Director, of the University of Miami School of Architecture's Center for Urban & Community Design (CUCD),  team member for one of U-LINK’s inaugural grant recipients will advance to the next round of funding with proposals related to one of Florida’s—and the world’s—biggest challenges.


U-SoA NOW: Alumni Highlights

U-SoA Alums Tony Garcia and Irene Balza complete Tactical Urbanism

U-SoA alumnus, Tony Garcia of Street Plans, recently completed Tactical Urbanism project in Asheville, North Carolina - a street mural and sidewalk extension. Tony credits his UM architecture education with its emphasis on beautiful drawing, as the foundation for his current tactical urban design work. The project manager and designer was another alumnus, Irene Balza



U-SoA Alumni, David De Celis, Selected for Mayor’s Arts Task Force, for City of Cambridge, MA. 

David De Celis, class of 1994 (B.Arch), is joining this newly-formed Mayor’s Arts Task Force (MATF), effective November 3, 2018. David looks forward to working together with fellow visual and performing arts community leaders, Councilor Mallon (Chair of the MATF), and other City staff/leaders, to ensure that Cambridge’s arts community is supported, funded, and vibrant! We are confident that David will be a formidable advocate and further the ARTS in his local community. Kudos to David on this great achievement! Read more...

U-SoA NOW: Student Highlights

Seven Awards for U-SoA @AIA Miami Design Awards Gala

The American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter (AIA Miami) presented design and honor awards to architects, architecture students, and community leaders at its 64h Annual AIA Miami Design Awards Gala on Friday night, October 26. We are honored to share the list of U-SoA faculty, board members, and honorary student that were among the evening’s winners… 

Chair of SoA Advisory Board
Architecture Greater than 50,000 sf - Merit Award of Excellence to
Arquitectonica International for Regalia 

MRED+U Board Member
Honorary award to the developer of the year to
David Martin from Terra Group
SoA Faculty Recognition
Architecture Greater Than 50,000 sf – Merit Award to
Perkins + Will for the L’Oreal Research and Innovation Center
Architecture Less Than 50,000 sf – Merit Award to 
Shulman + Associates for 723 Lincoln Lane North
Residential Architecture – Honor Award to 
Brillhart Architecture for Thatch House
Interior Architecture – Honor Award to 
Shulman + Associates for Jugofresh Santona Corne
Unbuilt Award – Honor Award to 
Shulman + Associates for The Louver Building and Perkins + Will
for First Year Village Housing

SoA Student Recognition
Honorary Student of the Year to 
Sydney Matsumoto
Congratulations to our U-SoA family!


The USGBC attends Living Building Challenge in Atlanta

The US Green Building Council Students club recently attended the Living Building Challenge Conference in Atlanta, Georgia where they learned about designing Net Positive buildings for the subtropics. (Cecilia McCammon, 2nd Year B.Arch student, Class of 2022, shared this story.)

Featured Above (L to R): Cecilia McCammon, Natalie Lipsey, Maxwell Erickson, and Nishi Bordia.

12.04.2018: Upcoming Events
[ Fall 2018 ]
12.05 / 12.07 / 12.11.18: Fall 2018 Final Reviews
Various locations at U-SoA: Old Gallery, 48/49 Jury Rooms,
Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building, Jorge M. Perez Architecture CenterKorach Gallery.
Further Details,

12.13.18: Fall 2018 Graduation Reception

Jorge M. Perez Architecture CenterKorach Gallery, 12-1pm
Further details,

[ Spring 2019 ]
01.12.19: Introduction to Real Estate Development
Jorge M. Perez Architecture CenterRinker Classroom, 8:30am - 2:30pm

[ Tecnoglass Lectures ]
01.30.19: Michael Maltzan
02.20.19: Lisa Iwamoto
03.06.19: Jürgen Mayer H.
03.27.19: Fernando Romero

[ Conferences ]
 01.19.19: Historic Preservation of CG Conference
01.25.19: Smart Cities Miami Conference
Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center
Further details, here.

02.08.19: Real Estate Impact Conference

Four Seasons Brickell, 12:30pm | By Invitation Only

02.28 - 03.01.19: Career Fair
Various locations
03.05 / 03.06.19: Global Architecture HTC
[ Exhibitions ]
01.30 - 02.24.19: Brillhart Architecture - An Exhibition of Recent Design Work

Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Korach Gallery, Time: TBD

05.16 - 05.17.19: SMK8 Art Show

Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Korach Gallery, 9am to 7pm

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