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The School of Architecture’s mission is founded in the faculty commitment to community and its focus on the city as a work of art and architecture.
The School of Architecture’s mission is founded in the faculty commitment to community and its focus on the city as a work of art and architecture.

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TWO of our faculty involved in this project, which just got national coverage in Curbed! Congrats to Germane Barnes and Joachim Perez for their outstanding work!

Opa Locka now boasts 20 buildings on the national historic register and an increasing number of community development efforts, many of which focus on historic restoration and public art—and some of which have been spearheaded by urban planner, Curbed Young Gun, and Opa Locka CDC designer-in-residence Germane Barnes.
Germane Barnes and Joachim Perez

Here, Barnes teams up with Miami-based architect Joachim Perez to propose a creative re-imagining of the Hurt Building—or, as Barnes calls it, "the runner up to the main attraction of the city, the historic city hall." Graced with a distinctive, Moorish exterior and flexible, open interior, the building has, in the years since its construction, been a bit of a chameleon. "Every twenty to thirty years, the building becomes something new," explains Barnes. "Initially it was a hotel, then a gas station, a hotel, a health center, offices for the local Community Development Corporation, and now it again has a health center."

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Can a building change the culture of a company? Can the design of the physical environment impact the way in which we communicate? These are but a few of the questions that the project for the new MAG headquarters analyzed and attempted to address.

In the Guatemalan countryside Cúre & Penabad shaped a building able to create a collaborative working environment that minimizes the current hierarchy, inspired by both vernacular and industrial building typologies seen throughout the country.

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Last month, a team of undergraduate and graduate architecture students and faculty members from the University of Miami School of Architecture went to Harbour Island to embark on a project - a direct result of a new partnership between the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) and the university - to evaluate the Commissioner’s residence.

The team conducted their initial assessment in Harbour Island and will spend the remainder of the semester working with researchers at AMMC to compile their findings.

“From our end, the project is a way for us to continue our work of identifying sites for further historic preservation as it is set out in our mandate at the Corporation,” Dr Tinker said. “This partnership allows us to evaluate the site in question and set up proper standards and guidelines for future preservation.”

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Award-winning architect and noted educator Josemaria de Churtichaga is the newest member of the faculty at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Beginning August 15, de Churtichaga will take over leadership of the Master of Architecture program at UMSoA.

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Three University of Miami School of Architecture students have been awarded scholarships by The Villagers, a local group dedicated to restoration and preservation in the Greater Miami area. Recipients from UM are senior Daniel Clavijo, junior Jessica Stefanick, and sophomore Hitomi Maeno.

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Several outstanding School of Architecture students, under the leadership of professors Jean Francois LeJeune and Rafael Tapanes, worked on models featured in the current Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Latin America In Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.” That work was featured prominently in the New York Times Weekend Arts section on Friday, May 1, including two large, full-color photographs! Congratulations to all involved for this highlight of their efforts. Students involved in the project were Shushanik Ghazaryan, Ekaterina Koroleva, Wang Hongyang, Zachary Michael Lim Anderson, Sophie Juneau, Stephanie Margarita Riofrio Villegas, Junya Huang, Nicole Farah Cordero, Yasmine Zeghar, Divya Gosain, Gerardo E. Delgadillo, Natalie Loventhal, Nika Mirrafie, Patrick Beck and Maria Carolina Fasano. 

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University of Miami Receives Knight Grant to Create Entrepreneurial Spaces http://ow.ly/LKqIR via Tech Cocktail

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Awesome news!! UM team wins Knight funding to create entrepreneurial hubs in underserved neighborhoods | The Starting Gate http://ow.ly/LH6Ij

SoA alum and faculty member Tony Garcia has a new book called Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change. He discussed that book at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Wednesday, April 8.
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