The University of Miami School of Architecture has been fortunate to host several symposiums over the years with topics ranging from Sustainability and Climate Change to the development of Informal Cities and Settlements. This semester, a new symposium, part of Tecnoglass's Lecture Series 2014-15: CALL TO ORDER, titled Young Ancients, will be held in Glasgow Hall today, Wednesday, January 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The Young Ancients Symposium brings together a group of young architects who are re-investing in history, typology and urban morphology. The emerging sensibility rehearses the Neo-Rationalist ethos of the seventies, grounding visions for livable and sustainable cities on reinforced disciplinary foundations. The event will be hosted by SoA with support from sponsor Tecnoglass. Moderated by Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury, the architects participating in Young Ancients are:

Wonne Ickx (PRODUCTORA): Wonne Ickx is a partner in PRODUCTORA, a Mexico City based architectural studio, integrated by four architects of different nationalities including Abel Perles (Argentina), Carlos Bedoya (Mexico), and Victor Jaime (Mexico). PRODUCTORA´s work is distinguished by an interest in precise geometries, the production of clearly legible projects with limited gestures and the search for timeless buildings in their material and programmatic resolutions.

Adrian Phiffer (Damiani Ngo Phiffer): Adrian Phiffer is originally from Romania. He received his Master of Architecture from University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest, and a Master of Urban Design from University of Toronto. In 2001-2002 he studied at Ecole d’Architecture de Toulouse under a Socrates-Erasmus Scholarship offered by the European Union. He has worked with Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and Moriyama Teshima Architects in Toronto, and with Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. In parallel to Office of Adrian Phiffer, he directs The Flat Side of Design and is founding partner of Damiani Ngo Phiffer. He teaches architecture and urbanism at University of Toronto - John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Carie Penabad (CURE & PENABAD): Carie Penabad received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University. Upon graduation she went to work for the office of Machado & Silvetti in Boston, and in 2001 established her own practice in Miami with partner Adib Cure. The work of CURE & PENABAD Architecture and Urban Design has received numerous awards including American Institute of Architects awards, state and local preservation awards, a National Congress for New Urbanism Award, and a Silver Medal prize at the 2010 Miami Biennale.  Most recently, the firm was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Marcus Corporation Foundation Architectural Prize for emerging architectural talent.  She is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami SoA and has taught at Yale University as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor of Architectural Design, Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural Center.

Jacob Brillhart's residence (by Brillhart Architecture) in Downtown Miami was awarded Best of Design by Architect's Newspaper in the 'Single Family House' category. Read the full story.

Adib Cure and Carie Penabad's architecture and urban design firm CURE & PENABAD won the Best of Houzz 2015 award. View their Houzz profile page.

John Onyango is a member of ZEMCH, an interdisciplinary forum for learning, dissemination of the "state of the art", which includes a number of topics related to the development of the concept of sustainability in construction.  A 'Call for Papers' was announced back in December 2014 with the abstracts due on April 15, 2015.  Paper topics include: Social and Economic Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Design and Construction Management , Sustainable Mass Customization and Personalization, Value Analysis and Visualization, User Behavior and Choice, Digital Fabrication and IT, Renewable Energy and Technology, Building Technology, Use of Materials from Renewable Sources in Building,  Life Cycle Analysis/Life Cycle Costing, Commercialization, Organization Issues, Aesthetics, Education and Policy Issues.

Steven Brooke will lead a series of Architectural Photography Workshops at The Seaside Institute from May 30 to June 3, 2015. Workshops will cover the photography of individual buildings, streetscapes, landscapes, interiors, and night photography, and include instruction on photographic techniques, composition and post-production. Suitable for students of all ability levels and background. For more information, contact Diane Dorney, ddorney@seasideinstitute.org. [Register]

Jaime Correa is this year’s ARC 102 Studio Coordinator.  This past weekend, Jaime and his fellow faculty members led the freshman class through an exploration of Key West.  The relative proximity to this historic city has been advantageous to SoA for many years. Students were exposed to the vernacular architecture of this tropical region which will influence their design projects this semester.

SoA students launched a new colony of Alpha Rho Chi (APX) Fraternity. The national, coeducational, and professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts, APX approved the student’s application to form a colony last October and hosted the colony formation event on Saturday, January 17, and Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the Perez Architecture Center; presided over by the fraternity’s Grand Lecturer, Scott Swanson, and Colony Director Michael Shoup. A colony is the fraternity’s designation for a chapter in training. Over the next two-to-four semesters, the students will complete a rigorous list of requirements, including planning and hosting a professional event to benefit the university and a philanthropic event benefiting the local community, fundraisers, recruiting new members, and developing governing documents and practices. Students may petition for recognition as a chapter as soon as fall semester 2016, and they have until fall semester 2017 to complete all requirements and have their petition accepted by a vote of the national fraternity. University of Miami students interested in joining the colony are encouraged to contact colony president, Hitomi Maeno, at h.maeno@umiami.edu.

Chaos Group and McNeel Miami teams will visit Juhong Park's class this Thursday, January 22, to present V-Ray and Rhino/Grasshopper projects to students. Glasgow Hall, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.    

If you'd like to brush up on your technological prowess, please take advantage of the upcoming Digital Technology Workshops every Thursday.  The first workshop will focus on Rhino and be led by Chris Chung this Thursday, January 22, in the Multimedia Classroom Room 330, Building 48 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Space is still available. [RSVP]

The AIAS will hold its first meeting next Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30p.m. Board members include: Daniella Cioffi, President; Matthew Smith, Vice President; Anthony Lopez, Secretary; Jeffrey Adler, Treasurer; Samuel Wyner, Events; Kamilah Acebal, Publicist; and Professor Steven Fett, as Faculty Advisor. If you are interested in joining, please email AIAS at um.aias2014@gmail.com and stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram (@um_aias).

We’d like to announce a call for volunteers!  Anyone interested in helping manage our brand new DesignBuild Coffee Kiosk should contact graduate student Emma May at e.may@umiami.edu. Paid positions will become available later this year.

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company is accepting applications for its class of 2015 Summer Design Scholars. The juried selection is open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design programs. The submission deadline is Monday, February 16.

The Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) is a national trade association representing tile and stone installation companies throughout the United States who are members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen. In 2005, TCAA set up a trust fund with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation and currently funds two $2,000 scholarships each year for qualifying students. Applications and all accompanying information, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2015.

January 21 Tecnoglass Lecture Series 2014-15: CALL TO ORDER SYMPOSIUM - Young Ancients. Glasgow Hall, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

January 22 Digital Technology Workshop: Rhino - Led by Professor Chris Chung. Multimedia Classroom Room 330, Building 48, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. [RSVP]

January 28 SoA's Lunchtime Series: HIGH NOON - Lecture by Professor Sonia R. Cháo, Director of the Center for Urban & Community Design and Research Associate Professor at UM. Rinker Classroom, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

January 29 Digital Technology Workshop: Rhino - Led by Professor Chris Chung. Multimedia Classroom Room 330, Building 48, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. [RSVP]

January 29 Lecture by alumnus Robert Lloyd, MUD ’10, Senior Associate at Arquitectonica Geo. FIU Main Campus, 5:00 p.m.

February 4 Tecnoglass Lecture Series 2014-15: CALL TO ORDER - Lecture by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von EllrichshausenPezo Von Ellrichshausen, “Normal Inventory.” Glasgow Hall, 6:30 p.m.

February 5 Digital Technology Workshop: Revit - Led by Professor Li Yi. Multimedia Classroom Room 330, Building 48, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m [RSVP]

Header image: Helsinki Central Library, Finland, PRODUCTORA; Centenary Square Competition, Birmingham, Damiani Ngo Phiffer; IMSA Corporate Headquarters, Guatemala, CURE & PENABAD - Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty & Staff News image: Brillhart Residence by Brillhart Architecture. Photo by Stefani Fachini.
Student News image: First-year students in Key West with Professor Jaime Correa. Photo by Bruna Bacchi.

Student News Source: "Architecture students launch Alpha Rho Chi colony at the University of Miami," [press release] by Scott Swanson, Grand Lecturer, Expansion and Ritual Programs, APX Fraternity.
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