9.15.2014

The semester in Rome launched with Professor Jaime Correa welcoming a full house of 18 undergraduate students! In addition to the teaching of our core curriculum, this semester will offer new opportunities for our students. SoA will be one of five American architecture programs participating in the WALLWALK project in Rome. Sponsored by Roma Tre and Domus magazine, the WALLWALK project is centered on restoring visibility to the ancient Aurelian Wall and transforming its urban settings. Our students are joined by 150 architecture students from USA and Italy in the design of new spatial conditions that will reconnect the longest monument in Rome to the surrounding neighborhoods. This initiative will include participation in 4 key lectures delivered by visiting architects and in a week-long charrette at Roma Tre.

The second new item on the Rome curriculum this semester is a special in-situ drawing component. Guest lecturer Salvatore Santuccio will be working with Jaime Correa in expanding the advanced visual drawing course in Rome to include special urban sketching sessions aimed at fostering the art of on location drawings. Jaime Correa will be followed in Rome by Professors Teofilo Victoria, Kathy Wheeler and Carmen Guerrero.


A group of SoA undergraduate and graduate students traveled this past weekend to the celebrated towns of Seaside, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach. Led by faculty members Frank Martinez and Oscar Machado, students were given a retrospective of each town’s history from real estate developers and planners currently working in the area. Professor Martinez took a detailed view of Alys Beach with his upper level students who will develop design ideas for a hotel. Second year undergraduate students participated in walking tours with Professor Machado to understand principles of placemaking and town design. A portion of the trip involved the interaction between students and SoA alumnus Erik Vogt. Vogt, along with his wife Marianne Khoury-Vogt, are the town architects of Alys Beach. Both are practicing architects and urban designers who are responsible for upholding the design standards of the community.

In other student news, if you have an Instagram account or were planning to get one, link up with the Furniture Design Studio, led by Austin Matheson @UM_Furniture.


Rocco Ceo, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Jean-Fran├žois Lejeune, Director of Graduate Studies, will be stepping down, effective January 1, 2015. Professors Ceo and Lejeune will be taking a sabbatical leave to focus on research activities and will return to SoA in January 2016. The following appointments have been made, all effective January 1st, 2015:
Carie Penabad, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Frank Martinez, Director or Master of Architecture
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Director of Master of Urban Design
John Onyango, Director of Master of Science in Architecture

Professor Onyango will be working with the following coordinators, appointed to their respective streams: Joanna Lombard, Healthcare Design; Jorge Hernandez, Historic Preservation and Preservation Planning; Teofilo Victoria, Classical and Traditional Architecture; and Juhong Park, Computation and Embedded Technology.


September 17
First all-school monthly 'Pizza with the Dean' meeting. Korach Gallery, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Nader Tehrani of NADAAA who is launching the SoA Agenda Lecture Series - Call to Order later in the evening will attend for a short interview. RSVP sign-in sheet located in the office of Academic Services.

September 17 SoA Agenda - Call to Order: "Allusive Figures," lecture by Nader Tehrani of NADAAA. Glasgow Hall, 6:30 p.m.

September 18 Places and Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit and lecture on “Creative Visualization and Data Art” by Manuel Lima, Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder of VisualComplexity.com. Glasgow Hall, 6:00 p.m.

September 19 Snap! Miami presents All About Warhol. A personal vision of The Hilton Brothers,’ a collaboration between photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg as seen in their celebrity portraits of Andy Warhol, along with Ai Weiwei, Tom Ford, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Georgia O’Keefe & others. 117 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, 33132. RSVP here.

For more information on events happening in our area, visit Infraculture and MiamiMuseums.

September 22 SoA Currents series lecture by Chuck Jablon, Vice President of Operations, Skanska, USA. Glasgow Hall in Perez Architecture Center, 6:30 p.m.

September 24 High Noon faculty lunchtime series lecture, “Global Healthcare” by Jose Gelabert-Navia. Rinker Classroom in Perez Architecture Center, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

September 27 AIAS will broadcast a live Revit Workshop. For more information, email um.aias2014@gmail.com. Media Lab, Building 48, Room 330, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

September 29 Places and Spaces: Mapping Science combined lecture by Adib Cure and Carie Penabad, and Christopher Mader, Director of Software Engineering, UM Center for Computational Science. Glasgow Hall, 6:00 p.m.

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