Final Reviews a Great Success, On-Campus and Off!
A Key West school, a fish market on the Miami River, preservation of the historic Packard Hotel in Havana, a hostel and plans for unused space near expressways were just a few of the projects and topics covered in four days of final reviews that began April 24 and ended April 28. 

The core level program, meaning the first three years of architecture education, conducted reviews on campus April 24 and 25. Thesis reviews, for masters’ students, and upper level reviews were held in the Miami Design District on April 27 and 28. Monday’s thesis reviews were in the hip, modern Garden Building; the historic Moore Building hosted Tuesday’s upper level reviews, awards presentations and reception. View Facebook photo galleries for Upper Level and Thesis Reviews! Read more.

Zeghar's Brooklyn Cinematic Hotel Gets Bronze Award of Merit
Yasmine Zeghar, a first-year Masters of Architecture student from Spain, is the winner of a Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) New York Council Bronze Award of Merit for her Brooklyn Cinematic Hotel project. Read more.

Wei Liu Wins APA New Urbanism Division Scholarship
Wei Liu, a student in the School of Architecture Master of Urban Design program, is the 2015 winner of the Gina Tirinnanzi, AICP, Memorial Scholarship from the American Planning Association’s New Urbanism Division. Liu was sponsored by the SoA to travel to the APAconference in Seattle, April 18 through 21, to accept the scholarship and present his paper titled “To Develop New Urbanism with Chinese Characteristics.” Read more.

Relax and Celebrate at the Black and White Ball May 1
This year, the Ball is moving back off campus, to the beautiful Mayfair Rooftop Lounge in Coconut Grove. For only $10 in advance or $15 at the door, a DJ and food are included and a cash bar is available. As indicated by the name, black and white attire is requested, but neither formal nor black tie is required. Read more.

SoA Welcomes New AIAS Board
Congratulations to the newly-elected members of the AIAS! We look forward to working with you next year on lots of great events and projects here on campus.

President: Christian Lemon
Vice President:  Matthew Smith
Secretary: Maxwell Erickson
Treasurer: Owen Berry
AIAS Liaison: Caitlin Smith
Publicist Chair: Marisa Hartfield
Publicist co-Chair: Samuel Wyner
Events Chair:  Sarah Potter
Events co-Chair Fall Semester: Maria Eduarda Oliveira
Events co-Chair Spring Semester: Jeffrey Adler

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Frank Noska IV is the First SoA iReporter
The SoA purchased an iPad Mini for students to use to document day-to-day life in the SoA and post to the School's social media accounts. Second-year student Frank Noska IV is the very first person to take possession of the iPad Mini and will have it for the remainder of the academic year. Thank you, Frank, for doing such a great job! Anyone who would like to be an iReporter for one week should email Annette Gallagher.

UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation
The University of Miami School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring “third places” – community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers – into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read more.

Fett and Lopez Added to CUCD Leadership
Professors Steven Fett and Ricardo Lopez have distinguished resumes full of exciting projects, publications, teaching and community service. Now they are also both Assistant Directors of the SoA’s Center for Urban and Community Design. Read more.

Onyango to Present Papers at International Conferences
Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Science Program John Onyango will present papers in both Greece and Montenegro this summer.  He will present "The Effect Of Dynamic Responsive Blinds On Energy And Indoor Environment In Hot-Humid Climate" at the International Conference on Environment and Architecture on May 19 and 20, in Budva, Montenegro; "Energy Storage Techniques using Improved PCM Panels" will be featured at the 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture, July 6 through 9 in Athens, Greece. 

R&R Studios Featured on Podcast
Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt were interviewed in December, 2013, by Bad at Sports Radio. The  interview is now available online! They talk displacement, Miami’s writing of its art history and how artists reclaim and present public space. To listen, go to the Bad at Sports website.

Commencement and Honors Day are Next Week
Commencement takes place May 7 and 8 at the BankUnited Center. The graduate student ceremony is at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 7, and the undergraduate is at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8. For full details about commencement speakers, ceremony schedule, parking and more, see the main UM Commencement website.

Thursday, May 7, is also SoA Honors Day. Beginning at 8 a.m., a variety of student and faculty awards will be given. After the Friday commencement ceremony, at about 3 p.m., we'll have a reception and at the School and the exhibition of graduating student work. Join us to celebrate all the amazing things you've done this year!

Conference Offers for Students
eMerge Amercias takes place on May 4 and 5. The Women in Technology experience of eMerge is offering students a special discounted rate of only $55 – which is $400 off the full price! WIT is a one-day summit, happening May 4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in conjunction with eMerge Americas. Complete with experiential programming, networking opportunities, a Technology & Innovation Fashion Show, and much more. Top professionals from different industries discuss how they are transforming the business landscape through technology and innovation. Dean el-Khoury is speaking on May 5 at about 4 p.m.!  For more information and to register, go to the WIT website and use discount code WITAI.

Each year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation holds an annual conference in a major Florida city.  This year's conference, Historic Places/Modern Spaces: Preservation in Greater Miami, will be held May 7 through 9 in Miami.  The conference includes educational workshops and tours, and a number of SoA faculty are participating in sessions. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is offering this experience to current students at NO COST.  To participate, go to the conference website and register. Their staff will help if needed. That page has a downloadable booklet of the conference offerings and a hotlink to the online registration form.

Header - Photo by Annette Gallagher.
Student News - Brooklyn Cinematic Hotel by Yasmine Zeghar.
Faculty News - Courtesy of UrbanSpace.
Upcoming Events - Photo by Tom Stepp.

SoA Director of Communications, Annette Gallagher, a.gallagher1@umiami.edu or call (305) 284-5002.
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