Coastal Construction, a major builder in South Florida, has pledged $3.5 million to construct a state-of-the-art design studio building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. The gift will support Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.
The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building will be LEED-certified and will include studios to accommodate about 120 students. A fabrication lab and modern workstations, designed to enable advanced digital production, are included as well. A lounge, computer lab, presentation areas, review spaces and offices are additional amenities. The building is being designed by world-renowned Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica, by a design team led by School of Architecture adjunct faculty member Raymond Fort and Arquitectonica principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia, who moved to Miami in 1975 to teach at the School of Architecture. The facility will occupy about 20,000 square feet, including outdoor workspace and an outdoor jury area, when completed.

ADA Compliance Professional Speaks to Design and Theory Class
Heidi Johnson-Wright, an ADA compliance professional, attorney and author, spoke to the students in Professor Frank Martinez’s Architecture Design and Theory class about the importance of the SoA commitment to an inclusive built environment. 

SoA Currents Lecture Monday, March 2
Nader Ardalan Will Discuss Holistic Design Consciousness: Adaptive Architecture for Hot/Arid and Hot/Humid Regions
Nader Ardalan is a senior research associate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and president of Ardalan Associates, LLC, Consultants in Architecture in Boston. He is the senior editor of the Persian Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism Research Project and co-author of the Sense of Unity, The Habitat Bill of Rights that was presented at HABITAT I in Vancouver and the author of Blessed Jerusalem, Harvard University and a number of other publications and peer reviewed papers. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Tehran University. In his nearly five decades of professional and academic life, Ardalan has researched and practiced architecture in three geographic/cultural zones: Iran, North America and the Middle East, with project excursions to the Far East, Central and Western Europe and North America.
6:30 pm, March 2, 2015, Glasgow Hall

School of Architecture Professors’ Work included in CLOG’s Guggenheim Edition
CLOG, the architecture journal that aims to slow down the flood of information by devoting each issue to in-depth study of a topic, released its Guggenheim issue on February 23. School of Architecture professor Jean-Francois LeJeune and adjunct faculty member Ehsan Sheikholharam submitted a paper on the psychology of the underground design of the never-built Salzburg Guggenheim.

Real Estate and Development Leaders Come Together at Real Estate Impact Conference in Downtown Miami
Both hotelier Ian Schrager and developer Richard LeFrak see great things in the future for Miami real estate. Schrager and LeFrak spoke at the University of Miami Real Estate Impact Conference 2015, held February 18 at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Miami.

Hosted jointly by UM’s School of Architecture and School of Business Administration, the Real Estate Impact Conference brings together the biggest names in South Florida real estate and development, both as speakers and participants. The 2015 conference featured a keynote session by LeFrak, moderated by UM President Donna E. Shalala, and a session on the future of the hotel industry with Schrager and Steve Witkoff of the Witkoff Group.

Tecnoglass Sponsors Studio Trip to Colombia 
The studio Vernacularology, led by Adib Cure, studies informal settlements in Latin American cities. Last week, students visited a settlement called Las Flores, which is located in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia along the Caribbean and the Magdalena River. The students were able to walk the city and understand its conditions. They also collaborated with two faculty members from the Center for Computational Sciences in mapping the settlement using drones and software being developed by them - including an app. The students will dedicate the rest of the semester to develop different projects ranging from small architectural interventions to large urban and landscape proposals. The trip was sponsored by Tecnoglass, so the students gave them a big thank you!

Inaugural U-Serve To Focus on Historic Preservation in East Little Havana
Continuing the long School of Architecture tradition of helping the community, students and faculty will descend on East Little Havana for the entire day, Wednesday, March 25. All design studio classes for the day will report to East Little Havana, and in a unique marriage of technology and historic preservation efforts, will survey historic resources in the neighborhood, using an app designed by faculty. The SoA Community Engagement Workgroup, under the leadership of the School’s Center for Urban & Community Design are organizing the event.

Carie Penabad will lead a Portfolio workshop on Wednesday, March 4, from 12:30-1:30 in Rinker Classroom.

Shepley Bulfinch is currently seeking applications for the 2015 Summer Design Fellowship. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2015.

The Heritage Documentation Programs division of the National Park Service seeks applications from qualified students for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site fieldwork and preparation of historical reports or measured and interpretive drawings for the HABS/HAER/HALS collection at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Project duration is twelve weeks, beginning in late May or early June. Salaries range from approximately $6,000 to $11,000 for the summer, depending on job responsibility, location of the project, and level of experience. The application deadline is March 9.

FXFOWLE is looking for candidates for 2015 Summer Internships. Applicants should be currently enrolled in either a B. Arch. or M. Arch. program and have at least one year left before graduation. Apply by March 15 by sending a resume, cover letter and work samples to UM SoA alum Luis Bustamante at lbustamante@fxfowle.com. Selected candidates will be notified on May 1 and summer employment is generally from June 1 through August 15.

Don’t miss the SoA CURRENTS series lecture by Craig Robins of DACRA. Glasgow Hall in Perez Architecture Center, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be followed by our first Courtyard Conversation, a casual reception that will allow students a chance to chat with Mr. Robins. During the evening’s events, the winner of the U-Serve T-Shirt design contest will also be announced.

Works by the various special guests who came to the SoA for the Tecnoglass CALL TO ORDER Lecture Series will be exhibited in the Korach Gallery, beginning March 18. Tecnoglass Lecture Series 2014-15 CALL TO ORDER: Exhibition will run through April 17. The Korach Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Pier Vittorio Aureli of Dogma will speak as part of the Tecnoglass 2014-15 CALL TO ORDER Lecture Series on March 18, in Glasgow Hall in Perez Architecture Center at 6:30 p.m.

SOM is seeking the best emerging talent for summer programs. Design opportunities in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC and London are available. Apply and submit a portfolio by March 20.

The next Pizza with the Dean will be March 23 in Glasgow Hall. Sign up in the Academic Services office.  

Apply now for The Villagers Historic Preservation Scholarships. A total of $8,000 is available to students, through several scholarships. Applications are available in the Dean’s office or from Toni Garcia, Scholarship Chair, by emailing her at tonidgarcia@aol.com. The deadline is March 27.

[Header] The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building, courtesy of Arquitectonica.
[Faculty News] CLOG architecture journal cover, courtesy of CLOG.
[Student News] Courtesy of Professor Adib Cure.

SoA Director of Communications, Annette Gallagher, a.gallagher1@umiami.edu or call (305) 284-5002.
University of Miami School of Architecture, 1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146, www.arc.miami.edu