New Social Media Efforts Launched in the SoA

The School of Architecture is ramping up its presence on social media! We were already on Facebook and Twitter; those efforts have improved and are accompanied by new accounts on Instagram and Google+. There is a large School of Architecture group on LinkedIn and we are working to post items of interest in that as well. We’re getting new followers on every platform every day and have more people than ever engaging with our content, and plan to continue that trend.

To introduce the basics of social media and explain both its benefits to the School and how faculty and students can help make the most of it, Annette Gallagher, our new Director of Communication, will conduct a short faculty workshop on April 6 at noon in the Old Gallery. Lunch will be provided, so interested faculty should let Annette know by April 4 at a.gallagher1@umiami.edu that you plan to attend. In the meantime, please follow (icon links above) our social media channels and encourage your students to do the same.

HIGH NOON lunchtime series lecture by David Rifkind, Wednesday, February 18
David Rifkind, who teaches architectural history, theory and design at the FIU College of Architecture and the Arts, will discuss “Evidence and Analysis: Constructing a History of Modern Ethiopia through a Close Reading of Addis Ababa," Wednesday, February 18, in the Rinker Classroom of the Perez Architecture Center, 12:15pm His essays have won best article prizes from two flagship journals, the Journal of Architectural Education and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His current research deals with urbanism and architecture in Ethiopia during the Italian occupation (1936-1941), and is the first component in long-term studies of the built environment in modern Ethiopia and of modern architecture and urban planning throughout Africa. His work in Ethiopia has been supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation and a residency at the American Academy in Rome as the inaugural Wolfsonian Affiliated Fellow. His first book, The Battle for Modernism: Quadrante and the Politicization of Architectural Discourse in Fascist Italy, won the 2011 Premio James Ackerman and was published in 2012 by the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio and Marsilio Editori.

SoA Faculty Among Finalists Named for Underline Project
Congratulations to our own Adib Cure, Carie Penabad and Roberto Behar for being part of the Balmori Associates team that is a Top 5 finalist for The Underline project design! Interboro Partners, NADAAA and Bruce Mau Design are also part of the Balmori Associates team. This is exciting news for everyone!

Rafael Fornes’ Studies of La Habana and Other Caribbean Cities Opens Tonight
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of large-scale Caribbean town plans, developed by Rafael Fornes. The compositional layouts draw from historic sources, including the Vatican Museum’s Gallery of Maps, pre-WWII American town plans and Giambatista Nolli’s legendary 18th century plan of Rome.  The reception begins at 5:30 in the Korach Gallery.
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ARC 203 Students Present Market Station Plans to City of Hialeah
Many professional adults get rattled speaking in public. Sweaty palms and shaky hands are completely normal, especially in front of important groups. But Tuesday night at the City of Hialeah City Council meeting, students from the Fall 2014 ARC 203 classes were cool under pressure, making a presentation to the city council.

Last fall, 52 students in five sections of ARC 203, coordinated by Oscar Machado with his faculty team-- Alexander Adams, James Dougherty, Tony Garcia and Joanna Lombard-- developed new site plans for the 90-acre area surrounding the Hialeah Market Tri-Rail station. The class topics cover site analysis and design, climate, access and circulation, landscape and the project’s relation to larger context. Student projects focused on making the space community-oriented, pedestrian-friendly and beautiful, with mixed-use residential and retail reminiscent of Midtown Miami and inspired by Rome.
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Design and Build Studio Students Create Kiosk for UM School of Architecture
Everyone needs a quick cup of coffee from time to time, and thanks to the Fall 2014 Design and Build Studio, that cup of coffee is closer than ever! The Billy Goat coffee kiosk is located lakeside, in the School of Architecture courtyard, and offers a caffeine fix in a hurry.

Third-year graduate student Emma May said that she enjoyed the Design and Build Studio, led by Rocco Ceo and Jim Adamson, because it’s the only one that provides a hands-on experience building experience to students, as opposed to purely theoretical design. The students spent six to seven weeks designing the coffee kiosk and the remainder of the semester building it. Previous projects from the Design and Build Studio have included an eco-tent for the Everglades National Park and a bath house with installed plumbing for another park, but this is the first time that the client for the project was actually the School and its students.
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Ahmed A. Alvarez (BARCH, ’80) has been named principal at Zyscovich Architects. Previously, he was senior associate/senior project manager.

SOSH Architects promotes Mark Petrella (BARCH, ’89) to principal. Petrella has been employed at SOSH for more than 20 years, and his promotion marks a new generation of senior leadership in the firm’s 35 year history.

Resume Workshop/Dress for Success Workshop on Wednesday, February 25, from 12:30-1:30 in Glasgow Hall. Carly Smith from Toppel Career Planning will be presenting.

Carie Penabad will be leading the Portfolio Workshop on Wednesday, March 4, from 12:30-1:30 in Rinker Classroom.

The Sasaki Associates summer internship deadline is quickly approaching! All materials must be submitted by next Friday, February 20. The summer internship flyer is attached.

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

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 Friday, March 20.

[Faculty News] Courtesy of Professor Rocco Ceo.
[Student News] Courtesy of Professor Oscar Machado.

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