The Emerging Practitioner Teaching Fellowship, established by Dean el-Khoury in the Fall of 2016, is intended to support individuals committed to expanding and advancing the culture of architecture and design through creative practice or research.
The position offers an emerging practitioner the opportunity to advance his/her individual research while capitalizing on the resources of both the School and the city of Miami. Applicants are expected to teach two design studios and one elective course in either the undergraduate and/or graduate programs and are provided with a graduate teaching assistant to support them in their teaching and research. In addition, the fellowship requires the presentation of a public lecture or exhibition with the possibility of a publication.

The first recipient of the award is James Brazil, an architecturally trained Australian designer and researcher.  Brazil is a founding partner of uABureau, a design collaborative dedicated to the research and design of urban and public architecture. His work lies at the intersection of architecture, construction, technology, and landscape. He has gained extensive design and fabrication experience across a variety of high-profile architecture, urban and art projects in Australia, Europe and South America. Brazil is interested in analyzing methods to improve urban resilience with architectural projects and urban strategies that propel macro-scale (city and region) social and economic development. The fellowship will allow him to advance his current research agenda while assisting UMSoA with the expansion of digital fabrication technologies.  Brazil joins the Faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year. Breathe, a uABureau and Fab11 community design-build project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is featured above.

Beyond Pompeii, a recently published book by Gangemi Editori, features the results of the 2011 Castellamare di Stabia Redevelopment Charrette and contributions by UM students enrolled in the Rome Program under the direction of Professors Jaime Correa, Jean-Francois Lejeune, and Allan Shulman - with the post-production graphic assistance by Professor Veruska Vasconez. The projects included interventions to ameliorate the historic culture and tourism opportunities of two small cities in the Pompeii area: Vico Equense and Torre Annunziata. Copies will be available this Fall.

Professor Jim Adamson and the work of SoA's Design/Build Studio has been featured in the recently published book, Design/Build with Jersey Devil: A Handbook for Education and Practice. The new 166 page book, written by Charlie Hailey, and published by Princeton Architectural Press is out this month.  The book is a field manual for students and educators on Design/Build that “navigates the process with expert advice from the field’s most experienced practitioners.”  The book follows the history of design build as taught by three partners of Jersey Devil, Steve Badanes, Jim Adamson (the Billy E. Miller Design critic at UMSoA) and John Ringel.  It features extensive documentation of the design process and finished work of UM/SOA students, completed over the past six years, from Professors Jim Adamson and Rocco Ceo's studios. In Hailey’s words “It provides tips for practical instruction while also acting as an invaluable guide to the principles of design/build, including socially responsible architecture, detailing and fostering craftsmanship, group work and collaboration, educational reform, ethos and risk, good life and play, the politics of building, and university-community relations.”

Professor Allan Shulman's latest book Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity has been published by Rizzoli. Allan is lecturing on the book's themes in this Fall in Miami, New York City and Mexico City, at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In July, Professor Shulman was a panelist for the session "Back to School: Architects in Academia" at the AIA Florida Convention. In November, he will present his paper, Transparency - visual and atmospheric: the tropicalist technics of the Florida home at the Southern Historical Foundation annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Professor Eric Firley's recent publications, The Urban Masterplanning Handbook and The Urban Towers Handbook, have been published in Chinese. Both are available on Amazon.

The students of Professor Austin Matheson's furniture design course have been invited to attend the first annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair Miami on October 5th.  Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, ICFF Miami is North America's premier showcase for contemporary furniture design. ICFF has been in NYC for many years and this year marks its first in Miami.  Along with a showcase of furniture, there are opportunities for students to participate in related lectures through the ICFF Conference.

SoA students and faculty were invited to attend the George Merrick Awards Ceremony on Thursday, August 26th. They were the guests of Larry Adams and ACi, an architecture and development firm from Winter Park, Florida. SoA faculty and students who attended include, Professor Allan Shulman, Yasmine Zehgar, Grant Souviron, Nicole Ferrarini, Marco Zuniga, and Natalia Cebollero.

Professor Jacob Brillhart firm, Brillhart Architecture won the 2016 AIA Florida Honor Award of Excellence for Renovations/Additions­ for the Malaga Residence in Coconut Grove, Florida. The firm's project, the Brillhart House was named one of the "100 TOP Projects in the United States" by ArchDaily. The website now features a dedicated section showcasing this selection of projects with the goal of turning them into study cases and references for architects, students and journalists. The Brillhart House was also featured on Domus and Dezeen. Featured in ArchDaily, as well, was Brillhart's publication, Voyage Le Corbusier: Drawing on the Road.

Professor Sonia Chao was quoted in the August issue of Planning magazine, published by the American Planning Association. Funded research, over a ten year period, permitted Chao to develop expertise in the topics of Cuban architecture, urbanism, historic preservation and its form-based codes in Havana.

Please welcome Roxane Van DePut to the SoA family! She will start working with the MRED+U Program as an Administrative Assistant today, August 29.  Her prior experience includes advertising, communications, marketing, and the import/export industry.  She hails from Spain and has a Master’s degree in Advertising and Communications.

Save the date! Transformations in Classical Architecture: New Directions in Research and Practice Symposium will be hosted at SoA, April 7-8, 2017. The conference, organized by Professor Victor Deupi, brings together recent research and practices in classical and traditional architecture that respond to the pressing needs of the present and future fabric of our cities, towns and landscapes. The conference covers a range of themes associated with the question of how classical and traditional architecture can evolve in relation to new paradigms of research and practice (digital media and fabrication, sustainability, ecology, and emerging economies). Based on recent work by leading figures in academia and practice associated with the UMSoA, and with the support of William H. Harrison, the conference will redefine the new classical discourse in terms of popular, professional, and academic appeal. More information on selected speakers, coming soon!

M.Arch Drawing and Media Workshops, Introduction to AutoCAD and Lasercut Diagramming using Adobe Illustrator, this week, from August 29 - September 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Building 48, 3rd floor Media Lab.

Join Dean el-Khoury for news about the semester ahead at Pizza with the Dean, this Wednesday, August 31, at 12:15 p.m. in Glasgow Hall.

USGBC Students General Meeting, this Wednesday, August 31, 6 p.m., SoA Courtyard

Women in Architecture Student Organization will have its first meeting this Thursday, September 1, at 6 p.m. in the SoA Courtyard. For more information, email

John Englander kicks off the 2016-17 Tecnoglass lecture series with a talk, “The Rising Sea Challenges Miami to Think Boldly” on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Glasgow Hall.

The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker in Florida exhibition, co-curated by Professor Allan Shulman with Randy Henning, will open on September 24 at HistoryMiami and run until February 2017.

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