Upcoming Events
February 8, 2016
Jonathan Barnett is the co-author of Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs and an emeritus Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning, and former director of the Urban Design Program, at the University of Pennsylvania. He will give a High Noon lecture at
12:15 p.m. on February 8 in Rinker Classroom. Read More.
Luiz de Basto , of De Basto Design, is both an architect and a yacht designer! Join him for this exciting lecture, right before the world-famous Miami Boat Show. Part of the Currents Lecture Series. February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Glasgow Hall. Read More. 
A member of the faculty of the UM College of Engineering, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos is an expert in lightweight structures, adaptive structures, form-finding and analysis of structures, structural design and optimization, computer-aided engineering. He will give a High Noon lecture at 12:15 p.m. on February 10 in the Rinker Classroom. Read More.

Shohei Shigematsu is a partner at OMA in New York and has done extensive work in Miami. He will lecture in Glasgow Hall at 6:30 p.m. on February 17 as part of the Tecnoglass lecture series.

A professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Charles Waldheim is an expert on landscape urbanism. He will give a Currents lecture at 6:30 p.m. on February 22 in Glasgow Hall.

An architect in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia has extensive experience on design in the tropical world. He will lecture in Glasgow Hall at 6:30 p.m. on February 24 as part of the Tecnoglass lecture series.

Top Story
UM Real Estate Impact Conference to Highlight Technology, Retail and More
How is technology changing our cities? What's next for the evolving retail landscape? How long will South Florida's real estate investment boom last? The nation's top minds in real estate will tackle these topics and more next month during the University of Miami's fifth annual Real Estate Impact conference, taking place February 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. The invite-only conference, organized by the university's School of Architecture and School of Business Administration , has become one of the national real estate sector's most anticipated events of the year, with an agenda featuring influential voices from across the industry. Speakers include Blackstone's Jon Gray, Federal Realty's Don Wood, Vector Group's Howard Lorber, Bank of America's Katy Gnapp and The Witkoff Group's Steve Witkoff. Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury will moderate a panel on Smart Cities: Technological Change in Real Estate. Read More.
Student News
Student Spotlight: Mary Wissinger 
Mary Wissinger is a fourth-year student who loves traditional architecture and is heavily involved on campus. A multiple scholarship winner, she has had two projects accepted as commitments at Clinton Global Initiative University.  Read More. 

AIA Membership is FREE To All New Grads for 18 Months
When you join the AIA, your first 18 months of membership are free. Experience first hand the the people and resources you need to open the doors you want! Also enjoy free registration to the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia! Read More.
Wood Shop Training is Mandatory
Please note that Wood Shop Training is now scheduled for every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11 a.m. through February 12. All students except MRED+U are required to take the training before being allowed to work in the Wood Shop.
Faculty News
NCI Charette Training 
Two heads are better than one when it comes to solving problems. So how about six heads? Sixty heads? The more points of view and backgrounds are applied to a complex issue, the more diversity is brought into the solution. But adding many points of view brings its own challenges, challenges that are addressed by the "National Charette Institute and its NCI Charrette System Certificate Training. UMSoA is the only university that requires some students to take this training, which took place January 6 through 8. Read More. 
Dean el-Khoury Discussed Responsive Architecture at Inaugural 'Cane Talks 
'Cane Talks were launched as part of President Julio Frenk's inauguration and will be a continuing series of short, TED-style talks from the University's thought leaders on a variety of topics. Dean el-Khoury was part of this inaugural series of talks, along with faculty from RSMAS, neuroscience and medical. Titled "Responsive Architecture: A Glimpse into a Future Where Everything Around Us Knows More and Does More Than Ever Before," Dean el-Khoury's talk addressed how the built environment will be transformed by information technology and objects that think, connect, and communicate with us and with each other. Watch the Video.

Juan Mullerat and PlusUrbia Design Advocate Pedestrian-Friendly Calle Ocho
Juan Mullerat, Director of PlusUrbia Design, published an article at StrongTowns.org about Complete Streets and the negative impact of the highway-like present design of Miami's Calle Ocho. The Miami City Commission declared November 19 as PlusUrbia Design Day to honor the firm's pro-bono advocacy for a pedestrian-friendly redesign of Calle Ocho. PLusUrbian, an urban and architectural design atelier, features UMSoA alumni Maria Bendfelt and Sofia Villanueva in addition to Mullerat. Other recent highlights from the studio include the 2015 Planning Award from the American Planning Association, Gold Coast Section, for the Wynwood neighborhood Revitalization District; the 10th Annual KINPAN for the architectural design of the Songhua Lake Ski Resort in China and the design of the Wynwood Walls Garden for Goldman Properties, which opened to rave reviews during Art Basel Miami 2015. Read More.  
UMSoA Announces New Teaching Fellowship
The University of Miami School of Architecture is pleased to announce an open invitation to apply for a nine-month teaching fellowship to start August 15, 2016.  All application materials will be due by March 15, 2016. Read More.
Deadlines & Opportunities
2016 AZ AWARDS Accepting Submissions Through February 22
AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine, announces the opening of submissions to the 2016 AZ AWARDS. The 6th annual international competition celebrates excellence in design.

* Entries are juried by a panel of architects & designers at the forefront of their professions
* Finalists and Winners are published in the AZ Awards Annual issue and are recognized at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto in June 2016.
* Student winner receives a $5000 cash prize.

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