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Architect’s Professional Seminars
Earn up to 15 HSW/LU’s with one Mandatory Code Class each day.
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Check out our member, Jaya Kader Zebede, AIA, on The Missing 32% Project blog!

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Adaptively Reused Centers for Architecture Show and Tell the Power of Design

In spaces where architects tell the story of what design can do, adaptively reused buildings provide a ready-made example.

American cities are coming back. After decades of disinvestment, many downtowns are experiencing a renaissance, and architecture pays a vital role. Among the many renovations, infill projects, and daring acts of adaptive reuse found across the country, spaces specifically dedicated to showing what architects can do for cities are popping up in many reemerging neighborhoods—often owned and operated by local AIA components. As demonstration spaces with active outreach programs, these centers for architecture (22 so far) educate the public about the importance of architecture—both in theory and in practice. About half of these public spaces began life as different building types, encouraging their architects to reveal and accentuate the layers of history that come with renovation and reuse.

Miami: Not just for architects

“Besides being a home for the chapter and a place for members to meet, a center for architecture is a terrific way to help the public understand what architects do,” says Cheryl Jacobs, executive director of the Miami Center for Architecture and Design and AIA Miami. “In a city where design is so important, it just made sense.”

The building AIA Miami and the center now occupy was built in 1912 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Jacobs noticed the “available” sign while driving around downtown Miami. The building she spotted had been empty for years, but it had unmistakable character. A fine example of Beaux-Arts Italianate, it was Miami’s first major federal government building, at various points housing a U.S. Post Office, a federal courthouse, and the U.S. Weather Bureau. According to Jacobs, in the 1930s the building became a bank, and most recently had housed an Office Depot.

As one might expect, the interior showed signs of its many occupants, some of whom were not particularly sensitive when adapting the historic space. AIA Miami worked with Miami-based Shulman + Associates to design the space and Forbes Architects as architect of record. Even though the chapter lacked the resources to bring the space completely back to its original state, the ceiling, for example, was rebuilt. Also, marble floors that had been covered with vinyl tile are once again exposed. Its ornate exterior creates a sharp contrast to the renovated industrial and loft-like interiors.

In its downtown location, the center occupies 5,000 square feet on two floors. The main floor houses the AIA chapter offices and an open space for exhibits and events. The second floor has conference and studio space. Jacobs says she is also working on an incubator for creative enterprises.

“My goal for our center is, whenever there’s a discussion about urbanism, architecture, design, [and] transportation, I want it to happen at the center,” says Jacobs. “And it’s already starting to happen. This is not a place just for architects.”



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Nathali E. Anton, Assoc AIA


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Free membership and Convention registration for new grads.  Join the AIA when you graduate and receive complimentary membership for up to 18 month.  Get details at or contact AIA Miami Chapter at 305.448.7488.


The AIA national component offers recent graduates from an accredited school of architecture/program complimentary Associate AIA membership for up to 18 months.

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Mark Your Calendar

June 5 - September 14
Coral Gables Museum Presents 12 Stadiums 12 Cities12 Stadiums

12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination is divided into three sections: Cities, Stadiums and Urban Soccer Culture. For more information call 305-603-8067.  Exhibit Curator: Adriana Sabino.  Exhibit Designer: Little Gables Group.

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August 29 - October 29
All Buildings Great & Small: New Building Design for a Better City in the Abraham Gallery @ Coral Gables Museum

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September 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Alexander Gorlin, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

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September 6, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unconventional Talks

Talks to inspire you to find your best self @ Perez Art Museum

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September 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A&E Small Business Program Workshop

Miami-Dade County Small Business Program Changes for Architects and Engineers. SBD will be conducting a special industry workshop for certified and other interested architectural and engineering firms to discuss proposed changes to the small business program.  If you have any questions you may contact SBD via email at  Location:  Stephen P. Clark Building, 111 N.W. 1st Street, 19th Floor Conference Room.

September 8, 6:00 PM
PBS International presents Sand Wars a Film by Denis Delestrac @ MCAD

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September 10, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
New Members Breakfast Meeting @ MCAD

September 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Designing Media Walls @ MCAD


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September 18 - September 21
Save the Date: MCAD will be the hub for Downtown Art Days

September 19, 12:00 AM
Park(ing) Day Miami

Join us in building new PARKs in Miami or just come by for a visit.
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September 23, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
University of Miami Dean reception @ MCAD

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September 23, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tile and Stone Materials and Installation Systems Symposium hosted by Daltile and MAPEI

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September 25, 11:00 AM
A working knowledge of the current Florida Energy Code pertaining to lighting power consumption and controls for Commercial Buildings

Registration 11:00 AM – A discussion on the types of spaces included and exempted from the code. Review the mandatory interior and exterior lighting power consumption as well as the mandatory lighting control requirements. (Good for GBCI CE Credit) at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.  Earn 1 CEU.


October 3, 1:00 PM
Annual University of Miami School of Architecture Golf Tournament

at the Biltmore Golf Course, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables.  Contact: Adriana Verdeja 305.284.8740.

October 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AIA Miami Annual Meeting & Elections @ MCAD

October 10 - October 11
Architect’s Professional Seminars @ MCAD

Earn up to 15 HSW/LU’s with one Mandatory Code Class each day.

Stay tuned for details next week!

October 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please join us for the launch of Brazilian Architect Jaime Lerner’s book entitled “Urban Architecture”

This event is made possible with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Center for the Living City.


October 18, 11:00 AM
Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament

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October 23, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hot Topics for Local Government Officials Annual Redevelopment Program Series, Planning for Local and Regional Food System Change

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October 24 - October 26, 12:00 PM
Seaside Institute Workshop Architectural Photograph and Composition

For more information:  Diane Dorney, The Seaside Institute,

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Positions Available

AIA Miami Career Center

AIA Miami Career Center is the exclusive job board for the South Florida design community and is free to AIA Miami members.  Cick here to get started by building your online resume or by adding a position available ad.

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AIA Career Center is the exclusive job board for design professionals, which means it’s a destination site for firm principals and hiring managers when they are searching for qualified candidates.

Get started by building your online resume or search and apply for positions:

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  • Click on AIA Career Center Account Access.
  • Log on to or Create an Account (it’s free).
  • Click on Edit your Searchable Resume and update your career information.

Update your profile with new skills and experiences anytime, anywhere.



History Downtown Miami In Line Drawings is a portrait of the early twentieth century architecture and development of Miami’s city center.  Damir Sinovic, foreword by Arva Moore Parks
Book for sale at AIA Miami Chapter contact  305.448.7488
$36.38 including tax


Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture based on the TV Show hosted by Stephen Chung.  Book for sale contact AIA Miami Chapter 305.448.7488 – $26.70 including tax


by Allan Shulman, FAIA; Randall C. Robinson, Jr.; and James F. Donnelly
Photography by Robin Hill
University Press of Florida, 2010

The book can be purchased for $29.95 at Books & Books.

Modern Construction: Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices

Written by experts highly regarded for leadership and innovation, this book offers lean tools and other productive strategies for the management of people and processes in the construction industry.

The book was authored by Lincoln H. Forbes and Syed M. Ahmed and can be purchased for $149.95 at CRC Press.

The Collages of Robert M. Swedroe

During childhood, Robert Swedroe constantly sketched buildings and landscapes which evolved to complex assemblages.

From 1964 to 1974, working full time as a senior design architect for Morris Lapidus, Robert created 500 collages, which ultimately sold in galleries and at solo shows.  When he opened his own firm in 1974, he reluctantly gave up the art to totally devote himself to architecture.  But he kept his early art in the public eye with a colorful hard-cover book published in 2002. This second book features 125 dazzling images reflecting the exciting, imaginative directions in his current work.  The book can be purchased at Books & Books in Bal Harbour and Miami Beach and The Bookstore at the Grove in Coconut Grove.  Price $29.95 + tax.