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University of Miami Hosts “13 Young Architects in Florida”
The University of Miami School of Architecture recently presented the exhibition “13 Young Architects in Florida,” which showcased “the best in Florida architecture and design.” The exhibition was displayed in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center on the University’s Coral Gables Campus. Following a call for portfolios, 13 architects 40 years of age or younger were invited to present a selection of their work. The 13 were selected by a panel of three young architects, including Rachel Valbrun (University of Miami), Benjamin Malik (Florida International University), Stefan Horner (Herzog & DeMeuron, Miami-New York), along with architectural critic and author Beth Dunlop. Curated by the architects themselves, the exhibition presented drawings, models and digital material. Opening night included a reception and a panel discussion in the Perez Architecture Center. Panelists included James Cornetet, AIA (Process Architecture), Michael Halﬂants, AIA (Studio for Modern Architecture), Nikolai Nedev (NC-Ofﬁce), Carie Penabad (Cure & Penabad Architects) and Stefan Horner (Herzog & De Meuron). Moderated by Jean-Francois Lejeune, Assoc. AIA, the symposium focused mainly on how a young ﬁrm emerges in Florida. The consensus was that it is difﬁcult to establish a ﬁrm in Florida without a connection to local universities, because all of the young ﬁrms operate using a practice/theory model. Regarding marketing and ﬁ nding work, some panelists mentioned their discomfort with the typical Request for Proposal (RFP) process and how it forces competition based simply on fees, not on ideas. The panel also felt that the licensure process was so time-consuming that it, and NCARB, prevented many young architects from ever emerging. The principals of Process Architecture echoed that concern but added that most of its design opportunities came from bringing ideas to the table in an unsolicited manner—i.e., looking for and asking what communities and clients need and then working with them to solve problems. The 13 young architects were represented by the following ﬁrms: 1521DesignStudio, Abraham Aluicio, Antonia Botero +
Michael Mahal, Cure & Penabad Architects, Halﬂants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture, Jacab Brillhart, Lopez/Jaimes Design Studio, NC-Ofﬁce, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Process Architecture, RGLOBE, Steven Fett Architecture, and Juan Mullerat (+Urbia). Only Process and Halﬂants are based outside of Miami.
The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami’s Maverick Modernist
Randolph C. Henning, University Press of Florida, 2011
Parker was publicly praised by Frank Lloyd Wright. His work and philosophy had an ecological and environmental basis beginning in the early 1940s. He began expressing an interest in alternative fossil fuels and renewable energy sources in the 1970s, far ahead of the current trends in green and energy-conscious architecture. He continually placed an emphasis on using local materials and was increasingly praised for his early exploration in environmentally friendly design. Author Randolph C. Henning’s overview of the life work of this modernist master features 69 of the more than 500 residential and commercial structures Parker created between 1942 and 2001. The descriptions are accompanied by nearly 400 color photographs, more than a third of which are vintage images from renowned photographer Ezra Stoller. Henning also provides a biographical narrative, excerpts from Parker’s own writings, a full bibliography, and a complete list of Parker’s works. Randolph C. Henning, AIA, is the author of At Taliesin: Newspaper Columns by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship, 1934-1937 and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin: Illustrated by Vintage Postcards. He is a practicing architect and lives in Lewisville, North Carolina.
Alfred Browning Parker (1916-2011) was one of the twentieth century’s most renowned and honored Florida-based architects. A principal leader of the “Coconut Grove School” of tropical organic architecture, his inﬂuence has been felt throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Attaining an almost rock star–like status in his home city of Miami,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2012
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
President’s Message / Peter W. Jones, AIA
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2012