Mission: The Miami Beach Urban Studios build upon the mission of the College of Architecture + The Arts by taking advantage of location, facilities, and resources in the heart of Miami Beach to use the power of architecture and the arts to engage local and global communities to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.
Vision: To build upon the vision of the College of Architecture + The Arts by utilizing the innovation, community engagement, and expertise afforded by its facilities and location to be at the forefront of teaching, research, and service in art, design, performance, and communication.
The Miami Beach Urban Studios offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study in one of the most vibrant, artistic urban centers in the world for one semester, while gaining valuable professional experience at design firms, and by working with innovative public, private, and non-profit arts organizations throughout the city.
Located in the iconic Art Deco 420 Lincoln Road building, the Miami Beach Urban Studios give students and faculty access to Miami Beach’s burgeoning arts and design culture. For a brief, early, and growing history of the building click here: 420 Lincoln Road Building History.
The Urban Studios provide expansive space for design and fine arts students, practice and performance spaces for music and theatre students as well expansive gallery/exhibition spaces and classroom space for use by the entire College. The location is an ideal base for the study in arts, design and performance, for museum and gallery visits, and for exposure to the wealth of arts organizations located in Miami Beach.
The Miami Beach Urban Studios offer a full roster of courses enriched by Miami Beach’s unique artistic, historical, and cultural resources and by the extensive network of noted professionals, artists and performers who serve as visiting critics and mentors.
A BRIEF TIMELINE OF THE MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS
March 2009 Brian Schriner named Acting Dean (later Interim Dean) of the College of Architecture + The Arts.
Spring–Fall 2010 Interim Dean Schriner initiated conversations about the expansion of CARTA’s engaged mission into the community and received offers for space in Craig Robbins’ Moore Building in the Design District and Tony Goldman’s Light Box Theater in Wynwood. Ambassador Paul L. Cejas entered the conversation and offered 16,000 sq. ft. of space in the iconic 420 Lincoln Road Building on Miami Beach.