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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond launch new lecture series, Art Talks Miami
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called Art Talks Miami. The lecture series – which will occur on the […]
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FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Names Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board
MIAMI – July 16, 2014 – John Stuart, AIA, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement and Executive Director of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios, is proud to announce the members of the inaugural 2014–15 Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board.
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Community Design Charrettes
Working with community partners, the Miami Beach Urban Studios offer a unique opportunity for local institutions and CARTA faculty and students to work together to solve local problems.  The flexible spaces at the Urban Studios allow for creative discussion and interaction among a variety of stakeholders.
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The new Makerbot Z18 joins the Makerbot 2X at the Urban Studios.
The Urban Studios for a hub of productivity, including the active use of our 2D and 3D printers.  We encourage students and faculty members to work directly with the equipment, to experiment and innovate.  Architecture Professor Eric Goldemberg, for example, created a new name card holder, and students devised an impromptu fix for one of […]
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Discussion with local/global architect and MBUS Leadership Advisory Board member, Chad Oppenheim
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are a place for collaborative thinking and discussion towards new and innovative solutions.  Here is Chad Oppenheim in an informal and impromptu discussion with students about the relationship of his work to landscape.  The conversation with students was set amongst photographs by landscape architecture professor and former dean Juan Antonio […]
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First Silent Auction a huge success at the Urban Studios: June 5, 2014! Photo courtesy of Azeez Bakare Photography.
On June 5, 2014, the Miami Beach Urban Studios hosted its first ever silent auction.  This very successful event was held in the main gallery and raised funds through the generous contributions of our donors for FIU students and programs.  Photo courtesy of Azeez Bakare Photography.
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Support FIU Design: Take the Design Intelligence Survey!
Please take five minutes to fill out the… DesignIntelligence survey: Architecture Interior Architecture Landscape Architecture Then spread the news and send this link to anyone you think should provide their input and stay connected with FIU School of Architecture by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.
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Collaboration: Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Siggi Bachmann, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart
At the intersection of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, the Miami Beach Urban Studios is located at the center of the cultural and social landscape of Miami Beach.  One of the closest institutions to the Urban Studios is the New World Center, designed by architect Frank Gehry adjacent to a park designed by the Landscape […]
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2014–15 Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board Members
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios is proud to present the outstanding members of the 2014–15 Leadership Advisory Board.  Thank you for your service to the FIU CARTA students!
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Engagement: Louis Wolfson, III and Pinnacle Housing Group
One of the most exciting aspects of the Miami Beach Urban Studios is the potential for meaningful and extended project-based engagement with the professionals in the community.  Whether this occurs in the context of a musical ensemble, or, as in the example shown here, in that with students working with housing experts Louis Wolfson, III […]
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Summer 2014 welcome to architecture students from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla.
For two weeks in June and July 2014, architecture students from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico are conducting design research at the Urban Studios under the direction of the Spanish architect, Manuel Clavel Rojo.  As an international center for the study of design and urbanism, the Urban Studios offer an optimal launch point for […]
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Professors David Rifkind and Marsha McDonald teach at Design Discovery @ SoBe Summer 2014
For the second summer in a row, pre-college students from across the region have come together to discover design at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.  Students uncover and explore issues of representation, building materials, design history, advanced 2D and 2D technologies, and the urban context.  Follow the discoveries through Professor Rifkind on twitter through this […]
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Exhibition: 2013 Fall Studio Works in the FIU Department of Architecture
Explore the variety and quality of student works at every level of design exploration in this intimate show curated by the Department of Architecture.  Exhibition includes models and drawings.  Miami Beach Urban Studios Design Gallery through August 30, 2014.
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Performance: Amernet String Quartet
Students attending classes and faculty undertaking creative endeavors at the Miami Beach Urban Studios tend follow the vision of “the urban experience” as that defined by our FIU colleague, Associate Professor of Architecture, Gray Read, as an experience of performance.  Performance at the Miami Beach Urban Studios is, by definition, in a continuous discourse with […]
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Landscape architect Gianno Feoli is utilizing the MBUS reference libraries.
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are proud to hold personal book collections of Terence Riley, former Director of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and of Nicholas Patricios, retired professor from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.  Here, landscape architect and FIU adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture Gianno Feoli utilizes the […]
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Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley with Iris Van Eck and Amernet String Quartet
Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz, and Jason Calloway, members of FIU School of Music’s collaborative and renowned Amernet String Quartet, rehearse together and with others (here with cellist Iris Van Eck)—and perform regularly—at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.  To contact members of the quartet for more information, please reach out to Jason Calloway at […]
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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond launch new lecture series, Art Talks Miami
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called Art Talks Miami. The lecture series – which will occur on the […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/7535257710_9ae2480a0d_z.jpg
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Names Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board
MIAMI – July 16, 2014 – John Stuart, AIA, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement and Executive Director of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios, is proud to announce the members of the inaugural 2014–15 Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Charrette-MBUS.jpg
Community Design Charrettes
Working with community partners, the Miami Beach Urban Studios offer a unique opportunity for local institutions and CARTA faculty and students to work together to solve local problems.  The flexible spaces at the Urban Studios allow for creative discussion and interaction among a variety of stakeholders.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/New-Z18-3D-printer-7.2.14.jpg
The new Makerbot Z18 joins the Makerbot 2X at the Urban Studios.
The Urban Studios for a hub of productivity, including the active use of our 2D and 3D printers.  We encourage students and faculty members to work directly with the equipment, to experiment and innovate.  Architecture Professor Eric Goldemberg, for example, created a new name card holder, and students devised an impromptu fix for one of […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chad-discussion-2.25.14-image1.jpg
Discussion with local/global architect and MBUS Leadership Advisory Board member, Chad Oppenheim
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are a place for collaborative thinking and discussion towards new and innovative solutions.  Here is Chad Oppenheim in an informal and impromptu discussion with students about the relationship of his work to landscape.  The conversation with students was set amongst photographs by landscape architecture professor and former dean Juan Antonio […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Silent-Auction-2.jpg
First Silent Auction a huge success at the Urban Studios: June 5, 2014! Photo courtesy of Azeez Bakare Photography.
On June 5, 2014, the Miami Beach Urban Studios hosted its first ever silent auction.  This very successful event was held in the main gallery and raised funds through the generous contributions of our donors for FIU students and programs.  Photo courtesy of Azeez Bakare Photography.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/national_ranking.jpg
Support FIU Design: Take the Design Intelligence Survey!
Please take five minutes to fill out the… DesignIntelligence survey: Architecture Interior Architecture Landscape Architecture Then spread the news and send this link to anyone you think should provide their input and stay connected with FIU School of Architecture by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NWS-team-e1392780687538.jpg
Collaboration: Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Siggi Bachmann, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart
At the intersection of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, the Miami Beach Urban Studios is located at the center of the cultural and social landscape of Miami Beach.  One of the closest institutions to the Urban Studios is the New World Center, designed by architect Frank Gehry adjacent to a park designed by the Landscape […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/MBUS-LAB-2014-15c-new-adriano.jpg
2014–15 Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board Members
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios is proud to present the outstanding members of the 2014–15 Leadership Advisory Board.  Thank you for your service to the FIU CARTA students!
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Pinnacle-Housing.jpg
Engagement: Louis Wolfson, III and Pinnacle Housing Group
One of the most exciting aspects of the Miami Beach Urban Studios is the potential for meaningful and extended project-based engagement with the professionals in the community.  Whether this occurs in the context of a musical ensemble, or, as in the example shown here, in that with students working with housing experts Louis Wolfson, III […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Puebla-architecture-students.jpg
Summer 2014 welcome to architecture students from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla.
For two weeks in June and July 2014, architecture students from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico are conducting design research at the Urban Studios under the direction of the Spanish architect, Manuel Clavel Rojo.  As an international center for the study of design and urbanism, the Urban Studios offer an optimal launch point for […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/D-D@SoBe.jpg
Professors David Rifkind and Marsha McDonald teach at Design Discovery @ SoBe Summer 2014
For the second summer in a row, pre-college students from across the region have come together to discover design at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.  Students uncover and explore issues of representation, building materials, design history, advanced 2D and 2D technologies, and the urban context.  Follow the discoveries through Professor Rifkind on twitter through this […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/photo.jpeg
Exhibition: 2013 Fall Studio Works in the FIU Department of Architecture
Explore the variety and quality of student works at every level of design exploration in this intimate show curated by the Department of Architecture.  Exhibition includes models and drawings.  Miami Beach Urban Studios Design Gallery through August 30, 2014.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Jews-of-Shanghai-Amernet.jpg
Performance: Amernet String Quartet
Students attending classes and faculty undertaking creative endeavors at the Miami Beach Urban Studios tend follow the vision of “the urban experience” as that defined by our FIU colleague, Associate Professor of Architecture, Gray Read, as an experience of performance.  Performance at the Miami Beach Urban Studios is, by definition, in a continuous discourse with […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Gianno-Feoli2.jpg
Landscape architect Gianno Feoli is utilizing the MBUS reference libraries.
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are proud to hold personal book collections of Terence Riley, former Director of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and of Nicholas Patricios, retired professor from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.  Here, landscape architect and FIU adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture Gianno Feoli utilizes the […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/amernet-3.jpg
Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley with Iris Van Eck and Amernet String Quartet
Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz, and Jason Calloway, members of FIU School of Music’s collaborative and renowned Amernet String Quartet, rehearse together and with others (here with cellist Iris Van Eck)—and perform regularly—at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.  To contact members of the quartet for more information, please reach out to Jason Calloway at […]

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Miami Beach Urban Studios

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.

April 2011 Brian Schriner named Dean, College of Architecture + The Arts
May 2011 Lease executed between FIU and Mr. Cejas for the Miami Beach Urban Studios space at 420 Lincoln Road.
June 2011 The Office of Engaged Teaching Scholarship and Creative Activities founded and directed by artist Xavier Cortada.
August 2011 First classes are held at the Miami Beach Urban Studios after an extensive renovation and redesign of the space overseen by Associate Dean Adam Drisin, who maintains direct administrative oversight of the facility until July 2013. Maria Elena Calderin is the Office Manager.
September 20, 2011 Public ribbon-cutting for the opening of the Miami Beach Urban Studios, which inaugurates a series of exhibitions, lectures and concerts at the Urban Studios. A gift of $300,000 to name the Segev Family Dean’s Suite is announced.
December 2011 Office of Engaged Teaching Scholarship and Creative Activities becomes the Office of Engaged Creativity directed by Xavier Cortada, Artist-in-Residence.
April 2012 The private libraries of Terence Riley (first) and then retired University of Miami professor of urbanism, Nicholas Patricios have been provided shelf space at the Urban Studios.
July 2013 John Stuart appointed Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement and Executive Director of the Miami Beach Urban Studios. The Office of Engaged Creativity ceases to exist as many of its activities are placed under the office of the executive director.
October 2013 Odette Barrientos joins the Urban Studios as Events Manager for the Miami Beach Urban Studios.
January 2014 Evan Northup joins the Urban Studios as Assistant Director of Marketing for the Miami Beach Urban Studios.
June 2014 First meeting of the Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board and Reception/Silent Auction.
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