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Data Visualizations ‘Worth Millions of Words’ Debuts at UM

Places & Spaces, a traveling exhibition of 100 maps that present data in visually stunning formats, opens at UM.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News 

Fifty data visualizations are now on display at the School of Architecture's Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall, where UM students, faculty, staff, and visitors got the opportunity to examine some of the works at the Places & Spaces exhibition opening.

Fifty data visualizations are now on display at the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall, where UM students, faculty, staff, and visitors got the opportunity to examine some of the works at the Places & Spaces exhibition opening.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 5, 2014) – From a visual guide that shows how your federal tax dollars are spent, to an interactive chart capable of simulating a naked-eye view of the sky from anywhere on Earth, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science debuted on the University of Miami campus Thursday evening, showcasing 100 maps that present data in visually stunning formats. Read the full story

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‘Thomas A. Spain—A Retrospective’ Now on Display

Thirty-seven artistic works by Professor Thomas A. Spain, whose enormous talent and unwavering devotion to teaching design and drawing have indelibly impacted two generations of students, are on exhibit at the School of Architecture’s Irvin Korach Gallery through Friday, September 12, when a closing celebration of ‘Thomas A. Spain—A Retrospective’ and lecture by Professor Jorge L.  Hernandez will begin at 6 p.m. in Glasgow Hall. A reception with the artist will follow the lecture.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Professor Ensures Architecture Students Have the Chance to Explore Italy’s Treasures

Thomas Spain

Thomas Spain

Professor Thomas Spain, M.A. ’70, who joined the School of Architecture in 1966, still remembers taking his—and the school’s—first study trip to Rome in 1999. “For me, it was just an overwhelming experience,” he says. “I had never been to Europe before, and I was like a kid in a candy store.” Since that trip, Spain has returned to Rome many times as a drawing instructor for students in UM’s Rome Program, contributing his artistic talent, teaching skills, and financial support.

Now a member of the school’s senior faculty, Spain is a key donor for the annual School of Architecture Golf Tournament at the Biltmore Golf Course to benefit the Tom Spain Rome Program Endowment, which was established in his honor, and scholarships for the Rome Program. The program has grown through the years and now includes visits to Venice and Florence, Italy.

With his wife, Dona, B.Arch. ’91, M.Arch. ’92, historical resources director for the City of Coral Gables, Spain has helped raise $210,000 for the scholarships, including his and his wife’s personal donations, in the past five years. “The Rome trip is such a terrific experience for our students that I wanted to make sure it continued,” Spain says.

A Virginia native who has enjoyed drawing all his life, Spain came to UM as an instructor 48 years ago. After serving in the military, he earned his master’s degree in painting and became a professor in the School of Architecture, where he has influenced multiple generations of students.

A master visual interpreter of architectural structures and places, Spain was invited to exhibit a collection of his drawings at the Coral Gables Museum in May 2013. The show, Thomas A. Spain: A Retrospective (1980-2012), featured more than 60 drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, and chalk and included several lectures and drawing workshops for adults and teens. Some of those drawings are now on display at another retrospective of his work at the School of Architecture’s Irvin Korach Gallery.

Recalling his experiences sketching and drawing with students on the streets of Rome, Spain says, “Seeing the architectural treasures of Italy can be a life-changing experience. Through our endowment program, we provide that unique learning opportunity to students who otherwise couldn’t afford to travel. It’s very satisfying to give back to our University.”

Read about other faculty and staff who support the U.


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Roman Professor Inaugurates School of Architecture’s Monday Lecture Series August 25

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 15, 2014)— Italian architect Alessandro Pierattini, who teaches design studio and Roman construction techniques to UM graduate students in Rome, will deliver the School of Architecture’s inaugural Monday night lecture, “Building on the shoulders of giants,” at 6 p.m. on August 25, in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture Hall.

Established by Rodolphe el-Khoury, the school’s new dean, the Monday night series is intended to be a forum for free, informal presentations open to the public. El-Khoury also is initiating a Wednesday night lecture series, which will showcase more formal, themed presentations by experts from the University and beyond.

Pierattini’s research engages the relationship between tradition and innovation in the design process. An expert in traditional design, typology, and building techniques, he does scholarly research on architectural history and is the author of Manuale del Restauro Archeologico di Ercolano, a book that illustrates the building techniques of the ancient Roman houses around the Vesuvius. He has published scholarly essays on Vitruvius, perspectival representation, and design methods in antiquity.

As a professional, he has been engaged in the analysis and preservation of monuments in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Rome, and Djemila (Algeria).

He holds a Master in Preservation and is finishing his Ph.D. research at La Sapienza University (Rome) on the beginnings of Greek monumental architecture. He has taught at the University of Roma Tre, Notre Dame, and Miami, and has been lecturing across Italy and abroad on ancient building techniques, typology, and the Roman domus.

Since 2005, he has directed the series “Vitruvio e i suoi eredi“ (Dedalo Publisher), which includes some of the main historical treatises on architecture (Vitruivus, Serlio, Vignola, etc.). He also works in the visual arts (graphics, video) and has participated in major exhibitions in Italy and abroad (Biennale di Venezia, Festival du Cinema d’Annecy, etc.).



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Home Designed by Architecture Students Would ‘Answer Prayers’ for Baby House Residents

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News


Carol Montiel, director of the Golden Glades Baby House, shows off a rendering of the two-story home designed by students from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. Standing in the background are, from left, executive administrator Viola Gibbs, nurse Mercedes Grullon; and child care worker Martha Kelly.

GOLDEN GLADES, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – The wheelchairs and oxygen tanks are stored in a back room of the one-story dwelling, leaving no space for what the area is intended for: a music hall for the home’s 15 inhabitants.

Nurses, even with the aid of hydraulic lifts, still find it difficult to move residents from their beds to the bathtub because every room and hallway is too small. And while three air-conditioning units are capable of keeping the place cool during South Florida’s hot summer days, they sometimes break down. Read the full story

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