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.
The 13-member board, consisting of prominent leaders in the real estate, visual arts, design, architecture, finance, business, and hospitality sectors, will assist both Stuart and Brian Schriner, Dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), to use the power of architecture and the arts to engage the local Miami Beach and global communities to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.
Members of CARTA’s Miami Beach Urban Studios’ Leadership Advisory Board include: Starr Catering Group, Adelee Cabrera; President of Cymbal Development, Asi Cymbal; Knight Foundation member, Benjamin de la Peña; VP of Faena Group’s Cultural and Community Relations, Pablo de Ritis; President of CMC Real Estate, Vanessa Grout; Design Architecture Senior High Instructor, Eric Hankin; Owner of AKJ Design Concepts, Alfred Karram, Jr; Attorney and Shareholder of Bercow, Radell & Fernandez, Michael Larkin; Principal of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Chad Oppenheim; Managing Principal of Menin Hospitality, Jared Galbut; Managing Director of Rokk3r Labs, German Montoya; Director of Beezley Management, Adriano Salucci; and Principal of Touzet Studio, Carlos Prio-Touzet.
“With the advisory board’s enthusiastic support, the Miami Beach Urban Studios will continue to open up new opportunities to utilize innovation and community engagement in order to offer our students a full roster of courses enriched by Miami Beach’s unique artistic, historical, and cultural resources, as well as by the extensive network of noted professionals, artists and performers who serve as visiting critics and mentors,” said Dean Schriner.
The Urban Studios offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study in one of the most vibrant, inventive urban centers in the world, while gaining valuable professional experience through working with innovative public, private, and non-profit arts organizations throughout the city.
Located in the iconic Art Deco 420 Lincoln Road building, the Urban Studios provides expansive gallery, exhibition and classroom spaces for use by all FIU students and interested community groups. The location is an ideal center for the study in arts, design and performance, for museum and gallery visits, and for exposure to the wealth of art organizations located in Miami Beach.
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
About the Miami Beach Urban Studios:
The Miami Beach Urban Studios offer undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study in one of the most vibrant, artistic urban centers in the world, while gaining valuable professional experience working with innovative public, private, and non-profit arts organizations throughout the city.
The vision of the Urban Studios is 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.