Miami-based, PlusUrbia Design, comprised almost entirely of U-SOA Alums, is HonoredPlusUrbia, an “extended University of Miami School of Architecture studio” has enjoyed an historic year. Juan Mullerat and Megan McLaughlin – Directors of PlusUrbia Design and U-SoA professor team teaching a studio on resiliency and transportation solutions – have led their Miami-based urban design studio to multiple major awards this year. They have also lectured on Resiliency, Transit Oriented Development and Complete Districts while leading several major, context-sensitive master planning efforts. PlusUrbia Design, an urban and architectural design atelier, features U-SoA graduates Maria Bendfeldt, Manuel de Lemos, Bo Li, Sofia Villanueva, Mullerat and McLaughlin on its design team. Recent highlights of the Miami-based studio include:
- The American Planning Association (APA) 2017 National Economic Development Plan Award, for the Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
- The APA 2017 Florida Award of Merit for the Hialeah Transit Oriented Development.
- The Dade Heritage Trust 2017 Annual Preservation Award for preservation and master plan work in Little Havana.
- A Coconut Grove Master Plan for its Business Improvement District.
- Little Havana Me Importa, a master plan.
- The Miami-Dade County SMART Plan, ongoing Rapid Transit Urban Design and Land Use Planning.
- Resiliency and Adaptation in Existing Urban Cores – presentation at Florida APA conference.
- Transit Oriented Development – lecture, Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
- Complete Districts and TOD – speaker, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.PlusUrbia, honored by the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County for its community-based work, is actively working with a broad base of leaders in San Juan to help with the rebuilding and restoration of Puerto Rico. Follow news of this initiative at www.plusurbia.com/blog. We congratulate our U-SoA Team @ PlusUrbia, for this well-deserved recognition.