Malik Benjamin | Senior Instructor
Malik Benjamin earned his BArch from Cornell University and a double MArch – Computing & Design and Urban Design – from the University of Miami. He is a former Knight Foundation Scholar and a current Miami Foundation Fellow. He is an Instructor and the Director of Program Innovation at the Florida International University CARTA School of Architecture, where he primarily researches “innovation in teaching” through tangible, intangible and defunct networks. The primary goal of this designation is to positively evolve the greater Miami area through the establishment of private public partnerships and interdisciplinary hybrid value chains in academia, research and practice.
His current work includes three distinctly different projects. He is working as a steward of a $300K grant from JP Morgan Chase to build an aquaponics laboratory and education program at Miami Northwestern High School in partnership with Florida International University to promote STEM professions – science, technology, engineering and math – and help revitalize the distressed neighborhoods around the high school. He has designed and coded a virtual gallery of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum similar to Google Streetview (http://virtual.frostartmuseum.org/) which is set to launch early summer 2012. Lastly, he is in the midst of an ongoing project to evolve the College of Architecture + the Arts digital capabilities and curriculum through the acquisition and proliferation of digital fabrication technologies, high resolution imaging equipment, real-time digital collaboration technologies, and mobile technologies.
He is also the consultant in residence for the American Welding Society, the largest industrial standards organization in the US dedicated to advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, as they advance their online university and expand into nanotechnology fabrication research. A product of New York City, Malik has lived in South Florida for more than a decade and is proud to call South Florida home.
In addition to his professional work, Malik also contributes by serving on several boards and committees for a collection of art groups including the Miami Dade County and City of North Miami Beach Art in Public Places, Overtown Music Project, Dance Now Miami, Noble Scholars Academy and FIU Faculty Senate Technology Committee.