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Executive Director

John Stuart, AIA, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement, Executive Director of Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Professor, is a practicing registered architect in the State of Florida. He is also an architectural historian and a visual artist developing collaborative research projects on complexity, community, identity, technology, the environment and public space with funding from Van Alen Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Science Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Cultural and Community Engagement

Liane, Senior Special Events Manager, graduated from FIU with a degree in Communication Arts, and spent three years working with FIU External Relations in the Community Relations Protocol & Special Events. At the Urban Studios Liane manages events, develops and directs the marketing and communication plan to promote exhibitions and programming. As a past president of the FIU Student Government Association, she helps us improve our student experiences by enhancing connections with the FIU community as we build bridges with local businesses, municipalities, and communities.
Jacqueline (Jacqui), Office Manager , oversees the Urban Studios as well as the CARTA Innovation Lab, she is a trained MakerBot technician, ensuring students, faculty, and guest have properly functioning 3D printers. Jacqui has an associates degree in Urban Planning from University of Technology in Jamaica and a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from FIU, Jacqui has worked in the CARTA family for 6 years.


Orlando, DMA, is Professor in the School of Music at Florida International University as well as the area coordinator for the FIU Music Composition Program. Through more than 140 works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto García has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended—haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman, among others. Office Hours:Wed. 2pm-3:30pm Fri. 1pm-2:0pm (by appointment)

Nick, assistant professor in The Architecture at the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts and is the principal of his own design office based in New York. Gelpi’s practice has been producing a diversity of projects from experimental structures and pavilions, to commercial retail design, and high-concept furniture and prototypes. Gelpi’s research is concerned with materials and representation, often incorporating procedures of fabrication and the conventions of testing through Mockups.

Claudia was born in Germany. She received a Diploma Certificate in Architecture from the F.H. Hamburg, Germany. She holds an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Ms. Busch has designed for significant and major architects, such as Zaha Hadid in London, Carlos Zapata, Richard Meier and Bernard Tschumi in New York. She has won the first prize in the Florida Style Furniture competition and several awards in Germany. She has been exhibited in Italy, Spain, Austria and Germany. She was coeditor of “Ocular New York”, Columbia Books of Architecture/Aedes. Since 1995 Claudia Busch lives and works in Miami as an educator, architect and artist. For the past two years, Claudia Busch coordinates the Lower Division of the School of Architecture at FIU that involves the first four design studios for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.
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University Fellow
Richard is the world’s leading urbanist. He is a researcher and professor, serving as the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University and a Visitng Fellow at Florida International University. He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning The Rise of the Creative Class and serving as senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for CityLab. And he is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with governments and companies worldwide. A 2013 MIT study named him the world’s most influential thought leader. And TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world. He previously taught at Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State University, and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Eric holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He started his practice in Argentina as part of Estudio STAFF, a firmed founded by Jorge Jose Goldemberg and Teresa Bielus de Goldemberg, specializing in social housing with over 20,000,000 s.f. of built work, all resulting from winning competitions. His firm MONAD Studio was co-founded in 2002 with Veronica Zalcberg. MONAD Studio is a design research practice with focus on spatial perception related to rhythmic affect, exploring the urban dimension, from landscape to installations and buildings.The work of MONAD Studio has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, World Architecture(China), Architecture in Formation book, Conditions Magazine (Norway), I4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Miami Herald, and Florida InsideOut to name a few.

Jacek is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami.

Thomas  who is also the Co-Director of the Structural & Environmental Technologies Labhas realized research demonstration work in Europe and the US in numerous contextual solar, zero fossil-energy, passive and low-energy building realizations projects; large-scale sustainability master planning and consultancies, redevelopment projects for abandoned post-industrial architectures and landscapes, engineered suspension bridges, preservation, and revitali-zation projects.

Michael Klotz is a memeber of the Amernet String Quartet; FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence. Klotz is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double Master’s Degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School. At Juilliard, he was the recipient of the Tokyo Foundation and Gluck Fellowships. His principle teachers and influences include Zvi Zeitlin, Lynn Blakeslee, Lewis Kaplan, Toby Appel, Peter Kamnitzer, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. A dedicated teacher, Klotz is Senior Instructor and Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, where he teaches viola and chamber music.