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Juan Antonio Bueno is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Florida International University, where he has also served as Founding Dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, dean of the School of Architecture, director of the School of Design, and director of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture. He completed his graduate education in landscape architecture at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University and his undergraduate education in engineering at the University of Miami. He is a registered landscape architect and professional engineer in the State of Florida. Academically, his research focuses on the South Florida landscapes, the Spanish patio and cloister, and the natural and cultural landscapes of Havana, including the research, planning and design project for the urban region of Havana and Its Landscapes. Professionally, his practice involves the planning and design of regions and communities, parks and greenways, as well as plazas, gardens, and patios.


Marta Canavés, ASLA, IIDA is Graduate Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Environmental + Urban Design, past Director and Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department, and past interim Director of Interior Design. Her research with Marilys Nepomechie on low-cost rural housing and infrastructure has received design, teaching and research awards including: The CINTAS Fellowship in Architecture; an AIA National Institute Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design; and awards from Residential Architect, and the Graham Foundation. The work has earned ACSA Design, Research and Collaborative Practice Awards; the NCARB Prize; the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum; multiple awards from the Boston Society of Architects, AIA Florida/Caribbean and AIA Miami; the Silver Medal for Landscape Architecture / Public Projects from International Bienal Miami + Beach, and an ASLA National Communication Commendation. Canavés was co-curator for the exhibition Miami 2100 about planning for climate change and sea level rise in Greater Miami, funded by the National Science Foundation.


Jason R. Chandler, AIA, is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture. He was appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design in Fall 2015. Chandler’s academic activities focus on building construction systems and their integration into architecture and urban design. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. He is co-author with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler holds the Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and the Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.


Xavier Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence at the FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts & Sciences and in the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. Cortada often engages scientists in his art making: At CERN, Cortada and a particle physicist created a permanent digital-art piece to celebrate the Higgs Boson discovery. He has collaborated with a population geneticist to explore our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000-years ago, with a molecular biologist to synthesize a DNA strand from a sequence 400 museum visitors randomly generated, and with botanists to develop multi-year participatory eco-art efforts to reforest mangroves, native trees and wildflowers across Florida. The Miami artist has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole) and eco-art (Taiwan, Hawaii and Holland) projects, and painted community murals addressing peace (Cyprus and Northern Ireland), child welfare (Bolivia and Panama), AIDS (Switzerland and South Africa) and juvenile justice (Miami and Philadelphia) concerns.

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Through some 150 works composed in a wide range of performance genres, many premiered at major festivals by internationally renowned performers, Orlando Jacinto García is an important figure in the new music world. His works are recorded on 7 solo CDs and numerous compilations released by a variety of respected labels. His collaborative multi-media work on the theme of rising seas has been funded by the James L. Knight Foundation and Faena Arts. The recipient of various honors and awards including fellowships from the Fulbright, Rockefeller and Cintas Foundations and 4 Latin Grammy nominations, Garcia is Professor of Composition for the School of Music and Composer in Residence for the CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios at Florida International University in Miami.


Nick Gelpi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and the Design Principal and Founder of GELPI Projects, a collaborative design firm in Miami, Florida. Gelpi’s research is concerned with the tensions between materials and representation, often incorporating procedures of fabrication and the conventions of testing through mockups. Professor Gelpi’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Cejas Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, and through the funding of private industrial partnerships. Gelpi is currently authoring a book on the history and contemporary use of full scale mockups in the design process, titled The Architecture of Full Scale Mockups, to be published by Routledge. Gelpi received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Tulane University in 2002 and his Masters of Science in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University in 2003.


Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Media. The author or editor of four books related to intersections of news, race, geography, policing, and myth, Gutsche is affiliated with FIU’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program and the Sea Level Solutions Center. Gutsche is a 2015-2016 Research Scholar at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri related to a project that examines long-form mobile journalism. In 2014, he was part of a team that received a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant to measure impacts of sea level rise in South Florida. earned a national award for engagement from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Currently, Gutsche’s Visual Storytelling courses partner with FIU’s Digital Collections to curate (link to sea level rise efforts from across the university.


Susan Jacobson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Media. She is the project manager of the Sea Level Rise Toolbox (, an interactive sea level rise viewer that has received press coverage from around the world. She is currently working with her students, with FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center, and with community organizations such as the CLEO Institute (Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities) and Code for Miami, to engage citizens in documenting incidents of sunny-day flooding related to sea level rise in South Florida ( She is a graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, the leading digital program in the U.S. Her research investigates the expressive qualities of digital media, and she has published in top international journals, including New Media and Society, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. She teaches classes in coding and media innovation.


Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Chair of the Art and Art History Department. He studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and holds a BA in International Relations, a BFA in Studio Art, and an MFA in Visual Arts, all from FIU. Kolasinski’s work, focused on a search for identity in the vortex of cultural displacement, is rooted in an international dialogue between old and new worlds. His artwork includes video installations, single and multiple channel projections, and site-specific projects. The Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence Faculty Research Award supported Lapadarium, his solo exhibition at the Latvian Art Academy, Riga (2015). Kolasinski was awarded a Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship (2003) and the prestigious Kosciusko Foundation Fellowship (2000). His work has been presented in international venues including: Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes, France; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia.


Kate MacMillin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Media. For the past five years, her academic work has focused on sea level rise communication. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” which aired on WPBT2 in 2014. She is the producer of record on a student-produced WPBT2 Web series on sea level rise and the executive producer of a half-hour primetime special based on that work, “South Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact.” Professor MacMillin and three other colleagues won the 2014-2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant to conduct community-engaged journalism about the threats of sea level rise in South Florida. She is the co-author with Professors Raul Reis and Michael Sheerin on “Writing & Reporting for Digital Media,” published in 2015. MacMillin has a B.A. from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Simmons College in Boston.


Mark Marine is the CARTA Director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services, Director of FIU by DESIGN, and faculty member in the Department of Architecture. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Florida International University the Master of Architecture degree with high honors from UCLA. Marine worked with Associated Housing Development Corporation, a consultant group for the City of Los Angeles, on revitalization and adaptive reuse strategies for low-income housing in South Central Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. He worked on a new Master Plan for San Pedro Harbor, allowing the City of Los Angeles to reclaim abandoned land and compete with the City of Long Beach. With R2Arch, he completed urban planning for Little Tokyo and Homeboy Industries. In Miami, he co-founded Danger Marine Design. Marine’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles and Miami, has been the subject of numerous public lectures and presentations, and has been published nationally.


Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA, is an architect, Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, and President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Her professional and academic projects –focused on urban resilience and on the design of sustainable, affordable housing and infrastructure– are included in the archives of the National Building Museum. They have been honored with over 40 design and research awards, national and international exhibition, and wide publication. The National Science Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Administration of China, Graham Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and the American Institute of Architects have funded her work. With Marta Canavés, Nepomechie is co-curator of Miami 2100: Envisioning a resilient second century (2015) and Miami | La Habana: Magic City | Novia del Mar. She is co-curator of La Habana Moderna: 1902-1959, and author of Building Paradise: An Architectural Guide to the Magic City (2010).

Ebru Özer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design. Her research concentrates on integration of green infrastructure systems into urban design, sustainable landscape construction, and sustainability in park design. Her research has been supported by grants from the national Landscape Architecture Foundation, The United States Department of Education, Florida Department of Transportation, City of Sweetwater, The Metropolitan Center at FIU, the Cejas Family Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | The Wolfsonian-FIU. She is co-author of Best Practices in Sustainable Building Design (2012). Özer holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Dokuz Eylul University, and a Physics degree from Ege University. Özer currently is a member of the FIU President’s University Sustainability Committee and serves on the FIU GIS Advisory Committee.


Eric Peterson is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Architecture. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A. 1991) and the University of Florida (M.Arch 2005). Peterson served an apprenticeship in traditional English joinery and worked as a journeyman carpenter and construction supervisor for ten years. Recent projects include the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011– interior team leader; Palletcraft – an exhibition of furniture made from recycled materials (2013); and Miami 2100 – an exhibition on the impact of sea level rise on Greater Miami (2014- 15). Having served as Fabrication Lab Manager for seven years at FIU he continues to be actively involved in shaping a culture of making within the Department of Architecture. He teaches both introductory and graduate level architectural design studios as well as courses in computer modeling, graphics, furniture design and fabrication.


Juliet Pinto is an Associate Professor and the Interim Executive Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She studies the production of scientific news in international contexts, with particular emphasis on climate change news in English- and Spanish-language newsrooms. Dr. Pinto co-produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary, “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” the most watched online program for the South Florida PBS affiliate WPBT2 in 2014; and co-wrote the student-produced 2015 documentary, “South Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact.” As part of the award-winning Eyes on the Rise grant-funded team project, Dr. Pinto helped develop a website and app (, as well as numerous events centered around citizen science, crowd hydrology and public engagement, sensor journalism and science communication. Her research has been published in Science Communication; Global Media Communication; Communication, Culture, and Critique; as well as repurposed and featured on PBS NewsHour, TODAY, The Weather Channel, and The Guardian, among others.

Associate Professor Gray Read holds the PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a registered Architect. Her research focuses on historical practices of urbanism in architecture to inform contemporary sustainable design. Her most recent book Modern Architecture in Theater: The Experiments of Art et Action (Palgrave Press, 2013) focuses on the experimental work of a modern architect in Paris in the 1920s who used theater to model archetypal urban events. An edited volume, Architecture as a Performing Art, with Marcia Feuerstein, (Ashgate Press, 2013), brings together scholarship on architectural design for the theater of urban life. And The Miniature and the Gigantic in Philadelphia Architecture: Essays on Designing the City to Human Scale, (Mellen Press, 2007), reveals a poetic vernacular of architectural dimension. Her most recent project is a collaboration with FIU students to develop design ideas for Miami that will enhance the quality and sustainability of urban life.

Camilo Rosales, AIA is an Associate Professor of Architecture. He was director of one the School of Architecture’s programs and has been a fellow of the FIU Honors College since 2010. Mr. Rosales’ academic research is a reflection of his award- winning professional practice, which seeks to harmonize nature, culture, and technology. He has participated in a number of sustainability related projects with colleagues and students. Noteworthy among them is a $793,000 U.S. Department of State grant to reduce energy consumption in over 400 municipal building in three South American countries. In 2013 he was recognized as a Top FIU Scholar and in 2000 he was elected Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) for work related to sustainable development. Mr. Rosales received a Master of Architecture II from Harvard University, and a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.


Roberto Rovira, ASLA, is principal of Studio Roberto Rovira, Associate Professor, and past Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design. As a registered landscape architect with a design, engineering, and fine arts background, his teaching, research, and creative work explore the potential of landscape architecture in public space and the intersection of technology and living systems. Roberto has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work as an educator and professional. The Architectural League recognized him as one of eight 2015 Emerging Voices, one of the most coveted awards in North American Architecture, spotlighting individuals and firms based in the U. S., Canada, and Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. He has been lead designer in national and international projects and his work ranges from environmental installations and competitions, to art commissions, exhibits, and landscape architecture projects.


Thomas Spiegelhalter, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Structural and Environmental Technologies Laboratory [SET Lab], has engineered, designed and built in Europe and the U.S. hundreds contextual solar, net-zero-fossil-energy building realizations and large-scale sustainability master planning projects. Many of his projects have been published in International journals, conferences and anthologies of European and American Architecture. Spiegelhalter’s multi-million dollar research projects have been supported by grants from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Saxon Ministry of State, Intelligent Energy Europe, U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of State Energy and Climate Partnership of The Americas, and others. As a result of his 26 years of design, parametric modeling and built work, professional consulting, research and teaching, Spiegelhalter has received 52 prizes, awards, and honors in European and US sustainability competitions, individually and in collaboration with landscape architects, and engineers.

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John Stuart, AIA, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement in the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Executive Director of the Miami Beach Urban Studios and director of the new CARTA Innovation Lab, is a full professor in the Department of Architecture at FIU where he has taught for over two decades. His research projects were funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Science Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Stuart’s books include: The Gray Cloth, Paul Scheerbart’s Novel on Glass Architecture (MIT, 2001); Ely Jacques Kahn, Architect: Beaux-Arts to Modernism in New York (Norton, 2006, with Jewel Stern), and The New Deal in South Florida: Design, Policy and Community Building, 1933-1940 (UPF, 2008, with John F. Stack, Jr.). Stuart holds advanced degrees in architecture and classical archaeology from Columbia and Princeton, and undergraduate degrees in classics and applied mathematics from Brown University.

Shahin Vassigh is Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Faculty Development. She serves as Co-Director of the Structural and Environmental Technologies Laboratory and the ICAVE. She is a recipient of several major federal grants focused on improving building technology and sustainable building design education by developing alternative teaching pedagogies. Vassigh has considerable professional experience through her work at various consulting engineering firms ranging from bridge analysis to large-scale building design and construction. She is the author of Interactive Structures: Visualizing Structural Behavior (2008), and the lead author of Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011), and Best Practices in Sustainable Building Design (2013). She has a Master of Architecture, a Master of Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.

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