Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation offers environmental, economic, cultural, and social benefits and is an important component of sustainable development.

Aim: To support and enable collaborations, applied research, and exchanges between SoA students, Historic Preservation Certificate candidates and faculty, with local and regional institutions focused on protecting or reinvesting in historic neighborhoods and/or the preservation of historic buildings. Facilitating direct cooperation with communities and preservation organizations; fieldwork learning and mapping, followed by comparative analysis of historic buildings and settlements; compilation of prototypes for historic and affordable housing in urban and rural settings in sub-tropical and tropical regions of the hemisphere, and to provide outreach/technical assistance to disadvantaged historic communities, governmental and non- governmental agencies.

Activities: Research Grants
Courses: Upper Level Preservation
Design Studios Publications Symposiums/Lectures Community Engagement Technical Assistance


Mapping of Historic Building for City of Coral Gables- 2017

Staff/Leader- Ricardo Lopez, Project Director, Chris Mader, UM/CCS

U-Serve (U-SoA Annual Day of Service) 250~ participants- 2015 to present

Inaugural Year: Event Organizers: Rudolphe el-Khoury, Dean. School of Architecture; Sonia R. Chao, Director of the Center for Urban & Community Design. Collaborators: Faculty, AIAS representatives, CUCD Staff and Research Assistants. City of Miami Leaders and Staff. Volunteers: U-SoA Faculty, Students, and Staff.

University of Miami Campus Masterplan Study. Documentation by decade of masterplans and building stock.– 2009 to present

Sonia R. Chao, Project Researcher and Director, Center for Urban & Community Design Collaborators: Dr. Nicolas Patricios. Center for Urban & Community Design Staff and Research Assistants.

Nike Missile Site Project, National Park Service, Biscayne National Park. 6~ participants- 2010

Sonia R. Chao, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design. Collaborators: Dennis Hector, Wendy Caraballo, Adrian Villaraos. National park Service Staff. U-SoA Students.

Tropical Vernacular Architecture Symposium. Miami-Dade County, Florida; 100~ participants- 2008-2009

Brian Lemmerman, Chariperson, Emerging Green Builders, President. Sonia R. Chao, Faculty Advisor. Director, Center for Urban & Community Design. Speakers: Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean, U-SoA, Maria Veronica Machado, Thorn Grafton, Mark Schrieber, Maria Veronica Machado, Shirley Lowe, Nnamdi Elleh, Steven Fett, Graham Ivory, Steve Mouzon. Volunteers: The UM U-SoA Emerging Green builders student organization. CUCD Staff and research Assistants.

Historic Preservation- A Green Alternative Conference, Miami-Dade County, Florida; 120~ participants- 2008

Sonia R. Chao, Event Co-Chair, Director , center for Urban & Community Design. Jorger Hernandez, Event Co-Cair, Jorge Hernandez Architects. Speakers: Becky Matkov, Vincent Scully, Tappy Lynn, Celeste Delgado, Alan Shulman, Justin Falango, Marice Chael, Thorn Grafton, Sebastian Eilert. Volunteers: UM School of Architecture students and faculty; Collaborator: Dade Heritage Trust, INC

Coconut Grove Playhouse Charrette. Coconut Grove, Miami-Dade County, Florida; 120 participants- 2008

Sonia Chao, Project Administrator, Project Designer, Director Center for Urban & Community Design. Jorge Hernandez, project architect. Project Designers: Allan Shulman, Derrick Smith, Veruska Vasconez, Richard Heisenbottle. U-SoA undergraduate and graduate students. CUCD Rsearch Assistants and staff.