It was wonderful to see so many Broward County 'Canes at our recent We Are One U event in Fort Lauderdale on October 18th. The welcome that President Frenk received from the University of Miami alumni community was incredible, and we are so grateful that more than 200 of you were there! President Frenk shared perspectives on the position of higher education institutions nationally and called on the University of Miami community to plan not just for our 100th anniversary but for the 200th. Sonia Chao, Director of the Center for Urban & Community Design at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture, gave an engaging ‘Cane Talk about how UM is on the front lines responding to the urgent needs of South Florida’s most historic and architecturally significant buildings which are vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise by creating partnerships to develop new standards and guidelines for preserving South Florida’s architectural history and advancing strategies for the resilient neighborhoods of tomorrow.
President Frenk joined the University of Miami as our sixth president and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Public Health Sciences. President Frenk joins us at a moment of tremendous excitement and promise. Learn more about the exciting ideas that are forming the University’s Roadmap to Our Next Century.
Many of South Florida’s most historic and architecturally significant buildings are vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise. Residents and business owners worry about how best to protect their homes and buildings. City planners want to know how to preserve vibrant neighborhoods in coastal communities, and elected officials seek sustainable approaches to guide future growth. The Center for Urban and Community Design at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture is on the front lines responding to the urgent needs of South Florida by collecting data on housing stock, creating guides for residents to explain options for protecting their homes, and working with cities and national foundations to develop new standards and guidelines for preserving South Florida’s architectural history.
Sonia Chao is the Director of the Center for Urban & Community Design at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture where she also serves as a Research Associate Professor. Professor Chao is known for her work on resilient architecture and sustainable design in South Florida and throughout the Caribbean basin. Chao founded and leads the Resilient Miami Initiative, which engages faculty from several institutions of higher education and government officials to envision resilient design solutions for historic neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County. As as scholar committed to community practice, Professor Chao’s work informed sustainable rebuilding following Hurricane Andrew, and has she drawn on both modern and traditional building practices in a regional plan for the Arcahaie Province and schools and affordable housing in Haiti. Her work has gained the support of major philanthropies and government agencies. Chao will help lead the Resilient Redesign III Charrette for the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, which will gather local government agencies, academics, and professionals to focus on the future of five vulnerable neighborhoods in South Florida.