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33rd annual Festival of the Trees

Each year South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for interior architecture education through their annual participation in Festival of the Trees, a fundraising event coordinated by Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department.

Over the past 32 years, this annual holiday event has raised over $350,000 in funds that benefit FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and its students.

Sponsors underwrite designers who design and build unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The “trees” are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening. Winning bidders take these extraordinary creations home and get to show them off throughout the year.

Our President, Josh Oberhausen was selected as a judge at this year’s event, along with Hilda Altimari, Art Director of Dacra Miami Design District; Martin Amado, TV Personality; Massimo Casagrande, Director of Education at Marangoni Miami; and Liana Guilarte, Group Publisher for Modern Luxury. The event took place Thursday, November 21st, at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District.

Congratulations to the winners of the 33rd annual Festival of the Trees:

Most Colorful: “Candela” by AECOM

Most Animated: “It’s All Relative” by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc.

Most Progressive: “Respirations” by FIU RDF Lab

Most Sustainable: “Cross-Cultural Headgear” by TSAO Design Group

Most Creative: “Layers Through Time” by G. Alvarez Studio, Inc.

Most Elegant: “Glitz” by HKS Architects, Inc.

Most Whimsical: “Hold My Memphis” by CallisonRTKL

Most Illuminating: “Depths of Deco” by Gresham, Smith, & Partners

Most Thematic: “Games Archiving Games” by OBM International

Honorable Mention (Creative): “Carousel Through Time” by Cube 3

Honorable Mention (Thematic): “Vessel” by Stantec

Honorable Mention (Colorful): “Copasetic” by Zyscovich Architects

MCAD Hosts First Annual Urban Warrior Awards

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The Miami Center for Architecture & Design promotes awareness and appreciation of the ways in which architecture and urban design influence and enhance the quality of life in our community.

On Thursday, April 19, MCAD will host the first annual Urban Warrior Awards. MCAD promotes awareness and appreciation of the ways in which architecture and urban design influence and enhance the quality of life in our community. The new signature event recognizes individuals who have accomplished much to better our urban landscape.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Miami architect and visionary, Ken Treister, FAIA, whose projects include the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Mayfair Shops in the Grove and Mayfair House Hotel
  • Visionary Award: Founder and President of The Underline, Meg Daly
  • Visionary Award: Owner of Books & Books, Mitch Kaplan

Enjoy cocktails, light bites, live music and more as they celebrate their honorees.

Urban Warrior Awards will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at the mindwarehouse 111 NE 1st St., 7th Floor Downtown Miami.

Click here to register.