Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)
A destination for everyone interested in the built environment.
In 2011, The Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a professional association that is part of an International organization with over 90,000 members worldwide, decided to create a center for architecture that would be an independent non-profit that would serve as a cultural institution bringing the concepts of architecture, urban design and planning to the community.
MCAD is a destination for everyone interested in the built environment (residents, tourists, and professionals alike), and celebrates the City’s vibrant and unique architecture and urban fabric. MCAD educates the public and enhances public appreciation for architecture and design through exhibitions, lectures, tours, film series and other programs that aim to reveal the richness of design in Miami.
Downtown News spoke to Cheryl Jacobs, MCAD Executive Vice President.
Is MCAD involved in helping design policy regarding climate change, the affordable housing crisis?
CJ: MCAD functions as a resource for the architectural profession and the general community. MCAD’S goal is to raise awareness about issues within our community that affect the built environment and ultimately our quality of life. We strive to do programming that brings clarity to issues such as climate change; attainable housing; resiliency; healthier buildings.
Has MCAD a saying in shaping architecture schools’ curricula?
CJ: AIA Miami works regularly with DASH, UMSOA, and FIU CARTA to help our next generations take those steps to leadership in our industry and community.
On the local level, can you speak a bit about some of the programs specifically geared for downtown residents and visitors?
CJ: MCAD is also the Downtown Miami Welcome Center. Currently, we offer the Downtown Miami Historic Architecture Walking Tour on alternate Saturdays (www.miamicad.org/tours) and quarterly, SketchMIA, an Urban Sketch Tour. Additionally, we offer private custom architecture tours that showcase much of Miami’s exciting, vibrant architecture. We hope to expand our regular tour offerings in the fall and will be recruiting new tour guides and holding tour training over the summer. Also, our first exhibit in our new space will open on July 10: Miami Designs: AIA Miami Design Award Winners 2018. The exhibit will feature the winners of the 2018 awards, which highlights the work of Miami Architects.
MCAD is no doubt a great Downtown Miami resource.