MEET THE NOMINEES
Winners Announced on May 20th!
Lifetime Achievement Award
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is an American architect and urban planner based in Miami, Florida. She is considered to be a representative of the New Urbanism school of urban planning, and an advocate of the New Classical school of architecture. She is also a co-founder and principal of the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ).
Plater-Zyberk is a founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which was established in 1993. She has been a visiting professor at many major North American schools of architecture, including Princeton University and The University of Miami. She served as Dean f the UM School of Architecture from 1995 to 2013.
In 2001, she and her husband, Andres Duany were awarded the Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum in recognition of their contributions to the American built environment.
Jorge Hernandez, AIA
Jorge L. Hernandez is a professor and practitioner of Architecture. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1956 and immigrated to Miami in 1962. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1985 and since 1987 has been a professor of Architecture at the University of Miami.
Jorge feels strongly that, just as an architect should be responsible for the physical shaping of community, he should also participate in shaping the ideological structure of a community. Since his return to Coral Gables in 1987, Jorge has served on numerous local, state boards, and agencies. He was the Chair for the State of Florida Historic Preservation Advisory Council, Vice-chair of the Florida Historical Commission and was a Trustee of the Florida Trust. Most recently, he is championing the designation and preservation of civil rights, women’s rights, and Hispanic monuments and sites in Florida.
The Street Plans Collaborative
Tony Garcia is a Principal at Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. With over 15 years experience, Tony is a leader in the field of urban planning, and balances day-to-day management of the firm with writing, speaking, and advocating for great streets and public spaces.
He lectures and leads workshops on the topics of placemaking, tactical urbanism, and street design. Tony is coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change as well as co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. He is the past Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida. He co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County.
The Vagabond Group LLC
With a career path that has taken her from bond trading on Wall Street to developing properties along some of Miami's trendiest streets, Avra Jain has earned a reputation for identifying the next "it" neighborhood. The recipient of three Sundance Film Awards for the documentary Dark Days, this industrial engineering graduate from Purdue University develops projects based around two of her favorite pursuits: art and architecture.
Jain suggests “Through art and architecture, life and lifestyle are integrated. Through life and lifestyle, communities and neighborhoods are created.” To date, that vision has resulted in numerous boutique projects that range from converting a 100,000-square foot warehouse to luxury loft condominiums in New York's Tribeca neighborhood to the remake of The Vagabond, from Motel to Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard.
Young Urbanist Award
Daniel Balmori, Esq.
Daniel focuses his practice on commercial and appellate litigation with an emphasis on contract and corporate governance disputes and business torts in a variety of industries from financial services to health care to transportation.
In addition to his litigation practice, Daniel currently serves as pro bono counsel to Friends of The Underline, Inc. and The Underline Conservancy, nonprofit organizations dedicated to transforming underutilized land in Miami into a 10-mile iconic linear park, world-class urban trail, transportation solution, and living art destination inspiringly designed by the architects of New York City’s renowned High Line. In this capacity, he advises on corporate governance; navigates the complex government and regulatory landscape at local, state, and federal levels; and exchanges thought leadership among a consortium of infrastructure reuse projects known as the High Line Network.
Tom Pupo is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Moonlighter FabLab, a 501(c)3 non-profit S.T.E.A.M. Learning Center and Fabrication Lab in Miami, dedicated to empowering makers with the skills, tools, and opportunities to shape a better future.
Tom is the Lead Instructor for The Re-Imagining Cities Program in The Idea Center at Miami Dade College. This 10-week program teaches the principles of tactical urbanism and the technical skills needed for digital fabrication to prototype better public spaces in Miami. He has also served as professor and faculty fellow at the FIU Honors College where he taught a course on Maker Cities - getting students from various disciplines to research, prototype, and fabricate urban installations that engage the community in a discourse about how to
improve the urban fabric with new technologies.