In Pursuit of Modernity: Three University Campuses in the Tropics

Korach Gallery

1215 Theo Dickinson Dr
Coral Gables, FL


Belmont Freeman, FAIA

Carie Penabad

Awilda Rodríguez Carrión

Paolo Sanza

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From post-war to post-revolution, this session will explore the development of confident and striding modern identities in architecture through the design of tropical campuses and buildings.

Each of the subjects the speakers will present embrace some form of new political, technological, and/or economic paradigms, and respond with solutions that would range from the practical to the poetic. Each directly engaging environmental challenges of the tropics – the heat, humidity, and glaring light, with solutions that embrace the potential of the landscape to enrich the human experience, all while facilitating the students’ pursuit of knowledge and artistic expression.

Some would prove to have lasting influence in evolving regional solutions, even developing new vernaculars in a century of exuberant development, others would inspire global attention and wonder with their wisdom and wit, while destined to melt, nearly alone, in the blinding light.

San Juan, Miami, La Habana.

Speakers & Presentations
  • "Henry Klumb’s Modernism and Poetic Legacy in Puerto Rico"
    Paolo Sanza and Prof. Awilda Rodríguez Carrión


  • "Building a Postwar American Campus in the Tropics: The work of Marion Manley and Robert Law Weed at the University of Miami"
    Carie Penabad

  • "Divergent Revolutionary Modernisms: Two Campuses in Havana"
    Belmont Freeman, FAIA



Ricardo Lopez



Korach Gallery


1.25 HSW AIA credits