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FIU Top Scholar Roberto Rovira to speak in lecture series


Roberto Rovira, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and principal of Azimuth Studio, Inc., will speak about his teaching, research and creative work in the field of landscape architecture through design and fine art on Thursday, Oct. 4. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. and will be held in PCA 135.

Rovira obtained a master’s in landscape architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, a Diplôme from the Université de Paris Sorbonne’s Cours de Civilisation Française in 1995, and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990. During his time at RISD, he received the Graduate Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and earned the Dean’s Scholar Award. He is the recipient of numerous awards including first place in the 2005 Miami Monument Design Competition and the 2006 Kauffman Professors Prize sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In 2007, he was named Landscape Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects-Miami Chapter, and won a Bronze Medal in the Unbuilt Category at the 2007 Miami + Beach Bienal for his “Miami Sunspars” project.

His research and teaching have ranged from studies involving Miami’s urban-ecological edge along the Everglades boundary to infrastructure-related and community development grants in the cities of Sweetwater and Opa-Locka, Florida.

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