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MDC Architecture Faculty Member to Receive Important Recognition from American Institute of Architects

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Miami, November 9, 2009 - Each year the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Miami Chapter seeks to recognize individual achievements for contributions to design, construction and public service related to architecture, the building arts and urban design form. This year Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Mario F. Ortega, associate professor at the School of Architecture - Kendall Campus, is the recipient of the “Award for Writing about Architecture.”

This award recognizes exemplary contributions to the field of writing on architecture and architectural criticism. Professor Ortega submitted for consideration the Miami Dade College Architecture Student Journal; “A gathering of Architecture student projects” as the author, chief editor, chief graphic designer, photographer and coordinator of his first publication and MDC’s first publication of architecture student work The journal was published last year and has received many accolades.

Professor Ortega’s task encompassed the editing of written concept assignments from Architecture Design 1 to Architecture Design 4, from architecture communications to the architecture graphic presentation class.  He completed the written description of each and every design course shown in the book, which also included the selection and coordination of architecture design models from all MDC campuses.

The projects depicted in the MDC journal represent design work, graphic and rendering examples, studies of historical models, and computer imaging utilizing advanced technology. Many months of work went into the top quality production of the book which reflects student work from all campuses at the college.

Professor Ortega will be honored with his award at the 55th Annual AIA Miami Design Awards Gala + Student Exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Miami Event Space. He was also honored with the Education Leadership Award at last year’s AIA Miami Design Awards Gala + Student Exhibition.

In addition, one of Prof. Ortega’s students, Zaira Pourier, was awarded the “undergraduate design” award from the AIA this year for the Design 4 Havana Museum Project. Pourier competed against upper division students from other universities in the region.

MDC has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the AIA. Last year, the AIA held its Architecture + Design Gala and Awards Ceremony at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at MDC. In addition, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president, received the 2007 Design Award from the Miami Chapter of the AIA for community leadership.

For more information, please contact Architecture Chair José Lozano at 305-237-0635 or professor Mario Ortega at 305-237-0871.


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