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MDC Honors College Student Honored by the American Institute of Architects Miami

AIA Student Winner

AIA Miami Chapter President Kricket Snow, MDC Architecture Student David Monnar and MDC Architecture Prof. Mario F. Ortega. Photo courtesy of Robert D. Gibson.

Miami, December 15, 2010 - The Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently presented Miami Dade College (MDC) architecture student David Monnar with a Student of the Year Award at its 56th Annual Design Award Gala held at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

Each year the AIA Miami Chapter recognizes one student from each of the local colleges and universities with this award. Monnar, a student at The Honors College at MDC, was nominated due to his demonstrated skills, discipline, work ethic, and overall resourcefulness.    

“I had the pleasure of having David in my Architectural Design 3 and after a few completed projects, there was no doubt, he was the student I wanted to nominate to the American Institute of Architects Student of the Year for 2010,” said MDC Professor Mario F. Ortega, who is also faculty advisor of the Miami Dade College Architecture Student Society at the Kendall Campus.   

Monnar, 22, came from Cuba just two years ago. Prior to attending MDC’s acclaimed Honors College, he studied architecture at Polytechnic University José Antonio Echeverría (ISPJAE), an undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral research university in Havana, Cuba.

“I was blessed to be accepted into The Honors College; it opened many possibilities and opportunities for me,” Monnar said.

He is currently applying to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Cornell University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

MDC received double honors at the gala when MC Harry & Associates accepted an Award of Excellence for their design of the College’s state-of-the-art Science Complex located at the North Campus, which officially opened this January.

The 90,000-square-foot Science Complex features 21 laboratories with media stations, a Palmetum, a roof-top observatory, classrooms, lecture hall, faculty and administrative offices, botanical garden, greenhouse, an outdoor plaza, and cafe.

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