Join us for our ongoing series “Art of Architecture,” highlighting historic preservation projects in Miami Beach and beyond.
José Gelabert-Navia will lecture on his historic preservation and resiliency projects and present his recent publication “Miami Beach” (ORO Publishers), a folio of 20 drawings on watercolor paper. The book will be available for purchase at the event, with MDPL receiving a portion of the proceeds.
José Gelabert-Navia is an architect, teacher, and artist. As the child of two architects, he was immersed in the world of architecture practically from birth. Residing in Miami, Florida, Mr. Gelabert-Navia has over forty years of experience as an architect and is the Regional Director for Latin America of Perkins+Will, Architects. Mr. Gelabert-Navia is currently a Professor of Architecture and formerly the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami.
A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Gelabert-Navia’s primary teaching focus is Architectural Design and the History of Colonialism and Globalization in Architecture. He was the founder of the University of Miami School of Architecture’s Rome Program and teaches a course in Italian Culture. He authorizes many publications, including CUBA, Memories of Travel/Recuerdos de Viaje (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers).
Exile from Cuba shaped the path of Mr. Gelabert-Navia’s career. He developed a global curiosity, moving from country to country, gathering inspiration from each destination. These drawings are the records of those journeys.