ARC+ Buildgreen = Sustainable Community

A new program pairs students with construction companies, architectural firms and real estate developers so they can gain experience working on sustainability projects and green building initiatives. The students will not just work in our communities — they will help transform them.

Dubbed ARC+ Buildgreen, this program is the result of a collaborative effort between the Architectural Research Collaborative (ARC+), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create artistic, educational and entrepreneurial collaborations for sustainable living, and CARTA. ARC+ will be housed at CARTA’s Miami Beach Urban Studios at 420 Lincoln Road.

“We believe that working closely with Florida International University as an anchor institution is the first step toward building a more collaborative and synergistic approach to sustainability and resilience as a city,”” says Peter Licavoli, executive director.

Brian Schriner, dean of CARTA, agrees. “This collaborative ARC+ effort provides a unique opportunity for companies and community stakeholders to take a more proactive role in producing and retaining South Florida’s most highly skilled and trained graduates.”

How You Can Help: ARC+ seeks South Florida construction companies, developers and architectural firms to collaborate on projects. Additionally, the organization has a variety of sponsorship packages available. Visit arcplus.org for more information.

ARC+, Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, arcplus.org

“I view this as a natural extension of our constant commitment to building a better Miami and our continued support of FIU and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. As a builder with an architectural background, I understand the challenges students face and know the importance of real world experience.”

—Joey Woodworth, President, Buildworks, a design build and boutique construction firm

“I have a passion for education (in school and continuing during our professional careers), and I believe strongly in sustainability. As architects, we should have a leading role in bringing sustainable practices to the built environment.”

—Carlos J. Bravo, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Principal, UrvanX, a firm specializing in architecture, interior design, project management and developer solutions

“ARC+’s purpose is to bring awareness to the next generation of architects and design professionals. Exposing architecture students to these real world conditions will hopefully empower them to commit to building better sustainable projects in the future.”

—Marcelo Fernandes, Owner/Broker, Grove Properties, a real estate, development and construction business

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