12/06 - 12/08/14
All Day


  • Viceroy
  • 485 Brickell Avenue
  • Miami
  • Florida


Join Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, GSD faculty, and alumni during Art Basel Miami Beach for an engaging three days of panels, site visits, and professional engagement opportunities. You can sign up for a single session, a day, or the entire weekend. Looking forward to seeing you in Miami!

For a complete view of the events, speakers, program updates, hotel blocks, directions and more, please view a PDF of event details here.

Registration: Online registration has closed, but you can register in-person at the Viceroy Hotel, Downtown Miami. Registration will be open Saturday, 12/6 12-8pm; Sunday, 12/7 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; and at the Garden Building, Design District, Monday, 12/8 beginning at 8:30 am. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Program Schedule

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Optional Activity
Saturday Afternoon Panel: Principled Design 3:00 – 4:30 pm
A Discussion with Women in Practice

Location: Miami Center for Architecture and Design
100 NE 1st Ave Miami

There is a great diversity in range of how design is practiced. What principles and values, such as aesthetic or social ones, underpin these different practices? In the field of urban planning, theorists including Henry Mayhew, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Gans, and Jane Jacobs, have integrated moral principles into urban planning, such as the aim to foster inclusive and equitable societies. This panel assembles women who practice to discuss what values they hold dear, and how these principles, if at all, frame their approach to design, implementation and practice. This panel was conceived by Caroline James MArch ‘14 and Jaya Kader MArch ‘88, and advised by Denise Scott Brown.

Participants include Pat Bosch, Louise Braverman FAIA, Carie Penabad MAUD ’98, Lourdes Solera FAIA, and Caroline James MArch ’14 (moderator).

Sponsors: AIA Miami Center for Architecture and Design and GSD Women in Design

On the Edge Cocktail Reception 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Rooftop Lounge at the Viceroy Hotel.

Kick off the Harvard GSD’s design weekend with a welcome reception on the rooftop lounge at the Viceroy Miami Hotel. Connect with your fellow alumni and GSD faculty in a relaxing and fun evening under the open sky.

Viceroy Miami Hotel
485 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Miami Site Tours 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Miami Marine Stadium

Join us for a full day of local site visits related to current GSD pedagogy and research.

Private tour of Miami Marine Stadium
Visit one of Miami’s most iconic structures designed by Cuban-American Architect Hilario Candela. Closed now for over 20 years, during which time the stadium has been re-claimed by world-class graffiti artists, Don Worth MCRP ’75, co-founder Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, will lead our group on a private tour of the stadium and discuss the plans for the future of the site as a vibrant public cultural and entertainment venue.

*Note: Must sign a liability waiver to attend the tour. Closed-toed shoes are also required.

Guided tour of the 2014 Design Miami Pavilion
The GSD will lead you on a tour highlighting featuring designers and galleries in this year’s pavilion including Jeanne Gang’s MArch ’93 commissioned design for the Swarovski booth.

A Conversation at Arquitectonica
Join Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-BresciaMArch ’75 in a discussion surrounding the design past, present and potential futures for Miami.

Buses will depart from the Viceroy Hotel at 10:00 am. All site tour participants must take the bus. Buses will return to the hotel at 6:00 pm.

Dinner by Design 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Just one of Miami’s fabulous new restaurants. 

Immerse yourself in Miami’s foodie culture, and select one of the stellar restaurants below for a private dining experience with colleagues and friends.

SUGARCANE – 3250 NE 1st Ave, Miami FL (3.3 miles from Viceroy)
From Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo, SUGARCANE is inspired by international influences and South American spirit, offering robata (hot and raw bar) and eclectic small plates, artisanal cocktails, extensive rum selection and imported beers on tap.

Milos by Costas Spiliadis – 730 1st Street, MiamiBeach, FL (5.2 miles from Viceroy)
Enjoy the flavors of Greece. An open kitchen offset by a fish market display provides diners with a stunning selection of more than a dozen varieties of whole fresh fish served by the pound.

Monday, December 8, 2014
Coastlines: Architecture, Landscape, and the Construction of Waterscapes Design Symposium 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration: Opens at 8:30 am
Continental breakfast will be provided

Charles Waldheim and panelist at the Grounded Visionaries design weekend + campaign launch. 

Dean Mohsen Mostafavi engages leading local and global architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers, and planners in discussions related to designing on, in, or near water and the unique challenges related to these environments in this era of unprecedented climate change. How can we respond through design as an integrative discipline?


Welcome 9:30 am
By Mohsen Mostafavi and Michael Lehrer MArch ‘78

Conversation 9:55 am
With Laurinda Spear and Scott Robins in Conversation with Charles Waldheim

Territories 10:15 am
With Pierre Bélanger MLA ’00, Guy Nordenson LF ’94, and Justine Kwiatkowski Vélez MLA ’06, MUP ’06. Moderated by Roberto Rovira.

Water & The City 11:45 am
By Kunlé Adeyemi

Lunch 12:45 pm (provided)

Architectures 2:00 pm
With Chad Oppenheim, Mark Lee MArch ’95, Carie Penabad MAUD ’98, and Craig Robins. Moderated by Rodolphe el-Khoury.

Conclusion 3:30 pm
By Mohsen Mostafavi

Garden Building in the Design District
Level 2
175 NE 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

Parking: Valet parking will be available at 191 NE 40th Street. Go through the Moore Elastika, and you will see the entrance of the symposium.

Design District: Site Tours 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Parking garage in the Design District by GSD alumni Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93 and Craig Scott MArch ‘94 of iwamatoscott.

Following the symposium, explore the newest developments in the Design District on your choice of several curated tours. Mark Lee MArch ’95Fernando Levy-Hara AMDP ’10, and others to be announced will lead the tours.

Closing Reception 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Attendees at Harvard Design: Hong Kong in 2013

Join the symposium participants and attendees for informal conversations about design and the activities of the weekend as we close our Harvard Design: Miami Alumni + Friends weekend.

Rooftop of the Garden Building
Level 2
175 NE 40th Street
Miami, FL  33137

Hotel Info 

Viceroy Room Block Reservations (GSD Hotel Headquarters)
$375 King Room / $425 Double Room or Junior Suite
Group Code: 1412HARV
485 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131

To book a room at the Viceroy, please email the GSD at [email protected].

Epic Room Block Reservations
$259 King Room
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

To book a room at the Epic, please email the GSD at [email protected].