CARTA Faculty and Miami Artist, Finalists in Wynwood Gateway Park Competition


Associate Professor and Chair Roberto Rovira, Assistant Professor Nick Gelpi (FIU Department of Architecture), and Jim Drain (artist and 2005 Bâloise Art Prize recipient) are one team out of eleven finalists in the Dawntown Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. Selected out of a pool of 238 international submissions, Rovira, Gelpi, and Drain make up the only Miami-based team in the diverse group of finalists. They also represent an interdisciplinary team with Rovira being a landscape architect, Gelpi, an architect, and Drain, a public artist.

The competition seeks the design of an urban park and garden in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The following description is provided by Dawntown:

The competition was conceived by neighborhood visionary and Metro 1 President and CEO, Tony Cho, in partnership with DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami and AIA Miami, the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects, with the goal of creating a dynamic 14,000-square-foot space that offers the local community, visitors and tourists a place to come together and enjoy the neighborhood in a public environment. It is located at 2825 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami. (Source:

The finalists selected for the competition are:

The Miami-based, independent team consisting of artist Jim Drain, architect Nick Gelpi, and landscape architect Roberto Rovira
 AGENCY Architecture LLC from New York City, New York
Aranda/Lasch from New York City, New York
Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu  /  SO-ILfrom Brooklyn, New York
stpmj from Brooklyn, New York
Meyer + Silberberg – Land Architects from Berkeley, California
SFA fromMadrid, Spain
Colour: Urban Design Limited from London, England
Wayward Plants from London, England
AZC – Atelier Zundel Cristea from Paris, France
ONZ Architects from Ankara, Turkey

The eleven finalists for the competition were selected by an esteemed panel of expert judges that included:

Enrique Norten – Founding Principal, TEN Arquitectos
Terrance Riley – Principal, Keenan/Riley
Raymond Jungles, ASLA – FASLA, PLA, Founding Principal of Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Allan Shulman FAIA, Principal, Shulman + Associates
James Russell, FAIA, architecture critic and journalist
Andrew Frey – Development Manager, Codina Group
Tony Cho – CEO and Founder, Metro 1
Moderator: Joachim Perez, Executive Director of DawnTown
Former Director of Miami Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art
Founder, DawnTown

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