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Jaime Correa

Associate Professor in Practice

School of Architecture | University of Miami

Jaime Correa is the Director of the Bachelor Program in  Architecture at the University of Miami where he is also an Associate Professor in Practice; he directed the Master in Urban Design Program at the School of Architecture from 1996 to 2014 and was the Knight Professor in Community Building throughout the seven years of existence of this program. In 2018, he served as a Visiting Professor at Zhuhai College of Jilin University, in China. His paper practice of un-built projects explores the intersection between architecture, art, philosophy, culture, and urbanism.

He is one among the 14 architects and town planners that launched the American New Urbanism movement, one of its most important promoters, and one of its most significant critics. From 2013-2017 he served as a Climate Reality Mentor under the tutelage of former Vice-President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. His firm is engaged in a new type of paper design practice of un-built projects focused on: asceticism and voluntary simplicity; history and theory of art, architecture, and urban form; philosophy – including aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics; the human experience and the culture of the everyday - the 99% invisible; the usefulness of the useless; post-digital representation; the creation of real estate value via morpho-genetic and typological disruptions; climate change; applications of chaos and complexity theory to contemporary conditions; and, a critical approach to generative codes, self-organization, and bottom-up urbanism.

He has been the recipient of the MRED+U Faculty of the Year Award, the Wooddrow W Wilkins Award for Outstanding Teaching and the University of Miami Excellence in Civic Engagement Award. He received the bi-annual 2014 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award, the International Architect’s Day Award in Pachuca, Mexico, the Florida AIA Urban Designer and Academic of the Year Award, three John Nolen Awards (in collaboration with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning, the University of Miami, and the City of Delray Beach), the Public Works Association Project of the Year (APAW), the 2014 Florida Redevelopment Association’s Presidents Award, the Florida Governor’s Point of Light Award, first prize at the Salt Lake City Interrotta competition, four national CNU urban design awards for his master plan collaborations, an Honorable Mention at the Williamsburg competition, and many more awards and recognitions.

Jaime Correa is the author of numerous academic articles and a book chapters including a chapter on Latin-American informalities in “Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation: expansive scopes, plural engagements, empathetic approaches” published by Routledge in February of 2019. He was the founding Chair of Academic Papers for the Congress for the New Urbanism, former member of the Board of Editors of Cuadernos de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, in Mexico, and a prolific blog writer. He is the author of a parody of the New Urbanism (Seven Recipes for the New Urbanism), a report on morpho-typology (Courtyard Houses: Mexican enclave, the rule and the model), a small pamphlet for resilient living (Self-sufficient Urbanism), and a series of guidelines for affordable housing (Housing Finance Authority Design Guidelines).  He is also the editor of “Rome Now: Form-Time-Space”, “Six Inch Squares of Rome” and the “Rione Zine Series” – three publications documenting the work of his highly praised Rome “Manifesto Seminars”.

He holds a Master in Architecture with a Certificate in Urban Design as well as a Master in City Planning with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Classical Architecture and Medieval Iconography from the University of Cambridge, in England, and Bachelors in Architecture and Urbanism from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, in Colombia.  He received a non-secular Ph.D. in Comparative Religions and practices with a focus on Buddhism and Vedanta.

His sponsored research includes reconstitution work for the Kellogg and Barr Foundations, the Dupont Foundation, the Knight Foundation Project in Community Building, the Miami Project, The Miami Foundation, Friends of the Underline, the Housing Finance Authority in Miami-Dade County, and a Canin Research Award recipient for the last 15 years.

His latest professional work has been published by Dezeen, KooZA/rch, CAGE, the Act.of.Mapping, and many others, including: research on post-digital representation, projects on urban evacuation and adaptation, public space interventions in the City of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and the City of Miami, the redevelopment of an Industrial District in Miami, urban design advisory for the City of Coral Gables, collaborations in Coral Springs, the North End in West Palm Beach, Central and South America -including advisory roles for the implementation of the new towns of Cayala and El Naranjo in Guatemala and La Serena in Chile, and the master planning and implementation of “The Wave” - a 50,000 people new town in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, in collaboration with OBM International.

Jaime Correa

Selected Clients

City of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

City of Coral Gables BID

City of Delray Beach

City of D'Iberville

Miami Foundation

Friends of the Underline

ITEMS, Queretaro, Mexico

Cayala, Guatemala, Guatemala

Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman

Guzman Larrain, Santiago, Chile

Rosales Tinoco, Guatemala, Guatemala

Team Punta Gorda, Florida

University of Miami

Casa de la Ciudad, Oxaca, Mexico

Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Latest Exhibitions


Skyscrapers Exhibition

AIA Center for Arts and Design

Curator: Erick Firley


(RE)thinking Urbanism:

the work of Jaime Correa

Korach Gallery | University of Miami

Curators: Jaime Correa and Steven Fett


Dear Architecture Competition 

New York

Curators: BlankSpace and ArchDaily

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