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2021 Team Updates

Aida was appointed as a member of ASLA’s Climate Action Committee, which developed the Climate Action Now Guide. She also presented for AIA 2021 – Design and Practice Exchange. Her speech “Bringing Nature into Urban Environment” demonstrated how nature can be integrated into urban conditions. Through all of that – she successfully endured two knee replacements and completed physical therapy, an intensive 6-month process.

Jennie took a three-day course with ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and became TRAQ Certified – which allows her, as an arborist, to perform Risk Assessment. Jennie also took a Staycation this spring and visited Florida National Parks which inspired a series of landscape paintings she has been working on this year.

Mariana successfully managed two City of Miami projects amid the pandemic challenges, honoring her position as Director of Resilient Design. She also brought the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) professional accreditation to Curtis + Rogers. We start 2022 with 70% of our staff being WEDG accredited professionals.

Ralph took much joy in successfully managing numerous projects that will ultimately provide many positive benefits to people and the environment. While he continued to expand his professional knowledge and contribution, he did not lose sight of the simple beauties of nature, be it a stunning South Florida sunset, a fluttering butterfly, or a buzzing hummingbird in his garden, all the while cherishing every day he was given with his loved ones and colleagues.

Olivia was selected for this year’s Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership where she is furthering her past work using landscape architecture to break the cycle of recidivism, while learning to become transformational leader. She spent a week this summer traveling to Puerto Rico to catch some rays on the beautiful beaches and hike the El Yunque rainforest, reinvigorating her love for tropical houseplants.

Rubén became a dad this year! He and his wife Marieli became the proud parents of baby Francisco Andrés this past September. He can’t wait to take Francisco to Alice Wainwright Park, one of the projects he has been working on for the last couple of years and that is now almost ready for its grand reopening.

Robert A. helped secure a 13.5-million-dollar grant for the City of Miami, through his grant writing assistance. He also was interviewed for a podcast, where he spoke with local high schoolers about the role of landscape architecture in adapting cities to climate change. This Summer he was fortunate to spend time with the bears, bald eagles, river otters, and his loved one at his family cabin in Wisconsin.

Julio had an extremely busy year between work and family activities. He looks forward to starting the next year applying new irrigation practices to contribute to water conservation in these environmentally challenging times.

Aurora lead the design effort as part of a team that got the City of North Bay Village a $100,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Beautification Grant Program to beautify its main corridor, making it the top ranked project in the state of Florida. She also participated in the Florida Master Naturalist Program where she graduated from a Special Topics Course in Conservation Science.

Gustavo led the Energy Environmental Performance Analysis (EEPA) for all office wide coastal projects and extensively vetted the Concept Design through modeling twenty-one sites for the Tidal Flooding Mitigation project for the City of Hollywood. His contributions allowed us to share data and implement true team collaboration, increasing our efficiency in making informed decisions. If you want to learn more about these aspects of our practice visit this section of our web page.

Robert W. began his first full-time job in landscape architecture at Curtis + Rogers this year! He and his team from FIU also won a Research & Communication award from ASLA FL for his presentation on Conversation Biology as an ethical framework for landscape architects.

Barbara became an empty nester this year! her daughter, Veronica, moved to Orlando this year to start her life's adventure. To keep herself occupied, amid all the hectic marketing needs, she and her husband took the opportunity to travel to Seattle, California, and Texas.


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