Marilys Nepomechie is a registered architect and Professor of Architecture at Florida International University. Her writing, research, urban design and building projects focus on the cultural, social, and environmental contexts of design. They include a broad range of proposals for affordable, sustainable infrastructure and housing, many conducted through collaborative community-based design processes. Included in the archives of the U.S. National Building Museum, the work of her practice has been honored with numerous professional and academic awards, national and international exhibition, and wide publication.
Her design work, in collaboration with FIU Professor Marta Canavés, ASLA, has earned a National Honor Award in Urban and Regional Design –the highest distinction bestowed by the national chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It has twice earned the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. It has been honored by national Faculty Design and Collaborative Practice Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; the NCARB Prize for the Integration of the Academy and the Profession; and multiple design awards from the Boston Society of Architects, AIA Florida/Caribbean, AIA Miami, and International Bienal Miami + Beach. Nepomechie has won the Progressive ArchitectureYoung Architects’ Award, a National Education Honor Award citation from the American Institute of Architects, a Provost’s Award for Research from Florida International University, and the AIA Miami Samuel Kruse Silver Medal in Design, the chapter’s highest distinction for design excellence.
As Principal Investigator, Nepomechie has received research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies the Fine Arts; the American Institute of Architects; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Wolfsonian-FIU; the Cuban Research Institute; the Cejas Family Foundation; and International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, where she was an invited curator, exhibitor, and presenter on the subject of coastal urban development in Miami, Florida and La Habana, Cuba. With a multi-disciplinary faculty team, Nepomechie and Canavés are collaborators on Double Exposures, a National Science Foundation ULTRA-Ex grant studying the effects of seal level rise, globalization, immigration and growth on the Miami-Dade urban region [Dr. Gail Hollander, PI]. She is also a key collaborator on a grant made jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the China National Energy Administration in support of Solar Decathlon China 2013 [Dr. Yimin Zhu, PI].
Nepomechie was co-curator of the exhibition La Habana Moderna, 1902-1959 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum. In the Netherlands, she co-curated and designed Magic City | Novia del Mar at The Flood | Mare Nostrum, 2ndInternational Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Nepomechie is author of the AIA Guide to MIAMI | Building Paradise: An Architectural Guide to the Magic City (Washington DC, Miami: AIA, 2010), and editor of the bilingual Bienal Miami + Beach 2001-2005: A Retrospective (Quito, Ecuador: TRAMA Ediciones, 2007). Her work has appeared in journals including JAE; Thresholds/ MIT; Places/ UC Berkeley; Perspecta/ Yale; Modulus/ UVA; Aula/ Tulane; Punto/ UCV; Metropolis; Ottagono; Abitare; Architecture; Architecture Boston; Architecture Ireland; and Progressive Architecture. The Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito; the Bienales de Arquitectura de Santo Domingo and Cartagena Colombia; the Arte Americas Biennial exposition, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania are among the venues where Nepomechie has been invited to present her work.
Inaugural Director of the accredited professional program in Architecture at Florida International University, Nepomechie was lead faculty advisor for the award-winning Florida International University 2011 Solar Decathlon project, and currently serves as the faculty advisor in architecture to the joint THU-FIU Solar Decathlon China 2013 effort. Nepomechie has been Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing; Maxfield Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at the Miami University of Ohio; Sue Fan Gooding Visiting Professor and John R. Groves Fellow in Housing at the University of Kentucky; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico; visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, and the Universidad Central de Venezuela; and Lecturer at the University of Miami. She has served on the Editorial Review Board of Architectural Record, and on the National Board of the AIA 2030 Commitment. Nepomechie holds the Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been inducted to the AIA College of Fellows.