PCCSF’s Dr. Duncan Joins Women in Medicine Panel Discussion at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

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Three decades ago, just over a third of medical students were women. Today, women make up roughly 50 percent of medical students, which means women could make up 50 percent of the physician population in the near future.

To talk about this positive growth, FHI Communications invited PCCSF’s Dr. Teresa Duncan and two other leading female healthcare professionals to be a part of its 5th annual Women in Medicine Discussion: Celebrating the Legacy, Embracing the Future hosted at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 16th.

Dr. Duncan was and the panelists shared their unique story of the challenges they had to overcome and the opportunities that lie ahead for women in medicine.

“As women, we need to support each other,” said Dr. Duncan. “We benefit by openly talking to each other and understanding where we come from and where we’re going.”

Dr. Duncan began her training with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from West Virginia University. She then obtained her doctor of medicine degree and continued her matriculation at Marshall University, also in West Virginia. Meanwhile, she was also completing her Pediatric Residency, where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Duncan went on to move to South Florida to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. She enjoyed living and working in Miami so much that she remained a “local” and has practiced critical care with Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida since 2003. Her interests include the care and transport of children who require specialized critical care needs and volunteer outreach services for the under served.

With more women like Dr. Duncan entering the field, it provides a new perspective, and proves that women are just as talented and capable in the medical profession.

Local Architects Aim to Bring Diversity to the Industry

blog-10-15-2Over the years, the U.S. has produced few African American architects. Noticing the lack of diversity, architect and co-owner of MC Harry & Associates, Craig Aquart, launched Black Architects in the Making to introduce African American youth to the field.

CBS 4 News visited Aquart’s firm to learn more about BAM and meet the students.

Craig Aquart is a veteran architect and co-owner of M C Harry & Associates headquartered in Miami.

Even though he has dozens of projects in development, he is on a mission to spread what he calls the gospel of Architecture.

CBS4 recently visited Aquart while he and his staff hosted a group of students from the community to expose them to various career opportunities in the field.

“I did some research and found out that of the 113-thousand registered architects in the United States, less than two-thousand architects were actually black and the statistics were even worse when you look at black females. There were only 430 in the field. I realized there was a disparity there and one of the reasons for that is the awareness in the black community is severely lacking,” said Aquart.

In response, Aquart created BAM, which stands for Black Architects in the Making with the support of the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD).

For the last two years he and his staff have hosted workshops for students in Overtown, Liberty City and Richmond Heights just to name a few.

“We encourage students to sketch regularly, and like everything else practice makes perfect,” said Aquart. He advises students to at least sketch one image per day.

Aquart says BAM has reached more than 300 students in two years.

“That’s what the program is really about the program is trying to get more black students to participate not just for our development as a people but for the development of an entire nation. You look at architecture and you have to ask yourself what is it that architecture is missing out on by not having that inclusive nature of having everybody be a part of it. That’s really the drive behind the why, because we believe with more African American participation, inclusion in the industry we will as a nation will be better off and in the profession,” Aquart said.

He points to other fields that have greatly benefited from African Americans like sports, music, dance, theater and literature.

He emphasizes the need for more African Americans to contribute to shaping their communities through building designs as well.

One of Aquart’s mentees, 14-year old Khairi Muhammad was considering a career in dentistry but since meeting Aquart he says he’s found a new passion.

“I started drawing a lot more when I met Craig. I was getting into artistry and getting different perspectives on things, when i started BAM Workshops,” said Muhammad. “He gives me a lot of good advice. He makes sure I have a handle on things I may need help with. He’s hands on, he makes sure i have a good grip on what I need to do and he exposes me to a lot of things in architecture.”

Also, the prospect of making history in architecture excites Khairi as well. He says it makes him feel like he’s a part of something that will be bigger and that he’s contributing to the greater good.

Meantime, Aquart’s mission as a mentor is one that can inspire anyone in any career.

He’s a strong believer in giving back.

“You just can’t be concentrated on work. You also have to be looking at other things. There is your family, there is a community, there is church. All these things have to happen simultaneously. We have a responsibility, if you are privileged to have a college education and to become part of a profession, you have a responsibility to reach out to your community and make sure they have the same opportunities that you had.”

If you would like to find out more about Black Architects in the Making and finding out ways your group can take part please reach out to the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD): https://miamicad.org/bam/ or reach out to Craig Aquart at M C Harry & Associates http://www.mcharry.com/

Choeff Levy Fischman Design Featured in Ocean Home Magazine

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-1-44-40-pmChoeff Levy Fischman has designed countless of luxury Tropical Modern homes throughout South Florida and beyond. Principals Ralph Choeff, Raphael Levy, and Paul Fischman have elevated the firm’s quality of design to garner the attention of global entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, NFL players, MLB players, and Hollywood celebrities. Their designs have been recognized for combining indoor-outdoor living and environmentally conscious elements into their designs.

Most recently, the firm was recognized in Ocean Home Magazine where they were included in the magazine’s November issue for a home they designed in Miami Beach for racing legend Eddie Irvine. Ocean Home has also recognized CLF as one of the country’s Top 50 Coastal Architects for the past three years.

The former Formula 1 driver for Ferrari and Jaguar – he won four Grand Prix races in 1999 – splits his time between Europe, the Bahamas, and Florida. He’s also building houses, and very nice ones at that.

“He builds really spectacular Tropical Moderns in Miami and Miami Beach,” says landscape architect Christopher Crawley. “He has impeccable taste.”

For his newest home in Hibiscus Island in Miami Beach, Irvine approached Ralph Choeff, principal with Choeff Levy Fischman. Known for cutting-edge design, the firm has come to redefine the midcentury modern style in Florida. And they’re acknowledged masters of the Tropical Modern idiom.

To read more, visit page 53 in Ocean Home Magazine’s digital version here.

OBR Highlights Architects Throughout the Month of ‘Archtober’

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Today marks the first day of Architecture Month, also knows as ‘Archtober’ – a month-long celebration of architecture and design.

Once popularly known for its influential Art Deco movement, Miami has reinvented itself, while preserving characteristics from its past, to become a world-class architectural destination. Today, it’s not uncommon to hear of world-renowned architects selecting Miami as the location for their next project.

We have a deep appreciation for the architects in Miami that embody its unique styles and have put our city on the map. So, throughout the month of October we will be spotlighting our architecture clients and how they’ve impacted our local built environment.

Award-winning architecture firm, Choeff Levy Fischman, is well-known for its Tropical Modern home designs that have transformed Miami Beach’s most luxurious neighborhoods, including the Venetian Islands and North Bay Road. Architecture and design firm Stantec is responsible for some of Miami’s best residential and hospitality venues, which are all designed with the community in mind. An architect by trade, Robert Ayona is the co-founder of Bloommiami, a design and production firm specializing in the creation of retail pop-ups for luxury brands. Kean Office for Design + Architecture is a knowledge – and creativity – based practice with a focus and dedication to architecture and design, leading to highly distinctive environments, buildings, interiors and experiences.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @obrmarketing to learn more about each client and their work.

Stantec Completes Solitair Brickell, Miami’s Newest and Boldest Residential Building

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Stantec has made its own unique mark in the Miami skyline with the design of the new 50-story Solitair Brickell residential building. The tower features a unique zig-zagging façade that’s inspired by the Medjool date palm tree.

Miami’s architectural landscape, especially surrounding Brickell City Centre, is synonymous with reinvention. The latest beacon of change is Solitair Brickell, a bold residential tower designed by Stantec and developed by ZOM Living. The 50-story high-rise sports a unique angular basket-weave facade that riffs on the Medjool date palm tree commonly seen in South Florida. Inside, 438 residential units ranging from studios to two penthouse suites come with millennial-friendly amenities such as a billiards lounge, luxury cabanas, one of Miami’s highest rooftop resort–style pools, a fitness center, outdoor yoga space, and 6,200 square feet of ground retail space.

To read more visit Interior Design.

Hospitality Leaders Discuss Industry Trends at Miami Hospitality Designs Awards Panel

dsc_4812-copyTop leaders in South Florida’s hospitality industry gathered yesterday for the Miami Hospitality Design Awards’ inaugural panel discussion, Distinctive Hospitality Design in Miami’s Evolving Neighborhoods.

 Hosted by the award’s founders Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association and AIA Miami Chapter and in support of IIDA South Florida, the panel took place at the Hyatt Centric Brickell.  The panelists included Stantec Director of Interiors, Susan LaFleur; The Barlington Group Co-founder, Bill Fuller; and The Genuine Hospitality Group Chef and Owner, Michael Schwartz.

Moderated by Indulge Magazine Editor in Chief, Evan Benn, the panelists discussed how consumer demands are affecting hospitality architecture, design and programming.

 Downtown Miami, Brickell, Wynwood, Little Havana, and Coconut Grove are some of these evolving neighborhoods that have emerged with their own distinctive identity.

“We take into account what speaks to us about the neighborhood and translate it into the architecture and interiors to make each project relatable to its location,” said Susan LaFleur.

“Although the food has to be great, I’ve always said it’s not the one thing that makes a restaurant successful,” said Michael Schwartz. “We want our restaurants to fit with the neighborhood, so we look at where we are, what we’re trying to accomplish and how that plays into the design.”

“Little Havana is a passion project for me because of my Cuban American background,” said Bill Fuller. “We seek out historic properties in Miami to give them a new life, but always wrap the property’s history into what we do to keep the building’s and neighborhood’s authenticity.”

The panel is part of the awards’ program leading up to the second annual Miami Hospitality Design Awards to be held in spring 2019. The awards will honor the architects and designers whose hospitality projects have enriched Miami’s built environment. Next year’s awards will include new categories, giving additional designers an opportunity to showcase their work.

Stay tuned for details on the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards by visiting http://miamidesignawards.com.

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Bloommiami Develops Givenchy Beauty’s First Make-Up Pop-Up at LAX

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Bloommiami partnered with Givenchy Beauty to develop the brand’s first make-up pop-up in travel retail last month. The retail-focused design agency produced, implemented and managed the activation located inside the DFS store at the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles International Airport. Bloommiami incorporated mirrored and reflective black surfaces into the design to enlarge the space and elevate the appearance of the activation’s structural elements. This is the first collaboration between Bloommiami and the Parisian beauty house.

The 70 square foot pop-up activation greeted travelers at LAX during the month of August.

The pop-up highlighted the launch of Givenchy’s latest lipstick, Le Rouge Liquide. Instead of the traditional stick, the lipstick features a foam applicator, a different formula, and a pen-style mechanism in the signature Givenchy case.

More than 30 shades from many of Givenchy’s lipstick lines were featured in the activation.

“Givenchy Beauty is not currently present in Los Angeles International Airport so this one-month pop-up activation was the perfect opportunity to celebrate our brand’s unique and innovative products,” said Givenchy Senior Marketing Manager, Travel Retail Americas Daniella Caballero.

To read more, visit The Moodie Davitt Report.

FRONTIER Building Breaks Ground On New Krispy Kreme

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Be on the lookout for that famous “HOT NOW” Krispy Kreme sign. FRONTIER Building has broken ground on its first Krispy Kreme project. Construction is underway for an updated storefront to replace the existing location.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD) broke ground Monday on a new North Miami store.

The doughnut and coffee chain company aims to replace its store at 590 N.E. 167th St. with a new one at 530 N.E. 167th St. Once the new store is completed, the current location will be redeveloped as a Wawa gas and convenient store.

Miami-based Frontier Building is overseeing the development of the 3,576-square-foot store. Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, the store will feature a drive-thru and 11 parking space.

To read the full story, visit the South Florida Business Journal.

Photo by: Willy de la Cruz

PCCSF’s Dr. Gerald Lavandosky Gives Insight On When to Call 911

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Emergencies are hectic and can often times be confusing. Is medical attention needed within minutes of the incident? Or can it be resolved at home or the following day with your primary physician? Dr. Gerald Lavandosky of Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida weighed in on when you should and shouldn’t call 911 on Reader’s Digest.

You should call when you or someone else is experiencing a severe allergic reaction. If anyone begins showing signs of a severe allergic reaction – increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, swelling tongue – call 911. Severe allergic reactions can lead to death quickly – in under an hour – so you may not have enough time to get to the emergency department. Emergency responders can give immediate treatment with epinephrine.

“Parents and caregivers are not trained medical professionals, so making a medical decision as to whether an allergic reaction is 911-worth can be challenging,” says Gerald Lavandosky, MD a pediatric critical care doctor at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida.

To read the full story, visit Reader’s Digest.

 

2018 Miami Hospitality Design Awards Panel

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The founders of Miami Hospitality Design Awards, Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, AIA Miami and the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), invite you to join South Florida hospitality leaders for a panel discussion on distinctive hospitality design in Miami’s evolving neighborhoods. The panel, moderated by Evan Benn, Editor-in-Chief of INDULGE, will be held at the Hyatt Centric Brickell on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4 pm to 7 pm.

The panelists include:

Susan LaFleur, Stantec’s Director of Interiors, is an award-winning interior designer with expertise spanning hospitality and residential projects across the country. Her knowledge of emerging trends, detailed focus on design aesthetics, and a deep understanding of her client’s needs allow her to take a holistic design approach, creating spaces that are timeless and tell a story for each guest.

Bill Fuller is co-founder of Barlington Group and co-founder of Madroom Hospitality, the company behind the Little Havana bar, Ball & Chain. A preservationist at heart, Fuller has partnered with local entrepreneurs and owners of emerging concepts to bring them to the Miami urban core and house their concepts in the historic properties that Barlington Group has diligently worked to assemble and restore.

Michael Schwartz is a James Beard Award Winning Chef and owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group. As a nationally recognized celebrity chef, Schwartz has successfully developed complementary concepts focusing on great service and delicious food, with a genuine culture embraced by employees and guests alike.

For more information on the panel, visit Miami Hospitality Design Awards. Click here to register.