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A Four-Part Lecture Series about Morris Lapidus and MiMo Architecture

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Join us for Lecture 1 in a four part series highlighting Morris Lapidus, famed architect and subject of this year's special exhibition at the Art Deco Museum.

Dr Arleen Pabon and Dr Alex Quinlan will be joined by Deborah Desilets to discuss Lapidus' style and legacy.

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Please note: Registration is free, but seating is limited for in-person tickets. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. COVID-19 guidelines will be in place according to CDC guidance.

Speaker Bios:

Arleen Pabón PhD JD, Retired Professor, School of Architecture + Engineering Technology, Florida A&M University

Arleen Pabon-Charneco holds a PhD from Northwestern University, as well as a JD, MArch and BED from the University of Puerto Rico. With the highest GPA of her graduating class, she obtained the Henry Adams AIA Medal in 1974. Since 1979 she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Puerto Rico and Florida A&M University in the areas of architectural history, architectural theory and philosophy, architectural design and historic preservation. At both institutions she served as assistant and associate Dean.

Dr Pabon-Charneco was Puerto Rico's State Historic Preservation Officer twice. She is a member of the Washington DC Bar, as well as a trustee emeritus of both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust. In addition, she is a corresponding academician of the St Jordi Royal Academy of Fines Arts of Catalonia. A consultant in architectural history, historic preservation and cultural interpretation, she is also an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University.

Alex Quinlan PhD MFA

Alex Quinlan’s poetry, nonfiction and reviews have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal and Tampa Review, among others. He has received awards and fellowships from the AWP Intro Journals Project, the Academy of American Poets, the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, and the Vermont Studio Center. He has served as editor-in-chief of The Southeast Review, as well as a contributing editor at Tusculum Review.

Dr. Quinlan holds an MFA in Poetry at Washington University in Saint Louis, where following graduation he was the Third-Year Fellow in Poetry. He also holds a PhD in English, with a focus in poetry and cultural studies, from Florida State University, where he was given the Ruth and Bertram Davis for Outstanding Graduate Student Career. He is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he teaches courses in creative writing in the Department of English and leads the Brock Scholars Freshman Humanities Seminar in the Honors College.

Deborah Desilets

Deborah Desilets, an architect and artist, was Morris Lapidus’s last collaborator. She first met Lapidus in 1993 when she was the marketing director for the Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, after founding their computer lab in 1988. Soon after, Desilets left to create her own firm where subsequently she was able to work with Lapidus on a number of design projects which explored each of his illustrious career’s building types. Desilets has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on Lapidus body of work and is the author of “Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy,” published by Rizzoli. In 2012, Desilets gifted the archive left to her by Morris Lapidus to Syracuse University; the repository of Lapidus work since the 1960’s. Desilets is the owner of the Morris Lapidus trademark and continues production under that mark.

Other lectures in the series:

Lecture 2: Lincoln Road, October 7th

Lecture 3: Style/Quest, October 28th

Lecture 4: Legacy/MiMo, November 18th


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Miami Design Preservation League is a not-for-profit preservation and arts organization founded in 1976, which preserves, protects and promotes the architectural, cultural, social and environmental integrity of Miami Beach and the surrounding areas. Originally organized by Barbara Baer Capitman and friends in 1976, it is the oldest Art Deco Society® in the World.

MDPL provides cultural and educational programs to Dade County residents, surrounding counties, citizens of Florida and to national and international visitors and tourists. Our programs are developed for the general public and have special appeal to those interested in art, design, architecture, history, preservation, urban and community planning and development.

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