Wynwood Gateway Park Competition – Meet the Winners

Nick GelpiBorn in New Orleans in 1979, Nick Gelpi received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Tulane University, in 2002 and his Masters of Science in Advanced Archtiecture Design from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2003. After graduation, Gelpi joined the offices of Steven Holl Architects where he worked from 2004-2009 as a project architect leading numerous projects including the 11.2 million sq ft masterplan for the Hudson Yards in Manhattan. In 2007 he and Steven Holl were the recipients of ARCHITECT Magazine’s first annual R&D award for their innovative application of Laminate Wood as a series of commercially available furniture. Nick Gelpi taught architecture studio with Steven Holl at the Columbia University School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University where he was the Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow in 2009, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Florida International University in Miami Florida, where he resides. Nick Gelpi is the Design Principal and Founder of GELPI Projects, an interdisciplinary design firm, situated in Miami Florida, dedicated to examining the relationships between material experience and the cultural production as it relates to the built environment.

jim drain

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975, Jim Drain received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. In 2002 the collaborative performance and music group, Forcefield, of which Drain was a member showed an installation of film and sculpture works at the Whitney Biennial. Drain has been co-director with artist Naomi Fisher of the artist-run not-for-profit space, the Bas Fisher Invitational since 2007, the year Drain moved to Miami.  In the past fifteen years of his practice, Drain’s solo sculpture work has explored the bounds ofsculpture via furniture, garment making and installation work. Typically bright, bold and all-encompassing, Drain uses color and pattern to find a liminal, dream-like place ; it is one where material and form become the starting point for transformation. Drain also makes work collaboratively, first within the collective, Forcefield (1996-2002) and also with artists Elyse Allen, Ara Peterson and Ben Russell, respectively.

roviraRoberto Rovira

is Chair of the Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LA+EUD) Department at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira. A registered landscape architect, his teaching, research and creative work explore the field of landscape architecture through art and design and often test the concepts of time and transformation and the potential of landscape architecture to play a pivotal role in envisioning and shaping public space.

Roberto has been lead designer in national and international projects and his work ranges from environmental installations and competitions, to art commissions, exhibits, and landscape architectural projects. He obtained a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990.

Roberto is the recipient of numerous design and teaching awards. He was recognized as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009 and his work has been published and recognized by Princeton Architectural Press, Routlege/Taylor-Francis, Landscape Architecture Magazine, the Journal of Landscape Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the International Federation of Landscape Architects, the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Van Alen Institute among others.

Below are some images from their winning design, titled “Wynwood Greenhouse”.  As the weeks go by, we will presenting other materials and images:

Wynwood Greenhouse Park (05) Wynwood Greenhouse Park (04)




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