When designing the new Academic Support Center at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus, a lot needed to considered.
Adapting Modernism to local cultures and climates has been a driving force behind the work of Pat Bosch. The design principal of Perkins+Will’s Miami office, Bosch studied “critical regionalism” with Kenneth Frampton at Columbia University, then attended the ETH in Zurich when Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were teaching assistants, and went on to work for Richard Meier on projects in France and Germany in the 1990s. Such training helped when Miami Dade College (MDC) asked her to design a 130,000-square-foot student center and classroom complex for its Kendall Campus, the first and largest of the school’s seven hubs.
With more than 165,000 students—and a leader, Eduardo Padrón, named byTime magazine in 2009 as one of the 10 Best College Presidents—MDC aims to provide quality, affordable education to an ethnically diverse population. Bosch’s challenge was to design a building that would point the school in a new direction, while extending its legacy of Floridian Modernism.
Check out this video exploring how we did just that.