Adrienne Arsht Center selected as Project of the Year by Urban Land Institute

Adrienne Arsht Center selected as Project of the Year by Urban Land Institute

Adrienne Arsht Center selected as Project of the Year by Urban Land Institute

MIAMI, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2009)–Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, has been selected as Project of the Year by the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council. This distinction – widely considered as the land use and development industry’s top honor – recognizes the real estate project that best embodies the mission of the Urban Land Institute: ensuring the responsible use of land in an effort to create sustainable, thriving communities around the world.

“The Adrienne Arsht Center owes its success to much more than world-class performances; we are also a product of world-class design, construction, and foresight,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “More than two decades ago, civic leaders, the cultural arts community, and the private sector came together and envisioned a venue that would entertain our community, host extraordinary programs for our youth, and spawn new investment in Downtown Miami, both public and private. That vision lives today in the form of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.”

The 2009-2010 Project of the Year selection process evaluated nominees in land use, community impact, public/private cooperation, and management.

“The Adrienne Arsht Center is eminently deserving of our top honor,” said Carla Coleman, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council. “From its role as an engine for economic development in what is a key redevelopment section of Miami’s urban core, to its standing as one of our region’s top cultural resources for children and families, the Adrienne Arsht Center demonstrates the extent to which well-planned, well-managed public/private partnerships can make a positive difference in their communities.”

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s location at the center of one of the nation’s most dynamic urban centers was a key factor in its selection as Project of the Year. Situated in Downtown Miami’s Omni/Arts and Entertainment district, the venue’s campus straddles Biscayne Boulevard, one of Miami’s busiest traffic corridors. A product of infill development, the Center has been credited with attracting more than one-billion dollars of new investment to Downtown Miami.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, comprised of an $150 million private capital campaign conducted by the Performing Arts Center Foundation and public funding drawn primarily from the County’s Convention Development Tax revenues, as well as the City of Miami Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency. Greatly enhancing the artistic and educational opportunities in South Florida, the Adrienne Arsht Center will have significant and long-term economic benefits for the city and the region.

The Adrienne Arsht Center includes the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, a 200-seat black box Carnival Studio Theater, the Peacock Education Center, a restored Carnival Arts Deco Tower, and the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, which unites the Center buildings across Biscayne Boulevard, providing a magnificent setting for outdoor entertainment and informal gatherings. The key members of the design team include theater planning and design consultant Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. and acoustician Russell Johnson of ARTEC, Inc., both of whom worked on the project since its inception.

The Adrienne Arsht Center is a Miami venue not only for its resident companies (Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony), but also for many smaller South Florida arts organizations that will perform in its theaters on a regular basis, as well as for the finest popular and classical performances from around the world. With state-of-the-art performance facilities in Miami for the first time, the Adrienne Arsht Center offers South Florida audiences the best and most diverse theater, music, and dance–with a dedication to entertain, challenge, and educate all segments of the community. For more information, visit

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute ( is a global nonprofit education and research Institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 35,000 members representing all aspects of land use. Currently, there are more than 60 ULI district councils located in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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