CÚRE & PENABAD | Escuelita Buganvilia, Escuintla, Guatemala. Image credit: Waseem Syed

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

CÚRE & PENABAD won a 2021 award.

CÚRE & PENABAD was founded in 2001 by Adib Cúre and Carie Penabad in Miami, Florida. Their work brings together the experience and culture of three countries: Colombia, where Cúre was born; Cuba, where Penabad has strong family ties; and the United States, where both have studied and practiced over the years. The firm emphasizes the importance of designing architecture and the city as an investigation “where inquiry and realization, poetry and practicality, history and invention are inextricably linked.”

Projects include:

The firm received a Silver Medal prize at the 2010 Miami Biennale and was a finalist for the Marcus Prize. 

In parallel to their design practice, Cúre and Penabad pursue teaching, writing, and research. They have published Call to Order: Sustaining Simplicity in Architecture (ORO, 2018) and Marion Manley: Miami’s First Woman Architect (University of Georgia Press, 2010). 

Cúre and Penabad both hold BArch degrees from the University of Miami and MArch degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. They currently teach at the University of Miami School of Architecture, where Penabad serves as associate dean and director of the undergraduate program.