Ana observes spaces through a unique lens and has a passion for examining how humans live in relationship with material. She sees cities and buildings as opportunities to be wellness generators and for technology to help reintegrate nature into cities sustainably, as opposed to technology pushing us further away from our natural roots.
For her graduate thesis, Ana worked on an urban project for Miami to help the city adapt to sea level rise, which she later revised and submitted to a Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC), and landed herself a seat in the GSP ‘15 class.
Though Ana has always been an artist at heart, the technical has also drawn her interest, “That’s why I decided to become an architect—because it mixes both art and structure.”
New Series on Exponential Entrepreneurs Launches Today
October 08, 2015
Behind every great leader is a distinct journey—a trail of unique moments, memories, and experiences that, when woven together, make the individual into who they are.
The stories of inspiring leaders, however, are often documented at pinnacle moments and crafted into retrospectively polished plots—stories a few steps removed from the struggle, the grit, and the daily grind leading to that point of celebration.
But the track to becoming a great leader—especially as an entrepreneur—is neither neat nor clearly defined and rarely is it documented in the heat of the moment.
We’re pulling the curtain back with our new collection, Exponential Entrepreneurs, to showcase human-centered portraits of the work and journeys of eight individuals from our Graduate Studies Program (GSP) 2015 class.
Over the next two months we’ll be featuring a new story each Thursday chronicling a bold and compassionate leader in the midst of their own climb.
Tech Talk: Help with bringing ideas to reality
May 24, 2015
With the clock ticking, Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, a teaching organization and accelerator, launched a Global Impact Competition in Miami calling on innovators to find solutions for South Florida’s sea-level rise by using technology. “The Miami metropolitan region has the greatest amount of exposed financial assets and fourth-largest population vulnerable to sea-level rise in the world,” according to research by the University of Miami’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences. The winners:▪ Ana C. Benatuil, a graduate of Florida International University and now an architectural designer at Zyscovich Architects, believes sea-level rise in South Florida needs to be addressed in an urban master plan. Her “Cut Fill City” proposes strategies at three different scales — regional, city and building scale — allowing for different municipalities and entities to implement these ideas according to their needs and capabilities.
Keeping a multi-billion dollar industry afloat
Fusion TV "Alicia Menendez Tonight"
March 27, 2015
Interviewed at Fusion TV “Alicia Menendez Tonight” on the topic of Sea Level Rise in South Florida.
For decades, the ocean and beautiful Miami beaches have pushed investors to spend millions in real estate. In fact, the skyline currently consists of just as many construction cranes as it does buildings. That’s because there is no denying that the real estate market in South Florida is at its prime.“We have to start building up,” says Ana Benatuil, a Miami based architect. “Look at Venice, they have these temporary sidewalks when there is a high tide. So I think we have to build thinking about that because we are not going to be able to use our cars when the streets are flooded.”
FIU students seek flooding solutions if sea level rises throughout Miami-Dade County
November 18, 2014
Florida International University students and faculty are seeking ways to keep Miami-Dade County habitable if the sea level rises, as expected. Their models and proposals are on display at a Coral Gables Museum exhibit, ‘Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century.’
Ana Benatuil, another graduate, based her project on the Miami River corridor, particularly the area near downtown Miami. “All water comes from underneath. The city was built over a porous limestone base — there’s no way to just cover it,” she said.
Ana Benatuil, Masters Project In Washington, D.C. AIA Gallery
CARTA FIU News
March 26, 2014
The American Institute of Architects Gallery in Washington, D.C. has accepted the Masters Project of Ana Benatuil, student at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Department of Architecture, for the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition.
The American Institute of Architects Gallery is an important, national venue that is visited by professionals, educators, and the general public. Visitors who will attend the annual AIA Grassroots Conference this year will also view Ana Benatuil’s 2013 Masters Project “Miami 2100 – Cut Fill City.”
Graduate Student Thesis Project Wins FIU Graduate School Provost Award
CARTA FIU News
April 30, 2013
Recognizing outstanding achievements from graduate students and faculty mentors is what Graduate Student Appreciation Week is all about, March 25-29th 2013.
After a week long of events, on Friday, March 29, the University Graduate School Provost Awards honored Architecture student Ana Benatuil with the “Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Product” for her project “Designing for Sea Level Rise.” Benatuil explained that her project is “focused on the effects of climate change in Downtown Miami including the threats and opportunities for sustainable retrofit presented by the prospect of significant sea level rise by the next century.”