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Joseph Middlebrooks is an award-wining architect who created his own firm here in Miami, Florida by the name of Joseph Middlebrooks and Associates, Inc. and taught at the University of Miami as Professor of Architecture & Planning from 1970 to 2011. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 1969, a Master of City Planning from Yale University in 1970, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University in 1969. He was also the first African-American registered architect in Florida and received many accolades over the years for his work, including the Miami-Dade County MDCC Business of the Year; The Miami Herald Pacesetters Award; a commendation plaque from the city of Opa-Locka for outstanding design of a state-owned multi-service center located in that city; a commendation plaque from the Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation forestoration of the Opa-Locka Historic Train Station and a 2nd place design competition award for the Florida Memorial College theater. Over the years, his firm specialized in many areas, including: airport/aviation, banking/financial, child care facilities, classrooms, clubhouses, colleges & universities, community centers, conference centers, cultural facilities, entertainment facilities, food service/cafeteria, government buildings, government offices, hospitals, libraries, and religious facilities.
His collection currently includes much of his research documents, administrative files, plaques, awards, drafts, development plans, architectural drawings, urban and development reports, portfolios, clippings, correspondence, and other materials related to his life's work.
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