About Anthony Abbate

Anthony Abbate AIA, NCARB, is Associate Provost for Broward Campuses and Professor in the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University

His research focus is on architectural design, and design response for a changing climate.  His creative activity centers on design of the urban subtropical environment in the context of diverse disciplines, from engineering to neuroscience. He served as Director of the Broward Community Design Collaborative at FAU from 2006-2010. The mission of the collaborative is to advance knowledge on issues related to urban form in southern Florida, and to study enduring design solutions for urban and suburban sub-tropical environments. 

He was the recipient of the Arango Design Award for Top Designer Under 40 in 2000, and has received 21 State and Chapter Awards for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects, including a Research/Theoretical and Research Design Award for the Transit-Housing Oriented Redevelopment Pilot Study for Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization.  His published work includes Sustainable Subtropical: A Context Sensitive Design Approach to Redevelopment in Broward County, documenting the results of engaging students and local communities in real-world planning and design activities. He is working with his students to create new models for redevelopment incorporating multi-modal transportation options that specifically address local climate, and seek to prioritize the pedestrian realm with links to local ecosystems. He authored the Broward County County-wide Community Design Guidebook, which can be found on the Broward County website, and edited the codification of the Design Guidebook.  He also contributed a chapter in Miami Modern Metropolis: Mid-century Architecture and Urbanism in the Tropics (edited by Allan Shulman).

Abbate has lectured in the US, Australia, Mexico, and Colombia primarily on the issues of subtropical architecture, the history of subtropical design in South Florida, and the transformation of the sense of place through climate responsive design.

He is co-chair of the biennial international conference Subtropical Cities in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia).  His is on the steering committee for the FAU Center for Environmental Studies Sea Level Rise Summit 2013.

Abbate is a founding board member of DOCOMOMO-US-Florida. He currently serves on the City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board.  He served as chair of the City’s first Sustainability Advisory Committee.  He is former chair of the Cultural Council for Broward County, past-president of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, past-president of Second Century Broward, and served as co-chair for the State of Florida Construction Education Advisory Committee.

A native of Fort Lauderdale, he holds a B.S. Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He is an NCARB certified, registered architect in Florida and New York, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. 

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