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Hometown Maps | University of Miami School of Architecture

By Gilda Santana

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Predominant Dates:2004-2014

ID: ARC5100

Creator: University of Miami. School of Architecture.

Extent: 300.0 Items. More info below.


Digital image files are arranged by semester and year.

Analog drawings are arranged by semester and year.

Formats/Genres: Architectural drawings, Cartography, Graphic design


The Hometown Map is an undergraduate studio assignment that was created in 1997.  The assignment was designed to enable each student to develop primary research on a familiar topic, the place they call home. Students are encouraged to visit local historic sites, libraries, and archives, as well as utilize broader resources to develop an understanding of the origins of their hometown from a diversity of subjects and themes to include cartography and geography to vernacular architecture. The research process inevitably reveals new discoveries which students then are able to translate into a visual narrative. Each student then develops the themes most significant to their locale through the graphic design of the map. The techniques of the project's expression--a combination of hand drawing and digital media--gives each student room for self-expression. As each project is presented to the class, the studio learns more about the larger issues of architecture and the environment, the relationship between culture and placemaking, as well something new about the perspective on place from each member of the class. The project also serves as a model for the development of richer and more nuanced site studies as students go forward through school and the profession.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of over 300 digital images of drawings produced by First and Second year undergraduate architecture students.  The course content has been evolving since it's initial development in 1997 by Joanna Lombard, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture.  Content will continue to be added to the Hometown Maps collection in perpetuity.  The images are accessible through the University of Miami Libraries Digital Collections portal:

In addition, the collection was integrated into a global interactive map which is viewable at:

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Cities and towns

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Alternate Extent Statement: 300+ digital images; jpeg format; 15 original ink on mylar drawings

Use Restrictions: Copyright to these materials lies with the author/creator. It may not be reproduced, retransmitted, published, distributed, or broadcast without the permission of the author. For information about obtaining copies or to request permission to publish any part of these materials, please contact the Director of Communications at the School of Architecture at

Acquisition Source: Student donated

Acquisition Method: The School of Architecture requests electronic images (tiff/jpeg) from undergraduate students at the end of the semester and subsequently stores them in the SOA Image Bank server

Related Materials: Hometown Map Posters

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