Advancing Awareness, Transparency & Education for Greater Resilience in the Built Environment

Mark Samuelian Awards in Urban Resilience

Celebrating his life, values & legacy in building a more resilient future

Awards Date & Recognitions

The first annual AwardS Reception was held at the WOLFSONIAN/FIU IN MIAMI BEACH on October 26, 2023

Awards Criteria

Applicant projects can include private and public structures and infrastructure completed, or under construction and available to visit. They must show benefits to residential buildings (other than dormitories, hotels and short-term rentals) in the following Florida counties                                 (note: additional counties may be added in 2024)

  1. Enhances resilience of residential properties from wind, water & fire hazards above local codes
  2. Supports environmental benefits, such as energy, carbon, air quality, urban heat, etc
  3. Benefits a wide range of income levels 
  4. Allows duplication on other properties
  5. Promotes community benefits, like preservation, recreation, etc.

The application period for 2023 has closed. The 2024 awards cycle will be announce in spring 2024

Application Timeline

The first annual AwardS Reception was held at the Wolfsonian/FIU in Miami BeaCH on October 26, 2023

June 1
Application submittals commence
Sept 15
Application submittal deadline
Oct 10
Notification to short-list applicants
Oct 26
Awards announcement and reception

Sponsors & Donors

Gold Sponsors



Resilience Action Fund

Gold sponsor anonymous copy 2


Gold sponsor anonymous copy 2

Mark & Maureen Festa


Boucher Brothers

Santorini Logo 1

Santorini By Georgios

Silver Sponsors

$3,000 – $4,999


Bercow Radell
Fernandez Larkin + Tapenes

Bronze Sponsors

$1,000 – $2,999


Twist South Beach


Yukon Miami Beach


Law Offices of Rafael Andrade


The Wolfsonian

Chamber Logo- classic color 950W

Miami Beach
Chamber of Commerce


$100 – $999


Sponsor and donor inquiries to: [email protected]
Contributions can be tax deductible

Awards Committee

October 27, 2023                                                                                                   

The first annual Mark Samuelian Awards in Urban Resilience were announced last night during a ceremony at FIU-The Wolfsonian museum in Miami Beach.

The Mark Samuelian Awards in Urban Resilience commemorate the life and legacy of the late Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who championed a residents-first approach to resilience for homes and communities that face natural and climate hazards. Resilience Action Fund (RAF) launched this program with a $50,000 pledge after the sudden loss of Mark in 2022 and was later joined by other sponsors.

The five-member awards committee is composed of resilience champions from Florida International University, University of Miami, University of Florida and MIT. The program scope focused on residential projects completed in the seven southern counties of Florida. Award criteria included resilience to hazards, environmental features, affordability, ease of duplication and community benefits.

Two projects this year received 1st prize awards of $5,000 each:

  • ‘Seminole Park’, a 75-home development in Hollywood, Florida by the Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • ‘House In A Garden’, a single-story home in Coconut Grove, Florida by Atelier Mey architects.

Seminole Park, completed in 2021, provides affordable and walkable housing near community amenities. Resilient features include 9.7ft elevation, wind and fire-resistant concrete block construction, buried power lines and oak trees replanted away from buildings.

House In A Garden, completed in 2022 and owned/occupied by its architect developers, is a prototype house in an urban working-class neighborhood. Resilient features include 12.2ft elevation, wind and fire-enhanced cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction, aluminum exterior protection and rapid assembly methods.

Aris Papadopoulos, Founding Chair of RAF said: “Mark Samuelian’s legacy continues through this awards recognition of resilient houses. This year’s winners show what’s possible when we prioritize people and safety as we build new homes in the age of climate change. The projects serve as great examples of resilient building practices for Florida, the US, and worldwide.”

The Mark Samuelian Awards in Urban Resilience is an annual recognition of individuals and organizations who demonstrate practical success in implementing hazard resilient measures and strategies in residential projects. The awards committee will look to expand its geographic scope in future years.


Donate to the Award

Make check to Resilience Action Fund, with note ‘Samuelian Award’.

Mail to: Resilience Action Fund, 441 NE 52nd Street, Miami, FL 33137.

Donations under $1000 can also be made by PayPal