Anthony Abbate, AIA, NCARB, joined the faculty in 1996. He is Professor at the School of Architecture and Associate Provost for the Broward Campuses of FAU. He served as director of the Broward Community Design Collaborative from 2006 to 2011 and was the US Chair of the 3rd International Subtropical Cities Conference. He teaches Materials and Methods of Construction, Architectural Design, Subtropical Architecture, and Architectural Detail Generation. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he received a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from The Catholic University of America.
His research examines historical and contemporary sustainable design and construction practices in the hot-humid climate zones of the tropics and subtropics at two scales: the macro/urban and the micro/detail. In connection with this line of inquiry, and in the context of the built environment of the contemporary city, the deeper unresolved tensions between globalization and regionalism are explored as they relate to local sense of place and regional sustainability.
He has traveled extensively, participating at conferences and lecturing at universities in Australia, Mexico, and Colombia. He has contributed to various proceedings of the Centre for Subtropical Design, the International Network for Tropical Architecture, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He was featured in Smart City with Carol Coletta on National Public Radio and on Australia Talks Back with Paul Barclay on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National, and is on the editorial board of the Instituto de Arquitectura Tropical in San Jose, Costa Rica.
A registered architect and practicing professional in Florida and New York, he is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), accredited by the US Green Building Council in Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design, and has received over 20 awards for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects for architectural and urban design. He has consulted on projects in Florida, New York, the Caribbean and Colombia. He has published Subtropical Sustainable, a monograph of the architectural and urban design work of graduate level students; and the Broward County County-wide Community Design Guidebook.
He is serving an appointment to the City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board. He served on the city's first Sustainability Advisory Board, and chaired the city's first Sustainability/Green Committee. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. He is on the steering committee of Six Pillars Broward and co-chair of the Talent Supply and Education task force. He is a member of the Downtown Council and past chair of the Broward Cultural Council, the area’s central coordinating agency for the arts. Abbate served as Vice-Chair for State of Florida Department of Education Building Construction Advisory Committee, and past-president of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He has also served on the Board of Adjustment for the City of Fort Lauderdale and is on the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale.