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FIU Hosts 102nd Annual ACSA Meeting
During the weekend of April 10th-12, 2014, Florida International University will host the 102nd Annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Meeting. The meeting will take place in Miami Beach. Its base will be at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, a structure designed by Morris Lapidus. As part of the ACSA Meeting, participants will […]
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Eco-Couture Fashion Show Draws Large Crowds, Winners Announced!
With more than 300 visitors, the Eco-Couture Recycled Fashion Show, created and organized by graduating Architecture student Amira Ajlouni, was a resounding success.  On Thursday, March 27th, a large crowd gathered in the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture courtyard to witness the first of hopefully many more events like this.
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Professor Marilys Nepomechie, 2014 ACSA President Elect
Professor Marilys Nepomechie of The College of Architecture + The Arts has been elected national President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.  Her three-year term on the ACSA Executive Board will extend from July 2014 to July 2017; she will serve as President of the national organization in 2015-2016.
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Open Registration: DD@SoBe – Discover Design in South Beach, Summer Program
Registration has opened for DD@SoBe – Discover Design in South Beach, a two-week summer program! DD@SoBe provides an intense and enjoyable introduction to architecture and the related disciplines of landscape and interior architecture. The program takes advantage of the rich cultural context of our studios on Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road by using the city […]
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Professor Rifkind and Students Honored at Alpha Rho Chi Centennial Convention
The national professional co-educational fraternity open to students in architecture and the allied arts, Alpha Rho Chi, honored Associate Professor David Rifkind with the organization’s highest award, the Gold Medal, at its centennial convention last week. Professor Rifkind was initiated into FIU’s Alpha Rho Chi chapter, Nicon, last year as one of two faculty brothers, […]
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2014 Nicolas Quintana Scholars Announced!
The 2014 Nicolas Quintana Scholars were recently announced. Cynthia Parada and Dominique Chalmers are the Design 7/8 Student Scholarship Award recipients. Each student is receiving $1,000 from the Nicolas Quintana Scholarship Fund. The Nicolas Quintana Scholarship Fund was made to benefit students in the Department of Architecture at Florida International University in the memory of […]
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FIU NOMAS members win Design for Habitat Competition
Some member of the National Organization of Minority Architect Students, FIU Chapter won the Design for Habitat: Homes of Greater Miami Competition. The competition was created for Habitat Young Professionals of Greater Miami in collaboration with the students of the University of Miami – School of Architecture. Student applicants were challenged to design a sustainable, […]
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Ana Benatuil, Masters Project in Washington, D.C. AIA Gallery
The American Institute of Architects Gallery in Washington, D.C. has accepted the Masters Project of Ana Benatuil, student at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Department of Architecture, for the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition. The American Institute of Architects Gallery is an important, national venue that is visited by professionals, […]
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First Issue of FIU Architecture Folio Released!
Our first ever FIU Architecture Folio Fall 2013 issue highlights some of the semester’s accomplishments made by students, faculty, and alumni of the FIU Department of Architecture. The Folio can be viewed by the College of Architecture + The Arts family and those beyond the College and University!
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Alumni at Oppenheim Architecture+Design
Alex Lozano (M.Arch ’10) and Reynold Diaz, Jr. (M.Arch ’10) are both Architectural Designers at Oppenheim Architecture+Design. Lozano and Diaz work with a project from its basic concept to its construction documentation. They handle site-specific solutions by assisting engineering coordination of structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil concerns. Both Lozano and Diaz said that their education […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/102-Annual-ProgramPage-Banner.jpg
FIU Hosts 102nd Annual ACSA Meeting
During the weekend of April 10th-12, 2014, Florida International University will host the 102nd Annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Meeting. The meeting will take place in Miami Beach. Its base will be at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, a structure designed by Morris Lapidus. As part of the ACSA Meeting, participants will […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/1958175_476697062457451_1979024557_n.jpg
Eco-Couture Fashion Show Draws Large Crowds, Winners Announced!
With more than 300 visitors, the Eco-Couture Recycled Fashion Show, created and organized by graduating Architecture student Amira Ajlouni, was a resounding success.  On Thursday, March 27th, a large crowd gathered in the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture courtyard to witness the first of hopefully many more events like this.
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/08/NepomechieBW01-e1392234692769.jpg
Professor Marilys Nepomechie, 2014 ACSA President Elect
Professor Marilys Nepomechie of The College of Architecture + The Arts has been elected national President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.  Her three-year term on the ACSA Executive Board will extend from July 2014 to July 2017; she will serve as President of the national organization in 2015-2016.
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/08/discover-design.jpeg
Open Registration: DD@SoBe – Discover Design in South Beach, Summer Program
Registration has opened for DD@SoBe – Discover Design in South Beach, a two-week summer program! DD@SoBe provides an intense and enjoyable introduction to architecture and the related disciplines of landscape and interior architecture. The program takes advantage of the rich cultural context of our studios on Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road by using the city […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/2014-03-22-21.27.39.jpg
Professor Rifkind and Students Honored at Alpha Rho Chi Centennial Convention
The national professional co-educational fraternity open to students in architecture and the allied arts, Alpha Rho Chi, honored Associate Professor David Rifkind with the organization’s highest award, the Gold Medal, at its centennial convention last week. Professor Rifkind was initiated into FIU’s Alpha Rho Chi chapter, Nicon, last year as one of two faculty brothers, […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/quintana-lunch-3-4-2014-.jpg
2014 Nicolas Quintana Scholars Announced!
The 2014 Nicolas Quintana Scholars were recently announced. Cynthia Parada and Dominique Chalmers are the Design 7/8 Student Scholarship Award recipients. Each student is receiving $1,000 from the Nicolas Quintana Scholarship Fund. The Nicolas Quintana Scholarship Fund was made to benefit students in the Department of Architecture at Florida International University in the memory of […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/photo1.png
FIU NOMAS members win Design for Habitat Competition
Some member of the National Organization of Minority Architect Students, FIU Chapter won the Design for Habitat: Homes of Greater Miami Competition. The competition was created for Habitat Young Professionals of Greater Miami in collaboration with the students of the University of Miami – School of Architecture. Student applicants were challenged to design a sustainable, […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/AnaBenatuilCutFillCity-2.jpeg
Ana Benatuil, Masters Project in Washington, D.C. AIA Gallery
The American Institute of Architects Gallery in Washington, D.C. has accepted the Masters Project of Ana Benatuil, student at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Department of Architecture, for the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition. The American Institute of Architects Gallery is an important, national venue that is visited by professionals, […]
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/01/FIU-Architecture-Folio_1_Page_01.jpg
First Issue of FIU Architecture Folio Released!
Our first ever FIU Architecture Folio Fall 2013 issue highlights some of the semester’s accomplishments made by students, faculty, and alumni of the FIU Department of Architecture. The Folio can be viewed by the College of Architecture + The Arts family and those beyond the College and University!
http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/04/514-11th-Ave.-Night_Reduced-Size2.jpg
Alumni at Oppenheim Architecture+Design
Alex Lozano (M.Arch ’10) and Reynold Diaz, Jr. (M.Arch ’10) are both Architectural Designers at Oppenheim Architecture+Design. Lozano and Diaz work with a project from its basic concept to its construction documentation. They handle site-specific solutions by assisting engineering coordination of structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil concerns. Both Lozano and Diaz said that their education […]

Studio Policies

In the fall of 2005, the NAAB issued an additional condition for accreditation: Studio Culture. In 2009 “studio culture” was extending to the more inclusive condition of “Learning Culture”. Each accredited School of Architecture is now required to have a written policy addressing and shaping its studio and learning culture. Several years ago, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) created a task force to address both the positive and negative aspects of studio culture and issued its report in 2002. In that report the writers call for explicit policies to support the positive aspects of studio culture, while curbing some of the more unhealthy practices. The positive values identified by the Report include optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation — values that are shared and supported fully by FIU Architecture.


DESIGN LEARNING CULTURE

FIU Architecture encourages an academic environment conducive to design learning made through thoughtful connections between studio and non- studio courses. Design education at FIU encourages critical discourse based on collaboration, creativity, and learning through making. A healthy learning culture engenders an environment where students and faculty come together to ask questions and make proposals, innovate with today’s knowledge to address tomorrow’s challenges. The learning culture must support and develop respect for the diverse backgrounds of the faculty and student’s educational and professional experiences, and approaches to design.


DESIGN STUDIO CULTURE

FIU Architecture recognizes the inherent value of the design studio model. Studio learning encourages dialogue, collaboration, risk-taking, innovation, and learning-by-doing. The studio offers an environment where students can come together to ask questions and make proposals, which are developed and discussed among classmates, faculty, visiting professionals, and the public-at-large. Studio learning offers intensive one-on-one instruction from faculty members, and provides the opportunity for each student to develop his/her critical thinking skills and spatial and material sensibilities. The design studio offers a synthetic form of education, where project-based learning becomes the foundation for developing an understanding of and commitment to the School’s core values — broadmindedness, interconnectivity, professionalism, exploration and activism — all in service of architecture’s fundamental mission: to improve the quality of the built and natural environments.

Open-ended questions – FIU Architecture encourages students to embrace studio-based learning as a unique and valuable educational model. Studio creates an environment that allows open-ended questions, for which there may be no “right” answers.

Balance – FIU Architecture supports its students and faculty in leading balanced lives.

Time-management – Students are encouraged to work smarter, not necessarily longer in studio.

Design process – FIU Architecture affirms the value of design intention, design process, as well as design product, thus both encouraging and evaluating (1) the student’s understanding of the ideas that motivate and the forces that inform the project at hand (“grasp”), (2) the student’s assiduousness in the development of ideas and use of information in the process of design (“process” or “effort”), and (3) the material and graphic quality of the studio’s final products — be they models, drawings, or representations in other media — as well as the appositeness of the proposed design in its real-world context (“product”).

Grades – Grades are but one measure of a student’s performance in studio. Advising and counseling are considered integral to the learning culture.

Collaboration – In addition to individual design projects, FIU Architecture values partner and group projects at every level of design research and development.

Interdisciplinary opportunities – To become effective designers of and advocates for a quality built environment, FIU Architecture supports interdisciplinary work between the three design disciplines that constitute the School and community-based research and engagement through which students can acquire a broad range of skills and experiences.

Faculty development – Faculty who teach studio are selected for their ability to inspire students to learn, to engage students in critical thinking, to bring forward their particular expertise, and to convey a sense of optimism about the field of architecture.

Critiques/Reviews – Public presentation and display of the work of the design studio is valued, and is essential in developing skills for effective verbal communication. FIU Architecture supports considered and respectful dialogue – whether spirited debate or sober discussion – during public presentations.

Diversity – FIU Architecture supports active, open dialogue and the studio must be a place where diverse life experiences and opinions are shared. A culture of respect and open inquiry supports the life-long learning process that begins in school.

Maintenance of the Studio Culture Policy - To the ensure the effectiveness and implementation of the Studio Culture Policy – as well as to create the opportunity to amend or change policies outlined therein – FIU Architecture’s Studio & Learning Culture Policy will undergo review every two years by representatives of the faculty and student body. The Studio Culture Policy will also be reviewed periodically in an open forum that invites the participation of all students and faculty members.