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Department of Architecture

We believe architecture to be a conceptually based intellectual endeavor and a form of critical inquiry that addresses the built and natural environments from the scale of the city to the scale of the detail. The department is committed to producing conceptual thinkers and skilled makers who are versed in the techniques and knowledge of the discipline and who are cognizant of: critical theory, history, science and progressive social values. To realize these objectives, design is taught as a critical, speculative and creative endeavor embracing both the humanities and the sciences.

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Current & Prospective Students


The Department of Architecture prepares students for professional practice in the discipline of architecture with emphasis placed upon six thematic areas: architectural design, history/theory, building technologies, digital technology, ethics and professional business practice, and general education. We offer a NAAB accredited Master of Architecture (M. Arch) and the advanced post-professional Master of Arts in Architecture (MAA).

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The Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building is a state-of-the-art facility designed by renowned architect Bernard Tschumi specifically to meet the needs of the School of Architecture. Students work at dedicated desks in the spacious design studios, conduct design reviews in the critique rooms, build models and prototypes in the digital fabrication labs (which include state-of-the-art robotic arms and 3D printers), and exhibit their work in the gallery.

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Florida International University has been accepted to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). This initiative provides students the opportunity to complete requirements for licensure while earning their degree. Spearheaded by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the initiative enables accredited programs to incorporate professional experience and examination into curricula.

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The Department of Architecture design curriculum includes a number of study abroad options. Our students are encouraged to participate in our programs abroad in Genoa, Italy, Dessau, Germany and Tokyo, Japan. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to study in a foreign city, visit iconic landmarks and experience diverse cultures.

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FIU School of Architecture offers students an opportunity to learn more about their respective fields of study, network, and serve the community through chapters of local, national and international student organizations and honor societies.

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FIU Department of Architecture offers two full-time, advising professionals to aid and guide students through their academic career and goals.

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Department of Architecture, together with the Departments of Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture host a variety of events, exhibitions, and lectures throughout the year. Click below to view our upcoming events.

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Each year the School of Architecture hosts a Career Fair to provide career opportunities and internships for our students. This year, FIU School of Architecture has over 150 students graduating from the three Master’s programs in 2019.

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FIU Career & Talent Development has partnered with Handshake – a modern career development platform that uses cutting edge technology to help our FIU students and alumni more easily connect with employers and source jobs and internships, event information, and On-Campus Recruiting opportunities.

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Since 2013, the Department of Architecture compiles a digital E-Folio each semester highlighting news stories, accomplishments and achievements of our students, faculty and alumni.Click below to view our issues.

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Architecture News

3010, 2020

FIU Architecture’s Marilys Nepomechie elected as President of the National Architectural Accrediting Board

October 30th, 2020|

CARTA’s faculty members are not only innovators in the classroom, but trailblazers of the subject matter they teach, having a direct impact on professional standards. Marilys R. Nepomechie, CARTA’s associate dean of faculty and program development and architecture professor, has been named president of the National Architectural Accrediting [...]

1910, 2020

FIU Architecture faculty and students honored at 2020 AIA Miami Design Awards

October 19th, 2020|

Students and faculty from FIU’s Department of Architecture shined bright at the annual American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter (AIA Miami) Design Awards Gala on Oct. 3, 2020.   This year, AIA Miami held its annual design awards ceremony for outstanding design projects to architects and architecture students via Zoom. Like many organizations and institutions, AIA Miami found a way to adapt its annual gala and host it virtually to [...]

1310, 2020

School of Architecture reinvents curriculum amidst COVID-19

October 13th, 2020|

The past year has brought about immense change to the curriculum at FIU’s School of Architecture (SOA). A discipline often rooted in collaboration and connectivity has had to find new ways to provide this same structure remotely. But the process for both the students and professors – while [...]

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