Department of Architecture2024-03-05T15:27:44+00:00

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.

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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Studios, Labs + Hubs

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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IPAL Licensure

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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Study Abroad

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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Study Abroad

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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Career Fair

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 2023.

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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

1512, 2023

Architecture students create sustainable sonic installations for pollinators for renowned National Tropical Botanical Garden

December 15th, 2023|

Graduate students in the no.17 nationally ranked School of Architecture (SOA) are using their year-long graduate seminar course + design studio sequence as an opportunity to address sustainability in South Florida. 8 student groups were given the opportunity to partner with The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical [...]

1804, 2023

Visualizing the commercial district of Grand Ave in the 1960s

April 18th, 2023|

A digital reconstruction of the historical commercial heart of the Black community in Coconut Grove In the 1950s and ‘60s, West Grove had a thriving commercial district on Grand Avenue that served the Black community in segregated Miami. Very little now remains of the shops, restaurants, juke joints, [...]

1104, 2023

CITY X ECOLOGY : An interactive architecture exhibition organized by Adjunct Professor Sophia Cabral

April 11th, 2023|

CityXEcology is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be featured April 13 – 28, 2023 in the Washington Gallery as part of FIU School of Architecture Miami Beach Urban Studios (SoA MBUS). CITY X ECOLOGY explores solutions to marginalized urban problems in the cities of [...]