About Us2022-01-19T20:25:13+00:00

Chair’s Message

Our department is an exciting place for students to gain a broad range of skills and experiences. Students work and study with our talented faculty in many contexts: in the studio and the classroom, in our study abroad programs to cities around the world and in our Fabrication Lab, Structures and Environment Technologies (SET) Lab and our new Robotics and Digital Fabrication Lab (RDF Lab).

At FIU, architecture is an academic pursuit which involves learning by making and by experiencing the tangible realities of a building. We offer a vigorous 5- or 6-year Master of Architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) and a post-professional Master of Arts in Architecture. After this robust education, our graduates will have engaged in the rewarding art of architecture and will be exceedingly well-prepared to contribute to practice and the profession, teaching or further graduate study.

We have much to celebrate this year: National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Convergence Accelerator Program awarded a $1 million grant to a team of FIU researchers led by architecture Professor Shahin Vassigh for their reaserch project Preparing the Future Workforce of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) for Automation and Robotic Processes. This past year, as in many years in the past, FIU students swept the student design awards at the 2019 AIA Miami Awards Gala. They were joined by faculty who also won a series of awards.

I am pleased to report we are in the third year of our Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program. Eleven student interns are working at seven remarkable firms to gain the requisite internship hours needed for licensure and preparing for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). Please visit our IPAL page for more information.

Summer 2019 witnessed our largest study abroad program to date: 60 students and 8 faculty participated in our Japan program. These students and faculty visited and studied the extraordinary architecture and urbanism of Tokyo and participated in a charrette with Kokushikan University. Also that summer, we had 19 students participate in our Bauhaus Workshop program who visited the Bauhaus in Dessau and traveled to Berlin, Weimar and Copenhagen. Our Genoa, Italy program had 16 students in the Fall 2019 and 16 students in Spring 2019. We continued the EU Erasmus Plus funding for student and faculty exchanges.

With best wishes for the new year,

Jason R. Chandler, AIA
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Architecture


First adopted by faculty vote April 2007 then amended by the faculty in spring of 2016.

Mission: As part of FIU, a “top public research university,” the Architecture department is dedicated to educating future generations of ethical professionals, creative designers and informed citizens.

Vision: 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.

To achieve our mission and vision, our decisions and actions are informed by the following seven core values and beliefs:

  1. Diversity

Serving a diverse student body with a variety of academic backgrounds, experiences and interests by creating an open atmosphere of inquiry and exchange that engages the varied cultural and academic experiences of faculty and students.

  1. Design as Critical Thinking

Presenting architecture as a reflective and conceptually based discipline. We encourage students to form thoughtful and imaginative solutions to the challenges confronting urban society here and abroad and to cultivate intellectual curiosity and life-long learning.

  1. Education of the Professional

The department educates professionals. Students learn the disciplinary norms of knowledge and skills necessary to take leadership roles in a changing profession.

  1. Commitment to Innovation

Celebrating the power of innovation and experimentation and our discipline’s commitment to imagine and construct beautiful, healthful and responsible environments.

  1. Appreciation for the Constructed and the Natural Environments

Fostering sensitivity and appreciation for the constructed and natural environments of South Florida and engaging our communities’ challenges. The Architecture department values the unique opportunities and challenges for creative exploration and problem-solving afforded by South Florida’s rich sub-tropical ecologies, urban contexts as well as multicultural and multilingual populace.

  1. Culture of Connectivity

Promoting connections between the Department of Architecture and members of the design community in local, national and international, academic, professional and lay contexts. In particular, we seek to engage our colleagues in the college and the school, local practitioners in design education and to develop cooperative links with schools of design in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

  1. Ethos of Trans-Disciplinary

Engaging adjacent disciplines within the School of Architecture to create an atmosphere of trans-disciplinary cooperation in order to collaboratively address the complex spatial, economic, social and environmental challenges of contemporary practice.