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At the FIU Department of Architecture, we are committed to the challenges and amazing opportunities that the City of Miami and South Florida bring to our students and faculty. We believe that bringing together faculty, researchers, planners, consultants, and thinkers on topics such as, academic excellence, innovation, building practices, climate justice and leadership, will prepare our students to confront and succeed on the complex challenges of our built environment.
This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, the moment in which we were officially established as “a new School of Architecture”, and we have many reasons to celebrate.
Our Master of Architecture, accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation
Board (NAAB), has been growing consistently over the last years; our students and faculty had been winning awards and recognitions, nationally and internationally.
Our Doctor of Design program lead by Dr. Neil Leach, with faculty, students, and researchers from all over the world, is one of only five post-professional DDes programs nationwide. Today we can confidently say that we are responsible for the education of architects and leaders with doctoral degrees to meet the challenges facing the profession and discipline.
The Department’s facilities are the most exciting place for our students to experiment and learning by making. Together with the Miami Beach Urban Studios MBUS, Fabrication Lab, Structures and Environment Technologies (SET) Lab and our Robotics and Digital Fabrication Lab (RDF Lab), faculty, researchers and students are actively collaborating on historic preservation, climate, environment, technology and building practice challenges. Faculty research has been augmented with new grants and awards lead by Dr. Shahin Vassigh, Biayna Bogosian and Eric Peterson.
We are one of the 25 architecture programs participating in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure IPAL program. Selected students’ interns are working at leading professional practices, to gain the requisite internship hours needed for licensure. As part of our commitment to career success, we now offer a required course on the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) for 5th year students.
After a two years hiatus, our faculty and students are back to our study abroad program. Last summer we had 3 Studios doing programs in Barcelona, Spain and 1 Studio in the Bauhaus Workshop-Dessau and Berlin, Germany. In Fall 2022, 16 students + 3 faculty will study and travel through Italy and Europe, and in Spring 2023, 20 students + 3 faculty will be back to the Convento di Santa Maria di Castello in Genoa, Italy for full a full semester abroad. Next summer 2023, we will be back to Tokyo, Japan.
This potent and diverse mix of talents and cultures is our engine. This is how we prepare our students for innovation and progress. Miami is our urban laboratory; it is the place that energizes our practice and research.
We know that 25 years is only the beginning, we are confident on our role with local and global communities. We understand the challenges and opportunities of planning, designing buildings, objects, structures, technology, infrastructures, and policies.
We are committed to working with you and making better cities.
Chair of the Department of Architecture
Associate Teaching Professor