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Given the long hours and often intensive working conditions in the design studio, we encourage students to live on or near the Modesto Maidique Campus, if at all possible.  While there are many small and reasonably priced apartments to be found in the surrounding areas, the offerings on campus are considered to be some of the best around. For more information, please visit the website of the FIU Office of Housing and Residential Life by clicking here.


Laptop Initiative

The School of Architecture requires all students to own a laptop computer and specific software for use in instructional courses. Equipment purchased within the last two years will generally accommodate the required software. The hardware and software specifications are meant to serve as guides.

Hardware Expectations
As an FIU student, you are eligible to purchase hardware with educational discounts from UTS. Students are expected to own an updated PC (Windows 10 x 64)  or Mac laptop (MacBook Pro).  Some suggestions for 2020-21 include computers with Intel Core i7 or i9 (Quad Core) processor, 16 GB of RAM or more, Dedicated video processor should be one of the following or greater: (Nvidia Quadro (P or T)1000, Nvidia® Geforce 950 M, 1050 M, 2060 M, AMD  Radeon Pro 5300M/5500M, AMD FirePro M4000 Mobility Pro), Wireless networking adapter (for internet), Three-year warranty (recommended)

Software Expectations
As an FIU student, you are eligible to purchase software with educational discounts from UTS Shop Software. All students are expected to acquire the latest version of Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, SketchUp, Rhino6 (for Windows), and a video editing program such as Adobe AfterEffects or Final Cut Pro. Additional software may be required for certain courses.


USB thumb drive (32 GB), USB storage hard drive/backup (500 GB–1 TB), A mouse of your choice

It is recommended that students purchase both hardware and software security systems for their laptops. Many computer companies sell both hardware and software security systems for their laptops. You can also check out FIU’s University Technology Services.


AIASAlpha Rho Chi (APX)Tau Sigma DeltaNOMAS-FIU


American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

The mission of the AIAS is:

To promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice. We celebrate our membership in several ways. Members of the AIAS have the opportunity to have their work published in CRIT, Journal of the AIAS the only international journal devoted to the work and critical thoughts of architecture students.

To foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines. We host an annual convention, FORUM, which provides students with the opportunity to learn about the issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects and designers.

To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration. Through the Freedom by Design™ program, we are organizing our members to be good citizens in their communities.

To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. We serve as the sole student voice in the decision making process of such organizations as The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is a club/organization for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture students. Find more information on their website,

The AIAS FIU Chapter is a non-profit, student run organization that focuses on promoting excellence in architecture education, training and practice. Check out their Facebook for updates and event information.

President: Raymond Gulapa,

Vice President: Riley Jimenez,

Chapter email:

Facebook: AIAS FIU Chapter

Instagram: @aias_fiu

Nicon Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi (APX)

Coed, professional fraternity available to anyone in any field of the allied arts. Find out more information on their website, Membership is acquired through the traditional fraternity template, rush, pledge, initiation. Alpha Rho Chi is a brotherhood, we work very closely together and recently we have emerged as a strong force in the School of Architecture.They also have a national chapter Facebook.

Established at Florida International University on July 11, 2004.

President: Elaine Navarro,

Vice President: Maria Paglia,


mage courtesy of the Tau Sigma Delta National Chapter.

Sigma Xi Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta

Tau Sigma Delta was founded in 1913 at the University of Michigan to celebrate achievement in the design disciplines. At the Florida International University School of Architecture, invitation and induction to Tau Sigma Delta honor the academic accomplishments of students who are in the final two years of their professional studies, and whose academic records place them in the top 10% of their respective programs. Thirty-four students became the newest members of the honor society in a ceremony that celebrated the inductees, their families, friends and faculty.

2017-18 TSD Officers

President: Cindy Rodriguez, MArch,

Vice President: Jaleesa Aponte, MArch,

Treasurer: Ayman Mansour, MArch,

Contact Professor Marilys Nepomechie for more information on this organization:


National Organization of Minority Architect Students (NOMAS) – FIU

The National Organization of Minority Architect Students at FIU is here to provide students with another avenue that will allow various cultures within a specific career to unite. We give students an opportunity to create relationships with both architect students and professionals throughout the nation. We participate mostly in social gatherings, informational seminars, and competitions. The ultimate goal in having this organization, is to inspire students to continue pursuing their career goals while simultaneously allowing their culture to influence their work in an innovative way.

For more information, visit the National Organization of Minority Architects at, and visit the NOMAS-FIU Chapter on Facebook and Twitter.


Vice President:

Chapter e-mail:

Department of Architecture
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street PCA - 280 Miami, Florida 33199
PH: 305-348-1323 | Fx: 305-348-2650