Student Life2022-08-19T13:27:43+00:00


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.


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American Institute of Architecture Students – AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students is a grassroots student-led organization; nationally-recognized and dedicated to helping architecture students across the United States succeed in their academic studies and upcoming careers.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice for all students. We are dedicated to helping all Architecture, Landscape and Interior Architecture students succeed during their time at FIU! By coordinating various social and academic events throughout the year, AIAS aims to:

  • Provide students with the essential tools and resources to better their skills inside the classroom.
  • Prepare students for the professional workplace outside of the classroom.
  • Connect students with networking opportunities amongst the local, national, and international architecture community.

Our Team

President: Megan Suarez
Vice President: Alyssa Tazoe
Treasurer:  Luiza Heleno
Event Coordinator: Vicente Rosado
Marketing Chair: Daniela Rodriguez
Fundraising Chair: Laura Arias
Chapter Email:
Chapter Instagram: @aias_fiu

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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: Dora Otaño
Vice President: Jaimu Gulapa
Treasurer: Christina Currais
Secretary: Alejandro Lecon
Chapter Superintendent: Rose Gilson.
Recruitment Coordinator: Nicolle Leon
Sergeant at Arms: Marcielo Nuñez
Chapter Instagram: @apx_nicon

mage courtesy of the Tau Sigma Delta National Chapter.

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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.

Contact Professor Marilys Nepomechie for more information on this organization:


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National Organization of Minority Architect Students (NOMAS) – FIU

The ultimate purpose of FIU NOMAS is to foster an environment of fellowship amongst students within the field of architecture and encourage progressive advancement into the industry. As a campus organization, our goal is to generate a positive impact, contributing to a unified voice against challenges that affect the full participation of minority architecture professors and students not only on campus but in the South Florida region as a whole.

We encourage creativity and excellence within our community and bring about an environment that motivates minority students by providing a space to thrive. We proudly host workshops, design charettes, community outreach projects, discussion panels, social events, and participate in nation-wide design competitions.

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

President: Emely Acobo
Vice President: Chelsea “Amaya” Cameron
Treasurer: Adrice Galloway
Secretary: Alejandro “Alex” Lecon
Marketing and Publications: Inchara Alaghatta
RSO Representative: Nahshon “Nate” White
Chapter e-mail: