Natalie Molina is an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture D1 studio with Interior Architecture Students. She is a a residential interior designer, and a passionate student mentor. Born in South Florida and raised in West Texas, Natalie discovered her passion for design through the observation and understanding of various people, cultures, and environments. She returned to Miami to earn her Master's degree in the Accelerated Masters of Interior Architecture program at Florida International University (FIU) and graduated Magna Cum Laude through the university's Honors College program. Through the Honors College, Natalie was also able to study abroad in Italy for two months where she visited where she studied philosophy, religion, history, art and architecture. She also earned a graduate Certificate in Cruise Ship and Super Yacht design in the CSSY program where she collaborated with students from the UniGE Naval Design School in Genoa, Italy, to complete a three-day design project.
During her time at FIU, Natalie received scholarships to travel to both Boston, Massachusetts, and Atlanta, Georgia, to visit various firms including Gensler, Perkins and Will, IA, and the Institute for Human-centered Design. These trips gave her further insight into adaptive-reuse buildings, hospitality and workplace design, and lighting design and concepts She also participated as a voted student representative in the Program Student Advisory Forum (PSAF) program, where she helped in the ideation and founding of the Learning Assistant Mentorship Program (LAMP). As a graduate assistant, Natalie also helped coordinate and manage volunteers for the 2019 Festival of the Trees, the annual fundraiser for student scholarships within the interior architecture department.
Natalie has spent over two years working in high-end residential interior design in the Miami Beach area. Her scope of experience for the various projects includes schematic design, design development drawings, materiality concepts, FF&E specifications, construction drawings, contractor coordination, purchasing, and client coordination.
At FIU, she currently serves as an adjunct professor for the Design 1 Studio and Graphics 1 course. Natalie oversees a section of interior architecture students, working directly with the undergraduate coordinator. She teaches the students as they navigate through their first semesters and coordinates their desk critiques, pin-ups, presentations and grades in the courses.
Natalie is passionate about student success, not only in performance, but also in understanding, progress, and growth. She hopes to be a positive influence in the professional and academic environment.