Director’s Letter

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Welcome to the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University

The School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University is distinguished by the diversity of its students and faculty and its unique location in an urban metropolis that is a living laboratory for investigating the built environment in continental North America’s singular tropical climate zone.  Our faculty and students are committed to pursuing both how we design in a world of accelerating change as well as how we fundamentally think about architecture and design. Architecture is a design discipline that shapes the human habitat which in turn shapes how we live, carrying an ethical responsibility that demands an attitude of mindfulness and reflection as we develop and apply design intelligence. Our faculty is engaged in cutting edge research and our graduates are successfully employed pursuing careers as licensed practitioners, designers, and professionals in Florida and around the world.

The school provides a lower division program of design studies on the main campus at Boca Raton and a fully accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program at our Fort Lauderdale campus. The B.Arch. program is unique as a three-year upper division professional degree program. Entry to the limited enrollment program is highly competitive.  Students may apply from FAU’s lower division design program, with an Associates Degree from any qualified Florida college system architecture program, or through transfer from other universities.

FAU is expanding research and inquiry in areas relevant to the region, the nation, and the world and is investing in its research enterprise focused on its core strengths.  Each of the four university research pillars has a nexus to the study and practice of architecture, providing exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary research in areas of human health and health infrastructure, neuroscience, sensing technology and the “Internet of Things,” and the FAU Harbor Branch metadisciplinary approach to marine and coastal affairs.

Our focus is both local and global. Situated in the urban core of Fort Lauderdale, with the city as a living laboratory, the school plays a strategic role for the university as a locus of community engagement.  In this setting students, working with faculty or independently, engage in design inquiry and applied research in areas as diverse as transportation, urban redevelopment, neighborhood revitalization, and adaptation to sea-level-rise.  The MetroLAB, both a community design collaborative and a storefront exhibit and assembly space, is a hub for design activities and presentation of student and faculty work.  Our Education Abroad programs have included field study expeditions to Germany, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Colombia, and other places, providing students with a global awareness that only international travel and engagement provide.  The school has also hosted international conferences and visiting faculty, lecturers, and scholars from around the world.

The school is also proud of its extensive library collection housed at Broward County’s Main Library, a noteworthy building designed by the office of Marcel Breuer and Associates.

Welcome on board!

Best wishes,

Anthony J. Abbate, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP
Professor and Director