Responding to Sea-Level Rise

The measurable changes in sea-level rise – and the scientific projections of its increase within the next 30 years – present immense challenges to our notions of living and continuing to develop in South Florida’s flood zones and coastal communities. Rising tides mean the big questions of resilience, sustainability and adaptability need to be answered now.

Jeffrey Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, MLA, is the Interim Director and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University. He recently sat down with WPTV-25 News in West Palm Beach to talk about the concept of “Salty Urbanism” and how it can provide an adaptation framework for South Florida development so it can become more resilient and sustainable in the wake of rising seas.

“The built environment that we see in South Florida right now is only 50 percent of what will exist in 2050. How and where are going to build?” Huber said. “We could become a leader in the United States for living with water, but right now, we don’t have the building codes and long-range planning in place.”

Watch the full news segment with journalist Michael Williams and Florida Senator Lori Berman on WPTV’s To the Point.


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Congratulations Fall 2019 Graduates

On Friday, December 13, 2019 we watched as 227 bachelor’s graduates, 19 master’s graduates and 2 doctoral candidates walked across the commencement stage to receive their diploma from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University.

To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.  Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the world, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

Be well and best wishes!

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • 105 Bachelor of Arts
  • 13 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 15 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 17 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 59 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 8 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Bachelor of Urban Design
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Fall 2019 Commencement Gallery

$1.7M Watershed Planning Initiative

Adapted Press Release:

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM)’s Bureau of Mitigation prioritizes flood risk management as a means to protect people and property during flood events. To accomplish this goal, DEM is laying the foundation for its Watershed Planning Initiative by working on a pilot project with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Engineering and Computer Science. The multi-disciplinary FAU team includes Dr. Diana Mitsova, from the School of Urban and Regional Planning; Anthony Abbate and Jeff Huber, from the School of Architecture, as well as others including team leader Dr. Frederick Bloetscher, Professor and Associate Dean of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

DEM has received funding from FEMA to encourage communities to become a part of their community rating system program. To help encourage participation, DEM has contracted with the Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Science through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) DR-4337-004-P, to create a template for completion of Watershed Master Plans (WMP) throughout the state of Florida over the next year.

To start the process, FAU will conduct research to determine where the gaps in watershed data across the state. FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies will collect plans that currently exist and creating a catalog of these plans. They are also creating a best-practices document when it comes to developing watershed management plans.

FAU is also creating a screening tool to identify the areas across the state that are the most susceptible to flooding. This part of the project includes researchers in the Departments of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning and Geosciences.

The next step will be to use the data generated from the screening tool and the gathering of current plans and policies and create a guidance document for others to implement the tool and will create data for others to use in developing their plans. The ultimate goal for the initiative is to develop watershed master plans for the entire state. In doing so, the state hopes these plans will be integrated into floodplain management and Local Mitigation Strategies throughout Florida along with helping those communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

The initiative is funded partially by the federal government through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and partially from the State of Florida. The pilot project is scheduled to conclude in September 2020 and will ultimately produce two prototype watershed master plans for the state of Florida. The entire initiative is projected to take three years and the next step will be to take the pilot program’s results and apply them statewide.

Grand Opening: Lower Division Design Studio

The Lower-Division Architecture students have new design studio space just north of Henderson High School in the historic T-6 buildings that were former Army barracks during World War II. On Thursday, December 5 the School of Architecture hosted an opening reception to officially dedicate the new space. As you can see from the incredible amount of work produced throughout this past semester, the students have settled in and are right at home.

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AIA-Florida Awards + Achievements

Hats off to all of this year’s winners among our faculty and alumni!

  • Jonathan Villaman, Alumnus, was elected to the Board of Directors of the AIA-FL.
  • Jeff Huber, Associate Professor, was awarded the AIA-FL 2019 President’s Award for Service to the Profession.
  • John Sandell, Associate Professor, was awarded the AIA-FL 2019 Merit Award for Theoretical and Research Design.
  • Chance Paul Stillman, Alumnus, was awarded the AIA-FL 2019 Honor Award for Design for his work on the Miami Bayfront Park Amphitheater Circle.

Using FAU Know-How to Develop Mozambique “Build Back Better” Program

Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at FAU, has been teaching and researching in Mozambique with a Fulbright Scholar Award since February 2019. This month, Dr. Caldieron was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State to train and impart knowledge about adequate structural design and sustainable building techniques in informal settlement areas that are at subject to frequent cyclones and flooding. With the joint collaboration of FAU, the United States Embassy in Maputo, and the Eduardo Mondlane University, the project consists of the publication of two construction manuals especially designed to improve rehabilitated self-built informal settlements in Mozambique’s high-risk areas. Dr. Caldieron and his team will create and offer two training courses in Beira, in central Mozambique to help interested parties – including professionals, students and informal builders – to understand how to rebuild informal dwellings damaged by Cyclone Idai and flooding in the province.  According to Dr. Caldieron, residents of Beira are already rebuilding their dwellings and it is imperative they do so using a “build back better” approach this time.  This grant will promote future exchanges between the institutions involved in Mozambique and Florida Atlantic University, and will allow the continuity of past research activities developed at FAU School of Architecture, a leader in the areas of community design, and design response to sea-level rise and flooding.

Students Volunteer in 9/11 Day of Service

On September 11th, FAU Architecture students participated in a memorial and day of service in the City of Hallandale Beach. Alongside city staff and elected officials, students planted the city’s first bioswale, which comprises linear channels designed to concentrate and convey stormwater runoff, while also removing debris and pollution.

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Emerging Professionals Awards

At this summer’s AIA Emerging Professionals Awards for the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Chapters, the FAU School of Architecture had three big reasons to be proud – Stephany, Haly, and Edward congratulations! Your success inspires our students to dream big.

Photos of AIA Emerging Professionals Awards

Student Scholarship Opportunity

The AIA Palm Beach Foundation for Architecture and the Palm Beach Chapter of the AIA have created a scholarship fund available to Architecture students whose primary residence is in Palm Beach County. Scholarships of $1,000 and $1,500 may be awarded. Recipients will be invited to attend the AIA Palm Beach Design and Honor Awards Banquet on November 20, 2019 at the Breakers to formally receive the award.

Applications must be completed and received no later than October 1, 2019.

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New Design Studio on Boca Campus

The Lower-Division Architecture students have new design studio space just north of Henderson High School in the historic T-6 buildings that were former Army barracks during World War II. As you can see in the photos below, these talented students are already hard at work and right at home!

AIA Florida Merit Award Winner

Dr. John Sandell, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, was recently awarded a 2019 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Theoretical and Research Design Award for his Urban Topographies sea-level rise research.

His study concludes that in order for our cities to survive in the future, they will need to begin tailoring urban growth to specific geographic, climate, and other conditions, emphasizing nature’s role in urban resiliency.

Dr. Sandell proposes that, with the right changes – such as increasing pedestrian activity and reducing vehicles on the road, and removing select structures and infrastructure – South Florida can adapt to changing climate factors and retain economic vibrancy.

View Dr. Sandell’s complete research brief here.

The awards ceremony will take place in July at the annual Florida AIA conference.

John Sandell

Arch. Instructor Featured in National Release

Dr. Randy Atlas, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Architecture and America’s only architect-criminologist, recently wrote an article that is featured in a national press release by U.S. business security company, Securitas.

The article, “Designing Safe Schools in Dangerous Times”, looks at the 4 key areas of school design that should incorporate crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and why a single point of entry is now the gold standard in school design.

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Class of 2019 Exhibition: Student Work on Display at MetroLAB

The FAU School of Architecture is pleased to announce the Class of 2019 exhibit of student work now on display at the MetroLAB.  The School hosted a reception on the evening of Wednesday, May 1 for students who have completed the design studio course sequence toward their professional degree – the Bachelor of Architecture.  Students were joined by their families, friends, alumni and faculty to celebrate this milestone achievement.

Inaugural InFIRMation Night

The School of Architecture and the FAU Career Center collaborated to execute an inaugural inFIRMation Night in the Fort Lauderdale campus MetroLab. The event was sponsored by Leo A Daly, an architecture firm.

The firm provided an overview of their organization as well as what they look for in new hires and interns. They also answered questions students had related to professional development, and provided resume and portfolio reviews for students. This was a successful event with 37 students in attendance!

Speakers included Jaime E. Sobrino AIA, PMP, LEED AP; Ronald Wiendl AIA Vice President, Director of Design; and Michael D. Rodebaugh, AIA, NCARB, Associate-Market Senior Leader.

Coming Soon: Lower Division Student Exhibition

The lower division architecture program at the Boca campus and the American Institute of Architecture Students board are collaborating for an exhibition at the University Gallery.

The opening night reception is scheduled for Friday, April 26, and the show will run through May 1. More details coming soon.

Looking Up: Students Visit Tilt-Up Concrete Construction Site

Students in the ARC3463 Materials & Methods of Construction 2 course recently got an up-close view of a tilt-up concrete construction project – a first for many of the students. Miller Construction Company of Fort Lauderdale provided a hard-hat tour and information session at the construction site.

Interactive field trips like this one are an excellent way for students to bridge the concepts and information they learn in the classroom with the real world of active construction. Faculty have planned several more construction site visits for the students throughout the semester.

A special thank you to Miller Construction Company for their hospitality!

AIA Educator of the Year Award

Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Associate Professor Jeffrey Huber recently received three American Institute of Architects Design honor awards and was named AIA Educator of the Year by the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Comprehensive Design Studios Travel to Los Angeles and San Diego

A cohort of 28 design 10 students and professors Diego Camargo, Scot DiStefano, Andrew Hayes and Jeffrey Huber traveled to Los Angeles and San Diego to study architecture related to their studio work this semester. During the field trip, students visited several architectural offices and major architectural projects ranging from multi-family housing, multi-purpose buildings and research facilities. Some of the highlighted visits included the Case Study House #8 and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies among others.

FAU Architecture Students and Faculty join AIA Florida for Legislative Day

Students Sarah Vinyets, Christine Sader, Cedrick Glasgow, Maria Villegas, Angelo Peuguero, Kyle Roethlisberger and Yara Zbib, along with professors Andrew Hayes and Jeffrey Huber joined AIA Florida in Tallahassee for Legislative Day on February 5, 2019.

The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) is committed to the advancement of Florida’s architecture profession and Legislative Day provides an opportunity to meet with senators and representatives to advocate for issues that are important to Florida architects. Students were also awarded scholarships from AIA Fort Lauderdale and AIA Palm Beach.

We thank both AIA Fort Lauderdale and AIA Palm Beach for their support and look forward to the AIA Legislative Day next year!

Explore FAU 2018 – College Expedition

More than 100 prospective students and family members visited the College for Design and Social Inquiry during the “College Expedition” portion of Explore FAU 2018.  It was a great opportunity for Owl hopefuls to visit the colleges and departments they’re most interested in and speak with faculty and existing students about what it would be like to be a student in their respective degree programs.

Visiting Instructor Receives Top Honors from AIA Tampa Bay

Andrew Hayes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal of hayes | cumming architects, visiting instructor in the FAU School of Architecture, and Director of the School’s Institute for Design and Construction, received the highest Honor Award, the Medal of Honor, for his service to the AIA and the community.

Andrew has regularly been involved in advocacy efforts throughout his career on issues regarding smart growth, urban design and community resilience. As a former AIA Florida President, AIA Tampa Bay President and military pilot during Operation Enduring Freedom, Andrew is a shining example of an architect who gives back to his country, community and profession.

$10K Student Scholarship Opportunity

The $10,000 ZGF scholarship PLUS a paid internship at one of ZGF’s five U.S. offices is available to any student entering their final year of an architecture, interior design, urban planning and design, or landscape architecture program in the fall of 2019Student applications are due 2/1/2019. Please review linked flyer for details on how to apply.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 289 bachelor students, 139 masters students and 9 doctoral students – including the inaugural cohort of the first Doctor of Social Work program (DSW) in the state of Florida – accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.

Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the world, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

As you move forward into your future, remember the words of Dr. Manny Gonzalez, DSW Program Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, “Know what you know, know what you don’t know, but know what you know well.”

Be well and best wishes!

  • 28 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 121 Bachelor of Arts
  • 21 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 10 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 18 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 62 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 18 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 11 Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 2 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • 5 Master of Public Administration
  • 1 Master of Science
  • 127 Master of Social Work
  • 4 Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 2 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 7 Doctor of Social Work

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Spring 2019 Commencement Gallery


Extra! Extra! Abundant Praise for MoMa Exhibit, Co-Curated by Vladimir Kulic

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibit titled, “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980” is co-curated by FAU Associate Professor Vladamir Kulić and getting considerable praise. Check out this compilation of recent press:

an eloquent array of civic buildings and public monuments… a pleasure to look at…” The New York Times

“…we are in the midst of a full-blown Brutalist revival.” The New Yorker

“… an absolute revelation, a window into a world of almost unbounded imagination…” Financial Times

architectural tour de force…” CNN

“… remarkable body of architectural work…” World Architecture

 “… feel[s] strikingly contemporary…” Fast Company

 a refreshing antidote to the online world’s obsession with minimalism.” The New Republic

 packed with masterpieces of daring construction and innovative design, never before exhibited to American audiences.” Hyperallergic

 “…treasury of high-order designs and earnest architectural experiments…” Vulture

 emotional tension is perfectly enacted in the first gallery…” PIN-UP Magazine

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