Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, for being selected for the J. William Fulbright Scholarship award to Mozambique.

“This competitive and prestigious merit-based scholarship is a testament to Dr. Caldieron’s research and significant contributions he has made and will no doubt continue to make,” said Dr. Ron Nyhan, Acting Dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“The quality and level of his service, leadership, and excellence in these areas are trademarks for the award.”

Florida Is… an Exhibition with a Mission, Frank Art Gallery from March 29 until May 19.

Florida Is… is a STEM-based exhibition dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and resources of Florida. Part of the exhibit is showcasing Salty Urbanism, where dynamic renderings of a new framework for sustainable urban architecture in South Florida are presented by the ADaPT Team, comprised of partners from Florida Atlantic University, Brooks +Scarpa, University of Southern California, and the University of Kansas. A public presentation with project lead, Professor Jeffrey Huber, will take place at 6pm on May 19. The Frank Art Gallery is located at 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. Salty Urbanism won a national AIA design award.



FAU School of Architecture Co-host “Reimagine the Riverwalk Center”

The FAU School of Architecture with the City of Fort Lauderdale, DDA, Riverwalk, and AIA Fort Lauderdale co-hosted an event and community charrette to “Reimagine the Riverwalk Center” for Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Monday March 26th. Teams of local architects, landscape architects, planners, and FAU faculty and students conceptualized plans to repurpose the existing Riverwalk Center, formally known as the City Park Garage, by creating pedestrian streetscapes and garage improvements to bring a community focus to the downtown core.

New MetroLAB Gallery Space

The new MetroLAB gallery officially opened Friday March 23 with the launch of an exhibition of current research at the School of Architecture. The 1800-square-foot space is located on the ground floor of the Higher Education Complex with direct access from Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. It will serve the school as an academic facility for design studio reviews, exhibits, and community engagement. Officiating at the ribbon cutting were representatives of the FAU Board of Trustees and university leadership, including Trustee Shaun Davis, Provost Gary Perry, Vice President Dan Flynn and Broward Campuses Associate Provost and Director of the School of Architecture, Anthony Abbate.

The evening also marked the opening of the exhibit of Salty Urbanism presenting the award winning research of the school undertaken by the MetroLAB Collaborative. The project proposes a sea level rise adaptation design framework for urban areas in southern Florida. Funded by grants from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts, the project team will be recognized with an AIA Honor Award at the national conference in New York this summer.


FAU SOA student Kestride Estil’s Recycled Plastic Model Dwelling wins the 2017 University Research Award

Kestride Estil’s project Model Dwelling of Recycled Plastic for La Plaine, Haiti has won the 2017 University Research Award for the CDSI. This research focuses on alternative construction methods for Haiti, using recycled plastic as the primary building material. Lacking a formal recycling program, plastic waste is a main cause of Haiti’s environmental problems. Kestride’s project experimented with several approaches to transforming plastic into a suitable building material, ultimately proposing a system of structural walls made of plastic bottles filled with sand and construction debris, with a crude cement mixture as a binder. The construction of a wall mock-up proved that the system could be used as a dwelling prototype. This proposal solves two problems at once: it addresses issues of waste management and at the same time provides dwellings for the poor. The design could have wide applicability in other countries with similar problems.

FAU School of Architecture Salty Urbanism wins national AIA Honor Award

Salty Urbanism: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Design Framework for South Florida, led by Assistant Professor Huber, has won a 2018 National AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design. This is the highest national honor bestowed by the architectural profession and celebrates the best in contemporary architecture, urban design, and planning. This is the first national design award for the FAU School of Architecture. Awarded a NOAA Florida Sea Grant Salty Urbanism is an urban design framework utilizing Fort Lauderdale as case study for testing future sea level rise adaptation strategies. Tactics and techniques outlined in the strategies are implemented step-wise and successively across the various fronts in the urbanized area. In this way the project establishes meaningful conversations among stakeholders to envision and realize a prosperous way forward for the region when addressing future livability concerns, while adapting to sea level rise and climate disruptions.

D5 and D6 students explore Savannah, Georgia

Architecture students from D6 and D5 studios, led by Professors Hardy, Sandell, and Liebermann, took what, in recent years, has become an annual trip to Savannah, Georgia, January 19-21. Almost immediately upon arrival, students hustled over to the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, where they had the privilege of a personalized tour and lecture from its architect, Christian Sottile. The busy weekend schedule included Saturday and Sunday walking tours through the historic downtown led by Professor Hardy, who provided insight into the city’s ward structure and important buildings. Students also visited three sites along the famous riverfront to conduct site analysis for upcoming D6 projects. The trip culminated on Sunday with a visit to the Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by Moshe Safdie. Then and during some late-night pub crawling, students experienced first-hand what it’s like to live in a walkable city.

AIAS Exhibit in Boca Raton

The American Institute of Architects Students at FAU, together with the University Galleries in Boca Raton, proudly present the 2017 Fall Semester architecture student work. The unprecedented 120-foot exhibit in the University Galleries of the Dorothy F Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is on display until Thanksgiving week.

Exhibiting student work has profound pedagogical value because it informs and inspires the architecture student community and broadcasts its talents to the public.  FAU Architecture graduate Jonathan Villaman, from the Emerging Professionals of the AIA, Palm Beach, joined the students in reviewing the exhibit, part of an effort of bridging academic and professional realms.

Design 9 Students Travel to Los Angeles for Mixed-Use Housing Research

Twenty-five fifth-year students traveled with Professors Jeffrey Huber and Andrew Hayes to Los Angeles to research mixed-use housing and transit-oriented development as part of their Advanced Architectural Design 1 coursework. Students spent five days studying various projects and visiting the architecture offices of Koning Eizenberg, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, and Morphosis Architects. They also visited the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and the University of Southern California School of Architecture. This research provides the foundation for their design studio projects, which focus on creating transit-oriented development concepts for downtown Fort Lauderdale.

‘Salty Urbanism’ Wins Two AIA Design Awards

AIA Florida awarded Salty Urbanism: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Framework for Urban Areas the 2017 Merit Award for Unbuilt Design and AIA Fort Lauderdale awarded it the 2017 Unbuilt Project of the Year, the highest honor bestowed on unbuilt work. Salty Urbanism is a research platform directed by Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber, an interdisciplinary collaboration between FAU and the City of Fort Lauderdale, and is funded through a Florida Sea Grant. Salty Urbanism creates a framework for adaptation strategies at the scale of the neighborhood, block, and street, which couples ecological water management, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, and infrastructure design.

AIA Fort Lauderdale Recognizes FAU School of Architecture Students

Stefani Spence (2018), Kyle Roethlisberger (2019), and Ekaterina Bagicheva (2018) are the three recipients of the 2017 AIA Fort Lauderdale Student Scholarships. The scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates great potential and promise as a future architect. They were honored at the 2017 AIA Fort Lauderdale Design Awards Gala on October 5, at the Westin, on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Since 2013, AIA Fort Lauderdale has awarded scholarships to Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture students.

Wanda Liebermann presents paper at the London Geographical Society

Wanda Liebermann presented a paper at the 2017 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, in London, last August. Her paper “Someone to watch over me: Smart homes, disability, and aging in place” explored the discourses of wellness, smart cities, and social sustainability that intersect in so-called “sentient” home test environments developed by four U.S. university research projects: the Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) at Georgia Technical University, the Gator Tech Smart House at the University of Florida, Gainesville, the Place Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems (CASAS), at Washington State University. These collaborations between computer and social scientists create networks of monitoring, persuading, and other assistive technologies to enable older and disabled people to live independently at home. Her paper argued that the way that users’ sentience and agency are spatialized in the imagination of the researchers constitutes the task of caregiving as a solely technological problem, thereby ignoring the complex web of new social and technical relations that these smart homes produce. Her article is included in a proposal for a special issue submitted to the European Journal of Aging.


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Mikael Kaul hosts Explore FAU Architecture student event

Mikael Kaul AIA, Visiting Professor and coordinator of the lower division architecture program, hosted Explore FAU Architecture on Saturday October 14 at the Boca Raton Campus. He was joined by enthusiastic first-year students who explored proportions of the human body, using studies of the Vitruvian figure, Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor, and Neufert’s Data for Architects through tracing, measuring, and rendering their own bodies. Dedicated teaching assistants Maria Sierra and Montiero Lamont, who are completing their final year in the School of Architecture, aided Professor Kaul in this public event. Professor Kaul received the 2016 AIA Palm Beach Educator of the Year award and this October served as Juror for the AIA Fort Lauderdale Design Awards.


Vladimir Kulić’s NY MOMA exhibition receives Graham Foundation grant

Earlier this semester, FAU Associate Professor Vladimir Kulic and Martino Stierli’s MOMA exhibition was awarded a prestigious Graham Foundation Grant for Advanced Studies of the Fine Arts to support their work through the 2017 grant cycle. On November 3, Professor Kulić will give a talk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in relation to the exhibition of architecture in socialist Yugoslavia, which he co-curates in collaboration with Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA.




Professor Kulić has been elected a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for the Fall 2017 term. While in Princeton, he will work on his next book titled Spaces of Non-Alignment: Architecture and Geopolitics in Socialist Yugoslavia.