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!

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.

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.

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

2018 AIA Studio Project of the Year

Winning Project Render

Thalita Xavier is the recipient of the highly-coveted 2018 Studio Project of the Year Award, presented by the Greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale Chapters of the American Institute of Architects. The prestigious award was given for her Dodge Island, Port of Miami high-rise project in Professor J. Mikael Kaul’s Comprehensive Studio at the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture.


Winning Project RenderWinning design by Thalita Xavier,
student at the FAU School of Architecture


Focusing on climatic analysis of sun and wind and addressing the anticipated rising sea level, Xavier designed two slender structures capturing an atrium. The atrium was developed as a vertical street with amenities, while serving as lateral bracing for the enclosed elegant twin laminar towers.

Thalita Xavier

Thalita Xavier

This award is given in recognition of a studio project from an undergraduate or graduate institution of architecture within institutions of higher learning in the Miami-Dade or Broward County area by merit of presentation, aesthetics, and design.

Congratulations, Thalita!

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, nearly 300 bachelor students and 140 masters students accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our students, 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 workforce, 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 Chairman of the FAU Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar said during his undergraduate commencement speech, “It’s now our turn to learn from you.” Be well and best wishes!

  • 21 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 127 Bachelor of Arts
  • 16 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 14 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 23 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 70 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 16 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 8 Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 9 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • 6 Master of Public Administration
  • 12 Master of Science
  • 106 Master 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 2018 Undergraduate Commencement

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Spring 2018 Graduate Commencement

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Assistant Professor Wanda Katja Liebermann receives the 2018 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research for her project Right to the River: A Critical Geography of the New River, in Broward County, Florida.

Wanda Katja Liebermann on the Snow-Reed Swing Bridge over the North Fork of the New River, photo credit Jen Hulett

Right to the River: A Critical Geography of the New River explores this changing riverine system and its effects over time on the material, social, and political landscape in Broward County, Florida. The New River, a vast hydrological mechanism designed to control Everglades drainage, flooding, salt water intrusion, and create real estate value, is home to a sprawling landscape of nearly two million people and diverse wildlife. This project combines historical analysis, geographic information system, ethnographic research, and formal analysis to produce critical mappings that intertwine ecology, built environment, and society, to reveal an unseen cultural geography of the river.


Link to Grant Recipient Announcement


FAU School of Architecture Wins National AIA Honor Award


The Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture’s design research project, “Salty Urbanism: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Design Framework for South Florida,”recently won a 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design.

The award 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, which is in the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“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,” said Jeffrey E. Huber, assistant professor in the FAU School of Architecture.

The NOAA awarded “Salty Urbanism,” an urban design framework utilizing Fort Lauderdale as a case study for testing future sea level rise adaptation strategies, with a Florida Sea Grant.

For more information on the School of Architecture, visit cdsi.fau.edu/soa/.

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.

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.


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