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!