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.

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

FAU School of Architecture Wins National AIA Honor Award

BY BRITTANY SYLVESTRI | 4/24/2018

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/.