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AIA Ft. Lauderdale Chapter Presents Catherine Pageau with Student Merit Award

The Fort Lauderdale chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) presented a Student Merit Award for Best Project Graphics to Catherine Pageau (M.Arch ’16) for her design of Space Architecture: Mars Habitat. The award was presented at their annual gala on October 5th at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

A former business woman, Pageau originally earned an undergraduate degree in business from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru and a Master’s in Business (MBA) from Loyola University in Maryland. After having a successful 15 year run in the marketing industry, she decided to pursue her dreams and follow her one, true passion – architecture.

Pageau headed to Miami, FL to attend Florida International University’s Department of Architecture master’s program. She received her Master of Architecture degree in the spring of 2016. Since then, she has worked for Bermello Ajamil & Partners and Glavovic Studio, an award-winning architecture firm in Fort Lauderdale as Director of Business Development. In said role, she provides strategic direction to the company while fostering new ideas for design projects.

“I am honored to have received such distinction from the prestigious AIA for my efforts on my Master Thesis. I want to recognize my Space Architecture thesis professor at FIU, Neil Leach, for having constantly pushed me out of my comfort zone and helping me think extraordinarily out of the box. My belief is that creativity, perseverance and drive, when combined, are a powerful formula that make one accomplish amazing things,” said Pageau.

Congratulations Catherine, on your award and achievements!

Below can you view images taken from Pageau’s Master Thesis Project – Space Architecture: Mars Habitat:

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