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Alumna Lisette Boosooboy teaches Summer Course

Ranked as the 4th best interior design graduate program in the South by DesignIntelligence, the FIU Department of Interior Architecture is passionate about design and explores its countless contributions to society, through the work done by our faculty and students. This Summer, Lisette Boosooboy, LEED AP (FIU BA in Interior Design ’05, MIA ’13) transformed from alumna to both former student and faculty member of the Department. She decided to join the Department’s creative, dedicated designers by teaching the course Construction Documents of Interior Architecture. She returned to the classroom to be on the other side of the curriculum, offering students her expertise and talents in the field.

Returning to FIU to teach was a bit of a change for the alumna. “It is a bit daunting at first,” she said, “but when you realize that this is part of what you have been doing for the last nine years, and you know the information, it becomes a challenge that you can handle.”

Boosooboy is a Designer at M.C. Harry & Associates, and has been since September 2005. She said that FIU Interior Architecture prepared her for her professional experiences at the firm. “The FIU Interior Architecture Department has an amazing faculty that prepares its students to think about design in an [exploratory] method,” said Boosooboy. “[I]t challenges the intellect in a logical as well as a creative manner….There are an infinite number of skills that one possessses upon graduating from FIU, but being able to astutely give a reason behind one’s design choices and effectively communicate that to a client or a team is invaluable.”

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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond launch new lecture series, Art Talks Miami

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called Art Talks Miami. The lecture series – which will occur on the third Mondays of the months from August to November – will culminate in a CARTA exhibition, curated by Helmut Schuster, at UNTITLED during December’s Art Basel-Miami Beach week.

Terry Riley – architect, former Director of the Miami Art Museum, and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of The Museum of Modern Art – will be the first keynote speaker of the Art Talks Miami on Monday, August 18th at the grand re-opening of The Vagabond Hotel. CARTA will provide innovative, “pop-up” cultural activities throughout the hotel that showcase the talents of the College’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni. This will include – but will not be limited to – live music, video and multimedia installations, interactive art, design exhibitions, dance, and staged readings.

The Art Talks Miami: Terry Riley lecture will occur on Monday, August 18th at the Vagabond Hotel: 7301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138.

The Art Talks Miami are co-sponsored by UNTITLED, produced by Schuster Galleries, and hosted at the Vagabond Hotel.

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The design programs of The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts are gaining national reputations for delivering a preeminent education in the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture. From prominent scholars to recognition in national design competitions, and through local and global industry and academic partnerships, the design programs have emerged as thought leaders in the delivery of forward-thinking design education. We are very proud that the hard work of our faculty, students, alumni, and friends was recognized last year with both national and regional rankings, placing us amongst the strongest programs in the nation.

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‘Omnibus,’ Alumni Show on Comic Book/Graphic Storytelling at GC Gallery

Omnibus, an exhibition on comic book and graphic communication, is on display at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery. The show features a group of FIU Bachelor of Arts alumni, and it invites current FIU students to add their own work to the exhibition.

Gretchen Scharnagl, Full-Time Instructor of The College of Architecture + the Arts (Art + Art History Department) and the Honors College reached out to the FIU comic book community to propose an exhibit of this genre of work.  She discussed it with past students and alumni from her own comic book classes and students from other drawing classes. Scharnagl was approached with the opportunity to launch an exhibition at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery. Alumnus Eric Gonzalez (BFA ’11) decided to take up the responsibility of organizing the exhibition.

Omnibus features a collection of short narratives bound together in a large tome,” said Eric Gonzalez (BFA ’11), who is organizing the show. “Each piece tells a small story and while not necessarily directly linked to one another, they branch off and take the viewer/reader into new and different territories.”

The artists featured in Omnibus are:

Alex Rocky Ferrer (BFA ’10)
Carlos Folgar (BFA ’10)
Eric Gonzalez (BFA ’11)
Wen-Ju Chien (BFA ’11)
Oliver Perez (BFA ’11)
Jorge Palomino (BFA ’12)
Oliver Guido (BFA ’12)
Stephanie Cuffel

Current students are welcomed to participate in the working days at the exhibition, and hang their own artwork in the show. The exhibition is open to new works on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1PM to 7PM.

Omnibus will have its closing reception on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery: 11200 SW 8 Street, GC 215, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Miami, FL 33199.

The header image is an artwork by Alex Rocky Ferrer (BFA ’10). The images in this article are provided courtesy of Eric Gonzalez.

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Faculty and Students Awarded for Work at 1310 Gallery

Associate Professor Pip Brant and MFA candidates Gardner Cole Miller and Yasmin Khalaf are three of six artists awarded for their work in The Triumph of Detritus at 1310 Gallery. Prominent guest judges from local arts establishments visited the exhibition and voted for the top artists. Chosen among the 30 artists in the exhibition, Brant and Miller tied for first place and Khalaf was awarded second place. Each of them received a trophy and a cash prize.

The Triumph of Detritus is curated by Lisa Rockford, tenured Assistant Professor at Broward College, a resident artist at Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, and a founding member of 1310 Gallery. She described the exhibition with the following statement:  “[The Triumph of Detritus is] a group exhibition of artists that morph raw, found, and unexpected debris into works of splendor. Visceral materials are combined with exquisite embellishment, transforming castoffs into captivating works of beauty.” (Source: Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)

The Triumph of Detritus also included the work of Master of Fine Arts candidate Joe Locke and alumna Kerry Phillips (BFA ’00).

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Pip Brant and Mary Larsen in new exhibition at Juan Ruiz Gallery

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Pip Brant, Associate Professor and alumna Mary Larsen (BFA ’12) will be featured in Short Story, which opens at the Juan Ruiz Gallery on Thursday, July 24th.

Short Story includes eleven Miami-based artists curated by aritst Rubén Torres Llorca. The name of the exhibition comes from the small format of all pieces in the show. Each piece has its own short story told by its respective artist.

The following artists are featured in Short Story:

Esteban Blanco
Pip Brant
Carol K. Brown
Randy Burman
Liliam Dominguez
Kathleen Hudspeth
Mary Larsen
Rogelio Lopez Marin
Rafael Lopez Ramos
Ruben Torres-Llorca
Lucy de la Vega

Short Story will open on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at the Juan Ruiz Gallery: 301 NW 28 Street, Miami, FL 33127. Free and open to the public.

As a part of Short Story, a concert will be hosted by the Juan Ruiz Gallery on Saturday, August 9th. The following description of the concert is from the gallery’s press release.

Juan Ruiz Gallery is pleased to present as part of ‘our Short Stories’ exhibition a collaborative interdisciplinary piece by Artists Ruben Torres Llorca, Rogelio Lopez Marin (Gory) and musical group The Similar Prisoners.

The piece titled ‘My World Keeps Falling’ is a limited edition of 5 one of a kind art boxes, containing inside them 10 original illustrations each corresponding to each of the songs on the “My World Keeps Falling” album by The Similar Prisoners. Each one of the boxes will have a unique cover art on see thru acrylic.

The boxes also contain a 24kt gold cd copy of the aforementioned album in mini LP format. What makes this piece truly unique is that it will be the first collaboration between these two artists that were part of the now mythical 1981 Cuban exhibition Volumen Uno, as there’ll be an original Gory photo (c–print) included in each box. To top it off on Saturday July 12th the gallery will have The Similar Prisoners performing live, the ultimate companion piece for these gorgeous one of a kind art boxes.

The images in this article are provided courtesy of the Juan Ruiz Gallery.

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Peta-Gaye Walker (MIA ’14) acquires full-time position at Touzet Studio

The role of internships in preparing our students for professional practice cannot be understated. Here is a great example of a student moving from internship to full-time position. College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Peta-Gaye Walker (MIA ’14) acquired a full-time position at Touzet Studio upon graduating from Florida International University.

Touzet Studio is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm, with its well-known commercial projects involving GAP, Michigan Avenue Retail, and 3711 NE 2nd Avenue. In January 2014, Touzet Studio hired Petas an intern working as their Material Librarian. “I found out later through my supervisor,” said Walker, “that it was because of my reputation as a diligent student, enthusiasm for FIU, professionalism, and knowledge about materials and relationships with vendors and other professionals in the industry that the company e-mailed me and offered me an internship position.” Walker said that, at the time, the duties of the internship were overwhelming, but she realized that the experience and information she gained was invaluable. “The Studio focused on teaching each designer as if they were project managers, and I got a chance to see all the minor and major details I may not have seen otherwise.”

Walker’s supervisor, Kate Healy (Senior Interior Designer at Touzet Studio), became her mentor for her Masters thesis, a mixed-used project entitled “The White Elephant Culinary Resource Center & Food Bank.” After attending Walker’s thesis presentation, Healy offered Walker a full-time position as Design Assistant.

“Peta has been as asset to me since she started,” said Healy. “She has a positive, outgoing personality which is always appreciated. Initially, when she started, she was finishing her Thesis project, and though I know how time consuming that can be, she was still very dependable and able to help with impending studio deadlines. I have appreciated Peta’s desire to learn and ask questions. When something is left unclear she makes sure to clarify the intent and understand the task fully. It’s refreshing to have someone who can work both on Interiors and be a help to our architectural team when needed. She’s an asset, and I hope she will be with us for a long time!”

Walker says that her education at FIU prepared her well for her professional experience at Touzet Studio. “The teachers prepared me,” she said. “[T]hey…were honest and open about the reality of our industry.  They didn’t sugarcoat anything, and no matter how high they raised the bar, they provided us with tools [with which] to reach that bar and achieve our goals.” Walker appreciates the support she received from FIU Interior Architecture faculty. “[I]t made a world of difference to have people who believe in you as a designer.”

Walker acquired her BA in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. She has been an Administrative Assistant at Hazen & Sawyer, PC., a Logistical Assistant at FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), and a Design Assistant at CESI, INC. During her time at FIU, Walker was FIU Interior Architecture’s Graduate Assistant for the Online Resource Material Library. She also ran her own unofficial fraternity called “Mama Peta,” for which she is still the caretaker and through which she has created relationships with both her class and undergraduates. Walker, additionally, was the Festival of the Trees Auctioneer from 2011 to 2013. She said she is proud to have been part of this fundraising campaign for education on interior architecture. She said, “…[T]o be a part of making such an event a success is very dear to me and important. FIU has become very important to me and I have learned a lot and want to give back.”

The department would like to thank all of the firms that provide this valuable opportunity of internships to our students. These successful partnerships between the university and the professional world helps strengthen the profession and build new leaders in the discipline.

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Interior Architecture Masters candidates pass LEED Exam!

In an effort to support the sustainable professional development of its students, the FIU Interior Architecture Department now offers reimbursement to students who successfully pass the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate Exam.  Each year, LEED Achievement Awards will be given to a selected number of students who apply for the award and pass the exam.  Award funding is made possible by money raised by the annual Festival of the Trees event.

The FIU Interior Architecture Department would like to congratulate the following Master of Interior Architecture candidates for passing the LEED Green Associate Exam!

Esteban Alvarez

Estefany Intriago

Maria Baena

Michelle Baez

Rebecca Hendrickson

Scheherezade Marles

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Students, semi-finalists for Miami Herald design entrepreneurship challenge

Tom Pupo and Daisy Nodal, Masters of Art in Architecture candidates became semi-finalists in The Miami Herald‘s 16th annual Business Plan Challenge. Their project Moonlighter joined a pool of 29 semi-finalists, after almost 200 projects were submitted.

Moonlighter “is a tech cafe and lounge that allows local designers, entrepreneurs and the public to co-create, prototype and retail new products,” as described by Pupo and Nodal. The project started in “Designing Models” (LAA6936), a Special Topics Landscape Architecture course taught by George Valdes and Adrian von der Osten, Adjunct Faculty. Pupo said that “Designing Models” aligned perfectly with the business timeline he and Nodal had for the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. Taking the course instilled in them more confidence regarding the development of Moonlighter. “Valdes and von der Osten were able to effectively bridge the gap between our training in the design process and the iterative process of entrepreneurship,” said Pupo. “In architecture, we are taught to think systematically, so this class just empowers you to apply that method to entrepreneurship, as well as every aspect of your life.”

“Essentially, the objective [of the course] is to expose design students to the practice-based concepts of entrepreneurship,” said Valdes and von der Osten. “There’s a lot of applicable overlap with the skill-set and strategic/conceptual thinking the students gain in the studio environment and the start-up world, and we encourage them to explore that. Ultimately we want future Landscape Architects and Architects to have a macro level understanding of the way technology-driven fields are innovating through business models and methodologies so that they can begin to innovate in the same way in what we see as a very stagnant industry, with respect towards business development.”

Currently, Moonlighter is undergoing review and certification with SCORE and SBA Miami for its business plan financials. Later this year, Pupo and Nodal will be securing funding and a location for the project, which has involved Pupo and Nodal in the critical thinking and skills behind design entrepreneurship.

“[Design entrepreneurship is] critical,” said Valdes and von der Osten. “The concepts and methodologies that start-up founders tackle on a day to day basis can help designers think through their work in a focused, systematic way that considers not just the stakeholders involved in any given product/project, but also the flows of value that ultimately influence design and development.”

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LA+EUD Students Receive 4 Florida Chapter ASLA Awards

Students from the FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Program  received two Honor and two Merit awards from the statewide, blind-juried, annual competition hosted by the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA).  The students will accept their awards on July 25, during the FLASLA 2014 Awards Gala, which will be held at the Key Largo Ocean Reef Club. FIU’s Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design program prepares its students for research and practice in the analysis, planning, design, and management of the natural and built environment of tropical and subtropical landscapes. The award-winning projects and student contributors are:
FLASLA Award of Honor
Project Title: Interweaving Wet /Land
Students: Gregory Gonzalez, Diego Justiniano, Daniela Menendez, Santiago Olarte, Andrew Pereda (FIU LA + EUD) Monica Ospina (FIU Environmental Studies), Paola Davalos, Natalia Duque (FIU Civil Engineering), Kim Moore (FIU Art + Art History)
Faculty Advisor
: Ebru Özer, Assistant Professor (FIU LA + EUD)
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FLASLA Award of Honor
Project Title: Surficial Gradients | Taking Measures across Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico
Student: 
Chris Cabezas (FIU LA)
Faculty Advisors:  
Roberto Rovira, Chair (FIU LA + EUD), Gianno Feoli, Adjunct Professor (FIU LA + EUD), Scott Bishop, Associate Critic and 2013 Cejas Scholar (StossLU)
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FLASLA Award of Merit
Project TitleReciprocating Landscapes: Wet, Dry, and In Between
Students:  Gregory Gonzalez, Diego Justiniano, Daniela Menendez, Santiago Olarte, Andrew Pereda (FIU LA + EUD) Monica Ospina (FIU Environmental Studies), Paola Davalos, Natalia Duque (FIU Civil Engineering), Kim Moore (FIU Art + Art History)
Faculty Advisor
: Ebru Özer, Assistant Professor (FIU LA + EUD)
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​FLASLA Award of Merit
Project TitleSurface: Campus Green as Stormwater Treatment Laboratory
Students: Vanessa L. Alvarado, Alfredo Moran, Leah Davis, Maria Lopez, Ryan Holmes, Kenia Medina (FIU LA + EUD),  Woby Lang (FIU Sustainability Studies), Andres McEwan (FIU Environmental Engineering), Alberto Zuniga (FIU Civil Engineering)
Faculty Advisor:
 Ebru Özer, Assistant Professor (FIU LA + EUD)

 

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CARTA Faculty and Miami Artist, Finalists in Wynwood Gateway Park Competition

Associate Professor and Chair Roberto Rovira, Assistant Professor Nick Gelpi (FIU Department of Architecture), and Jim Drain (artist and 2005 Bâloise Art Prize recipient) are one team out of eleven finalists in the Dawntown Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. Selected out of a pool of 238 international submissions, Rovira, Gelpi, and Drain make up the only Miami-based team in the diverse group of finalists. They also represent an interdisciplinary team with Rovira being a landscape architect, Gelpi, an architect, and Drain, a public artist.

The competition seeks the design of an urban park and garden in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The following description is provided by Dawntown:

The competition was conceived by neighborhood visionary and Metro 1 President and CEO, Tony Cho, in partnership with DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami and AIA Miami, the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects, with the goal of creating a dynamic 14,000-square-foot space that offers the local community, visitors and tourists a place to come together and enjoy the neighborhood in a public environment. It is located at 2825 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami. (Source: http://dawntown.org/wynwood/)

The finalists selected for the competition are:

The Miami-based, independent team consisting of artist Jim Drain, architect Nick Gelpi, and landscape architect Roberto Rovira
 AGENCY Architecture LLC from New York City, New York
Aranda/Lasch from New York City, New York
Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu  /  SO-ILfrom Brooklyn, New York
stpmj from Brooklyn, New York
Meyer + Silberberg – Land Architects from Berkeley, California
SFA fromMadrid, Spain
Colour: Urban Design Limited from London, England
Wayward Plants from London, England
AZC – Atelier Zundel Cristea from Paris, France
ONZ Architects from Ankara, Turkey

The eleven finalists for the competition were selected by an esteemed panel of expert judges that included:

Enrique Norten – Founding Principal, TEN Arquitectos
Terrance Riley – Principal, Keenan/Riley
Raymond Jungles, ASLA – FASLA, PLA, Founding Principal of Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Allan Shulman FAIA, Principal, Shulman + Associates
James Russell, FAIA, architecture critic and journalist
Andrew Frey – Development Manager, Codina Group
Tony Cho – CEO and Founder, Metro 1
Moderator: Joachim Perez, Executive Director of DawnTown
Former Director of Miami Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art
Founder, DawnTown

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Welcome to FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental & Urban Design!

As of July 2014, the FIU Department of Landscape Architecture will be known the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LA+EUD).

“The words ‘Environment’ and ‘Urbanism’ communicate our focus and our program’s recognized body of work, curriculum, scholarship, research and creative activity,” said Roberto Rovira, Chair.

Since its founding in 1986, the department has capitalized on the Miami and South Florida context to explore important issues affecting cities and environments. It has focused on the tropical and subtropical regions of the world whose global relevance Rovira is quick to point out by noting that 3 billion of the world’s 7 billion people currently live in these regions, and how this number is projected to double by 2100.  “The fastest growth is taking place in developing countries, and the majority will happen in cities and places like Miami and Latin America, where our department has focused a lot of its energy and intellectual capital,” he stated.

Students in the program typically explore environmental, ecological and urban issues, and are asked to design public spaces, infrastructure and urban plans to address industrial reclamation, environmental mitigation, ecotourism, open space, sea level rise and many other issues at the center of the relationship between human beings and their surroundings.  As the two-time winner of the most prestigious international student awards program sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects (the ASLA Design Award of Excellence and the Design Honor Award), FIU projects routinely combine landscape architecture, environment and urban design to propose innovative design solutions.  Those projects specifically dealt with the redesign of an urban waterfront in the city of Colón, Panama, and a proposed park and an outdoor museum at Miami’s western edge, where the city and the natural environments come together.

Faculty research and creative work often centers on important issues surrounding ecology, design, sustainability, and urban resilience, and is regularly recognized through grants, exhibits, books and journal publications.  LA+EUD’s faculty members have won numerous international and national competitions, and their recognition includes five professional awards from the ASLA and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one national teaching award from the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), and two Research/Practice awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Faculty and student work with a focus on environment and urbanism has also been recognized by the Van Alen Institute (VAI), the Graham Foundation (GF), the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), the European Landscape Biennial (ELB), and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).

“Environmental and urban design form the core of  the program’s mission, and like the discipline of landscape architecture itself, our curriculum spans from the micro to the macro scales and operates at the intersection of human beings and the natural world,” indicated Rovira.

The Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design’s MLA degree (Masters of Landscape Architecture) is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

 

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Vanessa Alvarado receives Sigma Lambda Alpha Graduate Travel Grant

College of Architecture + the Arts student Vanessa Alvarado, Master of Landscape Architecture candidate has received one of the Sigma Alpha Lambda 2014 Graduate Travel Grants ($500). Alvarado will apply this scholarship to her excursion to Toronto, where she will document research on cycling systems.

Through the support of the Sigma Lambda Alpha travel grant,” said Alvarado, “I am able to advance my education in landscape architecture [by] researching the use of cycling systems in urban parks, and how cycling systems may be integrated in world-renowned bike-oriented cities, such as Toronto and Copenhagen.” Alvarado will conduct her research through surveys and photography of the city’s bicycle routes. She will also study the integration of parks into the cycling system in Toronto. “Cycling systems that integrate into urban parks not only can reduce automotive traffic, but can also promote healthy living in surrounding communities. An eco-friendly cycling system can help reduce pollution, while increasing the use of green open spaces for recreation of human interaction within the open landscapes.”

Alvarado considers it a special opportunity to research abroad and beyond the FIU campus. “I would like to expand and continue my research on cycling infrastructure internationally,” she said. “I can read many books on existing cities around the world with great alternative transportation practices but nothing can compare to experiencing [it] in person. I am very excited and look forward to this amazing opportunity and would like to come back to the United States to share my experience and documented research with my colleagues and faculty in the Landscape Architecture program.”

Sigma Alpha Lambda is the honor society of Landscape Architecture. Its purpose is “[t]o encourage, recognize, and reward academic excellence in preparation for the profession of landscape architecture.” (Source: Association of College Honor Societies)

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LAEUD course preps semi-finalists for Miami Herald design entrepreneurship challenge

Tom Pupo and Daisy Nodal, students in the LAEUD Special Topics course on Design Entrepreneurship (“Designing Models” LAA6936) taught by Adjunct Faculty and LAEUD alumni  George Valdes and Adrian von der Osten (BLA ’8) were semi-finalists in The Miami Herald‘s 16th annual Business Plan Challenge. Their project Moonlighter joined a pool of 29 semi-finalists, after almost 200 projects were submitted.

Moonlighter “is a tech cafe and lounge that allows local designers, entrepreneurs and the public to co-create, prototype and retail new products,” as described by Pupo and Nodal.  Pupo said that “Designing Models” aligned perfectly with the business timeline he and Nodal had for the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. Taking the course instilled in them more confidence regarding the development of Moonlighter. “Valdes and von der Osten were able to effectively bridge the gap between our training in the design process and the iterative process of entrepreneurship,” said Pupo. “In architecture, we are taught to think systematically, so this class just empowers you to apply that method to entrepreneurship, as well as every aspect of your life.”

“Essentially, the objective [of the course] is to expose design students to the practice-based concepts of entrepreneurship,” said Valdes and von der Osten. “There’s a lot of applicable overlap with the skill-set and strategic/conceptual thinking the students gain in the studio environment and the start-up world, and we encourage them to explore that. Ultimately we want future Landscape Architects and Architects to have a macro level understanding of the way technology-driven fields are innovating through business models and methodologies so that they can begin to innovate in the same way in what we see as a very stagnant industry, with respect towards business development.”

Currently, Moonlighter is undergoing review and certification with SCORE and SBA Miami for its business plan financials. Later this year, Pupo and Nodal, candidates of the FIU Masters of Art in Architecture, will be securing funding and a location for the project.

“[Design entrepreneurship is] critical,” said Valdes and von der Osten. “The concepts and methodologies that start-up founders tackle on a day to day basis can help designers think through their work in a focused, systematic way that considers not just the stakeholders involved in any given product/project, but also the flows of value that ultimately influence design and development.”

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Peggy Levison Nolan featured in ‘The Photographer’s Playbook’ and in Crystal Bridges exhibit

Peggy Levison Nolan, Adjunct Professor at The College of Architecture + The Arts has a poem featured in The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern and published by the Aperture Foundation.

The following synopsis of The Photography’s Playbook is provided by the publisher.

The Photographer’s Playbook features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals. Whether you’re looking for exercises to improve your craft—alone or in a group—or you’re interested in learning more about the medium, this playful collection will inspire fresh ways of engaging with photographic process. Inside you will find advice for better shooting and editing, creative ways to start new projects, games and activities, and insight into the practices of those responsible for our most iconic photographs—John Baldessari, Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jim Goldberg, Miranda July, Susan Meiselas, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Tim Walker, and many more. The book also features a Polaroid alphabet by Mike Slack, which divides each chapter, and a handy subject guide. Edited by acclaimed photographers Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, the assignments and project ideas in this book are indispensable for teachers and students, and great fun for everyone fascinated by taking pictures. – See more at: http://aperture.org/shop/the-photographer-s-playbook-books#sthash.EbV3PAkw.dpuf

In addition to being included in this work of literature, Nolan will also be featured in a September exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art entitled State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. State of the Art is the result of a year-long road trip taken by the Museum’s curatorial team to discover the current art scene in America. The team traveled more than 100,000 miles and visited almost 1,000 artists. The resulting exhibition will include more than 100 artists, including Peggy Levison Nolan.

The featured image is from Artbook.com.

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Discover Design in SoBe Showcases Talent at MBUS

The Discover Design in South Beach (DD@SoBe) Summer program, led by Associate Professor David Rifkind, saw growth and the demonstration of talent among thirteen students at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The students in the DD@SoBe program ranged in age from high school sophomores to young professionals considering careers in design. From June 9th to June 20th, the thirteen students developed one design project per week and attended workshops on freehand drawing, measured drawing, and model-making. This was made possible with the leadership of program director David Rifkind and the expertise of FIU Architecture faculty and recent graduates such as Priscilla Pagan, Marsha McDonald, and Jorge Bonsenõr, as well as the expertise of local designer Holly Zickler.

“…[T]he students [had] a fantastic time,” said Rifkind. “We saw real growth in their design sensibilities, representational skills and presentation abilities between the first and second weeks.”

DD@SoBe is a two-week summer program that provides an intense and enjoyable introduction to architecture and the related disciplines of landscape and interior architecture. The program takes advantage of the rich cultural context of our studios on Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road by using the city as a laboratory in which to study the relationships between design and the built environment. Participants spend a considerable portion of each day working on design projects, and engage in group discussions with faculty from FIU’s Department of Architecture. Guest lectures by prominent local practitioners and visits to offices enhance the learning experience, and guided tours of significant local architecture and urban design projects demonstrate the impact of design on our world.

The featured image above is provided courtesy of David Rifkind.

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Jorge Sánchez (BFA ’13) examines city of Opa Locka in new exhibition

On Thursday, June 12th, College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus Jorge Sánchez (BFA ’13) opened his solo exhibition The Opa-Locka Effect at ArtMedia Gallery.

“One of the major themes behind this exhibition is my personal fascination with the simplicity of the architecture of Miami’s manufacturing districts,” said Sánchez. For more than ten years, Sánchez has worked in the city of Opa Locka as an engineering drafter, and it is parts of this city’s aesthetics that has captured his interest. “During all of these years, my daily commute through these sectors has roused my interest in describing, through my photographs, the faded colors and the fascinating textures that can be found in such unexciting structures.” In his photographs, which were taken between 2011 and 2014, Sánchez emphasizes the deterioration of these sectors and of the quality of life for those who work and reside in them. Taking the photographs during his 6.9-mile commute from home to work, Sánchez considers the photographs a tribute to the workers and residents of Opa Locka.

For a solo exhibition such as The Opa-Locka Effect, Sánchez considers his education at The College of Architecture + The Arts good preparation. “Firstly,” he said, “the high standards of FIU Art + Art History professors provided me with all of the appropriate tools to develop my personal skills, to such a level that has allowed my work to stand up in contemporary Miami’s art sphere.” Sánchez also values the opportunity for FIU students to exhibit their work in the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, allowing for exposure of new artists in the Miami community.

Lastly, Sánchez values the personal interaction he had with professors. “I believe that the continuous personal interaction with the professors, and the time they dedicated to analyzing and critiquing their students’ work during class, were essential ingredients to the successful execution of the ideas in which my work was based.”

The Opa-Locka Effect by Jorge Sánchez will run until September 7th, 2014 at ArtMedia Gallery in The Wynwood Buildling: 2750 NW 3rd Avenue No. 12, Miami, FL 33127. Free and open to the public.

All images in this article are provided courtesy of Jorge Sánchez.

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‘RE’ at MAC Fine Art features Alumni and Faculty

RE will open at MAC Fine Art on Saturday, June 28th, during the Flagler Village Art Walk. The exhibition is curated by College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Rochi Llaneza (BFA ’04) and includes FIU faculty and alumni. In the exhibition is featured Associate Professor Pip Brant, College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-In-Residence Xavier Cortada, Venessa Monokian (MFA ’07), Julie Friel (MFA ’99), Kerry Phillips (BFA ’00), Martin Casuso (BFA ’01), and Magdalena Ortiz (BFA ’02).

Curator Rochi Llaneza provided the following statement about RE.

R3 (Reduce, reuse, recycle) is sometimes called the waste hierarchy, the three components of environmentally responsible consumer behavior. In the spirit of alchemy, I would like to add to the many more visual RE concepts to exemplify a broader perception of how artists interpret this idea.

After reading Robert Sapolsky’s statement on the wisdom of the crowd, I was inspired to gather a group of artists whose algorithms consist of reusing, recycling, reforming, etc., materials, ideas, imagery, to create something new or to point us in a new direction.

To post some examples, Nestor Arenas REthinks the traditional landscape, Julie Friel – an ordinary sketchbook; Jamey Morrill and Pilar Batlle and Lucinda Linderman REuse materials creating sculptural pieces with an ecological message; Jerry Bleem, Jonathan Rockford, Detourbutterfly, Ryan Farrell, Duane Brant REpurpose other people’s ‘garbage’; Ali Miranda REforms a photograph of Obama; Judy Polstra REwinds time with REclaimed watches; Venessa Monokian and Pip Brant REwork books to create new concepts; MILCHO REarranges an action verb to make you REthink its meaning while Karelle Levy and Martin Casuso do the same with their knitted materials. In another realm, Troy Simmons makes us REflect on the impact we are having on our planet; Randy Burman, Sandra Ramos and Xavier Cortada REview profound concepts of our contemporary society with traditional REused materials. Ruben Ubiera, Magda Ortiz and Kerry Phillips REclaim ordinary supplies with loaded connotation to REgain their worth. These artists, like ants, are working together to sway the general public to REdefine R3.

The opening reception of RE will take place on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at MAC Fine Art: 833 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Free and open to the public.

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Alumna and Faculty Perform at Third Annual Miami Performance International Festival ’14

A College of Architecture + The Arts alumna and faculty member are performing at the Third Annual Miami Performance International Festival ’14.

Photo provided by Marilyn Loddi (BFA '14).

Photo provided by Marilyn Loddi (BFA ’14).

Marilyn Loddi (BFA ’14) and Associate Professor Pip Brant are representing Miami/United States at the festival, which features artists from across the globe. On Saturday, June 21st, Marilyn Loddi (BFA ’14) led an Eggplantian Guided Meditation at Edge Zones Project, which was met with wide participation and positive feedback from attendees. On Sunday, June 29th, Associate Professor Pip Brant will perform with Duane Brant at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139).

“Miami Performance International Festival ‘14 is a much-needed networking platform for the art community and brings together the most important artists from Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe in the field of performance art. M/P ’14 aims toprovide a public platform for remarkable, unusual and engaged performances. Performance art is primarily geared to the creation of an ephemeral art.  The Festival offers the public an opportunity to discover a realm at the edge of artistic disciplines. Unlike theater and dance, all MP ‘14 performances have no designated areas nor are they presented on a stage, but rather on the floor, dissolving the boundary between the artists and viewers.” The Third Annual Miami Performance International Festival ’14 is curated by Charo Oquet, with artists from the Argentina, Colombia, Japan, UK, Poland, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Austria and USA. (Source: Third Annual Miami Performance International Festival ’14)

The featured image is a screenshot from the Third Annual Miami Performance International Festival ’14 website.

The images below of Marilyn Loddi’s (BFA ’14) ‘Eggplantian Guided Meditation’ are provided by Charo Oquet.

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‘Triumph of Detritus’ at 1310 Gallery features FIU students and faculty

On Saturday, June 21st, College of Architecture + The Arts students and faculty will be featured in the opening of The Triumph of Detritus at 1310 Gallery. The show will include work by Master of Fine Arts candidates Gardner Cole Miller, Joe Locke, and Yasmin Khalaf and Associate Professor Pip Brant.

The Triumph of Detritus is curated by Lisa Rockford, tenured Assistant Professor at Broward College, a resident artist at Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, and a founding member of 1310 Gallery. She describes the exhibition with the following statement:  “[The Triumph of Detritus is] a group exhibition of artists that morph raw, found, and unexpected debris into works of splendor. Visceral materials are combined with exquisite embellishment, transforming castoffs into captivating works of beauty.” (Source: Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)

Prominent guest judges from local arts establishments will visit the exhibition and vote for the top artists. Up to 10 artists will be selected for a total of at least $500 in cash prizes. The exhibit will be included in the Flagler Village Artwalk on June 28. The Artwalk is a collaboration between FAT Village Arts District, Girls Club Art Collection, 1310 Gallery, 3rd & 4th Avenue Art districts, The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and other local venues. (Source: Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)

The Triumph of Detritus will open on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 7PM at 1310 Gallery: 1310 SW 2nd Court, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. The exhibition will run from June 21st to July 11th, 2014.

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