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NOMAS FIU Chapter Represents University at 2014 NOMA Conference

From October 1st to 4th, students from FIU’s National Organization of Minority Architect Students (NOMAS) represented the university and the College of Architecture + The Arts at the 42nd annual conference of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

The students who represented FIU’s chapter of NOMA in the conference’s 2014 student design competition are: Santasha Hart, Jorge Rodriguez,  Ebehi Ijewere, Allan Abrantes, Jasmin Jenkins, and Alfonso Aaliva.

nomas2Santasha Hart, president of NOMAS-FIU, said that the conference was a motivating experience. She also mentioned that individuals at the conference from NOMA and other institutions recognized FIU for its outstanding design work. Hart provided the following statement:

“Competing against 16 other schools, FIU’s NOMAS Chapter held their own by placing top five overall. After presenting their boards and awaiting the results, they were pleased to hear the judge’s accolades. It was truly an honor to receive such praise from both the judges and other competitors in the competition. Even Georgia Tech, the winning team, came up and demonstrated their admiration of our school’s boards. FIU’s NOMAS chapter definitely plans to go and compete again!”

The featured images are provided courtesy of NOMAS-FIU.

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FIU LA+EUD welcomes TJ Martson, New Adjunct Faculty

TJ Marston is a new Adjunct Faculty member at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LA+EUD). This fall semester, Marston is teaching Graduate Design 01 Studio in parallel with Marta Canavés, Associate in Design. This year, FIU LA+EUD welcomed a record number of incoming graduate students and Marston and Canaves will together shape these students’ first year design studio experience.

TJ is a designer at Curtis + Rogers design studio, an award winning local practice that specializes in landscape architecture. She is currently the lead designer and project manager for several park projects in South Florida along with designing and managing C+R’s new website. Her most notable work is the new cultural park in Hialeah, Florida where she worked with a multidisciplinary team in conjunction with FPL to provide much-needed public space to a local community by utilizing an existing transmission right of way as a passive cultural park. Prior to being at C+R, Marston worked in Philadelphia with the nationally recognized design firm WRT where she worked on several ASLA award winning projects.

Marston received her MLA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in Architecture from Bowling Green State University. At BGSU she was awarded the first prize by the AIA for her proposal for the new school of architecture for her senior thesis. During her studies at Penn she won the National ULI Student Urban Design Competition for her team’s proposal for the Dallas Cedar’s Neighborhood and was awarded the faculty-nominated WRT Fellowship. Her studio work at Penn was recognized for its graphic clarity and rigorous site analysis, which unfold into thoughtful design proposals that heal urban landscapes through mending cultural and economic disparities. Marston is inspired by the process of drawing and mapping as a tool for design inspiration and continues to explore that in her work and teaching.  Her multidisciplinary education and experience give her a great depth of understanding of Landscape Architecture and the design process. (Source: TJ Marston)

We are pleased to welcome TJ to the FIU LA+EUD family!

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New exhibition at MAC Fine Art features alumni and faculty

MAC Fine Art will open a new exhibition called Sidetracked on Saturday, October 18th during Art Fallout 2014. The exhibition will feature several FIU students, alumni, and faculty.

Below is a statement by the gallery about Sidetracked:

Sidetracked is a group show curated by Rochi Llaneza in which the work of the artists is either the result of being sidetracked or sidetracking intentionally to accomplish an objective.

[We] came upon this statement from Sir Ken Robinson that sets the tone for this exhibition: “Divergent thinking…is an essential capacity for creativity. It’s the ability to see lots of possible answers to a question, lots of possible ways to interpret a question, to think laterally, to think not just in linear or convergent ways, to see multiple answers, not one.”

The exhibit includes works by

Aaron Arroyave (FIU Medical student)
Eddie Arroyo (FIU BFA ’01)
Lidia Cara
Margarita Castro
Gary Fonseca (FIU BFA ’07)
Julie Friel (FIU MFA ’99)
Bryan Hiveley (Past Instructor, FIU Art + Art History Department)
Galt Mikesell
Alex Nunez
Tina Salvesen
Gretchen Scharnagl (Full-Time Instructor of Art + Art History Department and the Honors College)
Yomarie Silva-O’Neal (FIU MFA ’05)
Daniel Elijah Novem (Daniel Fernandez, FIU BFA ’08)

Sidetracked will open on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5PM at MAC Fine Art: 833 NE 4th Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Free and open to the public.

There will also be a musical performance by Daniel Elijah Novem (Daniel Fernandez, FIU BFA ’08).

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Cruise Ship and Super Yacht Students Tour Allure of the Seas

On Sunday, September 6th, 2014 the students of the FIU Fall 2014 Cruise Ship and Super Yacht (CSSY) Graduate Design Studio – accompanied by coordinator Carmen Ferrer and their instructors Greg Walton, Vice President of RTKL Miami and Jorge Mesa, Senior Designer at RTKL Miami – embarked on a tour of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Sea. The second and newest of the Oasis class in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Allure holds the current title of being the largest cruise ship in the world. The ship can accommodate about 5,400 guests and has a crew of approximately 2,300.

img_3124This semester, the CSSY students are tasked with the design of a Teppanyaki restaurant on the Allure’s sister ship Oasis of the Sea. The purpose of the visit was a guided tour of the ship, in which instructors explained the “ins and outs” of ship design with specific attention to the space that will house the Teppanyaki restaurant in the students’ assigned scope of work. The opportunity to interact within the restaurant space allowed the students to gain a better understanding of the existing structure and to pose project-specific questions to their instructors.

The students also gained an understanding of how design is implemented within the ship, how it differs from land-based projects, and how different materials are used and installed in the ship’s interior spaces.

This article was written by Katrina Best, Graduate Assistant in FIU Interior Architecture. All images are provided courtesy of Katrina Best.

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Alumni Sofia Bastidas and Guillermo Leon Gomez are 2015 Artists In Residence at Cannonball

College of Architecture + The Arts alumni Sofia Bastidas (FIU BA ’13) and Guillermo León Gómez (FIU BA ’12) have been announced as 2015 artists-in-residence at Cannonball.

Cannonball’s Residency program is “a hybrid, multi-disciplinary program….”

[The program] empowers Miami’s cultural producers and sustains the city’s position as a hotbed for contemporary art by infusing it with artists and arts professionals from around the globe. In an effort to create a new model of cultural exchange in a city popular for its beaches, night life, and art fairs the Residency Program offers artists the first formal live/work environment in Miami. The primary focus of the Residency Program is two-fold: 1) provide long-term, affordable live/work space for Miami artists and 2) offer international artists, scholars, curators, and other cultural producers year-round opportunities to research, create new work, and respond to issues at stake in South Florida.

Founded in October 2010 and generously supported by major grants from the John S. and James L. Knight FoundationThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Residency Program is comprised of six live/work spaces. Three of the studio spaces are dedicated to year-long residencies for Miami artists and cultural producers and three are for one-to-three month residencies by visiting national/international artists, curators, writers, scholars, and other cultural producers.

Hosting approximately 15 residents per year, Cannonball complements the Residency Program with a broad menu of educational and professional opportunities for residents. In Fall 2014, Cannonball will inaugurate its research.art.dialogue. (r.a.d) program, an alternative school that will host a faculty of international artists, theorists, and curators. Semester-long courses and intensive seminars will be offered throughout the year. Residents are welcome to participate in all R.A.D.-related programming. Through regular, structured programs such as workshops, presentations, and one-on-one consultations with attorneys, gallerists, and arts professionals, residents receive the tools and knowledge to advance their careers. In addition, residents receive technical and administrative support as needed from Cannonball staff. (Source: Cannonball)

Sofia Bastidas is the founder and director of Dwelling Projects, a traveling residency that supports the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art through its annual program. She also sells and advises about Latin American contemporary art.

Guillermo León Gómez has exhibited at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (CARTA News, November 2013) and has fulfilled residencies at Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina and at Inkub8 in Miami, where he held his Sound + Body Lab (CARTA News, August 2014).

The image of Sofia Bastidas is provided courtesy of Teodora Dakova Photography. The image of Guillermo León Gómez is from his work, Untitled (Masking) Video Still, 2012.

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Arist Melisa Caprio Exhibits Work at BBC Photography Gallery

At the FIU Photography Gallery at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, Melisa Caprio is showing her work in Dolphin Human Therapy, starting Monday, October 27th.

To describe the theme behind this exhibition, Caprio presents the following statement:

I sit on the dock and patiently wait; wait for the right moment to click the shutter. I watch therapists and dolphins work with children whose disabilities range from mild to severe. These children come to receive therapy, love and healing. As I watch, I am in awe of the humility, empathy and wonder they possess. As I photograph, I see the children’s confidence grow. They are not judged and they learn what it means to trust themselves and others. I watch as they become more powerful in their own skin. These children represent everything that is intricately complicated and beautiful about humankind. Through photography, they allow me into this world, to behold the beauty of the subject matter as it evolves.

This project started in 2000 and ended for me in 2006. Every day I was blessed with the privilege of being a part of something that cannot be explained in words. The photographs tell a much better story. There is a sacred relationship between the highly intelligent animals and these children who have trouble communicating. When the children are exposed to the dolphins, their little bodies riddled with whatever syndrome or disease, become open and responsive; something magical happens. The animals that I have gotten to know very intimately can read these children and always know exactly what they need to motivate them.

There are thousands of photographs in my collection, which are all unique in their own way. I found something beautiful in the symbiotic relationship between the two. When I watch the dolphins work with those children, I am witnessing something extraordinary happen…and that is something to see.

The FIU Photography Gallery – and this exhibition – is directed by Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez, Professors of Photography.

An Artist’s Discussion with Melisa Caprio will take place on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 5PM at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus: 3000 N.E. 145 Street, Academic II – Room 105, North Miami, Florida 33181.

Dolphin Human Therapy will run from October 27th to November 24th, 2014 at the FIU Photography Gallery. Gallery Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11AM – 3PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 4PM – 6PM.

Caprio is currently a fine art photographer, as well as the owner of Postcards to the Universe, a “global movement for manifestation” – and, soon, a book project – that calls individuals to write their wishes and desires on a postcard and send them out into the universe. Some of Caprio’s works are in the collection of the Ringling Museum of Art, she has exhibited at 1310 Gallery and Art Fallout, and she has published two works of literature online related to photography. Caprio also gives workshops on the art of photography and manifestation.

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New Graduate Lab Opens at Studio Room, Biscayne Bay Campus

On FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC), Master of Fine Arts students now have a place to study and focus on their coursework. The studio room at the Academic Two building in Room 150 was originally only for painting. Today, its features include sewing machines for surface design – two of which are computerized, Procion Reactive Dyes, Shobori, textile printing, surface embellishment, Macintosh computers and scanners for silk-screening, and a thermo imager. The room also has a 20-foot ceiling and 8-foot-tall north windows that let in natural light.

This is the first time space has been devoted as a Graduate Lab to Master of Fine Arts candidates that frequent BBC. The Lab is also available for Bachelor of Fine Arts students. Thus, peers from these two different programs can work side by side and learn in a calm environment that also allows for camaraderie.

“I have been working in the studio for the past month,” said Nathalie Alfonso, Bachelor of Fine Arts student, who has decided to make use of the resources at the Studio Room and its Grad Lab. “The space is full of natural light, is very clean and has many tables and other materials to work with. It is very quiet, and it’s comfortable to work there.”

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Film ‘Right to Wynwood’ by BFA Alumna to be Screened at The Light Box

A screening and Q&A session for Right to Wynwood, a film made by College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Camila Álvarez (BFA ’13) and Natalie Edgar, will take place at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse and will be hosted by III Points.

Right to Wynwood won Best Documentary Film at the Miami Short Film Festival. Álvarez and Edgar directed the film, Álvarez produced the film, and Edgar is the film’s director of photography. Right to Wynwood explores the issue of gentrification in the booming, cultural center of Miami, FL. The film interviews residents who have been affected by the changes made in Wynwood, and takes a look into the way some longtime residents of the area have left or been pushed out, as restaurants, galleries, and other venues flow in and become part of the cultural scene. The film had its first screening just before Art Basel | Miami Beach weekend 2013. (Source: CARTA News, March 2014)

This weekend’s screening and Q&A will be hosted by III Points, an “art+ music + technology summit in Wynwood,” during its “interactive festival incorporating local and national talent to perform, interact and discuss.” Among the musicians in the line-up for this weekend’s festival is popular indie singer Lykke Li. (Source: III Points on Facebook).

The screening and Q&A for Right to Wynwood will take place on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: 404 NW 26th St, Miami, Florida 33127. Free and open to the public.

The featured images is by III Points.

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Michael Namkung Presents Paper at the Southeastern College Art Conference

The College of Architecture + The Arts’ Michael Namkung, Assistant Professor of Drawing, has been selected to present his paper at the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Sarasota this Friday, October 10th.

Additionally, Namkung’s work Baby Picture #36 (pictured above) will be included in a juried exhibition of the 2014 SECAC. The juror for the exhibition is Matthew McLendon, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL. The juror will select one artist to receive a “Best-in-Show” award and may, at his discretion, bestow additional honorable mention awards. (Source: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC))

The juried exhibition of the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference will open on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 to the public, with a members’ reception on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at the Sarasota Art Center: 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Namkung will present his paper, “Drawing Under Duress,” as part of the contemporary drawing panel of the conference. The name of the panel is “Porous Borders: The Changing Face of Contemporary Drawing,” and its purpose is described as the following:

“In the latter part of the 20th century, the perception of exactly what drawing is, or could be, underwent a seismic shift. An activity that had been historically perceived as an act of preparation evolved into a primary means of expression: a sunburned body or channel cut into the floor of the desert could lay claim to the discipline as readily as the traditional mark on a page. Through surface, 20 space, time, and technology, the intervening years have done little to diminish the malleability and elasticity of drawing. From the rigorously traditional to the experimental fringe, this session, the second in a series at SECAC, seeks perspectives on contemporary drawing and the historical precedents that have allowed it to flourish in recent years. A variety of proposals [we]re encouraged from practitioners, critics, and historians invested in the current state of drawing as a primary means of creative activity.” (Source: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC))

Namkung’s “Drawing on Duress” discusses how drawing can offer a “return to the body.” Namkung explains that “as technological mediation of human experience expands, human beings have developed increasingly sedentary and solitary behaviors, becoming ever more disconnected from our bodies. Our body of knowledge on the human condition has become literally disembodied, overly abstract, and set adrift from lived experience. I practice drawing under physical strain to explore a state of consciousness, a condition of vulnerability, and a certainty of failure rooted in the body. I emphasize the activity of drawing as a physical relationship between body and environment, in which drawings define the site of sensory perception, where the self and the world physically touch. This relationship reveals itself in biomorphic drawings composed of marks that refer directly to spatial and temporal measures of the body; drawing as an index of human experience. This paper shares two ongoing drawing investigations. In Drawing Gym, I explore the intersection of drawing and athletics by combining strenuous exercise with traditional drawing tools, making drawings based on movements of my body and the bodies of others. In Baby Pictures, I designed a hybrid drawing-printmaking system to record my newborn son’s movements throughout his first year of life.

The Chair of the contemporary drawing panel of SECAC 2014 is Pete Schulte, University of Alabama and the Co-Chair is Travis Head, Virginia Tech.

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Thomas Spiegelhalter in Steering Committee and Marilys Nepomechie as Group Consultant for Research on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Thomas Spiegelhalter (Associate Professor and Co-Director of the FIU Structural and Environmental Technologies Laboratory) is a member of the steering committee for RCN-SEES: Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE). The committee behind the Research Coordination Network (RCN) focusing on Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) recently met at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California. The RCN-SEES is funded by a $652,846.00 grant from the National Science Foundation. Other steering committe members are Prof. Yong Tao (UNT), Prof. Yimin Zhu (LSU), Khee Poh Lam (CMU), Richard Feiock (FSU), Mirsad Hadzikadic (UNCC),  Chien-fei Chen (UTK), Wei Yan (TAMU), Carol C. Menassa (UMICH), and Derrick D’Souza (UNT).

In addition to serving as a steering committee member, Professor Spiegelhalter is a member in two working groups for RCN-SEES, Group I: Physical Systems – in which College of Architecture + The Arts Professor Marilys Nepomechie is a constultant – and Group V: Model integration and Validation. These two groups, along with the other four, are emphasizing separate themes as theoretical foci of Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems. The other working groups are covering Human Behaviors, Social/Policy Impacts, Life Cycle/Economics, and Sustainability Education.

Thus far, the RCN-SEES has hosted two workshops on two themes. A workshop on Physical Systems took place at the University of Texas in March 2014, and another on Human Behaviors took place at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May 2014. The workshops consisted of presentations to stimulate discussion, breakout groups, and roundtable discussions to summarize action items. Some industrial and international entities that have participated in these workshops are InstitutoTecnológicode Saltillo (Mexico), TexEnergy, Schneider Electric, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and HKS, Inc.

A Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystem involves

  • differential needs and patterns of behavior for human occupants in various types of buildings with multiple, temporally, and environmentally demographic, cultural, and social preferences;
  • social-economic systems to sustain, or be adapted by, the human needs and patterns of behavior;
  • building envelopes to provide a shelter for people from weather;
  • active engineering systems and passive features providing thermal and lighting comfort;
  • quality air, fresh water, and their supply systems for human needs, and
  • micro-climate conditions such as urban centers, which may significantly vary from macro scale climate data and significantly correlate to the efficient energy consumption by human in buildings

The objective of this RCN-SEES, in which Professor Spiegelhalter is involved, is to develop a collaborative research platform centered on overcoming bottlenecks in engineering, software, and social-economic sciences that impede wider application of sustainable building technology. The network activities are focusing on defining an innovative, new interdisciplinary area, “Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystem (SHBE),” that integrates human behavioral science, social and economic sciences in tandem with sciences of building design, engineering, and metrology for data validation of building energy consumption and occupant comforts. The developed collaboration strategies and standardized data platform will lead to significant reductions of the uncertainty in predicting human adaptation to energy efficiency and sustainability of building ecosystems, which will also address fundamental questions such as: “What are the benefits of sustainable building investment to people at a personal, business, or urban planning level?” (Source: RCN-SEES : Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE))

The activities of the SHBE-RCN include: collectively developing a consensus-based mechanism for a cyber-enabled, data-networked research platform that allows sharing of the connectivity methods from different models of building ecosystem elements; creating the networking mechanism to recruit additional participants or update the working groups; developing the new research directions for identified subareas; evaluating the success of the SHBE network; and developing an innovative learning program for graduate students of diverse backgrounds. (Source: RCN-SEES : Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE))

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Alex Trimino’s (MFA ’12) Exhibit ‘Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere’ at Diana Lowenstein Gallery

A new exhibition by College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Alex Trimino (FIU MFA ’12) is on display at the Diana Lowenstein Gallery until November 1st, 2014. The exhibition, entitled Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere explores how tradition and new technology can come together to determine how we connect to present reality. The show is the inaugural exhibition for the Diana Lowenstein Gallery’s 2014-2015 season.

The following statement about Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere is provided by Trimino.

Illuminated totem poles covered in crochet, knitting, and found objects reveal the similarities between modern, hi-tech materials (micro-controlled neon lights) and colloquial, lo-tech crafts (crochet, knitting, and weaving) used, creating an equilibrium between traditions, technologies, and generations. Old ways and new technologies commingle together exploring how we connect to reality today. Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere explores the nostalgic desire to revisit time like space, refusing to surrender to the irreversibility of time.

Trimino, born in Colombia, lives and works in Miami, FL. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. As a recipient of the the Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship for Visual Artists, she attended the Ox-Bow Artist Residency affiliated with the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, she has been the recipient of several awards from institutions such as the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Elliot Museum, the Appleton Museum of Art, the Rawls Museum Arts, and the Cambridge Art Association and was selected to participate in an International Art Symposium in Sweden. Her work can be found in public and private collections. (Source: Diana Lowenstein Gallery)

Tales from a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere is on display until Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Diana Lowenstein Gallery: 2043 North Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33127. Free and open to the public.

In the header image, the image on the left is provided courtesy of the Diana Lowenstein Gallery, and the image on the right is provided courtesy of Alex Trimino.

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Gianna DiBartolomeo (BFA ’07) Opens Art Exhibit ‘BREATHE’ at Coral Gables Art Walk

On Friday, October 3rd, Gianna DiBartolomeo (FIU BFA ’07) will open BREATHE during the Coral Gables Art Walk.

The following statement about BREATHE is provided by DiBartolomeo.

Gianna DiBartolomeo is a local artist, born and raised in Miami. Ms. DiBartolomeo believes the things we go through in life are not singular but shared by many. Her work is about life’s journey – the places it takes us, the bumps in the road, and the remarkable discoveries along the way.

Breathing is vital to our existence as it supplies our organs with oxygen and is a means to remove toxins from the body. The exhibit BREATHE celebrates this process and serves to remind us to appreciate the good things in our lives and to and release the bad. (Source: Gianna DiBartolomeo)

At the opening reception for BREATHE, there will be tastings and live music.

The opening reception for BREATHE will take place on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8PM at Upstairs Yoga: 3119 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Second Floor, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

The exhibit is on display for the month of October by appointment only. For more information, call the (786) 493-9458.

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FIU Interior Architecture Welcomes Marcia Lopes de Mello, New Adjunct Faculty

Márcia Lopes de Mello (Architect, Associate Professor Senior of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami Dade College, and Doctorate of Architecture candidate at the Universidade de São Paulo) is a new Adjunct Faculty member at the College of Architecture + The Arts Department of Interior Architecture.

Lopes de Mello received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo (1984) and her Master’s degree in Architecture: Computer in Design from the University of Miami (1997). She has also received Certificates of Specializations in Architecture and City Planning (1993) and Didactic in Higher Education (1992) from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, and has taken numerous Professional Development graduate courses at Augustana College, St. Thomas University, and Florida International University (2005 to 2013).

She has worked as a Project Architect at Roger Fry & Associates Architects, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design Inc., Borges Architects, and Arquitectonica International Corporation. She has also worked as a designer at Eastshore International Corporation, and she was the Principal and Co-Founder of Área Útil Arquitetura S/C Ltda. in São Paulo from 1990-1994.

Some of Lopes de Mello’s research includes “Alfred Browning Parker: The Architecture of Humanism” (2009) and “Towards a Virtual Architecture: Computers in Peter Eisenman’s Design Process” (1997). She has attended and presented her work at conferences like the 2013 East-West Dialogues: Modern Architecture in Florida – Symposium, the 2013 X Docomomo Seminar Brazil – Modern and international Architecture: Brutalist Connections 1955-75, the 2013 Earth Ethics Institute Sustainability Fair & Symposium  and the 2006 Association of American Colleges and Universities – Conference.

She was  recognized as the “Hands on Miami Artist of the Year” in 2008 for her coordination of service learning projects with Miami Dade College students, developed for Miami Dade Public Schools and the 2014 Educator of Year by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) South Florida Chapter.

Lopes de Mello has been involved with professional organizations like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbordhoods of the Modern Movement (docomomo_international).

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Interior Architecture Students Travel to Boston to Explore Adaptive Reuse

Today, Wednesday, October 1st, students from all studios of FIU Interior Architecture are leaving to Boston for a close examination of adaptive reuse in the city.

Adaptive reuse is “the renovation and reuse of pre-existing structures . . . for new purposes” (Source: www.merriam-webster.com). Examples of structures in Boston that have undergone this process are the Old City Hall (which now houses various tenants, including the Architectural Heritage Foundation and Houser & Allison, APC), the Coolidge School (which now houses an active adult, 55+ community), and the Atlas Lofts in the Box District (which was once an industrial warehouse).

During their trip to Boston, Interior Architecture students will visit other examples of adaptive reuse such as the Liberty Hotel, Trinity Church, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Loews Boston Hotel, and structures on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus. They will also take a tour of the firm ADD Inc. and visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Newbury Street, Quincy Market, and Salem, which lies only an hour away from Boston.

Students expect to take what they learn in Boston about adaptive reuse and incorporate it into their classroom curricula at FIU Interior Architecture.

The featured image of the Old City Hall in Boston was taken by Juan Brizuela, Media and Marketing Coordinator of the FIU School of Architecture.

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Carlos Rigau (BFA ’02) Is Finalist in 2014-2015 CINTAS Fellowship Competition in Visual Arts

The Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, in collaboration with the CINTAS Foundation, has announced College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus Carlos Rigau (FIU BFA ’02) as a finalist in the 2014-2015 CINTAS Fellowship Competition in Visual Arts. On Friday, October 10th, an opening reception will be held at MDC’s Freedom Tower, where Rigau will be exhibiting his work.

Carlos Rigau was born in 1978 and raised in Little Havana in Miami, Florida. He graduated in 2002 from FIU with a double major in Fine Art and Television Communications. In 2009, he completed the Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College in New York. He has exhibited his work in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Miami, in spaces such as Fabric Workshop, the de la Cruz Collection, Locust Projects, Emerson Dorsch, Tilton Gallery, Nice and Fit Gallery, and David Castillo Gallery. In addition to his work as an artist, Carlos co-directs an experimental, artist-run space named General Practice with Nick Klein, Ibett Yanez and Carlos Ascurra. Rigau is represented by LMAKprojects in New York City.

Rigau said that FIU prepared him for an opportunity such as being a finalist in the CINTAS Foundation competition. “FIU’s Visual Arts program and faculty laid a foundation [for] thinking critically,” said Rigau. “This training would later aid me in shifting through the complexities of the visual world. Working with Peggy Levison Nolan, Constantino Manuel Torres, William Burke, Mirta Gomez del Valle, and Eduardo del Valle sharpened a sense of awareness of how the different media/practices can be read and understood. The time spent in the FIU Art + Art History Department shaped my practice.”

The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. The Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. CINTAS (1887-1957), the former Cuban ambassador to the United States and a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts. In June of 2011, the CINTAS Foundation entered into an extended loan to MDC’s Museum of Art + Design of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships, awarded since 1963. (Source: www.cintasfoundation.org)

The opening reception of the 2014-2015 CINTAS Foundation Fellows Finalist Exhibition in Visual Art will be on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6PM, at the MDC Museum of Art + Design’s Freedom Tower: 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. The exhibition will run until November 9th, 2014. Free and open to the public.

The featured image is provided courtesy of Carlos Rigau.

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Graduate Design 5, Healthcare Studio Students Partner with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

At FIU Interior Architecture, we are critically oriented toward the interior designer’s role in society and believe that significant societal contributions at local, academic, professional, and global levels can be achieved by people who approach design with a professional manner and a sense of accountability. A prime example of this emphasis is the community outreach of our Interior Architecture Graduate 5 studio.
FIU Interior Architecture and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care have partnered to advance the standard for healthcare design. The partnership between our Graduate Design 5 studio students – taught by Sarah Boehm, Assistant Professor – and VITAS was established with research-informed healthcare design at its core. For this healthcare studio, students are engaging in a collaborative design process involving client/user groups input and feedback throughout the project. The emphasis in the studio is on designing with empathy within the framework of the complex demands found in the practice of healthcare design.
The graduate students recently conducted observations, focus groups, and interviews with staff and family members at several of VITAS’s South Florida locations. Through enacting these research methods, students gained knowledge and understanding of the hospice environment and user-centered design needs. FIU Interior Architecture would like to thank the VITAS team working with our students, which consists of nurses, physicians, social workers, team managers, chaplains, secretaries and family members of patients in hospice.
This article was written with the help of Sarah Boehm, Assistant Professor.

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New Book on Automation Published by Alfredo Andia and Thomas Spiegelhalter

The College of Architecture + Arts’ Alfredo Andia (Associate Professor) and Thomas Spiegelhalter (Associate Professor and Co-Director of the FIU Structures and Environmental Technologies Lab) have published Post-Parametric Automation in Design and Construction (ARTECH HOUSE, 2014), a new book set to be released on Tuesday, September 30th.

The following synopsis of the book is provided by Andia and Spiegelhalter.

Automation, a mixture of algorithms, robots, software, and avatars, is transforming all types of jobs and industries. This book responds to one critical question for the design and construction industry: “how are architects, engineers, and contractors using information technology to further automate their practices?” Addressing the use of new digital technologies, particularly parametric automation for design and construction in the building industry, this book looks at how technologically advanced architectural and engineering practices are semi-automating their design processes by using sophisticated algorithms to transform their workflows. The book also documents a set of firms that are further advancing automation by using pre-fabrication, modularization, and custom designs via robotics.

Together, Andia and Spiegelhalter have previously published works such as “Topological and Parametric Temperatures in Architectural Academia,” a peer-reviewed research paper presented at the 2012 ACSA International Conference: CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices in Barcelona.

Andia earned his Ph.D. from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Spiegelhalter earned his Master in Design and Architecture from the University of the Arts in Berlin.

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Emeritus Clive King

Clive King, Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at the College of Architecture + The Arts, is an artist and a former Chair of the FIU Art + Art History Department (1992-98). He has also been the Chair of Visual Arts (1987-92) and the Chair of the Visual Arts Program (1979-87) at Oxford Brookes University and a Course Leader for Communication Arts at the Salisbury College of Art in England.

King has been featured in publications such as the current Manifest International Drawing Annual, 100 Southern Artists, Arts Review, Studio International, The Miami Herald, and The Oxford Times. King was also featured on the DVD “In and out of the Box,” along with current chair Jacek Kolasinski, and has illustrated work for Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleur Du Mal (The Flowers of Evil).

Some of King’s artwork is included in collections across the United States and Europe, such as those of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Wales and Florida International University.

He was awarded artist’s residencies at the Yorkshire Art Association in Bradford, the British American Art Association in Philadelphia, and the University of Minnesota, and has twice been the recipient of an annual art fellowship from the South Eastern College of Art Conference and the Florida Individual Arts Fellowship. He has given lectures at institutions like the Royal College of Art in London, Pratt Institute, Weisman Museum of Art, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has held many drawing workshops at notable institutions across the country, including the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Utah, the South Dakota Museum of Art, and the University of Alabama.

King has also exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout his career as an artist. The list of venues that have exhibited his work includes the Barbican Art Center, London, MOMA Wales, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

King studied at the Goldsmiths College of Art in London and the Exeter College of Art, completing his studies in 1966. He has received the “Wales Now” National Exhibition award twice, the British Art Association travel award, the Oxford Brookes University Creative Development Award, and the FIU Provost’s Research Award.

King is a member of the College Art Association of America and the South Eastern College of Art Association. He retired from full-time teaching in 2010, and devotes his time to preparing for new exhibitions and running intuitive drawing workshops throughout the U.S.

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Dean Brian Schriner Appoints 2014-15 Distinguished Fellows: Bruce Carter, Alastair Gordon, and Robert Zuckerman

Dean Brian Schriner of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has selected Bruce Carter, Alastair Gordon, and Robert Zuckerman as the Dean’s Distinguished Fellows for 2014-2015.

Dean Schriner said, “the Dean’s Distinguished Fellows are charged with visibly promoting the College’s strategic initiatives by engaging with students, faculty, alumni, and the community through lectures, publications, master classes, academic scholarship, and creative activities.”



Dean’s Distinguished Fellows, 2014-2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABruce Allen Carter is an arts educator and researcher, whose work focuses on issues of creativity and the intersections of social justice and arts participation. His research has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Music Educators Journal, in addition to numerous invited chapters by Oxford Press. Recently, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Education designated the Bruce Carter Qualitative Research Center as a place for graduate students to pursue meaningful qualitative research agendas. Carter received a B.M. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Northwestern University. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve a six-year position as Council Member on the National Council on the Arts.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the dynamic work occurring at FIU, specifically CARTA,” said Mr. Carter. “I hope to engage faculty, students, and community members in ways that foster interdisciplinary approaches to artistic process and research. I am enamored with the vision of the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios, and the way it seeks to utilize community engagement and expertise afforded by its facilities and location, to be at the forefront of teaching, research, and service in art, design, performance, and communication. I hope to spotlight the amazing faculty at FIU and add my voice to a vision that is forward-thinking and beneficial to Miami.”

During his nine-month appointment, Mr. Carter will produce an online publication consisting of a series of short essays, videos, and images that document multiple exchanges with the College of Architecture + The Arts. The publication will be included in new and current online courses. He will also conduct a series of lectures and panel discussions to be held both at the FIU School of Music and the Miami Beach Urban Studios throughout the academic year. The first panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and will cover the topic “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding the Creative Mind.”

Alastair Gordon- head shot 2 copy 3Alastair Gordon is an author, curator, critic, filmmaker, publisher, and public speaker. He is the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Gordon de Vries Studio, Multimedia Publishing Imprint, a contributing editor for the Architecture/Design section of The Wall Street Journal Magazine, the Founder and Director of “Wall to Wall” – an interactive website and blog about the built environment – and the Presidential Counselor of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. He has also worked as a contributing editor for The New York Times, House & Garden, and Atelier Magazine.

Mr. Gordon has exhibited his own artwork at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, and the Wolfsonian-FIU, and has curated exhibitions at the SCAD Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Princeton University, and the National AIA Museum in Washington, D.C. He is known for his highly-praised literature, such as Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure. Mr. Gordon has lectured about architecture/design and the arts at Columbia University, the AIA Convention, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at FIU, Mr. Gordon will host six master classes, all of which will involve special guest lecturers.

“I am thrilled to be joining the CARTA community and working with students and faculty over the coming year as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow,” said Mr. Gordon. “The process of discovery is at the very heart of any authentic learning experience and I plan to share my own experiences and moments of discovery in a forthright and personal way . . . Miami continues to emerge as a fascinating urban laboratory/cultural melting pot, and FIU is playing a crucial role in the city’s transformation. I look forward to taking part in such an exciting experiment!”

RZ Self Portrait Miami May 29 2013 lpsRobert Zuckerman is a photographer in the motion picture industry and a public speaker. He is called “Picasso” by Will Smith, “The Master” by Jerry Bruckheimer, and “the best photographer I have ever worked with” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. His images have been used for the promotional campaigns of films such as Training Day, Terminator 3, and Transformers and television series such as The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. He has done album cover and movie poster photography for Will Smith and was invited to be the personal photographer for the family of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Mr. Zuckerman has also photographed campaigns for United Way and City of Hope, was a co-producer for the award-winning documentary Video From Russia: The People Speak (1984, directed by Dimitri Devyatkin), and was the director and producer of the New York City portion of the official “Hands Across America” video (1986).

Mr. Zuckerman is also known for his book Kindsight® (Kindsight Press, LLC), which is a collection of photographs and accompanying texts recording the richness of everyday experiences, showing “the extraordinary within the ordinary.” The book includes laudatory texts by, among others, Will Smith, Debra Winger, poet Michael Lally, and novelist Elaine Kagan. It is currently on the PEN American Center’s “Best Book Read This Year” list. Since the publication of Kindsight®, Mr. Zuckerman has spoken to student and youth groups across the country, teaching them how to integrate photography with writing to show the extraordinary in everyday life.  He has spoken at Authors@Google, been featured in a PBS story about him, and was a panelist at the KidsRisk Symposium at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, speaking on empowering youth through positive media modalities.

“For me, [doing] photography as much as possible has become an integration of life and craft,” said Mr. Zuckerman. “Through it, I am able to give value to people’s lives and derive value in my own life, beyond making a living.” In regards to his appointment as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at CARTA, he said, “One of my primary goals is to inspire and empower students, and connecting them with leaders in relevant professional fields creates bridges of possibility and accessibility.”

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at FIU, Robert Zuckerman will participate in a virtual exhibition, which will be an online publication of images with short essays that document his experience at CARTA. He will also host ten master classes, some of which will involve special guest lecturers.

This article was written with the help of Michelle Vires, Marketing Coordinator of the FIU School of Music.

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Andrew Horton, MFA Candidate, and Marcos Valella, Alumnus, Participate in FALL SEMESTER, an Initiative for Public Discussion

On October 9th and 10th, students, alumni, and faculty from the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts will participate in FALL SEMESTER, a new discussion series in Miami.

FALL SEMESTER is an independent initiative for public discussion on contemporary society and culture, aiming to test what can be achieved in the sped-up production of discourse and what can happen when new material is introduced into local discourse–a bomb-drop of new data. Will such a thing have quantifiable effects? Will it be jolting enough to speed up our own desire for a deeper dimension of self-understanding and reflection? Will it, on the contrary, only be another event in which theoretical performance is put to the service of spectacle, showing up the divisions that we face daily? FALL SEMESTER’s wager is laid down in the space cracked open by these questions. Having the general scheme of public lectures and a digital platform, FALL SEMESTER invites a group of international theorists and architects to take on topics of urbanization, turning their focus on the very city in which it is happening –Miami—since this city may itself be a model of what the contemporary city is slowly becoming. Founded in Miami in Summer of 2013 by artists Odalis Valdivieso and Lidija Slavkovic, FALL SEMESTER seeks to bring together a diverse group of theorists, critics, researchers, and interested individuals to engage in multifaceted discourse on contemporary society and culture available across multiple platforms at no cost to participants. (Source: FALL SEMESTER)

The team behind FALL SEMESTER is a diverse group of individuals from various disciplines. They are:


Odalis Valdivieso (Founder and Director)
Lidija Slavkovic (Co-Founder and Assistant Director)
P. Scott Cunningham (FIU MFA in Creative Writing ’08, poet, translator, and Founder/Director of O’Miami)
Marcos Valella (FIU BFA ’03, artist)
Antonia Wright (artist)
Angela Valella (artist, educator, and curator)
Felice Grodin (FIU Adjunct Faculty of Architecture, architect, visual artist, professor, and curator)
Andrew Horton (FIU Master of Fine Arts candidate, artist, educator, and curator)
Gean Moreno (artist and writer)
Rob Goyanes (writer)

Online Contributors

Keller Easterling, Jason Dittmer, Léopold Lambert, Matteo Pasquinelli, François Roche, Nathalie Rozencwajg, Leandro Silva Medrano, and Marion von Osten

FALL SEMESTER has structured its first iteration around four basic thematic lines: The Urban Real; Architectural Weather; Plasticity of the City; and The Urban Unreal.


Guest Speakers

THU, Oct 9

Material Consequences – 4pm, Nick Gelpi

North – South Collisions – 5pm , Jean-François Lejeune

The Matter of Struggle in Urban Space – 6pm, Nick Srnicek

Soft Monumentality – 7pm, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Open Forum – 8pm

FRI, Oct 10

Second Landscape – 4pm, Gray Read

City Bodies: Undead or Alive? – 5pm, Jan Verwoert

The Stack We Have and The Stack To Come: Designing Sovereignty and the Geopolitics of Computation – 6pm, Benjamin Bratton

Where have all the leaders gone? – 7pm, Michael Hardt

Open Forum – 8pm


The following are abstracts for the talks that will be given by Nick Gelpi, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Gray Read, Associate Professor of Architecture.

Material Consequences, Nick Gelpi

“Cities are more than just the abstract property boundaries of land ownership; in fact taken collectively cities represent large scale concentrations of specific materials.  These materials, don’t fit neatly into the zoning maps of city ordinances, in fact the consequences of certain materials reach far beyond the property lines of site, and produce significant disruptions and interruptions at an urban scale.  Foregrounding larger scale consequences of the materials and configurations utilized in the construction of our built urban environments, this talk will highlight several large-scale and wide reaching effects that the city exerts on its surrounding environment with specific projects which highlight potentials for interacting with material consequences as new opportunities for design.”

Second Landscape, Gray Read

“In a warming world, Miami is already suffering death by pavement even before the waters engulf us.  Relentless asphalt of both roof and street feed the urban heat island of the city, turning the urban tropics into an inhospitable desert.   We ask,  what if Miami reclaimed its roofs as a second landscape and invited the rich, tropical ecosystem of South Florida to the heart of the city?  We suggest specific architectural strategies for mitigating urban heat island effect and envision the roofscape of downtown Miami as a living landscape inhabited by both people and wildlife.”

FALL SEMESTER will occur on October 9th and 10th, 2014 at 175 NE 40 Street, Miami, FL. Free and open to the public.

The header image was provided by Master of Fine Arts candidate Humberto Torres (FIU BFA ’12).


Fall Semester 5

FALL SEMESTER is sponsored by Miami Dade College Museum of Art + DesignUniversity of WynwoodMiami Design DistrictManuel Estrada DesignMaman Fine Art, and The Freehand Miami.

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