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Michael Namkung and Nathalie Alfonso Present Large-Scale Exhibition at FATVillage

Assistant Professor Michael Namkung and College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Nathalie Alfonso (BFA ’14) will present Among Body Marks, an exhibition of works by the two artists at The Projects of FATVillage (Flagler Arts and Technology Village). The exhibition is curated by Alfonso, who was once Namkung’s own student at FIU Art + Art History.

Alfonso and Namkung investigate the language of mark-making through rigorous use of the body, producing works that manifest the physicality of movement relying on intense practice and repetition. Among Body Marks also offers rare insight into the student-teacher dynamic in the development of emerging art practices. (Source: Among Body Marks)

Along with the opening of the exhibition will occur a workshop hosted by Namkung (Sunday, February 15th at 9AM), an artists’ talk (Wednesday, February 25th at 6PM), and a closing reception (Saturday, February 28th at 6PM).

Among Body Marks will open on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 6PM at The Projects of FATVillage: 523 NW 1 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304.

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StreetInsider.com: “Building the Future: CGI Windows & Doors Creates Scholarship Fund for FIU Architecture Students”

StreetInsider.com recently reported on scholarship funds provided by CGI Windows & Doors to the FIU Department of Architecture.

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) January 14, 2015

CGI Windows & Doors, an ardent supporter of the architecture community, has created a scholarship fund for the Department of Architecture of the Florida International University College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA).

“We believe in helping to build the architecture community by supporting it from within,” said Steven E. Dawson, vice president and general manager of CGI Windows & Doors. “Building a foundation of strong architecture students will greatly serve our community in the years to come. It’s our pleasure to get more involved with the forward-thinking programs at FIU.”

The fund consists of $2,500 for two to three scholarships, with awards given to both Walk on Water competition winners and to students who demonstrate exemplary work and a dedication to their education.

According to Brian Schriner, dean of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts, “It is with the help of partners such as CGI Windows & Doors that CARTA can continue to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental issues. The impact of these scholarships is critical to our students’ future success in this field.”

CGI has a proud tradition of supporting the architectural community, with activities including a 2014 Convention Partnership of AIA Florida, and active memberships in AIA Chapters in Miami, Fort. Lauderdale, Gulf Coast, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa, and the Treasure Coast. CGI was awarded the 2014 Allied Member of the Year from AIA Florida, which recognizes a non-architect member who has promoted and contributed to the dignity and value of both AIA Florida and the profession as a whole.

ABOUT CGI:
CGI was established in 1992 and has consistently built a reputation based on designing and manufacturing quality impact resistant products that meet or exceed the stringent Miami-Dade County impact standards. The company has over 200 employees at its manufacturing plant in Miami, Florida. Today the Company continues to lead as an innovator in product craftsmanship, strength and style, and its brands are highly recognized and respected by the architectural community. CGI product lines include the Estate Collection, Sentinel by CGI, Estate Entrances, Commercial Series and Targa by CGI. CGI Windows & Doors is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). For additional information, visit http://www.cgiwindows.com.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE + THE ARTS:
The College of Architecture + The Arts engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture + the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2,500 majors have the unique experience working with our award-winning faculty, in nationally ranked programs in the heart of Miami — one of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities! For more information, visit us at http://carta.fiu.edu/

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‘Shallow Depth,’ Exhibition by CARTA Chairs, Opens at MBUS

On Thursday evening, January 15th, Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami opened at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The exhibition includes work by Jason Chandler (Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Chair of the FIU Department of Art + Art History), and Roberto Rovira (Chair of the FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design).

Shallow Depth drew more than 50 viewers that included students from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. In attendance were also CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Alastair Gordon and Christian Larsen, Curator of The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Shallow Depth is the first collaboration of Jason Chandler, Jacek J. Kolasinski, and Roberto Rovira, an architect, an artist and a landscape architect, respectively. The exhibition collapses the disciplinary boundaries of these three educators to reveal the complexities of the city in which they live and work. For each of them, Miami is a context that frames and provides source material for their individual métiers. Miami’s surreal aura of geological flatness and precarious nature, mixed with the global ambition and subtropical context of a famously diverse city, enriches and challenges the work of this trio.

This collaboration reflects a long and sporadic conversation about how three individuals could make a shared exhibition that would be greater than the sum of its parts. The three represented disciplines are closely allied, and each participant is engaged in practice. Drawing, photography and the making of books and printed material were valued modes of representation.

Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami will be on display until March 5th, 2015 at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL. Free and open to the public.

Jason Chandler, A.I.A., is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. Before teaching at FIU, he taught at the University of Miami and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for its Career Discovery Program. He was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture at FIU in the fall of 2013. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. Chandler’s writing has been published in both national and regional ACSA proceedings and he has co-authored with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler is the founder and principal of Chandler and Associates in South Miami, Florida. He is the architect of Plaza 57, a mixed-used building in downtown South Miami, as well as a series of infill warehouses in Miami. Chandler has received several distinctions in design competitions: Second Prize in the 81st Paris Prize Architectural Design Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2001 Scattered Housing Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Miami Beach Design Life Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2008 Dawntown Waterworks Competition. His built and unbuilt design work has received awards from the Miami and Florida chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Jason Chandler’s design work has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press, Trama, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and The Miami Herald and has been noted in the New York Times and the MIT Press. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland, where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. Through his creative work, Kolasinski has tested complex video installations, single and multiple channel projections, as a well as site-specific projects in the context of public architecture. His art work has reached large international audiences through presentations and exhibitions in numerous venues including: the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Most recently, his interest in “socially engaged academic performance art” has provoked several large-scale trans-disciplinary projects such as TAG (“The Art of Giving”) in Haiti and “Tree of Unity” in Liberty City. These projects are testing boundaries between art and the “aesthetics of philanthropy” by mobilizing a number of what he describes as social actors or archetypes — from cheerleaders and athletes to art students and younger school children – to bring attention to the marginalized communities ridden by serious societal problems.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA, and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994. Roberto has been guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few. Roberto Rovira’s work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others. He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009, and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

The Chairs would like to thank the following exhibition assistants: Martina Gonzalez, Ivan Torrenegra, Brennan Baxley, Esther Monterrey, Ludovico Ferro, Ricardo Lugo, and Joe Locke.

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Jason Chandler, A.I.A., is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. Before teaching at FIU, he taught at the University of Miami and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for its Career Discovery Program. He was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture at FIU in the fall of 2013. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. Chandler’s writing has been published in both national and regional ACSA proceedings and he has co-authored with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler is the founder and principal of Chandler and Associates in South Miami, Florida. He is the architect of Plaza 57, a mixed-used building in downtown South Miami, and a series of infill warehouses in Miami. Chandler has received several distinctions in design competitions: Second Prize in the 81st Paris Prize Architectural Design Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2001 Scattered Housing Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Miami Beach Design Life Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2008 Dawntown Waterworks Competition. His built and unbuilt design work has received awards from the Miami and Florida chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Jason Chandler’s design work has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press, Trama, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and The Miami Herald and has been noted in the New York Times and the MIT Press. Chandler holds the Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and the Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. Through his creative work, Kolasinski has tested complex video installations, single and multiple channel projections, as a well as site-specific projects in the context of public architecture. His art work has reached large international audiences through presentations and exhibitions in numerous venues including: the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Most recently, his interest in “socially engaged academic performance art” has provoked several large-scale trans-disciplinary projects such as TAG (“The Art of Giving”) in Haiti, and “Tree of Unity” in Liberty City. These projects are testing boundaries between art and the “aesthetics of philanthropy” by mobilizing a number of what he describes as social actors or archetypes — from cheerleaders and athletes to art students and younger school children – to bring attention to the marginalized communities ridden by serious societal problems.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA,  and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens.  Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994. Roberto has been guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few. Roberto Rovira’s work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others.  He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009,  and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

The Chairs would like to thank the following exhibition assistants: Martina Gonzalez, Ivan Torrenegra, Brennan Baxley, Esther Monterrey, Ludovico Ferro, Ricardo Lugo and Joe Locke.

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FIU Architecture releases eFolio, Fall 2014

Our issue of FIU Architecture eFolio, Fall 2014 highlights some of the semester’s accomplishments made by students, faculty, and alumni of the FIU Department of Architecture. The Folio can be viewed by the College of Architecture + The Arts family and those beyond the College and University!

To view the FIU Architecture eFolio, Fall 2014 issue, click here!

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‘Shallow Depth,’ Exhibition by CARTA Chairs, Opens at MBUS

On Thursday evening, January 15th, Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami opened at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The exhibition includes work by Jason Chandler (Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Chair of the FIU Department of Art + Art History), and Roberto Rovira (Chair of the FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design).

Shallow Depth drew more than 50 viewers that included students from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. In attendance were also CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Alastair Gordon and Christian Larsen, Curator of The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Shallow Depth is the first collaboration of Jason Chandler, Jacek J. Kolasinski, and Roberto Rovira, an architect, an artist and a landscape architect, respectively. The exhibition collapses the disciplinary boundaries of these three educators to reveal the complexities of the city in which they live and work. For each of them, Miami is a context that frames and provides source material for their individual métiers. Miami’s surreal aura of geological flatness and precarious nature, mixed with the global ambition and subtropical context of a famously diverse city, enriches and challenges the work of this trio.

This collaboration reflects a long and sporadic conversation about how three individuals could make a shared exhibition that would be greater than the sum of its parts. The three represented disciplines are closely allied, and each participant is engaged in practice. Drawing, photography and the making of books and printed material were valued modes of representation.

Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami will be on display until March 5th, 2015 at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL. Free and open to the public.

Jason Chandler, A.I.A., is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. Before teaching at FIU, he taught at the University of Miami and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for its Career Discovery Program. He was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture at FIU in the fall of 2013. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. Chandler’s writing has been published in both national and regional ACSA proceedings and he has co-authored with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler is the founder and principal of Chandler and Associates in South Miami, Florida. He is the architect of Plaza 57, a mixed-used building in downtown South Miami, as well as a series of infill warehouses in Miami. Chandler has received several distinctions in design competitions: Second Prize in the 81st Paris Prize Architectural Design Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2001 Scattered Housing Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Miami Beach Design Life Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2008 Dawntown Waterworks Competition. His built and unbuilt design work has received awards from the Miami and Florida chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Jason Chandler’s design work has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press, Trama, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and The Miami Herald and has been noted in the New York Times and the MIT Press. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland, where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. Through his creative work, Kolasinski has tested complex video installations, single and multiple channel projections, as a well as site-specific projects in the context of public architecture. His art work has reached large international audiences through presentations and exhibitions in numerous venues including: the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Most recently, his interest in “socially engaged academic performance art” has provoked several large-scale trans-disciplinary projects such as TAG (“The Art of Giving”) in Haiti and “Tree of Unity” in Liberty City. These projects are testing boundaries between art and the “aesthetics of philanthropy” by mobilizing a number of what he describes as social actors or archetypes — from cheerleaders and athletes to art students and younger school children – to bring attention to the marginalized communities ridden by serious societal problems.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA, and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994. Roberto has been guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few. Roberto Rovira’s work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others. He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009, and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

The Chairs would like to thank the following exhibition assistants: Martina Gonzalez, Ivan Torrenegra, Brennan Baxley, Esther Monterrey, Ludovico Ferro, Ricardo Lugo, and Joe Locke.

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Chris Garcia (BLA ’12) and Jose D. Fonseca (MLA ’11) at the Florida Chapter ASLA in Miami

The Miami section of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA) has two alumni from FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD) on its team.

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FLASLA Miami Section Chair Deena Bell Llewellyn, ASLA with Chair Roberto Rovira of FIU LAEUD

Chris Garcia (BLA ’12) and Jose D. Fonseca (MLA ’11) joined Miami Section Chair Deena Bell Llewellyn, ASLA in representing FLASLA members across South Florida. Both alumni also work at Bell Landscape Architecture Inc., with Fonseca as Project Coordinator Designer and Garcia as Landscape Designer.

Regarding his FIU education, Fonseca noted that it influenced his professional networking and encouraged his participation in the design community. He said, “My involvement in local meets and the LABASH conference during my days at FIU, as part of the student chapter, had prepared me for future contributions with ASLA.” Fonseca worked as a graduate assistant at the FIU School of Architecture and with Studio Roberto Rovira during his time as an MLA student. In 2012, he was an Associate Designer at Witkin Hults Design Group, Landscape Architecture & Planning, and in 2013, he worked as a 3D Renderer and Draftsman at both Artegres Corporation and The Realization Group. Fonseca has served as the Graphics Chair for the 2014 State Conference at Ocean Reef Club, and is a present member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The header image includes Chris Garcia, Priscilla Garcia, and Jose D. Fonseca at the FLASLA Miami Section Holiday Party in December 2014.

All images are provided courtesy of the FLASLA Miami Section.

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‘Shallow Depth,’ Exhibition by CARTA Chairs, Opens at MBUS

On Thursday evening, January 15th, Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami opened at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The exhibition includes work by Jason Chandler (Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Chair of the FIU Department of Art + Art History), and Roberto Rovira (Chair of the FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design).

Shallow Depth drew more than 50 viewers that included students from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. In attendance were also CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Alastair Gordon and Christian Larsen, curator of the Wolfsonian-FIU.

Shallow Depth is the first collaboration of Jason Chandler, Jacek J. Kolasinski, and Roberto Rovira, an architect, an artist, and a landscape architect, respectively. The exhibition collapses the disciplinary boundaries of these three educators to reveal the complexities of the city in which they live and work. For each of them, Miami is a context that frames and provides source material for their individual métiers. Miami’s surreal aura of geological flatness and precarious nature, mixed with the global ambition and subtropical context of a famously diverse city, enriches and challenges the work of this trio.

This collaboration reflects a long and sporadic conversation about how three individuals could make a shared exhibition that would be greater than the sum of its parts. The three represented disciplines are closely allied, and each participant is engaged in practice. Drawing, photography and the making of books and printed material were valued modes of representation.

Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami will be on display until March 5th, 2015 at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL. Free and open to the public.

Jason Chandler, A.I.A., is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. Before teaching at FIU, he taught at the University of Miami and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for its Career Discovery Program. He was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture at FIU in the fall of 2013. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. Chandler’s writing has been published in both national and regional ACSA proceedings and he has co-authored with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler is the founder and principal of Chandler and Associates in South Miami, Florida. He is the architect of Plaza 57, a mixed-used building in downtown South Miami, as well as a series of infill warehouses in Miami. Chandler has received several distinctions in design competitions: Second Prize in the 81st Paris Prize Architectural Design Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2001 Scattered Housing Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Miami Beach Design Life Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2008 Dawntown Waterworks Competition. His built and unbuilt design work has received awards from the Miami and Florida chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Jason Chandler’s design work has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press, Trama, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and The Miami Herald and has been noted in the New York Times and the MIT Press. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland, where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. Through his creative work, Kolasinski has tested complex video installations, single and multiple channel projections, as a well as site-specific projects in the context of public architecture. His art work has reached large international audiences through presentations and exhibitions in numerous venues including: the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Most recently, his interest in “socially engaged academic performance art” has provoked several large-scale trans-disciplinary projects such as TAG (“The Art of Giving”) in Haiti and “Tree of Unity” in Liberty City. These projects are testing boundaries between art and the “aesthetics of philanthropy” by mobilizing a number of what he describes as social actors or archetypes — from cheerleaders and athletes to art students and younger school children – to bring attention to the marginalized communities ridden by serious societal problems.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA, and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994. Roberto has been guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few. Roberto Rovira’s work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others. He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009, and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

The Chairs would like to thank the following exhibition assistants: Martina Gonzalez, Ivan Torrenegra, Brennan Baxley, Esther Monterrey, Ludovico Ferro, Ricardo Lugo, and Joe Locke.

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Pip Brant Featured in PAXy’s First Community Event “I’m sick of Symmetry.”

Associate Professor Pip Brant will be featured in I’m sick of Symmetry., the first community event of non-profit cultural arts organization PAXy.

The exhibition of visual arts, music, architectural installation, and performances is curated by Odalis Valdivieso, who co-founded FALL SEMESTER (CARTA News: September 2014).

The event is described in the following statement:

Untitled Stage, 2015: In the fashion of design, a group of artworks are arranged as bodies of a total entity; Each one pointing out shapes, gestures, and collages, fragmenting of the world of representation. Separate realities merge into one as the stage is an object as much as the theatre itself, the audience, the lights, the video, the painting, the collage, and the photograph, The group of artists selected, present works that seem open, transitional; somehow reflecting their studio practice privileging experimentation and depth within their tasks. (Source: PAXy)

I’m sick of Symmetry. will feature the following artists, musicians, and designers:

Artists
Angela Valella
Antonia Wright
Bhakti Baxter
Consuelo Castañeda
Diego Singh
Gustavo Matamoros
Loriel Beltran
Mauricio Gonzalez
Pip Brant
Sara Stites

Musicians
10PM – 11PM: Deaf Poets
DJ AlexAlejandro
DJ SirChampa

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Alan D’Amore
Fabio Segre
Francesco del Conte
Luis Valdes Bartroli

I’m sick of Symmetry. will take place on Saturday, January 17th, 2014 at 5PM at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: 404 NW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33127. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. For more information on the venue, visit www.miamilightproject.com.

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Victoria Gitman (BFA ’96) Exhibits Work at PAMM and New York’s Garth Greenan Gallery

College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Victoria Gitman (BFA ’96) is exhibiting her paintings and drawings at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York. The exhibition opened on Thursday, January 8th, and it is the first U.S. exhibition of Gitman’s since 2011. On view are seven naturalistic paintings and eight figure drawings created between 2012 and 2014. In addition, Gitman will present a mid-career retrospective entitled Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Thursday, February 26th.

Gitman’s exhibition at the Garth Greenan Gallery focuses on two bodies of her recent work—life-sized “portraits” of fur purses and a series of diminutive drawings based on compositions by the Old Masters. Set against shallow, neutral-colored backgrounds, each of the fur purses is meticulously rendered from close, direct observation. Gitman paints in oils, hair by hair, creating surfaces that are soft and seductive, yet austere in their precision. Many of the purses feature abstract patterns evocative of early and mid-twentieth century painterly traditions. Evoking modernist compositional techniques, Gitman’s paintings are resolutely frontal, their imagery extending nearly edge-to-edge. A number of the paintings reinforce this subtle formal dialogue by incorporating veiled references to canonical artists like Kazimir Malevich and Mark Rothko. Like her paintings, Gitman’s new figure drawings are also about the erotics of vision. Her tightly cropped figures hover just on the surface of the picture plane, almost within the viewer’s reach. Simultaneously, the medium—graphite on Mylar—lends the images a kind of evanescence, an immaterial quality that makes them difficult to fully grasp. (Source: Garth Greenan Gallery)

Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye at the Pérez Art Museum Miami will feature 19 works that represent four phases of her career and 14 years of creativity. PAMM said, “set against shallow backgrounds of neutral color, Gitman’s depictions of necklaces, beaded purses, and fur purses make a powerful impact that belies their small scale and banal subject matter.” (For more information on her upcoming exhibition at PAMM, click here.)

Victoria Gitman’s exhibition at the Garth Greenan Gallery (529 West 20th Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10011) will run until Saturday, February 14th, 2015. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 6PM For more information, please contact Garth Greenan at (212) 929-1351, or email garth@garthgreenan.com.

Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye will run from February 26th to May 31st, 2015 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. For hours and admission information, click here.

Victoria Gitman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History from the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts, and she graduated through the FIU Honors College. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo (CARTA News: August 2014), the David Nolan Gallery in New York, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. The work is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among others.

This article was written with the help of the Garth Greenan Gallery.

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Cruise Ship and Super Yacht Design Students Visit Sea Fair during Miami Art Week

One of the benefits of CARTA’s location in Miami is the opportunities provided for engaged activities with leading industry professionals. On Friday, December 5th, during Miami’s Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach, students in the Cruise Ship and Super Yacht studio and FIU assistant professor Sarah Boehm visited SeaFair, a “mega yacht venue” docked at Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Students toured the vessel and received a special lecture from the world famous designer of this mega yacht Luiz De Basto. Additionally, the students were able to view an art exhibition hosted at the SeaFair for Miami Art Week.

The visit to the SeaFair was the first time students toured a mega yacht built for commercial purposes. The students received great practical advice for their future in cruise ships and yacht design trajectories, and their exposure to different levels of nautical design was especially rewarding given their field of study.

FIU Interior Architecture would like to thank Tim Schmand (Executive Director of Bayfront Park), David Lester (Principal of the SeaFair), and Lisa Merritt (Director of Development at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts) for making this visit possible for our students.

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Silvian Maltoni Wins NEWH Hospitality Scholarship

Silvan MaltonibOur students continue to excel within the industry. Last month, our Master of Interior Architecture student Silvian Maltoni was awarded the NEWH (Hospitality Industry Network) Hospitality Scholarship. She received the scholarship award on Wednesday, December 10th at the South Florida NEWH Holiday and Awards Event held at the Historic Coral Gables Women’s Club.

Maltoni competed among Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design, and students from similar programs across South Florida for this award. We are very proud of her accomplishment!

In the MIA degree program, our students learn about designing the interior portions of various settings, including those associated with hospitality. Designing both public and private interior spaces requires expertise that includes aesthetic theory, environment and behavior theory, and technical knowledge associated with building systems, building construction, finish material selection and installation, code requirements for different building occupancies, and the business, ethical, and legal ramifications of running an interior design business.

Silvian Maltoni is pictured in the header image with Instructor Katie Rothfield and alumna Sabrina Ocner Hohl (MIA ’12).

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FIU School of Architecture Career Fair on March 25th!

The Florida International University School of Architecture is pleased to invite firms to participate in the Spring 2015 Career Fair, which will occur on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

This event provides a wonderful opportunity for local and national firms to recruit the superior students of the FIU Masters of Architecture, Masters of Interior Architecture, and Masters of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Urban Design programs. Likewise, this event provides FIU students with the unique opportunity to experience interviewing with diverse, prestigious firms. All participating students are in their last year and will graduate with a master’s degree in their designated field.

The event is held at the Modesto A. Madique Campus in the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building. Each firm receives a private critique room to conduct student interviews. Lunch will be provided.

Please direct questions to Kelly Meyer at krmeyer@fiu.edu or 305-348-6481.

Registration Fees:
Early Registration (Before March 6, 2015): $150
Late Registration (After March 6, 2015): $250

Florida International University
School of Architecture
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199

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Nick Gelpi, Assistant Professor is a 2014 Curbed Young Gun!

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Nick Gelpi (Assistant Professor of Architecture) has been awarded a 2014 Curbed Young Gun award by Curbed!

Curbed Young Guns is an annual search for the next wave of up-and-coming architects and interior designers. Curbed Young Guns wants to find these individuals, showcase them, and celebrate them. To qualify, nominees must be under the age of 35 or have been in the profession for under five years, and they must be based in the United States. Once nominations are in, Curbed shows the work of nominees to a panel of industry leaders, which includes top architects, interior designers, and design thinkers and who help pick the best of the nominees. (Source: Curbed)

Gelpi, has been named a Curbed Young Gun based on how he works technology into his passion for material analysis and innovation. He is principal of his own design office based in New York, and his practice has been producing a diversity of projects from experimental structures and pavilions, to commercial retail design, and high-concept furniture and prototypes. Gelpi’s research is concerned with materials and representation, often incorporating procedures of fabrication and the conventions of testing through Mockups.

To view the the featured Curbed article on Gelpi, click here.

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Marilys Nepomechie joins panel at Harvard GSD’s Principled Design

On Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, Professor of Architecture Marilys Nepomechie was a panelist in Principled Design, part of the Harvard GSD | Art Basel Design Weekend.

In the field of urban planning, theorists including Henry Mayhew, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Gans, and Jane Jacobs, have integrated moral principles into urban planning, such as the aim to foster inclusive and equitable societies. Principled Design assembled women holding leadership positions in architecture practice and education to discuss the professional values they hold dear, and how those values frame their approach to design, education, and practice.

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Principled Design, during Harvard GSD | Art Basel Design Weekend

Emerging from discussions about the inclusion of women in design professions, Principled Design built upon related recent dialogues. For example, in March 2013, GSD Women in Design launched a Petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize to recognize Denise Scott Brown for her critical role in the work that earned the 1991 Prize. Additionally, the Missing 32% Project is a nation-wide initiative that documents and seeks to redress the leaky pipeline for women in the architecture profession. In 2014, Julia Morgan became the first woman to receive the AIA Gold Medal, posthumously honoring a prolific, respected practice that spanned several decades during the first half of the 20th Century. As part of Harvard Design Weekend, Principled Design sought to extend the reach of that critical conversation.  It was conceived by Caroline James, GSD MArch ’14 and Jaya Kader, AIA, and advised by Denise Scott Brown.

Panelists:
Louise Braverman, FAIA, Founding Principal, Louise Braverman Architect, New York, NY
Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, Florida International University; Founding Principal, Marilys R. Nepomechie Architect, Miami, FL; President-Elect, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Lourdes Solera, FAIA, Principal, M.C. Harry and Associates, Miami, FL; Past President, AIA Miami
Carie Penabad, Assoc AIA, Founding Principal, Cure & Penabad, Miami, FL; Associate Professor, University of Miami
Caroline James (Moderator), Associate, Maryann Thompson Architects, Watertown, MA
Jaya Kader, AIA, (Introduction) Founding Principal, KZ Architecture, Miami, FL

(Source: Harvard GSD)

This article was written by Marilys Nepomechie, Professor of Architecture.

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Thomas Spiegelhalter and Shahin Vassigh present paper in India at 30th International PLEA Conference

Associate Professor Thomas Spiegelhalter and Professor Shahin Vassigh’s peer-reviewed publication “Best Practice Net-Zero-Energy Building Design Instructions Methods” was presented by Spiegelhalter at the 30th International PLEA Conference in India. Their paper was presented in the category of “Low carbon cities and neighbourhood development” at the CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) University, in Amedabad, India.

PLEA is an autonomous, non-profit, network of individuals sharing expertise in the arts, sciences, planning and design of the built environment. Founded in 1981, PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) organizes international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; scientific and technical publications; architectural competitions and exhibitions. The goal of the 30th International PLEA Conference (PLEA 2014) was to promote discussion and debate on the learnings, opportunities and challenges in passive low energy architecture and design in a rapidly growing world. Within this conference, participants deliberated on the choices we have and the choices we need to make in order to move towards a more sustainable habitat, especially for developing societies and emerging economies. The local theme of this international conference spoke to the urgent need to reduce energy use in new and existing buildings in cities that are witnessing rapid growth and urbanization. During the course of this conference, deliberations helped participants in deploying various dimensions of architectural and design science to help realize buildings, neighborhoods and cities that have minimal impact on natural resources, while satisfying the comfort requirements and aspirations of a fast developing society. Among the sponsors of the conference are BAYER Material Science, Germany, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Government of India. (Source: PLEA2014)

Spiegelhalter is a long-term member of the Scientific Committee of PLEA, along with Prof. Vivian Loftness (CMU-USA),  Prof. Alessandro Rogora (Milan’s Polytechnic, Italy), Prof. Dr. Asawa Takashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), Prof. Brian Ford (University of Nottingham, UK), and Prof. Dr. Werner X. Lang (TU Munich, Germany), among others.

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Janine King Participates in CIDA Future Vision 2014

The Department of Interior Architecture continues to contribute to national dialogs about interior design, its current strengths, and its future contributions. Janine King, Chair of FIU Interior Architecture and Associate Professor, recently joined the Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s (CIDA) Future Vision 2014 as a designee, during the weekend November 6th-8th.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation Board of Directors invited visionaries such as Professor King to partner in establishing priorities for the future of interior design higher education. Chosen for their well-informed, broad perspective, a diverse group of nominated thought leaders joined the Board of Directors at CIDA’s Future Vision 2014 session. Hosted by Steelcase, the goal of this year’s Future Vision event was to describe factors that will have the greatest influence on interior design in order to establish educational priorities for entry-level practitioners in 2017 and beyond. (Source: CIDA)

Future Vision 2014 focused on trends in interior design discovered through CIDA’s Future of Interior Design National Survey, and invited designees like Professor King to analyze this discovery. The trends found in survey results are: Expanding Professional Reach, Impact of Globalization, Worldwide Urbanization, Enhanced Building Performance, Human-Centered Design, Professional Challenge, and Deep Design Process.

The following individuals participated in Future Vision 2014:

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Collin Burry, Principal, Gensler, San Francisco, CA (CIDA Board)
Julianna Catlin, Principal, Catlin Design, Jacksonville, FL
Heather Robertson Corrigan, President, Robertson MacLean Design Limited, Dartmouth, NS (CIDA Board)
Raphael Paul diTommaso, Principal, diTommaso & Colaku, New York, NY
Benjamin Fuglevand, Associate, Callison Architects, Seattle, WA
Sari Graven, Principal, J&S Collaborative, Seattle, WA (CIDA Board)
Carol Jones, Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., Vancouver, BC (CIDA Board)
Melissa Mizell, Senior Associate Designer, Gensler, San Francisco, CA
Christina Oliver, Principal, Oliver Interiors, LLC, Newton, MA
Heidi Painchaud, Managing Principal, B+H Architects, Toronto, ON
Adam Stover, Principal, Populous, Kansas City, MO

Interior design education
Katherine Ankerson, Department Head, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Tilanka Chandrasekera, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Pamela Evans, Interior Design Director, Kent State University, Kent, OH (CIDA Board)
Janine King, Interior Architecture Department Chair, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Thomas Kong, Associate Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jane Kucko, Associate Dean for University Programs, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (CIDA Board)
Carl Matthews, Interior Design Program Director, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (CIDA Board)
Dorothy Stern, Professor, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON

Industry and related disciplines
Tom Carlisle, Apple Campus 2 Design, Apple, Cupertino, CA
Michael R. Gibson, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX (AIGA Design Education Council)
Jan Johnson, Vice President Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel, Chicago, IL (CIDA Board)
Alex Serriere, Principal, CTO, Director of Research, TEECOM, Oakland, CA
Mark Strauss, President, Interior Design Media, New York, NY (CIDA Board)

Professor King has over fifteen years experience in teaching and administration, and has headed FIU’s Interior Architecture Department since 2003. She is a licensed Interior Designer in the state of Florida and holds an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certificate. She earned her Master of Interior Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and has won numerous awards for her teaching, research, and service. Her research is motivated by a desire to enhance the quality of people’s lives through the production of safe, healthy, useful, and inspirational interior environments.  Aimed at improving the depth and quality of the design process, her work focuses on developing and evaluating new procedures and methods that improve designers’ ability to solve complex problems. This work ranges from a series of funded projects developing, implementing, and evaluating participatory design methods to projects involving innovative instructional methods directed toward complex problem solving. Her work has resulted in book chapters, journal articles, and conference presentations.

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Roberto Rovira Moderates Harvard GSD Coastlines Symposium Panel

On Monday, December 8th, Chair Roberto Rovira moderated the “Territories” discussion at the Coastlines: Architecture, Landscape, and the Construction of Waterscapes Design Symposium by Harvard Graduate School of Design, in Miami’s Design District. The session speakers were Pierre Bélanger, Guy Nordenson, and Justine Kwiatkowski Vélez.

Leading architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers, and planners took part in discussions grounded in the exciting research being conducted by members of the GSD community in Cambridge and worldwide. Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi engaged participants in discussions related to designing on, in, or near water and the unique challenges related to these environments in this era of unprecedented climate change. (Source: Harvard GSD)

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA,  and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Rovira has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994.

Rovira has been a lead designer in national and international projects in the U. S., Latin America, and the Middle East, and his work ranges from installations to urban projects. He has been a guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few.

Rovira’s work has been published by the Journal of Landscape Architecture, Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others.  He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009,  and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

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28th Annual Festival of the Trees Gets More than 800 Guests!

The 28th annual Festival of the Trees at the Coral Gables Country Club on November 20, 2014 was a tremendous success! More than 800 people attended the event, which is a fundraiser coordinated by the FIU Department of Interior Architecture and its advisory board to raise scholarships for the department and its talented students.

With close to 100 students in our Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited Master of Interior Architecture program, the Interior Architecture Department at FIU is one of the premiere professional interior design programs in South Florida. The department is recognized as being the 9th best interior design program in the United States, the 4th best undergraduate program in the southern U.S., and the 2nd best Interior Design graduate program in the southern U.S. The department is known for the quality of its students, its excellent faculty, and its strong relationship with Miami design professionals. It provides its students with cutting edge award-winning facilities that house studios, galleries, labs, and workshops, and fosters a dynamic community of creative and ardent lifelong learners investigating design and its countless contributions to society.

Each year, Festival of the Trees Sponsors underwrite designers who design and build unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The ‘trees’ are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening, held for the first time this year at the Coral Gables Country Club. The lucky winning bidders enjoy having these extraordinary creations adorn their homes or offices during the holiday season. South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for the department through both their participation in the creation of the trees and their attendance at the event. This holiday extravaganza has raised over $100,000 in funds that benefit FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and its students.

The 28th Annual Festival of the Trees was made possible by Janine King, Chair of FIU Interior Architecture and the following Advisory Board members, led by Committee Chair Lisette Boosooboy, M.C. Harry & Associates:

Lorraine Bragg, Heery-S&G
Raquel Salvato, Corporate Design Choice
Eve Cater, Sun Flooring Systems
Paula Hesch, Paula Hesch Design
Lucille McKey, Business Interiors, Inc
Dawn Starling, Starling & Associates
Julia Melhauser, Steelcase, Inc.
Monica Estrada, Artemide
Dwayne Boyce, Haworth
Anna Maria Valle, MGE
Cynthia Stehman, Alterna Corp
Kenzie Perry, Sandals Corp
Betty Mestre, Global Commercial Furnishings
Hector Ruiz, AECom
Peta Walker, CPD Design

Listed below are the highly-esteemed judges for the 28th Annual Festival of the Trees, along with the awarded designs and honorable mentions.

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Judges

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Nathalie Cadet-James

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Susan Cumins

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 Sir Alan T.P. Duddle

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  Kalyn James

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 Steve Rothaus

Award Winners

Most Creative: Gensler, sponsored by Knoll, Knoll Textiles, Spinneybeck and Filzfelt
Most Illuminating: TSAO, sponsored by 3M
Most Progressive: Strang Architecture, sponsored by FLOS USA
Most Elegant and People’s Choice: ADD Inc, sponsored by Workscapes and Herman Miller

Honorable Mentions

VIA Design Studio, sponsored by Global Commercial Furnishings
G Alvarez Studio, sponsored by Shaw Contact Group
Studio 5 Design and Architecture, sponsored by Keys Granite Dal Tile
NBWW & Associates Inc., sponsored by AGC
FIU Architecture, sponsored by FIU Alumni Association

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Raymond Jungles and Roberto Rovira Present at Perez Art Museum Miami

On Wednesday, December 3rd, Chair Roberto Rovira and Raymond Jungles presented their work as part of the “Art in the Urban Landscape” panel during the Citi Collector’s Dinner event at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Accompanying Rovira and Jungles were Thom Collins, the Executive Director of PAMM and panel moderator Christian Larsen, Curator of The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA,  and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Rovira has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994.

Rovira has been a lead designer in national and international projects in the U. S., Latin America, and the Middle East, and his work ranges from installations to urban projects. He has been a guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few.

Rovira’s work has been published by the Journal of Landscape Architecture, Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others.  He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009,  and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

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Eric Goldemberg Does Mini-tour of Lectures, Critique Session, and Design Workshop in Northern Italy

Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor has been invited to do a mini-tour of lectures, a critique session, and a design workshop in Northern Italy from Monday, December 15th to Tuesday, December 16th. He will participate in these events at the prestigious universities of Politecnico di Milano and the University of Engineering & Architecture of Bologna.

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Goldembeg is an architect, with a professional degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York. He worked for Peter Eisenman as Senior Designer for the City of Culture of Galicia, Spain as well as heading design teams in several competitions. He was also Project Architect for Asymptote Architecture (Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture) on projects in Malaysia, The Netherlands and the Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico. In Buenos Aires he collaborated with Clorindo Testa and Estudio STAFF – the latter founded by his parents Jorge Jose Goldemberg and Teresa Bielus, with over 20,000,000 sf of social housing projects built in South America.

Goldemberg is currently the Digital Design Coordinator and Associate Professor at the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts, where he teaches graduate studios and advanced digital design and fabrication courses. Previously, he taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, New York Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Buenos Aires, and IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona. He is the author of the book Pulsation in Architecture, which highlights the range and complexity of sensations involved in constructing rhythmic ensembles. He lectured about his design research at Cooper Union New York, Architectural Association London, Die Angewandte Kunst Wien, Politecnico di Milano, Studio-X Columbia University, ETSAB Barcelona, Iaac Barcelona, MIT Boston, University of Puerto Rico, MOCA Miami, Wolfsonian Museum Miami, University of Miami, University of Buenos Aires, Di Tella University. (Source: MONAD Studio)

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