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Homecoming Displayed CARTA’s Panther Pride!

On Saturday, October 18th, students, staff, and alumni gathered to demonstrate their Panther Pride at the Homecoming Parade and the CARTA Homecoming tailgate, sponsored by Valic. Guests enjoyed free food and beer sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Co.

To view more photos from the day, please visit here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fiucarta/sets/72157648887493771/.





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Festival of the Trees is Around the Corner!

You are cordially welcomed to join us at the 28th annual Festival of the Trees, one of the most anticipated and celebrated traditions in Miami’s design and cultural community. The opening reception is Thursday, November 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Coral Gables Country Club, located at 997 N Greenway Dr, Miami, FL 33134. The reception will be attended by some of Miami’s most well-known figures in the real estate, arts, architecture, and design communities, as well as representatives from the media, Miami-Dade government and FIU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The Department of Interior Architecture’s annual Festival of the Trees fundraiser event has become a South Florida tradition, marking the start of the holiday season for over 27 years.  Since its inception, the Festival has united the region’s premier design professionals in this celebration of holiday season’s shapes, colors, light and poetry. Celebrating “Design Connections,” this year’s event showcases the unique creativity of the community by engaging local, national and international designers in the design of holiday trees made from every imaginable material.  Sponsors of this event underwrite designers/artists/tree creators who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The trees are displayed and auctioned at the gala opening held at Coral Gables. The lucky winning bidders get to keep these extraordinary pieces as holiday decorations in their homes or offices.

Net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will go towards FIU’s Interior Architecture Department, and help talented students pursue a quality education at FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts.

Tickets are on sale now, and discounted prices are available. Click here for more information about the Festival of the Trees and to purchase your ticket today!

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CARTA 2013-2014 Performance Report

Dear Colleagues,

In our short but dynamic, 8-year history, 2013-14 was the College’s most successful. This past fiscal year we established new highs in philanthropy ($2,051,446), research funds ($986,509), FSCH (93,329), and ROI (108.6%); achieved top national rankings for the first time for two of our graduate programs, Architecture and Interior Architecture; completed our first-ever 5-yr College work plan, CARTA 2020; published our first Annual Report; developed our first multi-million dollar public-private partnerships (RCCL, JMF, CGPH, and Allied Prefer); enhanced our study abroad offerings and student participation; successfully completed the accreditation process for the Department of Theatre and the Program Review process for the School of Music; successfully completed a national search for a Director of Development; fully staffed the CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios; and redesigned our webpages.

These accomplishments are the result of our continued commitment to excellence, teamwork, and transparency. They truly reflect the combined efforts of our faculty, department chairs, assistant and associate deans, professional staff, students, alumni, and patrons.  They reveal a forward-looking, academically and fiscally sound College that has been recognized nationally and embraced locally — a College that has strategically expanded its footprint and is becoming an acknowledged, innovative solution-center.

Thank you again for your support and commitment to CARTA. I am looking forward to working with you to achieve our collective goals as outlined in CARTA 2020.

Warmest regards,

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Check Out Alumna Teresita Fernández’s Latest Exhibition at MASS MoCA!

Teresita Fernández, BFA ’90, is an extremely talented artist. Her latest exhibition, Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below, is currently on display at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Running through March 2015, the exhibition “combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic.” (Source: MASS MoCA). Visit here for more information about the exhibit.

Fernández was born in Miami and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, an American Academy in Rome Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant. In 2011, President Obama appointed Fernández to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the president, Congress and governmental agencies on national matters of design and aesthetics.

Fernández is best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the natural world. Diverse in materials and wide-ranging conceptually, Fernández creates experiential, large-scale works that are often inspired by landscape and place as well as diverse historical and cultural references. She has had numerous major solo exhibitions including the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC; ICA, Philadelphia; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga; Miami Art Museum, Miami; Site Santa-Fe; and the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

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Leave a Legacy at CARTA

Looking for a way to thank your Alma Mater and the College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) for everything they have provided to you? Interested in paying forward the gifts you have received? Planned giving, also known as “leaving a legacy,” is a particularly good and practical way to give to and remember FIU.

There are as many variations on ways to make a donation as there are needs to be met. Whether you’re looking for a time-tested method or are interested in something new, a planned gift takes into consideration your desires, your personal circumstances, and the needs of your heirs.

For example, some planned gifts can pay you income (such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts) while others pay income to a charity over time. Other types of planned gifts (such as bequests, beneficiary designations or life insurance, endowed gifts) allow the actual donation/amount to stay with you during your lifetime. There is also substantial amount of flexibility in how to fund your planned gift; assets that may be used include cash, securities, real estate, closely held stock, retirement plan assets, and savings bonds, among a longer list.

A gift to FIU and CARTA is an important legacy for you, your family and the University.   To have a conversation about planned giving, please call Steven Schwartz, FIU’s Director of Estate and Planned Giving, at 305-348-2448. You can also reach out to CARTA Director of Development Lisa Merritt at 305-348-0325 or CARTA Development Officer Diane Ashley at 305-348-0322. Your scholarship designations will go a long way to ensure future generations of CARTA alumni!


 The above information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney. Any figures cited are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to state or income taxes apply to federal taxes only. Any state income or estate taxes or state lay may impact your results.

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CARTA’s DLAB Kicks off 2014-2015 in Theatrical Style!

CARTA’s Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board (DLAB) met briefly on September 26, 2014 to introduce the newly elected Chair Rick Tonkinson and Vice Chair Gus Berenblum. Members and guests were treated to a brief cello concert by School of Music student Stephanie Jaimes to start the meeting, held at the Theatre’s Black Box Studio. Dean Brian Schriner introduced Rick, who led the meeting with goals of keeping the Board focused on achieving CARTA’s 2020 vision. Dean Schriner announced a new sponsorship of the upcoming Walk on Water event by Vice Chair Gus Berenblum and Berenblum Busch Architects. CARTA looks forward to a productive, exciting year with such esteemed community leaders at the helm!

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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond Had Successful Launch of New Series, FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain, preservationist and developer of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS. The first very successful talk occurred at the Vagabond Hotel on Monday, August 18th, 2014 and featured speaker Terry Riley, architect, former Director of the Miami Art Museum and Philip Johnson Chief Curator of The Museum of Modern Art. The event gathered more than 300 arts patrons at the recently renovated, prime example of Mid-Century Miami Modern architecture.

Dean Brian Schriner of The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts created the ART TALKS as part of the CARTA 2020 vision, which emphasizes the College’s creativity and innovation, as well as its connections to the local community and the  Arts Community. We welcome your attendance, as the series will continue with a talk at the Bakehouse Art Complex on October 20th and with another at C1 Bank in Wynwood on November 17th. During December’s Art Basel-Miami Beach week, the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS will culminate in a CARTA exhibition, curated by Helmut Schuster, at UNTITLED Art fair.

Click here to view a video of the Vagabond event.


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CARTA Happy Hour at Blue Martini A Success

CARTA faculty, staff, and alumni mixed and mingled at Blue Martini on Wednesday, September 19th. Sipping on complimentary drinks and enjoying hors d’oeuvres provided by Blue Martini, guests were able to reconnect with old acquaintances and make new friends. Please click here to view photos from the event.

CARTA would like to thank Blue Martini for their generous support.


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Howard Miller Named CARTA Interim Director of Strategic Planning and Communication

On Wednesday, September 3rd, Mr. Howard Miller was named the College of Architecture + The Arts’ Interim Director of Strategic Planning and Communication. Mr. Miller brings with him unique qualifications, professional experience, and a proven track record as a fundraiser and communication professional. His primary functions will be to proactively support the implementation of CARTA 2020 and will work to establish departmental fundraising boards, provide leadership on all communication discussions and initiatives, assess the effectiveness of the College’s Annual Communication Plan, and ensure the College and its constituent units have strong public images.

As President of Howard R. Miller Communications (HRMC) and Chairman of the Synergy Entertainment Group, Mr. Miller has earned a national reputation as an energetic and innovative executive in the communications and entertainment industry, serving clients in the corporate, social service and entertainment industries. He oversees the day-to-day activities of his award-winning, full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, which serves international, national, regional and local clients. Mr. Miller is an FIU alumnus who graduated in 1979. He has served on the FIU President’s Council for five years and been a leader in fundraising for the First Generation Scholarship Campaign.

Please join the Dean and the rest of the College’s faculty and staff in welcoming Howard to his new position in CARTA!



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Dean Schriner Keynote Speaker at Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce City Beautiful Awards

Dean Brian Schriner was invited by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 City Beautiful Awards celebration on Thursday, August 21stat the Biltmore Hotel, speaking about the power of creative design to realize innovative solutions. He drew parallels between George Merrick’s vision for Coral Gables and the College of Architecture + The Arts’ vision as a premier cultural center and educational institution as entities that rely on the power of architecture and design. The Dean also shared information on how the College engages local and global communities to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.

Sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, and presented in partnership with the Chamber, the City Beautiful Awards are presented by the Chamber each year to celebrate the most outstanding examples of architectural achievement among commercial properties in Coral Gables, presenting awards in the categories of Outstanding Interior Commercial Building, Outstanding Exterior Commercial Building, Outstanding Retail Showroom, and Outstanding Restoration Project.

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Anabella Smith ’81, Partner and Director of Interior Design at Zyscovich, Dean Brian Schriner, and CARTA Director of Development Lisa Merritt

"GMCG Aug 2014 Breakfast"

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CARTA Thanks Rick and Margarita Tonkinson’s Generosity in Naming the WPAC Theatre Lobby

CARTA is grateful for the generosity of Rick and Margarita Tonkinson for naming the Theatre Lobby of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.  Rick and Margarita have worked together to build Tonkinson Financial and support several organizations.

The grand opening of the Rick and Margarita Tonkinson Theatre Lobby will be at the WPAC on September 26 at 7pm, before the Department of Theatre’s premiere of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.


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Alumni Spotlight: Susan Harris Welker ’84, Architecture

Susan Harris Welker has been a principal and project architect on federal, institutional, and commercial projects for over fifteen years. She graduated with honors from FIU in 1984 with a B.S. in architectural technology and went on to receive a master of architecture degree from the University of Houston in 1999, where she graduated salutatorian.

Citing architects Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava as inspiration, Welker realized she was called to her line of work during an undergraduate architecture course when her lettering exercises were commended for their “incredible beauty” by her professor. In 2004, Welker founded Harris Welker Architects (HWA), which provides architectural and interior design services to clients, both commercial and residential, who have environmentally focused goals. Located in Austin, Texas, HWA prides itself on service that is consistently on time and on budget. A focus on the sustainability, the environment and responsible design is a cornerstone of Welker’s practice, and she speaks regularly on topics such as universal design and green building. The company often renovates institutional and commercial spaces into places that are healthier and more environmentally responsive, and projects include renovations at various schools, feasibility studies at the Austin Convention Center, and the revitalization of a recruit dorm at the U.S. Air Force Base in San Antonio. Welker founded the AIA Austin Architecture in Schools program, which brings architecture to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes in Austin, and the AIA Austin Small Firms Roundtable, which encourages small firms to discuss education, networking, and practice issues.

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Visit the Music Collections at FIU!

Have you heard about the great music available at FIU? FIU has been the recipient of many generous gifts, not the least of which are notable music collections. These collections span various genres and feature songs and recordings not found anywhere else.

Buddy Korn Collection of Jazz and Other Recordings

Assembled between 1971 and 1985, the collection contains most of the artists and recordings considered to be standard to American Jazz, as well as various areas of specialization. The collection includes important recordings from the 1950s and 1960s such as John Coltrane and Lee Morgan, a large collection of “avant garde” jazz, such as Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, and recordings of vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie holliday, and Betty Carter. There are over 150 Duke Ellington LPs and samples of early R&B and be-bop. The collection also boasts over 400 assorted rock albums, 50 Afro-Cuban and Cuban Jazz, and assorted Blues and American Folk recordings.

 Diaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection

This collection is the most extensive collection of Cuban music in the U.S. with over 100,000 recordings spanning the history of popular Cuban and other Latin American music. The collection features 25,000 LPS, 14,500 78 rpms, 4,500 cassettes containing radio interviews with composers and musicians, 4,000 pieces of sheet music, 3,000 books, and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes and paper files.  Cassettes contain copies of hard to get 78’s gathered from all over the world, radio programs of special significance, interviews with composers, singers and musicians, etc. Among the collection’s rarest items are recordings made in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

 Julian Kreeger Collection

The collection was donated to the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and includes albums, tapes, videos, books, music folios, and sheet music. It is believed to be one of the largest private collections of classical piano music. There are many early and rare Soviet-era vinyl recordings of distinguished pianists like a rare 1903 (78 rpm) recording by Camille Saint-Saens performing on the piano. Additionally, substantial portions of the LPs are “audiophile treasures;” that is, they are English, German, and Japanese pressings of the 1950s and 1960s that are prized by audiophile collectors and engineers for their stellar sound quality.

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Julian Kreeger Collection


Florida International University’s collection of classical music is more expansive today after accepting the diverse Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection, an archive of over 27,000 classical music recordings. The collection was donated to the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and includes albums, tapes, videos, books and sheet music. It is believed to be one of the largest private collections of classical piano music.

“Given the breadth and depth of the Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection and the lifetime it has taken to amass, it is highly unlikely that such a collection can be assembled again,” said Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Architecture + the Arts. “We, at CARTA, are honored to have such a rich and comprehensive collection of recorded classical piano music. Our students will benefit greatly from having access to this wide-ranging archive.”

CARTA will house the inclusive Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection in the Green Library at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade. With an appraised value in excess of $632,000 the collection features Soviet, British, German and Japanese pianists’ recordings, as well as orchestral, operatic, vocal, instrumental and chamber music works. Many of the LPs are “audiophile treasures.” That is, they are English, German, and Japanese pressings of the 1950s and 1960s that are prized by audiophile collectors and engineers for their stellar sound quality. Many of the LPs in the Kreeger Collection represent highest attainment of the audio engineering art. The collection also includes several prized 78s, many of which are known in only a handful of copies. For example, the Kreeger Collection includes one of only five recordings by Camille Saint-Saens made on 26 June 1904 in Paris. This disc, released on Gramophone & Typewriter Limited, is Saint-Saens’ solo piano rendition of his composition, “Improvised cadenza on Africa, Op. 89.”

“This collection represents a 50-year labor of love and passion,” said Julian Kreeger, president at Friends of Chamber Music of Miami. “I am happy to see our collection provide the university with limitless educational possibilities.”

Kreeger’s interest in music began as a young man in Manhattan where he would attend musical performances at Carnegie Hall and around the city. During his undergraduate days at Columbia University, he was the classical music director of the college’s radio station. He then became a classical music critic, radio host and program annotator and involved himself in a number of state and national boards of trustees in orchestras and concert series, including but not limited to the National Symphony, Miami Music Project, Friends of Chamber Music and the Miami Philharmonic. In 1979, he co-founded Audiofon Records which received acclaim from music critics, audiophiles and musicians. Among his many accomplishments within the music industry, Kreeger is also a concert presenter and record producer.

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Julian Kreeger

Sue Wartzok & Julian Kreeger

Sue Wartzok and Julian Kreeger

Dean Brian Schriner

Julian Kreeger and Dean Brian Schriner

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Thanks to Communication Arts Forum Sponsors!


The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) would like to express enormous thanks to our two sponsors, Pasha’s Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine and  Southern Wine and Spirits, for their contributions to the Communication Arts Forum held on Wednesday, April 17th at the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus. Their generous sponsorship made the reception possible!

Our sponsors play an important role in the education of FIU students.  Their commitment and participation helps enhance and enrich the experience of our students and helps make FIU a Worlds Ahead institution, promoting the growth of the FIU community.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for future CARTA events!  If you are interested, please contact Maria Claverie at 305.348.1805 or mgclaver@fiu.edu.

Southern WinePasha's

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CARTA Benefit for Student Scholarships at the W Hotel

On October 18th, 2012, the College of Architecture + The Arts held a cocktail reception at the W Hotel in South Beach, with proceeds going to student scholarships.  FIU students, alumni, friends of the college, faculty and staff were present in support of the college’s students.  The event was a success, raising over $134,000.

To view photos from the evening, please visit CARTA’s Flickr page here.

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Dean Brian Schriner of the College of Architecture + The Arts thanks guests for their generous contributions

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Diane Ashley, Frankie and Bill Hipp and Dean Brian Schriner

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School of Music Director Doctor Orlando Garcia, Darci Pappano, Landscape Architecture Department Chair Roberto Rovira, and Kathleen Wilson

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Gratitude For Our PAINT CITY Sponsors!

The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) would like to express enormous thanks to our two sponsors, The Fresh Market Miami Beach and Sazon Cuban Cuisine, for their contributions to the Alumni Art Exhibition: PAINT CITY, held Friday, April 5th at the CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road. Their generous sponsorship made the cocktail reception possible!

Our sponsors play an important role in the education of FIU students.  Their commitment and participation helps enhance and enrich the experience of our students and helps make FIU a Worlds Ahead institution, promoting the growth of the FIU community.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for future CARTA events!  If you are interested, please contact Maria Claverie at 305.348.1805 or mgclaver@fiu.edu.

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Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board Assembly


The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board met on February 22nd and was sponsored by the W South Beach Hotel.

The assembly focused on establishing a partnership between CARTA and Miami’s top arts and architecture professionals. The partnership aims to ensure the development of a nationally renowned higher education arts model that is as creative, innovative and inspiring as Miami itself.   The Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board is Chaired by Dean Emeritus Bill Hipp and overseen by the college’s Dean Brian Schriner.

Together with CARTA, the Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board provides community outreach centered around South Florida’s arts, design and cultural transformation, resulting in unique leadership opportunities, and the implementation of the College’s 2013-14 strategic initiatives.

Board Members include:

Robert Behar Principal Behar + Font
Gustavo Berenblum Principal Berenblum + Busch Architects
Willy Bermello President + CEO Bermello, Ajami, And Partners, Inc
Leslie Bowe Director Corporate Relations, Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Diane Bozorgi Bozorgi Family Foundation | Credit Pacific Capital
Siavosh Bozorgi, MD Cardiologist, Surgeon Bozorgi Family Foundation | Credit Pacific Capital
David Castillo Owner/Director David Castillo Galleries
Brandon Cauff Managing Director Tristar Capital Real Estate Development
Paul Cejas Chairman + CEO PLC Investments
Robert Chisholm Chairman R.E. Chisholm Architects, Inc.
Stanley Cohen Chairman Miami Music Project Executive Board
Diane de Vries Ashley Director Banco do Brazil Americas
Martin Elortegui Former SVP Marketing Lionstone Development, LLC
Bernardo Fort-Brescia Principal Arquitectonica
Seth Gadinsky Gadinsky Real Estate, LLC
Irene Hegedus Principal Synergy Health Planners
Bill Hipp Dean Emeritus UM Frost School of Music
James Judd Artistic Director Miami Music Project
Kobi Karp Principal Kobi Karp Architeture + Interior Design
Fred Kaufman Composer Director Emeritus, FIU School of Music
Daniel Kreeger Exective Director Assoc. of Climate Change Officers
Julian Kreeger President Friends of Chamber Music
Howard Miller President Howard R. Miller Communications
Vigirnia Miller Owner/Director ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Gallery
James Piersol Principal McHarry and Associates, Inc.
Monica Rabassa VP Marketing Univision Radio
Nestor Rodriguez President Classical South Florida
Ronen Segev President 5th Avenue Pianos
Anabella Smith Principal Zyscovich Architects
Rick Tonkinson President Tonkinson Financial
Jesus Vazquez President Facchina Construction of Florida



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