As part of the FIU Interior Architecture’s Cruise Ship & Super Yacht Design Certificate’s cultural exchange program, FIU students collaborated with Italian naval architecture students and faculty from the Università degli Studi di Genova for two weeks of activities at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
To prepare its students, the Interior Architecture department invited Professor of Naval Architecture Massimo Musio-Sale from the Università degli Studi di Genova to introduce FIU’s CSSY students to the fundamentals of yacht design. His lecture series and workshop covered the designs of boats, motorboats, and sailboats. The workshop ended with a visit to the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center and a tour of Ferretti Group Yachts by Giuseppina Arena, Architect and Interior Designer for Ferretti Group Americas.
The following week brought twelve students from the Italian Naval Architecture program of Università degli Studi di Genova to FIU’s MMC campus for the cultural exchange workshop. Activities for the week-long workshop began with a tour of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship, and a visit to Studio B on-board. Studio B is the focus of the design challenge for the week’s exchange workshop which required students to propose a new function and design for the area of the ship. The purpose was to create an area that would attract millennials to cruising and build brand loyalty among this demographic. Before embarking on the design challenge, Greg Walton, Vice President of RTKL Miami, presented a lecture on the Royal Caribbean brand. The week culminated with final design presentations and a reception at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.