The Interior Architecture Department seeks to prepare its graduates for seamless career opportunities. One such example is Kemo Duddle, who received a Master in Interior Architecture in 2014 from the department, graduating magna cum laude. Before he decided to return to the university setting, Duddle had already established a successful career in both Europe and the U.S. He worked on prestigious projects for companies such as Cartier, Calvin Klein, the Ritz Hotel, and Harrods. Duddle presently focuses on high-end homes both in Europe and in the United Sates. He recently launched his own American company called Kemo Design International, which concentrates on residential, hospitality, and commercial establishments, particularly in Miami, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
Kemo is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the FIU Department of Interior Architecture. He currently teaches the course Art in Public Interiors, which focuses on how students can integrate artwork and collections of art into their interior architecture designs.
Duddle is an enthusiastic promoter of the arts. “Art plays an important role [in] the equation of a lasting successful design project,” he said. “This is true in all design, whether commercial or residential.”
He has been instrumental in the development of the Martin and Constance Silver Awards, which recognizes students in FIU Interior Architecture for integrating artwork into their designs of interiors.