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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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