FOT: Awarding Excellence within the Studios


Every semester the Interior Architecture Department celebrates those students whose projects have exceeded the norm and expectations for the each studio, by awarding them with scholarships such as the Festival of the Trees Scholarship. November 21, 2013, will be the 27th anniversary of the Festival of the Trees, a celebration among students, alumni, and colleagues. Gathering together for one purpose…to raise funds to give back to the students.

Last spring, one of the scholarships was awarded to Graduate 4 student Mary Basile. In her 4th year, Mary won the award for her work in the Cruise Ship and Super Yacht studio. This midterm project consisted of designing a stateroom.  Her concept was carried on successfully throughout the project, inspired by the natural phenomenon, the northern lights. Carrying this idea throughout the design, carrying on the concept that her cruise line of choice (Celebrity Cruise line) already has established, quoting their main philosophy, “Because we believe every moment of your vacation should be measure by just how far it takes you from the ordinary. That’s modern luxury.”


The Festival of the Trees scholarships are funded through the charitable donations of participants in the Festival of the Trees, held annually and coordinated by FIU Interior Architecture department and its Advisory Board. This year’s event will be held on November 21st at the Coral Gables Museum. It is going on strong for their 27th year. For more information on this exciting event, visit our website

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