Students and Faculty participate in the 6th annual Cultural Exchange Workshops


Preparing students for a future in the cruise ship and super yacht design industry is a goal of FIU Interior Architecture’s Certificate in Cruise Ship and Super Yacht Design (CSSY). Students in this certificate program have just returned from a cultural exchange and study abroad program, in which they visited the cities of La Spezia, Florence, Rome, and Papenburg, Germany. The trip was organized by the FIU Department of Interior Architecture in partnership with University of Genoa’s Naval Architecture program at Promostudi La Spezia Polo Universtario ‘G. Marconi’ campus. As a part of the CSSY program, an Italian Cultural Exchange Workshop occurs in the spring semester: FIU interior architecture students travel to Italy to work with Italian students and faculty and to learn yacht and cruise ship design, and naval architecture faculty and students from the University of Genoa visit FIU in the port city of Miami to learn the same. Each group of students thus has the opportunity to travel abroad to examine a different perspective on boat design.

In the week-long workshops, students from different countries work in teams on design projects. At the end of the workshops, they present their work to industry experts who help guide their learning experience. In addition to team projects, the workshops include trips to shipyards, boat shows, and lectures by leading designers and manufacturers. “There is nothing that compares to learning-by-doing,” says Janine King, Chair of the Department of Interior Architecture. “This is a very rich and important learning experience for our students.”

The featured image includes (left image) students after presenting to dignitaries at the Naval Officers Club in La Spezia and (right image) students on a tour of the San Lorenzo Yachts yard.

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