FIU

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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Florida International University (FIU) is an American metropolitan public research university located in Miami, Florida, United States.

  • Founded in 1965, one of Florida’s primary graduate research universities
  • 55,000 students
  • 3,400 graduate and professional degrees awarded annually
  • 191 programs of study
  • 280 majors
  • 23 colleges and schools
  • 81 master’s degrees, 34 doctoral degrees, and 3 professional degrees
  • 4th-largest university in the United States

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The Paul L. Cejas SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE Building is the primary location for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture programs.

This is a state-of-the-art facility and is designed by architect Bernard Tschumi specifically to meet the needs of the School of Architecture. This unique venue is a combination of five buildings of different heights interconnected with walkways and bridges that together offer 102,000 square feet of classroom, studio, gallery, workshops, labs, and office space. The buildings open up to a central courtyard that fosters interaction among students and the faculty.

Some of the elements that make this architecture and design campus unique are:

  • pre-graduate and graduate studios
  • multi-level studio with space for 375 students
  • 12 critique rooms
  • 150-seat auditorium with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system
  • research facilities 
  • Fabrication Lab with conventional wood and metal working equipment, CNC machine, and vacuum former
  • Digital Lab with traditional print, 3D print, and laser cutting
  • Lecture classrooms
  • mezzanine conference room and reading room
  • exhibition gallery for students to display their work
  • interior design resource library

THE STUDIOS are open studios where graduate and undergraduate architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture studios share the same large open spaces. Each student has their own desk in the studio, with 24-hour access to studio and desk during the entire semester. The desk contains a storage cabinet, provides electrical and Internet access, and has both a work and display surface. Providing each student with a dedicated work space among their peers mimics an office setting where designers have access to tools enabling information gathering, idea generation, representation, and effective communication.

The studios are lined with critique rooms to which each studio instructor has access for pin-ups and seminar meetings. These rooms are equipped with flat screens for video and digital presentations. These are a valuable resource and support studio class discussions, lectures, and reviews.

Visit INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE department

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