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architecture in genoa fall 2017

Final studio review on December 5, with critics Riccardo Miselli, Architect Paolo Brescia (OBR), Prof. Alfredo Andia, Elisa Marini (l-r), and Elisa Cagelli (r)
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On 28 November Prof. Alfredo Andia and students visited the architecture office MaDG Studio of architect Margherita del Grosso. She explained the office work method, current projects including interior architecture work and urban design competitions, and the teaching work and large scale temporary constructructions in public spaces she builds with students as studio director of “ALICE – Atelier de la conception de l’espace, EPFL “Ecole Politecnique de Lausanne.

fall 2017 unige-fiu coastal design workshop

Oct 6: FIU & Unige students visiting the site in La Spezia, with FIU Prof. Alfredo Andia, Unige Prof.ssa Carmen Andriani, and Admiral Silvano Benedetti on left.

The project for the annual Unige-FIU collaborative workshop was the transformation of the Naval Museum of La Spezia and the surrounding portion of the navy base. The students toured the site on 6 October, lead by the museum curators who explained the special needs of the museum to accommodate the vast and varied collection and also to make the site more accessible to the public.

The project was coordinated by Unige Prof.ssa Carmen Andriani and tutors Beatrice Moretti and Davide Servente with the participation of the students of Prof.ssa Andriani's Coastal Design Studio. Also collaborating were FIU Profs. Alfredo Andia and Matthew Rice.

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Vanessa Estevez, Harley Martinez (FIU), Camilla Marchioni, Andrea Acquisgrana (Unige)
Andrea Añez, Michelle Aguirre (FIU), Margherita Gaino, Vittoria Spalla (Unige)
FIU Prof. Alfredo Andia, Alessio Granata (Unige), Marcella Gavilanez (FIU)
Beatrice Pastorino (Unige),  Valentina Paolini, Zair Toloza (FIU)
Elisa Cantone (Unige),Melodie Coles, Yannique Perry (FIU)
Katie Fuson (FIU), Maria Ivanova (Unige), Chelsea Davis (FIU)

FIU architecture professors presenting to genoa order of architects / 'big november' lecture series

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Alfredo Andia at the Genoa Order of Architects

Prof. alfredo andia 8 november

Dr. Andia's lecture on 8 November to the local architects of Genoa examined the next 30 years of human space. It considered how “computing-automation” and “synthetic biology” are quickly transforming all kinds of industries and paradigms. While “computing” power is doubling every year, “synthetic biology” is the fastest growing technology in human history, 6 to 14 times per year.

Dr. Andía is associate professor at Florida International University, Miami and is the visiting faculty member at the FIU Genoa Program for fall 2017.

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Margherita del Grosso and Marilys Nepomechie, at the Genoa Order of Architects

Prof. Marilys Nepomechie in Genoa

Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives for CARTA, Prof. Marilys Nepomechie was in Genoa to see the Architecture in Genoa program in action and for meetings to understand the level of current collaboration and potential for future development.

  • Made presentation to local architects on the topic 'Miami 2100: Imagining a Resilient Second Century';
  • Met with Unige Prorettore for International relations Prof. Andrea Trucco to discuss initiatives to serve both universities;
  • Spoke with Giovanna Giusto of Renzo Piano Building Workshop to discuss internship possibilities and speaking opportunities for RPBW personnel.

american lecture series / fall 2017

A series of presentations to the FIU students by University of Genoa professors and local practicing architects.

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Tuesday 17 October: the Fall 2017 architecture students with Prof. Alfredo Andia visited the Renzo Piano Building Workshop Archives.

erasmus plus

The European Union ERASMUS PLUS Program has awarded a grant to fund the exchange of FIU-CARTA and UNIGE-Architecture & Design students and faculty

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Unige Prof.ssa Carmen Andriani of the Department of Architecture and Design was in Miami from 20 August - to 25 September, 2017. Here she speaks about concrete in design, based on her recently pubvlished book 'Future Concrete - An Evolving Matter' with the students of Prof. Shahin Vassigh in her structures class.



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FIU Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter, our first Erasmus Plus faculty exchange participant, was in Genoa July 1 - August 1, 2017. Here with Unige Politecnico students Feng Xu and Umberto Grosso after the presentation of their thesis in which Spiegelhalter was a thesis advisor, and Unige professors Renata Morbiducci and Christiano Lepratti.


see more on his activities in Genoa

back from italy

The Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) is mounting a show of student projects from architecture programs in Italy at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC opening May 19, 2017. The theme is "Back from Italy" to gauge the lasting value of the experience personally and professionally. FIU's Architecture in Genoa program presented the project and reflection from one student for each each year from 2006-2016. The slides below show the final board and and an excerpt of the reflection.

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25 April 2017: The New York Times has published an article on the particular beauty of Genoa, with excerpts from a conversation with Miami's Micky Wolfson: LINK


l-r: Umberto Grosso (student, Unige-Politecnico), Claudia Busch (FIU architecture professor), Thomas Spiegelhalter (FIU architecture professor and Co-Director of the Structural and Environmental Technologies Laboratory), Carmen Andriani (Unige architecture professor), Feng Xu (student, Unige-Politecnico),Tiffany Troxler (Director, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center)
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Presentation by Carmen Andriani to architecture faculty and students

March 6-10 2017: full professor Carmen Andriani, responsible for the 5th year program in the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) of University of Genoa (Unige) was in Miami with FIU Genoa program manager Matthew Rice to discuss the collaborative interaction between the two schools of architecture. She also made a presentation to the faculty and students on her design work: Second prize in the Piranesi Prix de Rome 2016 XIV Edition, competition for via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome in collaboration with Guillermo Vasquez Consuegra, and her studio's design work: urban and architectural proposals for the soon to be decommissioned power plant in the port of Genoa, a project in which the fall 2016 FIU Architecture in Genoa students participated through a collaborative workshop.

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Architecture department chair Jason Chandler and Carmen Andriani

Unige Students studying at fiu in Miami: 2016-2017

In our effort to encourage greater interaction and reciprocal opportunity, we now have four students from the University of Genoa studying in Miami in different degree programs or conducting research activities.

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Maria Elisa Marini (Unige-DAD)

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Giulia Amborno (Unige-DAD)

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Feng Xu (Unige-Politecnico)


Umberto Grosso (Unige-Politecnico)


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Workshop in the loggia of S. Maria di Castello; l-r: Rice, Peterson, Andriani; on right: Miselli


UniGe: Prof. Carmen Andriani
FIU: Eric Peterson & Matthew Rice

With: FIU - Elisa Cagelli, Riccardo Miselli; UniGe - Valeria Iberto, Beatrice Moretti, Davide Servente

The annual urban design workshop engaging the FIU students and UNIGE architecture students of Prof. Carmen Andriani examined the decommisioned coal-fired power plant next to Genoa's iconic lighthouse and the surrounding area's movement from industrial and port activities to public use.

Mixed teams of Italian and US students proposed urban strategies to provide public space and access to the area as well as developing a particular aspect that informs the whole: a system of spaces, a portion of the power plant, an infrastructural element or an architectonic structure.

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florida international university • genoa program

FIU's program in Genoa offers a unique opportunity to live and learn in a fascinating and complex Italian city situated between sea and mountains, and without a significant US student population.

We cultivate interaction with the students and faculty of University of Genoa (UniGe), and seek to develop opportunities that will benefit both FIU and UniGe.

FIU has semester programs in architecture and allied design fields, as well as summer programs in the humanities, social sciences, and tourism/hospitality.

Most people think of Rome, think of Florence, think of Venice, but as far as I'm concerned they are amusement parks for tourists. Genoa has remained the real thing.

Xavier Salomon, former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


(link to page with Salomon's video, and others on Genoa)

news and links

carta / architecture news and events

arch 2016 blog
Website/blog for the fall 2016 architecture program in Genoa
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Activities of the fall 2016 architecture program in Genoa
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Architecture semester publications
fiu-unige nautical design interior design-miami
Feb 15-19: UniGe nautical design students in workshop with FIU Interior Architecture students

other activities, events, news.....

Summer 2017 Social Sciences students in Genoa with Prof. Douglas Kincaid
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Feb 1-5: UniGe architecture students in coastal design workshop with FIU students
hospitality 2015
Summer 2016 Hospitality students in Genoa for three weeks with Prof. Patricia Sadar
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Expanded and renovated FACILITIES in the Convent of S. Maria di Castello

PROGRAMS & areas of study

architecture program
Semester programs in Genoa, travel, & workshops with UniGe students
nautical and interiors program
Reciprocal spring workshops in La Spezia, Italy and Miami, and faculty exchange
hospitality program
Summer programs in Genoa

humanities program
Summer programs in Genoa