Vice Provost for Global Affairs Meredith Newman received the students in her office for a chat and a cup of espresso. She explained FIU's commitment to developing an exceptional international program through its special relationship with Unige.
Architecture Department Chair Jason Chandler gave the students a tour of the school of architecture facilities, presented the student works on display in the gallery, and explained his own professional work, with an emphasis on the particular urban and building code challenges, including climate and extreme weather, of practice in Miami.
The students visited the Miami Beach Urban Studios where Tiffany Troxler, Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center, made a presentation on urban resilience as a response to climate change and sea level rise.
John Stuart, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement, Executive Director of Miami Beach Urban Studios, discussed the many community roles and multidisciplinary activities of MBUS, and its commitment to new ways of learning and approaches to technology.The students also explored Lincoln Road and Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road parking structure.
The students visited the FIU Wall of Wind research facility, capable of generating a Force 5 wind, and Laboratory Manager Walter Conklin explained its design and operation. Carolyn Robertson, Associate Director of Research Administration at the Extreme Events Research Center, discussed the types of research undertaken by the center, an FIU Preeminent Program, which encompasses the International Hurricane Research Center and the Disaster Resilience and Climate in the Americas program.
Visit to design office Touzet Studio, where Jacqueline Gonzalez and Giselle Coujil explained the office's approach to design, including the balance between responding to place specificity and client needs. They showed the many models and prototypes made to develop innovative skin and panel elements that filter light and reduce heat gain, and the special conditions of anchoring for high wind conditions.
Visit to design office Shulman & Associates, where Allan Shulman explained the urban approach the office takes to their architectural work on Miami Beach, building up the layers of the city as a response to its existing and changing fabric, and the special conditions of sea level rise and flooding.
spring semester 2018 Architecture students and students of the 8-week Interior Architecture program on the terrace of Palazzo Reale, Via Balbi, Genoa
The FIU landscape architecture students are working on an urban/landscape/architecture project in Genoa's port in a University of Genoa coastal design studio that includes Italian architecture students as well as Erasmus students from Belgium, France, Argentina, Germany and Peru. The course is taught in English by Unige adjunct professor Matthew Rice, and is intended to become a platform for further interaction for visiting FIU architecture faculty. Rice is organizing a visit for a group of these students to Miami to study FIU's research in design responses to climate change and extreme events.
A series of presentations to the FIU students by University of Genoa professors and local practicing architects.
Presentations and office visits with Genoese and Italian practicing architects
Giuseppe Semprini of Renzo Piano Building Workshop described the design process of the office and the current projects at the RPBW Foundation.
Architect Margherita del Grosso of ENTER studio explained her practice, her experience as an architect in Ben van Berkel's UN Studio, her teaching work and large scale urban constructions with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and her current project for Euroflora.
Alessandro Pizzolato of Renzo Piano Building Workshop came to our center and spoke on the office's approach to the design process and the role of visualization of the emerging idea of the design using digital technology.
Paolo Brescia, principal of Open Building Research (OBR) in Milan along with partner Tommaso Principi, explained the working method of his office and the scale of their international practice.
An FIU delegation lead by Vice Provost for Global Affairs Meredith Newman came to Genoa February 25-28 to explore new levels of collaboration and program development with the University of Genoa (Unige) and the city of Genoa.
The delegation included Birgitta Rausch-Montoto, Director of Faculty and Global Affairs; Prof. Bill Anderson, Vice Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education; Prof. Jason Chandler, Director Department of Architecture; Prof. Rebecca Friedman, Humanities, Co-Director Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence; Laura Boudon, Director Office of Study Abroad
The delegation met with Unige Prorettore for International Relations Andrea Trucco to discuss the many things accomplished between our institutions, including the Erasmus Plus grant to fund faculty and student exchange. Dr. Newman explained FIU's vision for deeper collaboration, and Prof. Trucco expressed Unige's support for developing exchange and research opportunities.
Meredith Newman and Bill Anderson, FIU Vice Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education spoke with Prof. Michele Piana, Unige Prorettore for Research and Prof. Aristide Massardo, Dean of the Polytechnic School over lunch to sound out possibilities for funded collaborative research. Prof.ssa Renata Morbiducci, who has presented her research in Miami and collaborated with FIU Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter, also participated to discuss her research.
The group had a meeting with Mayor Marco Bucci and Assessore Elisa Serafini to discuss a deeper relationship between FIU and the city of Genoa. Mayor Bucci explained his deep commitment to increasing the presence of US universities in Genoa as a way to revitalize and internationalize the city, and pledged his support for FIU's efforts. US State Department consular agent Anna Maria Saiano was instrumental in helping us to develop this rapport.
At the Unige Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) Newman's delegation discussed the ongoing collaboration between the departments of architecture and the Interior Design for Cruise Ships and Super Yachts program involving the FIU department of interior architecture and the Unige department of naval and nautical design.
Participating in the discussion were Carmen Andriani, director of the 5th year architecture program, and Christiano Lepratti, in charge of international relations for the department. Also present was Giulia Amborno, a Unige architecture student who studied at FIU in Miami for two semesters.
The delegation's visit to Renzo Piano Building Workshop not only gave us a chance to admire the breadth of work accomplished by the internationally-renowned Genoese architect Renzo Piano, but also to thank Giovanna Giusto in her role to help FIU land a six-month internship in the RPBW Paris office for FIU architecture student Camila Lohezic.
Also present were Shunji Ishida, one of the earliest members of Renzo Piano's office, and Giuseppe Semprini, one of the new generation of young architects working there.
The visit to the national headquarters and laboratories of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa was guided by Giuseppe Giardina, research manager of the Technology Transfer department. He explained the institute's main research areas in robotics, new materials and nano-biotechnology, and the innovative organization of public and private funding.
FIU would be interested in exploring possibilities of research positions for doctoral and post-doctoral students.
on February 28 an exhibition of works by FIU students was inaugurated in the Museum of Sant'Agostino with the generous support of Il Municipio I Genova Centro Est, Ufficio Manifestazioni.
Included were projects by fall 2015, 2016 and 2017 architecture students, works from the Association of American University and College Programs in Italy show "Back from Italy" in the Italian Embassy in Washington DC in spring 2017 with the work and reflection from one architecture student from each of the years 2006-2016, and watercolors executed in Italy by students of FIU art professor David Chang.
Special thanks to Maria Elisa Marini for her help in organizing the exhibition.
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.
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
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.