2016 workshop & teaching exchange

2016 miami boat show
At the 2016 Miami Boat Show

In February University of Genoa Professor Massimo Musio-Sale came to Miami to teach a module on nautical design to the FIU students of interior architecture. The following week his UniGe students arrived for a visit to the Miami Boat Show, and a one week workshop with the FIU students, February 15-19.

FIU Prof. and department chair Janine King then came to La Spezia, Italy to offer a module on interior design to the nautical design students. Her FIU students then arrived in La Spezia for a a tour of the Sanlorenzo boatyard and also several hotels, and a one week yacht design workshop using a Sanlorenzo boat, February 29 - March 4. They then departed for a tour of Florence and Rome, and then on to Germany to visit another boatyard.

Special thanks to Admiral Dino Nascetti and Promostudi for their ongoing commitment and support, and to Sanlorenzo Shipyard.


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Visiting the Sanlorenzo shipyard & headquarters in Ameglia, Italy
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All of the FIU and UniGe students on the final day of the workshop at the Polo Universitario Marconi in La Spezia (r-l Profs. Matthew Rice, Massimo Musio-Sale, Janine King)

program overview

2014 miami boat show
At the 2015 Miami Boat Show

fiu interior architecture + unige nautical design

FIU's Interior Architecture department and University of Genoa's Nautical Design degree program are developing joint activities in the area of interior design for cruise ships and superyachts with a special emphasis on sustainability. To date this has involved a series of reciprocal workshops with UniGe students in Miami and FIU students at the UniGe Marconi campus in La Spezia, Italy.

The UniGe nautical design degree program located at the La Spezia campus is based on an agreement with the Polytechnic University of Milan and Promostudi of La Spezia.



Cruise ship at the Ponte dei Mille terminal in Genoa
At the Perini Navi boatyard in Viareggio, Italy, March 19, 2013

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FIU and UniGe students and professors at the Azimut | Benetti shipyard in Viareggio, Italy

University of Genoa Nautical Design students lead by Prof. Massimo Musio-Sale came to Miami to participate in the annual International Cultural Exchange Workshop with Prof. Janine King and her Interior Architecture students. Along with the weeklong collaborative design workshop, activities included visits to the Miami Boat Show and a tour of Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class "Allure of the Seas".

Apart from the workshop, this year there was an additional component of faculty exchange involving Prof. Musio-Sale teaching for one week in Miami and FIU Prof. Sarah Boehm teaching for one week in La Spezia, Italy.

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FIU and UniGe students and professors aboard the MSC Splendida, March 16, 2013

To continue our annual exchange of workshops, the UniGe nautical design students came to Miami from February 24 to March 1. They also visited the Lazzara Yacht shipyard in Ft. Lauderdale and the RTKL cruise ship design office in Coral Gables.

For the reciprocal workshop component in Italy the FIU interior design students came to Genoa and La Spezia March 15-22. They toured the MSC Splendida and met the ship's interior designer Giuseppe de Jorio, as well as visiting the Perini Navi yard for yacht construction in Viareggio. The FIU students then traveled around Italy before visiting shipyards for cruise ship construction in Papenburg, Germany.

Professors Ivan Zignego (with daughter Carlotta), Marisol Creed, Massimo Musio-Sale, ship designer Giuseppe De Jorio, Janine King on board the MSC Splendida

lA SPEZIA WORKSHOP: march 5-9, 2012

UniGe nautical design and FIU interior architecture students at the UniGe facility in La Spezia (Ivan Zignego and Massimo Musio-Sale far left, Janine King seventh from left)

The italian component of the workshops was held in La Spezia with FIU Prof. and Department Chair Janine King, Prof. Elisabetta Pianta and the FIU Interior Architecture students who came to work with UniGe Profs. Musio-Sale and Zignego, Dott. Carmelo Cascino, and the Italian students who participated in the Miami workshop.


Twelve UniGe nautical design students under the direction of Professors Massimo Musio-Sale and Ivan Zignego traveled to Miami for the weeklong workshop, including visits to the Miami Boat Show, a cruise ship and various ship and yacht yards.

Final review of student projects, with interior architecture chair Janine King and Genoa program director Matthew Rice (seated, second and third from left), and prof. Philip Abbot(standing, far left)


For the 2011 round of activities, in February a group of UNIGE students of the three-year nautical design degree program came to Miami for a workshop conducted by FIU professors Janine King and Chuck Boggs and their interior architecture students. These FIU students then came to La Spezia with Professor Boggs for the reciprocal portion of their collaborative experience, and participated in a one-week workshop at the Polo Universitario Marconi in La Spezia under the direction of Professor Massimo Musio-Sale and with the participation of Professor Ivan Zignego and yacht designers Tomasso Spadolini and Bernardo Papetti.

FIU and UniGe students working together in La Spezia
The combined group in Miami, February 2011, Musio-Sale on left, Boggs on right
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The group in La Spezia, February 2011, Papetti and Musio-Sale on left, Boggs on right

genova salone nautico 2012

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US Consul General Kyle Scott was present at the 2012 Salone Nautico in Genoa on October 12 (Christopher Columbus Day) to help celebrate the launching of the FIU-UniGe Continuing Education Program in Cruise Ship and Superyacht Interior Design.

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UniGe prof. Massimo Musio-sale; UniGe prof. Michele Marsonet, prorettore of international relations; US consul general Kyle Scott; prof. Matthew Rice, FIU Genoa program director; Anna Maria Saiano, US consular agent in genoa

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UniGe professor Massimo Musio-Sale, UniGe Prorettore Maurizio Martelli, US Consular agent Anna Maria Saiano, UniGe rettore Giacomo Deferrari, FIU professor Janine King, FIU Genoa program director Matthew Rice

On March 8 UniGe Rector Giacomo Deferrari and Vice Rector Maurizio Martelli met with UniGE Professor Massimo Musio-Sale and FIU Interior Architecture department chair Janine King to discuss the final developments of the program in Sustainable Cruise Ship and Superyacht Interior Design. Also participating to present this and ongoing developments in other FIU-UniGe initiatives were program director Matthew Rice and US consular agent Anna Maria Saiano.

Janine King with Admiral Dino Nascetti, president of Promostudi

On March 22 during the closing ceremony of the FIU-UniGe 2013 International Workshop in La Spezia, professor and Interior Architecture department chair Janine King received from Admiral Dino Nascetti, president of Promostudi, a plaque to commemorate the many years of international collaboration between FIU and Promostudi.