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.
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.
Florida International University has sought to develop a cooperative relationship with University of Genoa (UniGe) since the initiative's inception in 2004, and this desire has been reinforced by Florida International University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Global Learning for Global Citizenship. In keeping with the spirit of the plan, the aim of the Genoa initiative is to create mutual opportunities for study abroad or exchange for students and collaborative research and teaching opportunities for faculty.
For the week of February 15-19 the UniGe nautical design students under the direction of Profs. Massimo Musio-Sale and Ivan Zignego participated in a collaborative design workshop with FIU Interior Architecture students and Prof. Janine King, chair of the department.
A group of UniGe architecture students along with Profs. Christiano Lepratti and Renata Morbiducci were in Miami February 1-5 for a workshop in collaboration with FIU's Eric Peterson and his students on urban/coastal design in Miami to respond to sea level rise.
During the week of March 16-20 two professors and ten architecture students from the University of Genoa (UniGe) Department of Architectural Sciences were in Miami for a weeklong workshop with FIU profs. Winifred Newman, Shahin Vassigh and Gray Read.
Meetings between faculty were also held on campus to develop a fuller collaborative relationship between the two schools of architecture as well as at the university level.
UniGe professors Carmen Andriani and Christiano Lepratti, along with FIU Prof. Douglas Kincaid and Matthew Rice, met with Massimo Spiga of the Italian Consulate of Miami to inform him of the progress of our various initiatives and to discuss interaction with the Italian-American cultural and business community in Miami.
As a response to the fall 2014 show in Genoa by the FIU Architecture faculty, on March 16, 2015 a reciprocal show of UniGe Department of Architectural Sciences (DSA) faculty design and research was hung in the FIU School of Architecture. This is part of an effort to seek out possible collaborative relationships between faculty members of both schools.
The general agreement between the universities was renewed on July 7, 2011 with a ceremony in Miami. Provost and Executive Vice President Douglas Wartzok signed on behalf of FIU, and Professor Michele Marsonet, Vice Rector of International Relations, signed on behalf of Rector Giacomo Deferrari for the University of Genoa. The agreement also articulated the special relationship between FIU's College of Architecture and the Arts (CARTA) and the UniGe Faculty of Architecture.