FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts | Annual Report 2019/2020

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Wertheims makes $10M naming gift to enhance performing arts program at FIU

Ratcliffe Foundation renews incubator funds and inspires innovation




Preparing students for an ever-changing world Student-designed 3D-printed model of stadium helps police prepare for Super Bowl Theatre students pivot during the pandemic


Steven Cruz establishes institute for science, media + technology



IPAL allows students to earn accreditation and degrees simultaneously

Art students hone their skills in the Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art




CARTA 3D-prints face shields for frontline workers CARTA Alumni record special message to graduating students Keeping careers on track amidst COVID-19

BOLD gives students a real glimpse into agency life


Innovating and inspiring solutions for a better world

Tonkinson Foundation enhances student experience through CARTA Medallion

CARTA Spirit

Pandemic Profiles wins SFMN top honors


FIU Music’s choir sings alma mater at first-ever virtual commencement



New STEM-focused Doctoral program prepares architects for leadership positions FIU CARTA Mana Wynwood to fuel South Florida’s cultural growth

Driving the creative economy of South Florida iSTAR allows CARTA students to become tomorrow’s XR leaders Robotics Academy prepares students for the workforce Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator pushes boundaries of innovation and creativity CARTA’s innovation and success proven by the numbers

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College Leadership Team Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board Dean’s SCJ Advisory Board

Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center at the forefront of diversity and inclusion

Lilian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication Advisory Board

Steven Cruz institute promotes science, media + technology

Miami Beach Urban Studios Advisory Board




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Unprecedented challenges afford us with unprecedented opportunities.

Located in the heart of one of the country’s most vibrant, diverse and creative cities, our academic disciplines reflect Miami’s zeal and the inclusive communities we serve. Composed of creative disciplines in three schools, eight academic departments, and five centers or institutes, the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) prides itself on empowering students by assisting them to craft their vision, apply their imagination, and chart their future. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and necessary skill sets to create a more empathetic, just, sustainable, and beautiful world. During a year of increased uncertainties, rapid transformations, and collective anxieties, it has been inspiring to witness the professionalism, optimism, and innovation of our students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and patrons – all uniting in support of one another and our core mission: student success. I firmly believe this past year has made us stronger, clarifying our focus and confirming our resolution. Our shared resiliency, student-centered focus, and empathy – all hallmarks of CARTA and our FIU – enabled us to pivot our mode of instruction and operation to a virtual environment, ensuring everyone’s safety while maintaining our commitment to experiential learning, engaged scholarship and creative activities, and our students’ uninterrupted progress toward their degrees and meaningful careers. I’m so proud to report this past year we achieved new heights in student retention rates (90%+), student graduation rates (75%+), and student employment upon graduation, with our Department of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design both ranking in the top 20 nationally. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, CARTA remained in regular communication with all stakeholders, with an emphasis on listening and ensuring the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and community were met. We launched CARTA Cares to provide the CARTA community with updates, resources and prevention tips. As a college centered on experiential learning, we

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fully embraced online learning and remote work, while identifying and pioneering pedagogies and expanding student internships and partnerships with industry. CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) in response to a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) produced thousands of 3D-printed face shields for our communities’ first responders and healthcare workers. This past year, Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim and the Wertheim Family Foundation announced a $10 million gift – the largest gift in the history of the college and the largest gift in Florida to a music school. The Wertheim’s gift will enable our School of Music to expand our arts in medicine and our music business programs. The Wertheim’s generosity and support of FIU are, without question, unparalleled and greatly appreciated. Our nationally recognized School of Architecture also received approval this past year from the Florida Board of Governors to launch our first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Design (DDes). The new STEM-focused doctoral degree is the only one offered in Florida and one of only five post-professional DDes programs nationwide, once again, positioning FIU and CARTA at the forefront of higher education. As you read through this year’s Annual Report and our many points of pride, I know you will join me in thanking and congratulating our exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni, patrons and friends. It is the combined efforts of our incredible CARTA Family that has made this past year a stunning success. Yes, while this past year has been unprecedented in its challenges, it has afforded us with unprecedented opportunities! I remain humbled and honored to serve as the Dean of CARTA.

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t CARTA, we are designers, journalists, architects, performers, communicators, musicians, artists and innovators.






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A generation of creatives Coming from all walks of life, cities, countries and backgrounds, our student body is truly one of a kind. Their vision, creativity and innovation fuel our city’s creative economy and inspire us all. Amid a global pandemic, not only did CARTA students transition seamlessly to a new learning environment – and excel – they took to the virtual stage, lab and studio to help us all feel a bit closer. Our students are always ready to get involved and turn their visions into reality.






4 3,456 Undergraduate 539 Graduate 76% 6-YR Graduation rate

Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) CARTA | Mana Wynwood FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts



Whether through the power of a paintbrush, production, model, song or story, CARTA is front and center bringing the Panther spirit to life. Our annual homecoming contests, live and virtual performances by music and theatre students, the Department of Architecture’s annual Walk on Water competition and graduations all help bring the FIU community a little closer and unite us in our mission of ensuring our students get the very best of what we have to offer. Our Panther pride guides us in everything we do and create here at CARTA.

Dean Brian Schriner, Dr. Herbert Wertheim and Department Chair Karen Fuller surrounded by Panther fans.

Inspiring through sound, craft and style A true staple of our CARTA community is the FIU Marching Band, led by Professor Barry Bernhardt. This close-knit group of more than 200 performers sets Panther spirit on fire year-round – and this year the band was the largest it’s ever been. Representing over 30 majors and disciplines, the band is a microcosm of FIU’s and Miami’s diversity.


Office of the Dean staff won first place in annual Homecoming decorating contest.

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DEGREES AWARDED IN AY 19/20 1,019 Bachelors 286 Masters FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

Partnership with Univision (STEP) allows students to train and work with journalist and media professionals.

PREPA RING STUDENTS FOR AN E VER-CHANGING WORLD At CARTA, students learn by doing so that when they graduate, they are competitive and ready for their professions. The college has a deep commitment to fostering an environment that allows students to learn via course work, internships, studio work, performances, labs and study abroad opportunities.

A CARTA education goes beyond classroom learning and students are immersed with creative opportunities across studios, labs, performance venues, makerspaces and rehearsal spaces. They learn at facilities that include The Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (The Wertheim), the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building, the Immersive Studio for Altered Reality, the Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, the Media Hub, the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication and the Robotics + Digital Fabrication Lab.

Architecture students benefit from a studio culture with an emphasis on the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) while learners in the visual and performing arts may acquire skills in the studios and on the stage. Journalism students participate in a variety of internships through industry partnerships with The Miami Herald and UNIVISON’s STEP program, both allowing future journalists to work in live newsrooms. CARTA is also home to the award-winning South Florida Media Network with news bureaus in Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C. Communication students obtain client experience and network with public relations, advertising and marketing professionals via BOLD, the college’s strategic communications agency.

CARTA is committed to preparing career-ready graduates for success in an ever-changing world via experiential learning, incorporating emerging technologies in our curriculum, and partnering with industry.

The 4Cs of Preparing Leaders WATCH VIDEO

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Student-designed 3D-printed model of stadium helps police prepare for Super Bowl FIU students helped the Miami-Dade Police Department prepare for Super Bowl LIV by 3D-printing an exact replica of Hard Rock Stadium in CARTA’s Robotics and Digital Fabrication (RDF) Lab. Officers from the Special Patrol Bureau, which includes the Special Response Team and the Rapid Deployment Force, used the model for months leading up to the Super Bowl to get to know the 65,000-seat stadium for tactical planning and training in and around the stadium. The RDF Lab and projects like these are prime examples of how CARTA offers its students experiential learning opportunities to work on projects that have real-world applications while training them as experts in their field.


“Law enforcement has never done something like this before… and the students at FIU are the ones who made it happen.” MDPD, Major Edgardo Caneva and Hadi Alhaffar, project director and graduate from the School of Architecture.

Major Edgardo Caneva, Miami-Dade Police Department, Special Patrol Bureau

Interior architecture student Njood Bokhari creates hybrid COVID-19 treatment model to aid overcrowded hospitals



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Theatre students pivot during the pandemic

IPAL allows students to earn accreditation and degrees simultaneously

When the coronavirus pandemic interrupted on-campus instruction, FIU Theatre students created a video blog (vlog) series, The Class Must Go On. Theatre students brought the FIU community along on their journey as they navigated remote learning, a new normal, and how they stayed motivated during the transition.

FIU’s Department of Architecture is one of only 26 NAAB-accredited programs nationwide and the only program in South Florida to provide the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative. IPAL makes it possible for architecture students to earn their diplomas and professional licenses in architecture simultaneously by providing a curriculum that incorporates professional experience and examination. On average, it can take up to 12.5 years to attain licensure in the U.S. FIU’s IPAL initiative cuts this time in half.


BOLD gives students a real glimpse into agency life BOLD, a student-run and faculty led communications agency, allows students to gain real world industry experience and internship credit working for actual clients. BOLD members are able to network with industry professionals and public relations firms around the country, creating communication strategies, social media content, marketing campaigns and strategic content for their clients and building a media portfolio of real work to show future employers.

Dean Brian Schriner and Professor Lilliane Savion with BOLD students and alumni.


Pandemic Profiles wins SFMN top honors for COVID-19 coverage

Art students hone their classical drawing and painting skills in the Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art

During a time that proves to be extremely difficult for many industries, FIU students still thrived in their craft. Student journalists from the South Florida Media Network (SFMN) produced an interactive multimedia map, which spanned a dozen countries and six U.S. states, to tell the stories of 34 individuals who were severely impacted by COVID-19. The project won the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) College Coronavirus Coverage (CCC) Award.

The Department of Art + Art History houses the Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art, the first of its kind at a public university. A studio where an artist and apprentices work together to produce fine art. The Academy is led by its founder, professor David Chang, a classically-trained artist, professor and chair of the department. It functions as an atelier —where pupils learn one-on-one with a master, in this case, Chang, to perfect their drawing and painting under his guidance. Courses offered include portrait, figure and landscape painting as well as classical drawing.


Professor and Department Chair David Chang with Victor Barbero, a BFA Art student


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DRIVING THE C R E AT I V E E C O N O M Y OF SOUTH FLORIDA CARTA is home to award-winning faculty who have achieved national recognition for their excellence in teaching, applied scholarship and creative activities. The college attracts accomplished faculty who cultivate and nature students to become leaders in their fields. CARTA supports FIU’s goal to establish a knowledge ecosystem marked by research innovation to find innovative solutions to the complexities of modern society.

The college prioritizes the infusion of emerging technologies into its curriculum. From robotics to virtual reality, CARTA prepares students to become innovators in the world of automation, technology and extended reality. Through industry partnerships and faculty well-versed in technological advancements, the CARTA experience is a competitive one that incorporates multimedia experiences, mentorship and hands-on internship opportunities to give graduates an edge in their fields upon graduation. Through the Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR) at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, the latest technology in extended reality (XR) brings lessons to life, offering students next-level experiential learning.

The state-of-the art Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator (RA + DI) gives students the opportunity to hone their social entrepreneurship skills in one of the most innovative spaces to call a public university home. Artist and designer fellows can participate in a residency program where they can transition their ideas into sustainable businesses.

Inside CARTA’s Robotics and Digital Fabrication (RDF) Lab, creators work on projects for the real world, like the 3-D model of the stadium students created to help Miami-Dade Police prepare for the Super Bowl LIV.

AWARD-WINNING FACULTY NATIONALLY RANKED ACCREDITED PROGRAMS CARTA is committed to innovative solutions-oriented, applied scholarship and creative activities that are designed to drive the creative, cultural, and information economies of South Florida and beyond.

FIU's annual Walk on Water (WOW) competition celebrates 30 years. Each year, since its inception, architecture students have been designing and creating their best floatable shoes to walk across the Great Lake at FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC). VIEW PHOTOS OF WALK ON WATER 2019 EVENT

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iSTAR allows CARTA students to become tomorrow’s XR leaders CARTA partnered with Lee Caplin’s iSTAR Enterprises to create the Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR) at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. As a public-private partnership, FIU iSTAR combines the expertise of research and teaching faculty, the energy and ambition of students, and the knowledge, application and entrepreneurship of private industry professionals in an incubatorinstruction-service model. With the development of iSTAR, FIU students are poised to become future leaders and innovators in the world of extended reality (XR). The program provides students with mentorship and hands-on internship opportunities, training and instruction in the creation of multimedia experiences (MME) to further prepare them for employment using the latest innovations in technology surrounding all industries.


“iSTAR is an essential part of keeping our students ahead of the XR curve.” Dean Brian Schriner, CARTA (Left to right) Jorge Somaariba and Elmer Garcia, Architecture students.

Robotics Academy prepares students for the workforce The FIU Robotics Academy has been at the forefront of preparing its workforce for major changes in the industry – namely a new reliance on automation and robotics. The Robotics Academy, powered by a $1M National Science Foundation grant, offers training focused on robotics and automation technologies using artificial intelligence (AI), immersive technologies (virtual and mixed reality) and big data analytics. Researchers from CARTA and the College of Engineering & Computing (CEC) collaborated to launch the academy to create personalized experiences to train and support building industry workers, professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, educators and policymakers. The Robotics Academy, described as the only training, education, research and innovation platform of its kind, advances the development and practical use of intelligent training systems. Users engage in high-end visualizations, interact with 3D spaces with haptic sensing and then receive feedback on these interactions.



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Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator pushes boundaries of innovation and creativity The Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator (RA + DI) is one of the most innovative art + design entrepreneurship spaces housed at a public university. The incubator aims to promote and foster social entrepreneurship and innovation among upcoming FIU artists and designers. Through the incubator’s residency program, Ratcliffe fellows are equipped with essential tools to turn their ideas into profitable businesses.


Steven Cruz Institute promotes science, media + technology

Ratcliffe fellows

The Steven Cruz Institute (SCI) aims to improve public understanding of science and technology. Since its inception the Institute has undertaken numerous research projects to help develop innovative ways to communicate the often complicated and politicized issues that face our society. Such projects include the use and impact of social media on drug use among Hispanic club-goers in Miami, navigating health misinformation online, vaccine hesitancy in Latin America, and raising awareness of the very real effects of sea level rise.


CARTA’s innovation and success proven by the numbers CARTA’s efforts to foster the next generation of creators to provide opportunities for success has not gone unnoticed. All eight disciplines received numerous national rankings and distinctions this year.


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LLK Center at the forefront of diversity and inclusion initiative The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication is a nationally distinguished training center for young women in all fields of communication. The Center, focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion, holds an annual national conference, workshops, seminars and lectures – such as its leadership series and annual workshop Women Faculty Moving Forward – to provide mentorship to the next generation of young women of all races, ethnicities and cultures.


(Left to right) Patricia Alvarado, Mayte Padron Cordones, Dean Emeritus & Professor Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, Ellen Weiss, Dianne Festa and Nancy Ancrum at the Fourth Annual National Conference “Women in Communication: Shattering the Ceiling.”




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I N N O VAT I N G A N D INSPIRING SOLUTIONS FOR A BET TER WORLD CARTA’s mission is to use the power of communication, journalism, architecture and the visual and performing arts to create, innovate and inspire solutions to local challenges with national and global impacts. In line with the university’s goal to assure responsible stewardship, the college strives to increase stakeholders and their affinity for CARTA and its mission.

CARTA is grateful for the generosity of its numerous patrons that not only support the college’s arts culture, but also engage to enhance the student experience through technology, performance spaces and human capital.

This past academic year, Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim announced a $10 million naming gift to the FIU School of Music, which will elevate the university’s performing arts programs. The gift marks the largest ever made to a music school in the State University System of Florida. In addition to supporting student scholarships, funds will help welcome guests artists and bring master classes to the school.

The CARTA Medallion, made possible by the Tonkinson Foundation, will also afford students the opportunity to learn from topnotch talent in creative disciplines. Each year, a Medallion recipient will be selected to give lectures, performances and/or exhibitions in their field.

Another generous gift from Alumnus Steven Cruz of $1.2 million helped launch the Steven Cruz Institute for Media, Science + Technology (SCI), which allows for collaboration between communication professionals, researchers and tech experts.




Through a similar gift, forming a unique partnership with Lee Caplin’s iSTAR Enterprises, CARTA was able to build the Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR), which will merge the expertise of teaching faculty with industry professionals to train students in the world of extended reality (XR).



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Wertheims make $10M naming gift to enhance performing arts programs at FIU

“This gift expresses our continuing commitment to FIU and the performing arts, an essential aspect of quality of life.” DR. HERBERT WERTHEIM

Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim announced a $10 million gift to the FIU School of Music. The gift, which is the largest ever made to a music school in the State University System of Florida, will help establish several new programs that will elevate the School’s global distinction and identity. The gift helps support both music and theatre programs in CARTA and strengthens the college’s student-centric mission of learning-by-doing. Specifically, the funds will support student scholarships, expanding the physical footprint in the community, curriculum development, incremental faculty and professional staff, guest artists, master classes, faculty and student touring, international competitions and facility enhancements.







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Tonkinson Foundation enhances student experience through CARTA Medallion

(Left to right) Margarita Tonkinson, Dean Brian Schriner & Rick Tonkinson cheer on FIU Football.

The Tonkinson Foundation is providing students with the opportunity to learn from true masters in the creative fields with the CARTA Medallion program. The Medallion helps bridge the gap between prominent figures in the creative industry and students. Each year, a recipient of the Medallion will be named to give lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and masterclasses to students in their field. The pillars of what encompasses a Medallion recipient include positive influence through impact to the local, national and international community; contribution to social awareness, mental health and/or mutual understanding of public issues; or bringing about positive change to communities, government entities and other societal structures. This prestigious award is not only a “celebration” of well-known creators for their accomplishments, but also fosters accessibility to unique experiential learning opportunities for CARTA students.


Ratcliffe Foundation renews incubator funds and inspires innovation The Ratcliffe Foundation seeks to bridge the gap between talent and entrepreneurship while promoting innovative art + design. The late Carole Ratcliffe was a staunch supporter of broadening access to education in business and entrepreneurship for students, particularly first-generation students who, otherwise, might not have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed in business. In support of CARTA’s mission and with major grants from the Ratcliffe Foundation, the Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator was founded to help realize Ms. Ratcliffe’s and the university’s vision. The Ratcliffe Foundation has reaffirmed its agreement to support the Incubator through 2024 to continue inspiring the next generation of future entrepreneurs and to find new ways to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. Top: (left to Right) Provost Kenneth G. Furton, Leigh Steinberg, President Mark B. Rosenberg, Lee Caplin, Dean Brian Schriner and Travis Cloyd at Leigh Steinberg’s 33rd Annual Super Bowl Extravaganza.

Right: (Left to right) Alberto M. Carvalho, Stephen M. Ross, Sam Moore, Mitchell Kaplan and Tarell Alvin McCraney at For the Love of Learning Gala.

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Steven Cruz establishes institute for media, science and technology Alumnus Steven Cruz gifted $1.2 million to CARTA to establish the Steven Cruz Institute for Media, Science + Technology (SCI) and improve the public’s understanding of science and technology. SCI supports interdisciplinary research, education and strategic media campaigns that connect top communication professionals and researchers with scientists and technology experts.



C A R TA C A R E S CARTA 3D-prints face shields for frontline workers In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the pandemic, the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) housed in CARTA, 3D-printed thousands of reusable face shields for frontline workers. The first printing of the prototype shields began in March just one day after the idea was presented to the staff and students. The face shields, made from non-toxic PLA (polylactic acid), are meant to act as a first line of defense and as a way to preserve the longevity of face masks which are worn under the shield. What initially began as a solution for healthcare workers experiencing PPE shortages quickly expanded to include first responders, local community members and frontline workers as well.


“The initiative has really shown how 3D-printing technologies can be used in an emergency to create supplies where they are lacking.� John Stuart, Executive Director, Miami Beach Urban Studios


Health care workers at Baptist Health wear FIU face shield printed at MBUS.


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CARTA Alumni videotape a special message to graduating CARTA students during the pandemic WATCH VIDEO

CARTA reaches 81% faculty and staff participation for the Ignite Campaign Belkys Nerey, Anchor - 7News WSVN

Keeping careers on track amidst COVID-19

FIU Music’s choir sings alma mater at first-ever virtual commencement

For many recent CARTA graduates, navigating the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic, which included new obstacles such as virtual interviews, was completely unchartered territory and slightly intimidating. That’s why CARTA career specialists banded together to provide new, current and graduated students with career advice, resources and opportunities amidst a newly changed job market, completely tailored to their majors.

At FIU’s first-ever virtual commencement, the School of Music’s virtual choir helped over 6,000 graduates celebrate the momentous occasion by performing the FIU Alma Mater for all to enjoy via Zoom. The choral ensemble was made up of students from the choirs and voice faculty who expressed interest in still bringing this time-honored tradition to FIU graduates even while remote. They were provided with the Alma Mater sheet music and a video file containing an audible click track and pitches while receiving guidance from conductor Maria Guinand. Singers recorded and uploaded their videos from their homes which were then synchronized and combined into one single performance to create the virtual choir. Since FIU moved to remote learning, the School of Music has found creative ways to teach, collaborate, arrange and record music remotely.

Alumni Giving — #1 in alumni participation in the university Highest participation rate achieved in the history of the college.


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Osvaldo “Ozzy” Samper ‘20, a graduate of the art education program creates a new mural at the MMC’s Barnes & Noble.

New STEM-focused doctoral program prepares architects for leadership positions in design professions The first Doctor of Design (DDes) degree to be offered in Florida and one of only five of its kind nationwide, the new STEM-focused architecture doctoral program, housed in the Department of Architecture, will prepare architects for global leadership careers in design investigation, industry, applied research and related emerging technology fields.

“DDes is a revolutionary new format designed to produce a generation of architects to meet the challenges facing the profession and discipline.” Neil Leach Ph.D., Director of Doctor of Design

The 60-credit program is set to welcome its first cohort of students beginning in spring 2021 and is intended to be accessible and flexible for working professionals, with the majority of classes taking place online. The program will convene with two-week, in-person residencies each year that will include lectures and workshops with distinguished experts, seminar discussions and studio-style critiques for learners. It will cover the application of the latest computer tools to the design, visualization and fabrication of the built environment. As a postprofessional degree, the DDes provides specialized credentials for advanced professional and academic applied research.




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FIU CARTA | Mana Wynwood to fuel South Florida’s cultural growth Starting in January 2021, FIU CARTA | Mana Wynwood will serve as a local hub for cutting edge, transdisciplinary approaches to communication, architecture and arts education. FIU CARTA | Mana Wynwood will allow the CARTA disciplines to offer courses, conduct trainings, host lectures, exhibit work and even perform live concerts and staged readings all in the heart of Wynwood – making it an international destination for students, scholars, practitioners and visitors to come and revel in South Florida’s arts and cultural community. The School of Architecture, School of Communication + Journalism and the Department of Art + Art History will serve as the three anchor programs of the partnership. Mana Wynwood will house architectural design studios and the newly created South Florida Media Network Wynwood News Desk – as part of the SFMN Miami News Bureau. It will also serve as the primary location of a re-imagined, trans-disciplinary, visual arts, Master of Visual Arts (MFA) program at CARTA. Access to South Florida’s arts and cultural community is now at our fingertips.

“Driven by a flourishing creative economy, Mana Wynwood will define and fuel South Florida’s economic and cultural growth.” Brian Schriner, Dean of CARTA

Invest in the Next Florida International University’s Next Horizon campaign is a landmark effort to support key areas of need and opportunity that focuses on the pillars of student success and research excellence. The $750 million campaign aims to attract support to: increase scholarships and student support; optimize 21st-century teaching; advance a vibrant, healthy Miami; accelerate research and discoveries; and escalate discovery to enterprise. CARTA attracts bright minds, innovators, and influencers. Giving to the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts helps support our mission to enroll and retain the most talented artists, musicians, architects, designers and communicators – regardless of financial status – who will shape a future we can only begin to imagine. Thank you for helping to shape their futures!

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COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TEAM Brian Schriner Dean, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts Lilia Silverio Minaya Assistant Dean of Student Services + Strategic Planning and Executive Director, Finance + HR Marilys Nepomechie Associate Dean of Faculty and Program Development John Stuart Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement Aileen Izquierdo Chair, Department of Communication

Teresa Ponte Chair, Department of Journalism + Media Jason Chandler Chair, School of Architecture Newton D’Souza Chair, Department Interior Architecture Roberto Rovira Chair, Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD)  David Chang Chair, Department Art + Art History Karen Fuller Chair, School of Music

Joel Murray Chair, Department of Theatre Milagros Acebal Director of Marketing & Communications Oliver Ionita Senior Director of Development Maria Claverie Associate Director, Alumni Affairs & Advancement   Lissette Garcia Executive Assistant

Kobi Karp Principal, Kobi Karp Architecture Fred Kaufman Composer Lawrence Kline Managing Director, Principal Perkins + Will Daniel Kreeger Executive Director, Climate Change Officers Julian Kreeger Friends of Chamber Music Howard Miller President, Howard R. Miller Communications Joshua Oberhausen Owner & Founder, Oberhausen Marketing Ignacio Permuy President, Permuy Architecture Andrew Polsky Chief Revenue Officer, Adsmovil

Alfredo Richard Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises Ronen Segev President, Park Avenue Pianos Connie Silver Artist Anabella Smith Principal, Zyscovich Architects Rick Tonkinson President, Tonkinson Financial Nick Weir SVP, Entertainment Royal Caribbean International Ivan Wilzig Billboard Top 10 Recording Artist & Founder of The Peaceman Foundation

DEAN’S LEADERSHIP ADVISORY BOARD Gustavo Berenblum Berenblum Busch Architects Willy Bermello President + CEO, Bermello, Ajami, and Partners, Inc. Lee Caplin Bridgegate Pictures, Inc. Paul Cejas Chairman + CEO, PLC Investments Stanley Cohen Miami Music Project Executive Board Steven Cruz Director of Communications, Leadership for Education Equity Diana Farmer-Gonzalez Principal & Managing Director, Gensler Bernardo Fort-Brescia Principal, Arquitectonica David Harper Chief Design Officer U.S.A. Buildings & Places, Director and Practice Leader SNC-Lavalin Atkins

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DEAN’S SCJ ADVISORY BOARD Battinto Batts Director, Scripps Howard Foundation Spero Canton Partner, 3 Guys Communication Liz Carter President and CEO, Scripps Howard Foundation Alex De Carvalho Social Media Strategist Ramón Escobar VP Talent Recruitment & Development CNN Worldwide

Alina Falcon SVP, Daytime Programming NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprise Dan Grech Lead Instructor & Founder, BizHack Aminda Marques Gonzalez Executive Editor and Vice President for News, Miami Herald Em Mendez The Palm Beach Post Howard Miller President, Howard R. Miller Communications

Abdul Muhammad II Chief Digital Officer, rbb Communications Edwin O’Dell President, O’Dell Communications Marybel Rodriguez Anchor, CBS WFOR Dolores Sukhedo EVP & COO, 2 WPBT South Florida Public TV Joe Zubi SVP, Communications Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

LILLIAN LODGE KOPENHAVER (LLK) CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN IN COMMUNICATION ADVISORY BOARD Dorothy Bland Former, Dean, Frank W. & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas Julie Burton President, Women’s Media Center Dianne Festa Senior Vice President, News Partnerships NBC News Rosa Flores Correspondent, CNN Worldwide Nancy Green Strategic Marketing Consultant, Nancy Green & Associates Marsheila Hayes Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, FOX Corporation, New York

Dianne Lynch President, Stephens College Aminda Marques Gonzalez Executive Editor and Vice President for News, Miami Herald Bert Medina President, WPLG Kimberly Miller Bureau Chief, Fox News Channel Marisol Muñoz SVP of Communications, Major League Soccer, New York Ana Peralta Chammas Business Relationship Manager, Miami-Dade County IT

Sue Porter Retired, Former VP of the Scripps Foundation Nelly Rubio Retired, Director, Community Relations WFOR-TV/CBS4 and WBFS/TV33 Virgil L. Smith Smith Edwards Group, LLC Anne Vasquez Director of Content & Strategic Initiatives, EdSource Ellen Weiss Vice President & Washington, DC Bureau Chief, E.W. Scripps Company Jose Zamora SVP, Strategic Communications Univision News

MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS (MBUS) ADVISORY BOARD Deborah Briggs VP, Arts, The Betsy – South Beach Adelee Cabrera VP of operations, Constellation Culinary Group Asi Cymbal President and owner, Cymbal Development Vanessa Grout CEO, OKO Real Estate, OKO Group Annual Report 2019-2020

Alfred Karram, Jr. Founder & Owner, AKJ Design Concepts LLC Michael Larkin Partner, Bercow, Radell & Fernandez Chad Oppenheim Owner & Founder, Oppenheim Architecture + Design Armando Ortiz VP & Partner, Distribution Market Leader, IBM iX

Germán Montoya Board Member, Rokk3R Labs Samantha Scalzo Director, S&S Global Timothy Schmand Executive Director, Lincoln Road Business Improvement District


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