Florida International University School of Architecture Complex / Two-story university complex / 102,000 GSF
The Paul J. Ceas School of Architecture Complex is comprised of five structures. Student studios are located in loft spaces in the northern “bar” building, positioned for northern light from a glass curtain wall. Faculty administration offices are housed in the south building, featuring individual office windows. A courtyard contains two unique, brightly-colored tiled geometrically shaped “generators” that provide the spaces to encourage student interaction and social energy. The “yellow generator” houses the gallery and media center. The “red generator” provides a theater/auditorium and covered terrace. A “green generator” is represented by a grove a palms. A fifth building, separate but connected by a “monorail” looking covered walkway, houses the model-building studio.
The SOA project was featured in Architectural Record; GA Document 6; and received a dozen international awards including the Associated General Contractor’s Horizon Award. Recognized as an iconic structure, the SOA is now studied by architectural students worldwide.