Arquitectonica’s School of International and Public Affairs for Florida International University

The 56,K SqFt School of International and Public Affairs, designed by our friends at Arquitectonica, is to be constructed on Florida International University (FIU)’s University Park campus, to provide the university with a technologically advanced center for a variety of educational, creative, and performance programs, as well as faculty and student research facilities. Structurally the design reflects one of the core principles of FIU as an internationalist university responding to the multicultural makeup of the city of Miami: historically, and fast becoming more than ever a monumentally important nexus of trade, finance and culture. The visually striking structure is one of the first buildings designed under the auspices of an initiative of FIU to impose LEED standards upon all new construction undertaken for the university: sustainable features of this project include solar panels, a roof with vegetation, and low-VOC content building materials.