This year, the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU has been awarded three distinctions for its cutting-edge and multi-dimensional building. The structure, built in 2011, is 56,000 square-feet in total and was designed by Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architecture and design firm responsible for creating contemporary and eclectic buildings like the American Airlines Arena and the Icon Brickell Condominium.
The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of American Registered Architects, and the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects are among the establishments that recognized SIPA’s state-of-the-art venue in 2013.
The SIPA building was constructed to provide a venue for a myriad of activities, such as classes, lectures, workshops, conferences, and faculty/graduate research. It is the only facility in the university to house a cantilevered, two-story auditorium—meaning that it reaches outward at approximately 40 feet.
The Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Auditorium acts as the focal point of the building—accommodating academic lectures and convocations of international educators and leaders. The auditorium was builtnext to a two-story lobby with terrazzo finishes and hasa 10,000 square-feet green roof, planted with native plants. The combination of extreme precision and environmentally friendly spacesmade the SIPA building an ideal candidate for national recognition.
In August 2013, SIPA was awarded the COTE Sustainable Design Award of Merit by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The COTE Sustainable Design Award recognizes excellence in the design of sustainable projects, including buildings and urban design projects by architects. The award, presented by the AIA’s Committee on the Environment, intends to promote public awareness about the environment and about the designs of sustainable projects.
In October 2013, SIPA received the Gold Award for Design, presented by the Society of American Registered Architects. The Gold Medal Award for Design is given for extraordinary service to the profession of architecture.
In November 2013, SIPA was awardedThe Sustainable Awardby the Miami Chapter of the AIA. The award focuses on innovation in areas of energy, materials, and technology by proposing new standards in the green construction of housing and public amenities.
Other notable recognitions awarded to SIPA in the past include: the Honor Award of Excellence by the Florida AIA in 2011; the gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED), as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute in November 2011; and an additional Award of Excellence by the Miami Chapter of AIA in November 2012.