Florida International University, Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture and Building

Miami, Florida

  • FIRM

    Bernard Tschumi Architects


    Florida International University

  • AREA

    102,000 sq.ft.





This project starts from the thesis that architecture can generate interaction. Buildings can intensify social or cultural interfaces.

This project consists of two sober wings that define a space activated by colorful generators. The wings are made of precise precast concrete, and the generators are clad in varied yellow and red ceramic tiles, and nature (the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBEA InternationalCOST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio palms).

The building arranges programmatic activities around an event-oriented central courtyard that is activated by two generators on either side. One generator contains a lecture hall; the other encloses an art gallery/reading room. Review rooms and a demonstration room also look over the courtyard. Studios, classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices open onto this large, communal, multipurpose event-oriented courtyard.