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Congratulations to the four students who placed in the College Bowl and were awarded scholarship money:
  • Anthony Pagnotta - First Place Team - $500.00 Scholarship
  • Porshia Tolbert - Second Place Team - $300.00 Scholarship
  • Serge Delice - Second Place Team - $300.00 Scholarship
  • Tiffany Brown - Second Place Team - $300.00 Scholarship

This is the third consecutive year our students have won events in the conference. We had two students competing in the undergraduate poster competition this year, and six students competing in the college bowl.

Although we did not place in the poster competition, it was a great experience for the two EET student who participated. They were selected to present their work from among hundreds of students from around the country who submitted but were not selected. Thus, it constitutes a win too! Congratulations Benjie Smith and Stephan Williamson for a job well done.

What Is the HENAAC College Bowl
What happens when you mix 300 college students, 30 teams comprised of companies and government agencies, 5 rounds of competition, scholarships, and a lot of really cool prizes? The one and only HENAAC COLLEGE BOWL™! Warning: Not for the Faint of Heart!

The HENAAC College Bowl is a two-day, high energy competition in which teams of students, coached and judged by industry and government representatives, focus on showcasing their talents, teamwork and leadership skills. Each round of competition addresses carefully selected topics relevant to career success. Not only is this an awesome and unique experience for students and professionals alike, but it is also an opportunity for students to win scholarships for first, second, and third placing teams. The event was both a wonderful opportunity for students to interact and compete with their peers and a chance to interact with experienced individuals in the corporate world. HENAAC offers students the chance to gain a perspective from corporate mentors and more important sharpen their skills in areas of communication and teamwork. The HENAAC College Bowl™ was first implemented in the year 2000 and is produced by Mar-Kon LLP. 

FCRAR 2013

Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics

Thursday, May 16 and Friday May 17, 2013
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will be hosting the 26th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics and Robot Showcase FCRAR 2013 at the FSU AME Building on Thursday May 16 and Friday, May 17, 2013. The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 and end at 12:30 p.m. on May 17. Dr. Antonio Soares, Assistant Professor of Electronic Engineering Technology is Co-chair of this event.
Graduation Reception & Group Photos

Friday, April 26

In addition to announcing a few student awards, we took group photos of the graduating class.  Check back soon for a look at them.

Elective Class Presentation
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Students who participated in this semester's digital modeling and fabrication class with Valerie Goodwin, their professor, and faculty and staff from the FSU FAB Lab to present their work. Exciting stuff!

Monday, April 22, 2013
Job Interviews
Randy Lewis and Iain Harnden of MLD Architects will be conducting job interviews for graduating students beginning at 1:00 pm Monday. Students who have been scheduled for interviews are asked to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment, and to bring at least 2 printed copies of your portfolio and your résumé.

Summer internship opportunities for Palm Beach County students

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HOK Job Interviews
HOK logoHOK (formerly Hellmuth, Obata Kassabaum) is a U.S. based architecture, interiors, engineering, planning and urban design firm with offices in several other countries. In 2012, HOK was the largest U.S.-based architecture-engineering firm.  The firm had more than 1,600 professional staff across a global network of 24 offices and is active in all major architectural specialties.  HOK will be at the FAMU SOA on April 17 to interview M.Arch graduates for permanent position opportunities in its Tampa and Miami offices.
Thursday, April 4
Florida AIA Board of Directors Meeting
Room 121 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 pm

The FAMU SOA will host a State of Florida AIA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, April 4.  The AIA Board will meet in Room 121 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.  The SOA visit will follow AIA Legislative Day, Wednesday, April 3. April 1, 2013
Faculty Candidate Lecture

1:45 pm
"Connexion: defining a point"
Robert Diaz is a candidate for the SOA Faculty position and will visit Monday,  April 1st with a faculty breakfast reception from 8:30-9:30 in the Deans Conference room and a lecture at 1:45 Monday in Room 111 titled "Connexion: defining a point". Mr. Diaz comes with a MArch  and a MS in Digital Design and Fabrication from Texas Tech where he has been teaching for two years. Please come to the lecture at 1:45 on Monday. 
Wednesday, March 27

Linda Searl, FAIA, Partner
Linda Searl, FAIA, is NCARB certified and a registered architect in Illinois, Florida, Michigan, and New York. She is a former president of Chicago Women in Architecture and AIA Chicago and has served on the national AIA Board as both regional director and vice president. Searl is a key figure in the Chicago planning community, serving on the Chicago Plan Commission for 10 years, currently as chair, and on the Chicago Design Initiative, a committee appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley to advise the City of Chicago Department of Planning on planning and design issues. Searl also was a member of the steering committee for Chicago’s Central Area Plan and co-chair of the Urban Design Task Force.  Prior to moving to Chicago, Ms. Searl was a member of our faculty here in the School of Architecture. Ms. Searl's lecture, Recent Work Practice will be presented at 2:00 PM in Room 111.
Monday, March 18
Brad Innes, AIA

2:00 PM in Room 111
On Monday, March 18, the FAMU SOA Division fo Architecture will host a lecture by Brad Innes, AIA (Elliott, Marshall & Inness PA).  Mr. Innes is the Design Principal of the firm, which has won over 40 design awards for buildings located across Florida's panhandle. On the FAMU campus, Elliott, Marshall & Inness is thedesigner of the Coleman Library addition and the CORE building. The lecture will be presented in Room 111 at 2:00PM

March 6, 2013
Faculty Candidate Lecture

1:45 pm
Material Enclosures Evoking Ambient Environments
Tim Frank, RA,  LEED AP is an architect, designer, educator, and researcher.  He currently occupies a visiting faculty position within the School of Architecture Design at Virginia Tech and he maintains an interdisciplinary design studio based in Atlanta.  Through a combination of research and practice, his work explores the role of design media technologyin advancing the performance characteristics of architectural space.  His work has won numerous design competitions, has been published worldwide, and has been widely showcased including the exhibition of adaptive enclosure systems at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City where the work received the Editor's Choice Award from Metropolis Magazine.   Tim previously taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

March 4, 2013
Jimmie Tucker, AIA, LEED AP
Room 111
2:00 PM

The FAMU School of Architecture is honored to host a lecture by architect Jimmie Tucker, AIA, LEED AP at 2:00 in Room 111.  Mr. Tucker is a partner in the firm Self Tucker Architects of Memphis, TN..  Mr. Tucker is the first of three invited Spring guest lecturers.  Please consider attending his 45 minute presentation.  The lecture is open to all SOA students and faculty. 
Following Mr. Tucker's presentation, there will be an exhibit of M.Arch Thesis work in the South Atrium.

January 7, 2013

Adjunct Faculty Appointed
The FAMU School of Architecture's Division of Architecture is pleased to welcome Mary Jo Spector, AIA, LEED AP-BD & C.  Mary Jo has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Pennsylvania State University) a Bachelor of Architecture (Florida A&M University) and a Master's of Science in Planning (Florida State University).  Spector is a registered Architect in Florida (2009), Georgia (2008), and Pennsylvania (1985), a LEED AP-BD & C credentialed professional (2009) and has more than 20 years of practice experience.  She has taught at the Florida State Department of Urban and Regional Planning and lectured at the University of Florida.  

Mary Jo will teach a third year design studio at FAMU.

Grant Awarded

December 14, 2012

The IEEE FAMU Student Chapter has been awarded a grant to design a prototype solar charging station for the FAMU Green Coalition. According to Prof. Antonio Soares, the solar charging station will provide a location for students to charge phones, hand held devices laptops etc. and will bring together students from the Divisions of  Electronic Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, and Architecture to design and implement the project.

2013 Portfolio Evaluation Guide Published
December 11, 2012

The FAMU SOA Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) portfolio evaluation is based on five (5) themes - Research, Ideas, Execution, Systems and Communication.  The percentages for each criterion vary and are fully explained in the Portfolio Evaluation Guide. A student’s portfolio submittals must include clear evidence of knowledge and the core abilities expected from a four-year design studio experience.

School of Architecture Celebrates 32 Years of Full Accreditation
December 3, 2012

NAAB recently approves reaccreditation for another six years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Architectural education in the 21st century is similar to the medical or legal field in several ways. Graduates from all three professions are required to complete years of extended schooling, enter a highly competitive job market, and must pass a state licensure exam to practice.  An architect, however, is the one profession expected to grow faster in this decade than the average of all occupations in the United States (to 24 percent by 2020). The recent reaccreditation of the School of Architecture at Florida A&M University (FAMU) will ensure minorities have access to these opportunities as the demand for adequately trained professionals continues to grow with the industry. FULL ARTICLE

The Ultimate Merger - Business Meets Architecture
November 2, 2012

Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) facilities management degree program had an accreditation site visit from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation recently where the FAMU Facility Management Academic Advisory Council also signed its charter. FAMU now offers a bachelor of science in business administration with a program major in facilities management.  This new major has been created, planned and developed with the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the School of Architecture (SOA) and IFMA. FULL STORY

September 2012
Design Field Trip

Greenville, SC
Craig Huffman's Design Studio Field Trip


David Cuthbert, architect, urban planner,
IPMA registered project manager, and a
Lecturer at the University of Technology in
Kingston, Jamaica lectured
Wednesday at 2:00 PM in Room 111.

IFMA Site Visit
FAMU SOA Alums Sophia Bromfield, David Castro, Thomas Mitchell and Michael Ruiz will participate in a Facilties Management Panel Discussion on Wednesday, October 17, 2:00PM as part of the IFMA Site Visit. The complete visit schedule is available HERE.


Lingerfelt Poster Guest Lecturer

Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, LEED AP accepted an invitation by the FAMU SOA AIAS Chapter and lectured on Monday, October 15, 2:00PM.  

Lingerfelt was the 2011 President of the Florida Association of the AIA and was a Project Director at Walt Disney Imagineering. The lecture took place in Room 111.

Facilties Management
The FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI) is now offering a bachelor of science in business administration with a program major in Facilities Management.  This new major has been created, planned and developed as a joint effort of the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the School of Architecture (SOA) and the professional organization known as the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).  FAMU's program is the only one in the state of Florida and the only one at a historically black college or university. 

More information is available online at:

The curriculum and other information is available at:

Environmental Technology Field Trip

Prof. Tom Martineau's Environmental Systems class visited the Special Proceedings Courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee last week. The tour included a demonstration of the lighting system (past and present) and of the daylighting via skylight (with its advantages and limitations).  The SOA is grateful to Judge Hinkle and Courtroom Deputy Clerk  Elizabeth Lawrence for making this learning experience possible.

Design Studio Field Trips
The Design 4.1 Studios, led by Professors Huffman, Knight, Ots and Wells-Bowie, each participated in field trips this weekend.  Prof. Huffman's students traveled to Greensville, SC; Prof. Knight's to Mobile, AL; and Profs. Wells-Bowie and Ots' students traveled to Atlanta, GA. The trips provide students a firsthand look at the locations of their design studio projects, involve the students in a local community assistance endeavor, and/or orient students to an urban setting that provides context for their design studio project.

Faculty Appreciation from APX

Alpha Rho Chi Professional Fraternity treated Division of Architecture faculty to light refreshments in the Dean's Suite Wednesday morning. Alpha Rho Chi (APX) was established in 1914 to encourage closer fellowship and a greater interest in the study of Architecture and the Allied Arts.

Congratulations Dr. Doreen Kobelo
Dr. Doreen Kobello, Assistant Professor in the Division of Construction Engineering Technology successfully completed the SOA's first 2012 NASA contract. The project assessed the load capacity of a bypass road leading to one of the launchpads at the Kennedy Space Center.

Congratulations Dean Wright and Dean Chin

Interim President Larry Robinson announced yesterday that he has appointed long-time dean in the School of Architecture Rodner Wright as the new interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“Dean Wright has the experience and the vision to do an exceptional job in this post during the transition period,” Robinson said.  “I really look forward to working with him in this capacity as we focus on how we can make the 2012-2013 year, one of FAMU’s best. He is a thoughtful and astute leader who is in tune with the academic tenor of this university.”

Wright has been dean and a member of the faculty of the FAMU School of Architecture since August 1996. During this same period, he has been an active board member of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects and the Tallahassee Chapter. From 1998-2001, he served on the National Architectural Accrediting Board, first as vice president and then as president.  Since 1995, he has served on and/or chaired more than 16 accrediting and candidacy visits combined including a candidacy visit to American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

“I am clearly committed to this university and the success of our students,” said Wright.  “I look forward to working with faculty, students, staff and Interim President Robinson as we all work to pursue academic excellence.”

Wright has chaired and served on numerous campus-wide committees at all levels.  Most notably, he chaired the Organizational Analysis Taskforce consisting of more than 30 faculty and administrators, which contributed significantly to the university’s academic restructuring plan implemented in July 2011.  Currently, he is the chair for the director of the Marching and Pep Bands Search Committee.

Prior to coming to FAMU, he spent 11 years as a member of the faculty at Mississippi State University School of Architecture. While there he taught design and architectural delineation. Additionally, he served first as academic advisor, and then as associate dean. In 1992, he became the first African American to serve as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

He is a native of Pittsburgh, Penn. and holds a B.S. degree in design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art and a M. Arch from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.

Andrew Chin, who served as assistant dean of Architecture Programs, will serve as interim dean of the School of Architecture.

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Professional Practice
The Discovery at Cascades Park, designed by Adjunct Professor Meghan Mick, is a natural playscape project in Tallahassee's downtown Cascades Park.  The park is an interactive, educational and playful family amenity to the Capital's newest urban park.  The design includes a series of vignettes that are inspired by the unique landscapes found throughout Florida. The "Steephead Slide" is set in a large hill on which kids can climb up, run around, and roll down. The trunks and limbs of ancient cypress trees create an interesting formation to be scaled, inspected, and maneuvered by curious kids of all ages. Grass berms mimic dunes, native perennials attract butterflies, and a farm pump allows users to physically access water for hands-on play where runoff supports an on-site infiltration garden.  Visit for more information about Prof Mick's practice.

Division of Engineering Technology Supports CIS Team That Earned 1st Place in Rocket Competition

Stacy Tinner, Sr. Teaching Lab Specialist, Electronic Engineering Technology, worked with students and faculty fron CIS to build and launch a rocket in the recent University Student Launch Initiative. or the full story, CLICK HERE.

HBCU Architecture Forum

The Florida A&M University School of Architecture is pleased to host the 3rd Annual HBCU Architecture Forum on Friday, March 30, 2012 and Saturday, March 31, 2012. The annual event provides HBCU architecture programs, faculty and students a unique opportunity for enrichment & exposure. The tentative theme for the 2012 Spring Forum is "Collaboration."


Congratulations Jeneice!

Jeneice Williams-SmithJeneice Williams-Smith, the Head Architecture Librarian, has recently been named the Interim Director for Public and Information Services for the University Libraries, which includes the main library and four branch libraries. This position reports to the Associate Director of Libraries and has responsibility for managing all public and information service functions for the libraries including reference services, access services, government documents, periodicals, and special collections. This position also has oversight of the library web page, distance learning services, and information literacy. While we are all very happy for Jeneice, she will surely be missed!

02/25 - 29/2012
NAAB Accreditation Visit

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Accreditation visit concluded on Wednesday, February 29th. Architectural accreditation is the primary means by which programs assure quality to students and the public. As noted on the NAAB website, "Accredited status is a signal to students and the public that an institution or program meets at least minimal standards for its faculty, curriculum, student services and libraries. The accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect."  The School's professional Master of Architecture program was accredited in 1980 and in 1986 the professional Bachelor of Architecture program received its first accreditation. Both programs have been continuously accredited ever since. 

The NAAB also notes the following:
Accreditation of architectural programs takes place on a cycle that may range from every few years to as many as six years. Accreditation is ongoing–the initial earning of accreditation is not entry to indefinite accredited status. Periodic review is a fact of life for programs. Self-accreditation is not an option. An architecture program seeking accreditation must go through a number of steps stipulated by NAAB. These steps involve a combination of several tasks: 
    • Self-study: Programs prepare a written summary of performance based on the NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation.
    • Peer review: Architectural accreditation review and site visits are conducted by a team of educators, practitioners, regulators and students. These colleagues review the self-study and serve on the visiting team that reviews the program after the self-study is complete. Teams, in addition to the peers described above, may also include public members (non-academics who have an interest in architectural education), program sponsored observers or NAAB observers. All team members are volunteers and are not compensated.
    • Preparation of visiting team report (VTR): The visiting team prepares the VTR at the end of the visit. The report includes progress since the previous site visit, conditions met, conditions not met and causes of concern. The team recommends a term of accreditation to the NAAB board. The team’s recommendation remains confidential.
    • Action (judgment) by the NAAB Board: Based on a reading of the VTR, the NAAB board may determine a term of accreditation for new programs, reaffirm accreditation for ongoing programs, or deny accreditation to a program.
    • Ongoing external review: Architecture programs continue to be reviewed over time on cycles that range from every few years to six years.
The FAMU School of Architecture was last visited six years ago, in 2006.

The distinguished six-member Visiting Team includes representatives of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and a non-voting alumnus of the FAMU School of Architecture.  Their grueling schedule is attached and can be viewed HERE. 

Students, faculty, and University administrators are scheduled to participate in a number of meetings with the Visiting team, so be sure to check the schedule and plan accordingly.

Youthbuild Design Charrette

The intent of a Design Charrette is to investigate and develop ideas in an intense short period of time to explore possible design solutions for a succinct design challenge. In this case the challenge was to explore design solutions for a 1,000 SF house in Midway, Florida for charity.

This activity began last Wednesday, February 1st, and brought together representatives of the community, TCC faculty and students, Gadsden Youthbuild participants as well as faculty and students of the Florida A&M University School of Architecture for an intense session of brainstorming, discussion, and concept design development.  In this process, Youthbuild participants were given an “inside look” at potential career choices. In addition School of Architecture students and TCC students exchanged ideas and formed friendships while mentoring Youthbuild participants through the design charrette process.

The products developed during the charrette also have the potential to educate a broader audience such as the Gadsden Youthbuild organizers and community members. The design event was followed on Monday, February 6th by a formal design presentation of the ideas explored in the charrette. In addition SOA students will have opportunities to participate in the hands on construction of the house in Midway, Florida for charity. This will also provide further opportunities for SOA students to mentor Youthbuild students and build relationships with TCC students.
Browse some photos of the event here.


The FAMU School of Architecture will participate in Tallahassee's
First Friday Gallery Hop
with the exhibit "By Design."
The opening festivities are from 5:30 to 8:30 PM Friday, February 3rd. The School of Architecture Gallery will feature recent work by the School's Architecture Faculty. Student work will also be highlighted in the adjacent reception space. For more information, contact Valerie Goodwin at (850) 599-3244.


On February 1, from 9AM-12Noon and on February 6 from 9AM-12Noon, the SOA Division of Architecture will host a design charrette with Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and the local Youthbuild organization.  The SOA/ TCC/ Youthbuild design teams will develop resi-->

Contact Info

1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Walter L. Smith Architecture Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200

P: (850) 599-3244
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