Miami, a cosmopolitan city and the surrounding area is home to several fine architecture schools at both the high school and university level.
Design and Architecture Senior High, DASH, located in the heart of Miami’s design district, explores architecture, interior design, industrial design and more. Educating talented students to become confident and innovative thinkers they are linked to leaders in the different disciplines through professional mentoring and dual enrollment is available with local colleges.
University of Miami, a private research university just south of Miami has both an undergraduate and graduate architecture program in the School of Architecture. With its focus on New Urbanism, modern design is explored and studied with a synthesis of architecture practices through the lens of environmental responsibility, social equity and economic sustainability. With available local resources designers are highlighted through exhibits and lectures throughout the year. Recently, they held an exhibit that showcased architects forty years old and younger. Design ideas are encouraged from the traditional to modern design.
Florida International University, also just south of Miami offers the study of architecture and interior design. Believing ‘architecture to be a conceptually based intellectual endeavor and a form of critical inquiry that addresses the physical environment from the scale of the city to the scale of the furniture.” the school encourages critical thinking and innovation through imagining beautiful and healthy environments. With both an undergraduate and master’s programs they encourage risk taking, a basic premise of modern design to satisfy both form and function while stretching the envelope of what is expected, what is possible. There are research opportunities at the Wolfsonian to explore topics of interest such as modern Italian design and furniture.
Northeast High School located in Oakland Park, north of Miami and directly adjacent to the City of Fort Lauderdale, is an all magnet high school offering the Academy of Architecture and Design. In preparation for a career in the visual arts designing modern buildings or exploring modern furniture design, this is a great high school program to begin to understand spatial and design relationships. With an opportunity for dual enrollment at local colleges, they can explore both theory and practice in the applied arts.
Florida Atlantic University is about 35 miles north of Miami offering an undergraduate degree in architecture. With the main campus located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, it emphasizes the concept of “learning by doing”, to follow through on intellectual, ethical and professional intention.