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MDC’s Architecture School is Training Next Generation of Design and Building Professionals

School of Architecture 3-D

Project design for an Air & Space Museum by student Jonathan Chades

Miami, June 18, 2010 - For three consecutive years, representatives from respected architectural firms have attended Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Annual Architecture Showcase, an exhibition of work by students and faculty across several disciplines, in search of new talent. At this year’s event, an interior design student was hired on the spot.

MDC’s acclaimed School of Architecture and Interior Design is helping to produce the region’s next generation of design and building professionals. This year, a number of graduates with Associate in Arts degrees were awarded scholarships and admitted to top schools, including Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, Boston Architecture College, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, among others.   

Students may also obtain Associate in Science degrees in drafting, interior design or construction technology, which prepares them to enter the workforce upon graduating.

The industry is always evolving and MDC students are learning to create designs using the most cutting-edge software in the business, such as CATIA, Revit, and ArchiCad, as part of the school’s Building Information Modeling (BMI) strategy.   

“This is very advanced 3-D software. The students are learning on programs that are the next step in professional design,” said Jose Lozano, chair of the School of Architecture and Interior Design.  

The highly successful Annual Showcase, which has been organized by Professor Henry Lares for the past seven years, was held at the college’s historic Freedom Tower. Students applied their knowledge of innovative design by creating digital projects using 3-D animation. The designs on screens provided realistic, virtual tours of buildings.   

Established in 1972, the School of Architecture offers classes at Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses. In addition to students’ successes, this year, faculty members Mario F. Ortega and Lyle D. Culver are recipients of the 2010 Endowed Teaching Chairs, the college’s most significant faculty recognition.

To build a better future for yourself, please contact MDC’s School of Architecture and Interior Design at 305-237-2226 or visit

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