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Marilys Nepomechie, Architecture Professor

I majored in English and American literature as an undergraduate, thinking I’d pursue a Ph.D. or perhaps a career in law.  A freshman drawing class derailed me to the visual arts, and childhood experiences as the daughter of an architect turned me to the profession and to a graduate degree from MIT.

Architecture is a choice I celebrate daily –especially for its potential to shape the world so that it may reflect the best within it. My work taps the utopian gene that architects have in such abundance. In both my teaching and practice, I focus on design that renders our communities truly sustainable — financially, environmentally, culturally and socially.

As part of my work with students, I lead the multi-disciplinary FIU 2011 Solar Decathlon Team, one of 20 selected world-wide to design, construct, and operate a fully solar-powered home that will be displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D,C.  I also design and guide students in designing affordable, sustainable housing for communities in need.

A recent competition sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Salvation Army challenged students to design green, affordable homes for post-Katrina New Orleans. Our students swept all regional award categories, taking first, second and third places.

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