FIU is the first to launch a Doctor of Design (DDes) degree in Florida.
FIU is the first Florida university to launch a Doctor of Design (DDes) degree to prepare architects for global leadership careers in design investigation, industry, applied research and related emerging technology fields.
The DDes was approved by the Florida Board of Governors and will be offered in the spring 2021 semester through FIU’s Department of Architecture, housed in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. The new degree is one of only five post-professional DDes programs nationwide.
“FIU’s climb as one of the nation’s top research universities is fueled by programs of the future such as this new Doctor of Design that involves experiential learning leveraging state-of-the-art technology,” said FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton. “We expect that graduates of this program will reach the highest levels of their profession and contribute to the body of design knowledge through scholarship, research and innovation.”
The 60-credit STEM doctoral program will be offered primarily online and will support research in architecture. It will cover the application of the latest computer tools to the design, visualization and fabrication of the built environment. As a post-professional degree, the DDes provides specialized credentials for advanced professional and academic applied research.
“The FIU Doctor of Design program builds upon the strength of the existing accredited programs that form the FIU School of Architecture and the departments of architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture + environmental and urban design,” said CARTA Dean Brian Schriner. “The expertise of our talented faculty allows the university to offer this degree that is on par with those offered at select leading universities nationwide.”