FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Presents its 28th Annual Festival of the Trees Holiday Exhibit and Auction

Festival Of The Trees
The Festival of the Trees celebrates its 28th year on November 20th at the Coral Gables Country Club

MIAMI, FL – November 04, 2014 – Florida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) is proud to present the 28th annual Festival of the Trees, on November 20th, 2014, located at the Coral Gables Country Club at 997 North Greenway Drive. The exhibition gala will be attended by some of Miami’s most well-known figures in the real estate, arts, architecture and design communities, as well as representatives from the media, Miami-Dade government, FIU students, faculty, and alumni. Single tickets are $72 and a $550 ten-person group rate is currently available for purchase at

“The [exhibit] gala reception…annually attracts as many as 600 people,” said CARTA Dean, Brian Schriner. “This is one of the most anticipated and celebrated holiday traditions in Miami’s Design and Cultural community.”

FIU Interior Architecture Department’s annual Festival of the Trees ( has become a creative South Florida tradition, marking the start of the holiday season for over 28 years. Since its inception, the Festival has featured the region’s premier design professionals in celebration of the holiday season’s shapes, colors, light and poetry.

“Design GPS: Global Prismatic Spectrums” is the theme of this year’s exhibition that showcases the amazing creativity of the community by engaging top local, national and international designers in the design of spectacular holiday trees made from every imaginable material. All who attend the gala reception on November 20th can bid on these extraordinary tree creations, and the winning bidder can display them as holiday decorations in their homes or offices, for years to come.

The Interior Architecture Advisory Board coordinates the exhibition and accompanying gala reception. As in past years, net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will be used to support FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and help talented students pursue a quality education at FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts. This annual holiday extravaganza has raised over $150,000!

Unique and beneficial, corporate and private sponsorships are still available. For more information on how you can support the Festival of the Trees, please contact Committee Chair Lisette Boosooboy,

The Festival of the Trees would like to thank our current Platinum sponsors (KEYSGRANITE, Daltile, Crystaline Stone, Bacardi, Celebrity X Cruises, and Kannoa) and Gold sponsors (Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida) for their superlative support to make this year’s festival another major success! Our esteemed Festival of Trees Judges include Susan Cumins, Sir Alan Duddle, Nathalie Cadet, Kalyn James, and Steve Rothaus.

Follow the Festival of the Trees on Facebook and Instagram (@festivalofthetrees).

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With close to 100 students in our Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited Master of Interior Architecture program, the Interior Architecture Department at FIU is one of the premiere professional interior design programs in South Florida. Recognized as the 4th best interior design program in the southern region of the United States, we are known for the quality of our students, for our excellent faculty, and for our strong relationship with Miami design professionals. We offer our students cutting edge award-winning facilities that house studios, galleries, labs and workshops, and foster a dynamic community of creative and ardent lifelong learners investigating design and its countless contributions to society.


Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 50,000 students on two campuses and three centers, including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports.

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