FIU CARTA (College of Architectiure The Arts) to Present Distinguished Alumni Award to Marlene Liriano, at Their Annual Torch Awards Gala

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  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) February 19, 2014 - CARTA is honoring FIU Interior Architecture alumna, Marlene Liriano '89, and Vice President and Director of Interior Design for HOK's Florida Practice, with the Distinguished Alumni Award at FIU's thirteenth annual Torch Awards Gala on Saturday March 8th, 2014. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university through their notable record of service and achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause.

    As Vice President and Director of Interior Design for HOK, Liriano, has designed and delivered successful projects for Fortune 500 Companies such as HBO Latin America, Perry Ellis International, Microsoft and American Airlines. For nearly three decades, Liriano has successfully delivered innovative and thoughtful design solutions that exceed her client's expectations.

    Her work has perpetuated a tradition of insight, cultivated a spirit of team collaboration and promoted thought leadership resulting in multiple design awards, including the Award of Excellence for Interior Design, from the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), two Sandi Awards from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) for Design of Excellence/Healthcare Design 2012 and the Project of the Year 2013, for her excellence in leadership and notable architecture and interior design.

    About HOK Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc.
    (HOK) is a full-service design firm established in 1955. Our diversified practice includes comprehensive architectural and engineering services as well as services in a broad range of related disciplines. Our staff of more than 1,600 is experienced in a wide variety of assignments including projects commissioned by major U.S. and international corporations, developers and government agencies ranging in type from federal court houses to sports arenas, from campus master planning projects to corporate headquarters and comprehensive health care facilities.

    HOK has been a member of the Florida community since 1984, with landmark designs including the Dali Museum, Bacardi Global Headquarters, Tampa Convention Center, The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and the Miami Dade Children's Courthouse.

    In July 2013, HOK was rated as the top A/E Firm in Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and is consistently recognized as a sustainable design leader, evidenced by HOK's top ranking as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design by DesignIntelligence for four consecutive years.

    About The College of Architecture + The Arts:
    With more than 1,400 majors in seven academic departments-Music, Architecture, Art and Art History, Communication Arts, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Theatre-the College of Architecture + The Arts is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students an intimate and nurturing atmosphere that offers opportunities for individual attention while promoting the creative spirit in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of imagination, intellectual curiosity, and artistic expression For more information, visit CARTA's website at: or

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