About the Festival of the Trees

The Festival of the Trees is a fundraising event coordinated by Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department and its advisory board. Each year South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for quality interior architecture education through their annual participation in the Festival of the Trees event and auction. This holiday extravaganza has raised over $350,000 in funds that benefit Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department and its talented students.

Each year, Festival of the Trees sponsors underwrite designers who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The “trees” are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening. The lucky winning bidders take these extraordinary creations and use them for holiday decorations in either their homes or offices.

Advisory Board

Lisette Boosooboy, M.C. Harry & Associates
Committee Chair

Janine King, Chair of Interior Architecture FIU
Denise Paulino, IA Interior Architecture
Glenda Kisner, Interface, Inc.
Kenzie Perry, Hospitality Purveyors, Inc
Peta Walker, Bilkey Llinas Design
Rebecca Longtemps, FIU CARTA
Rocio Gutierrez, DALTILE / KEYS GRANITE, Inc.
Sandra Holland, Emser Tile
Shauna Carpenter, Gresham, Smith and Partners
Cynthia Stehman, Roos International
Dawn Starling, Dawn Starling & Associates
Hector Ruiz, ID & Design International
Andrea Perez, FIU CARTA
Isabella Collazos, Stantec
Jissette Jimenez, TSAO Design Group
Melba Suarez, Leo A. Daly
Esperanza Muino, Paula Hesch Designs

About the Moore Building

The Moore Building, located in the heart of the Design District, is an historic venue was built in 1921 as the furniture showroom space for Moore and Sons. The unique building boasts four floors of arcaded spaces totaling more than 21,000-square-feet. The central atrium accommodates 2,500 people for receptions and 1,100 for seated events.

On permanent display in the atrium is the site-specific installation “Elastika,” created by Iraqi-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid and commissioned by Dacra president Craig Robins. Together they wanted a design which compliments and at the same time contradicts the period in which the Moore Building was built.

The Moore Building is the company’s most well known venue and is an ideal venue to host events of any size. For more information please visit, Bridge House Events.


Miami Design District
191 NE 40th Street
Miami FL 33137

Event Details
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 6:30-9:30
Location: Moore Building


Please be advised that parking may be difficult due to construction throughout the Design District.
Self-parking is available on the street or at designated parking garages indicated below:

  • Parking garages open until 11:00 PM, Monday – Thursday.