For 30 years, FIU Architecture students have participated-in and celebrated Walk on Water, a race founded and orchestrated by Professor Jaime Canaves. Each student designs and constructs shoes that will allow him/her to walk the length of the Green Lake at the heart of FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
In Fall 2016, WOW opened the competition to students from across the country. Students from the University of Florida and Palm Beach State College competed with FIU students for scholarships and were granted travel awards from our main sponsor, CGI Windows & Doors. In addition to the standard race awards, Walk on Water was able to award graduate assistant scholarships, travel scholarships for study abroad programs, and 1st place awards.
The event occurs every November with approximately 50 students participating in the race. A favorite activity of the Fall Semester, Walk on Water is attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and media who watch with excitement as they cheer for the winners – and for the ones who fall in! Media and press outlets cover the event nationally and internationally.