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EM ER G IN G S O FE SS IO N A L PR R N ER CO A Word from Your 2014 Florida/Caribbean Associate Directors In 2014, AIA Florida/Caribbean will collaborate to showcase what we do best - finding creative ways to solve complex problems. As Emerging Professionals, this is a very exciting time to be entering the architectural profession. The AIA's Repositioning represents a renewed commitment to the advancement of the profession and it recognizes that Emerging Professionals are critical to this process. Despite a job market that remains uncertain, there is hope that the pendulum is now swinging in a positive direction. We have all been there, the long hours, the sleepless nights, but it is the passion for creation that keeps us moving forward. There is a rebel hidden inside each one of us; we are committed to a profession that is often misunderstood by mainstream culture. In 2014, AIA Florida/Caribbean will collaborate to showcase what we do best - finding creative ways to solve complex problems. Evolving markets and technology constantly redefine the way we work and what we do. New leadership must emerge that seeks to expand our profession by actively engaging our local communities. Many recent graduates and young architects have taken steps to combine architecture with other disciplines to create new hybrid forms of design work. One example is the crossover between art and architecture in public space that challenges existing ideas about how people and communities use and interact with public space. Small, grassroots design interventions, like the Park(ing) Day events, have a tangible florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | winter 2014 impact on local communities' design awareness. Participatory design takes this a step further by giving local communities ownership in the design process. As young designers and entrepreneurs, we must transition from design thinking to design leadership. Emerging Professionals must become agents of change by taking action and initiating these types of efforts in our local communities. From both a state and regional perspective, the new leadership will work to build upon the momentum of repositioning by identifying and leveraging existing best practices for better coordination across local, state, and regional levels. AIA Florida Regional Associate Director, Sherryl Muriente, Assoc. AIA, launched the first roundtable discussion at the AIA Puerto Rico Convention to begin assessing the needs and interests of emerging professionals. Jordan Yee, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director-at-Large, will also work on this effort to better connect local chapters in a statewide and regional network. It is increasingly apparent that our success as a profession will depend on our ability to embrace a spirit of openness, innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration. ■ 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2014

President’s Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
The Geometer’s Tower at 25
3-D Laser Scanning: A Snapshot in Time
The Call-Collins House Restoration
The Conservation of Preservation
Lakeland Service Center for Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector
Poker Room for Jacksonville Greyhound Racing
A Word from Your 2014 Florida/ Caribbean Associate Directors
Mosaic Salon
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2014