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ARCHITECTS / LEWIS+WHITLOCK, tallahassee, florida
Building Studio +
The path to licensure can be a long and arduous one for an
aspiring architect, one that requires a NAAB-accredited degree,
thousands of hours of documented experience in specific areas
of practice and passage of the multipart Architect Registration
Examination (ARE). Today, interns have an important
role to play in architect's offices and AIA member firms are
increasingly discovering the value of devoting resources,
training and support to interns and emerging professionals.
Recently, the Tallahassee-based firm, Architects /
Lewis+Whitlock (AL+W), recipient of the 2014 Florida
People's Choice Award, began a series of monthly designer
development workshops for interns working on its staff.
AL+W's creative director Hays Layerd, AIA, explained that
"Building Studio +" is a program designed to address the
architect's impact within the community, the profession
and in the office. The + refers to: Legacy + Community +
Leadership + Workshop Culture + Craft + Creativity.
"Our meetings are designed to provide insight and mentoring
by senior staff, as well as eliciting feedback from junior staff. We
want to identify what tools are needed for success in the practice
of architecture." Layerd explained that the program helps senior
staff gain insight into junior staffers' interests and personalities
which helps assist in their growth by addressing specific
weaknesses and moving them toward their individual goals.
Pinpointing workplace and communication issues and
brainstorming ideas for community-impact activities are
other areas of heavy concentration. In March, the firm
featured a guest speaker, Jay Revell, Executive Director of
the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority. Six
interns gathered in AL+W's conference room to hear Revell
explore the importance of "downtown placemaking."
Intern Randall Woods expressed that "even in the first month
of the program, he had already seen changes in the office."
Fellow interns agreed that the workshops not only give them
AL+W Interns listen as Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority Executive Director, Jay Revell discusses bringing cities back to life through
the power of "placemaking."
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2015
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
Marriott Marquis at Miami World Center
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) Charter School
Public Safety Training Center Palm Beach State College (PBSC)
Heavener Hall, University of Florida
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2015