Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2014 - (Page 6)

President's Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP 2014 AIA FLORIDA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP President-elect Andrew M. Hayes, AIA Secretary/Treasurer Martin Diaz-Yabor, FAIA Vice Presidents Melody Bishop, AIA Joe Garcia, AIA JJ Scott, AIA Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA Immediate Past President Daniel L. Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP Associate Director-at-large Jordan Yee, AIA 2014 AIA PUERTO RICO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Raul Perez-Veve, AIA President-elect Sara Trigo, AIA Secretary Richard Cuebas, AIA Treasurer Carlos Purcell, Assoc. AIA Associate Director Luis Mattei, Assoc. AIA Director, Three Years Esteli Capote, Assoc. AIA Director, Two Years Geraldine Perez, Assoc. AIA Director, One Year Jose Rivera, Assoc. AIA Past President Emmanuel Ramirez, AIA 2014 AIA Virgin Islands Officers President Robert deJongh, AIA Treasurer Patsy Breunlin, AIA Secretary Kenneth Benjamin, AIA Past President Michael Stauffer, AIA 2014 AIA Florida Regional Directors Steve Jernigan, FAIA Miguel Del Rio, AIA Regional Assoc. Director The face of our profession has changed! As of 2013, nearly 40 percent of new applications for NCARB were made by women. Thirty years ago, that number was just more than 5 percent. When race and ethnicity are factored into the equation, it is easy to see the role diversity is playing in the evolution of architectural practice. This on-going transformation puts heightened emphasis on the need for constant reinvention and adaptation in response to social and cultural shifts. Positioning our practices and our professional association for sustained success requires an approach that anticipates the needs of the new workforce. Achieving this demands a collective focus on the core concepts of member service, advocacy and outreach. Because AIA Florida's strategic plan was formed around these essential elements, a framework of resources exists to help position your practice to meet new challenges. This year, AIA Florida continued to improve access to valuable member resources. The Association's website has undergone a complete makeover with a new format that enhances access to relevant news and member information. It has also improved connectivity to a wider network of components. The florida/caribbean Architect magazine is highlighting specific practice issues and market sectors, positioning AIA Florida members for more widespread recognition. While our Web-based and print initiatives undergo transformation, we have simultaneously advanced the award-winning AIA Florida mobile application. Available free through iTunes and Google Play, the app provides an easy and effective way for members to connect with AIA Florida. With instant updates on activities and developments, it is the most convenient way to connect with AIA Florida's lines of service, such as the Florida Foundation for Architecture and the Florida Architects Political Action Committee (FAPAC). If you do not have the AIA Florida app loaded on your Apple or Android device, you are missing out on a key aspect of the membership experience! Although updating our communications initiatives has been a primary focus of late, we must remember that Florida's political landscape is always in flux. Recent developments such as the increased limits on campaign contributions mean that our advocacy funding cannot stretch as far as it did even a year ago. To meet this challenge, we have embarked on a fundraising campaign designed to elevate the level of individual and firm member contributions. That will enable us to stay at the forefront of the legislative process where we can build on existing relationships and forge new ones to help promote and defend our profession within the legislative and regulatory environment. As we position our profession for greater opportunities, it is imperative to stay ahead of the curve in the political realm. In addition to member resources, advocacy is a critical element of public outreach. Promoting the message that architects bring unique skills such as critical thinking and design leadership to community building is one of the most important aspects of our role as a professional association. That is why the Florida Foundation for Architecture has embarked on a campaign aimed at highlighting the value and relevance of our profession within the public eye. With a renewed vision and fresh input from a collaborative Board of Trustees, the Foundation is poised to do great things that will add depth and dimension to the public's perception of architects and the built environment. Each of these key initiatives and many more are made possible through your membership and each has an important role in serving the needs of an evolving profession. As we become increasingly diverse, it is imperative that we continue to find new ways to connect with one another and harness the collective energy of our members. Our future depends on a collaborative approach supported through shared knowledge and focused on empowering and enabling each of us to be advocates for the betterment of the profession. The resources available through your membership are designed specifically for this purpose. I encourage you to take full advantage as you contribute toward the design of our shared future. ■ Sherryl Muriente, Assoc. AIA 6 www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

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

President's Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
Legislative Update
Work-in-Progress
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals
Captiva Guest House
Temporary Structures as Urban Elements
Sunrise Public Safety Complex
Judaica Reading Rooms, University of Florida
Wellness Center, Florida State University
Smokey Hollow Commemoration at Cascades Park
Master Plan for an Academic Hospital
Advertisers Index

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