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Editorial / Diane D. Greer AIA Florida 104 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 850.222.7590 www.aiafl.org Executive Vice President Vicki L. Long, CAE, Hon. AIA FL vlong@aiafla.org Director of Administration Becky Wilson bwilson@aiafla.org Director of Professional Development Eileen Johnson, CMP, Hon. Assoc. AIA ehjohnson@aiafla.org Manager of Communications and Public Relations Candy Munz cmunz@aiafla.org Manager of Membership and Marketing Lisa O'Donnell lodonnell@aiafla.org Member Services and Database Analyst Natasha Reed nreed@aiafla.org Editor, florida/caribbean Architect Diane D. Greer sadiecoco@gmail.com Receptionist/Staff Assistant D'Anna Osceola dosceola@aiafla.org Story Ideas editor@aiafla.org There is a lot of innovation in this issue. The projects on these pages address the diverse parts of the practice of architecture that make up the whole: innovative design, energy conservation, public health and welfare and climate responsiveness. The designers of the featured projects range from emerging professionals to the 2013 recipient of AIA Florida's Gold Medal. The projects are built and unbuilt, large scale and small, public and private, renovations, interiors and portable buildings. They are residential, educational and commercial. They are elegant, utilitarian, energy-efficient and hurricane-proof. The two projects in Tallahassee are very different. One is born of necessity and designed to serve specific needs. The other is representational. At Florida State University, the drab, outdated student infirmary was replaced with an elegant five-story Wellness Center that lifts the spirit and provides space for everything from physical fitness to mental health. It is also a building that addresses FSU's Collegiate Gothic architectural mandate in an utterly contemporary way. Across town, in the middle of Tallahassee's Capital Center, there is a new urban park complete with an amphitheater. On its northern fringe sits a small, very well conceived commemorative project. Early last century, a small community of frame houses sat on property now occupied by the park. Once the buildings disappeared, the brick hearths were all that remained. The Smokey Hollow Commemoration Project consists of a row of "ghost houses," of which only the building frames and hearths stand in recognition of the former AfricanAmerican community. In the Smathers Library, at the University of Florida, there is an interior project that is a work of art in every sense of the word. The suite of rooms, the paintings, sculptures, furniture - the entire project - was the work of one architect who was totally committed to creating a beautiful space to house a rare and valuable collection of books and manuscripts. It is a work of love and commitment that is breathtaking. On Sanibel Island, a small non-descript house and detached garage were renovated for use as a guesthouse. The result is a clean, contemporary reordering of the interior space. The world is dealing with bigger and more frequent natural disasters all the time, and in Florida, hurricane season has arrived. In the face of an emergency, man-made or natural, buildings affecting public safety and welfare assume great importance. Public safety complexes like those in Sunrise, and soon in Sarasota, are extremely important, not only because they house emergency facilities, but because they address construction issues relative to this climate, i.e. preventing wind and water damage. Outside Florida, the state's architects are designing innovative projects that address specific needs, climates and populations. A hospital in Suriname, an airport in Costa Rica and an infill project in Puerto Rico that puts portable, multi-use buildings in vacant lots around San Juan. The second installment of the new "Spotlight on Emerging Professionals" presents the work of a young husband and wife architecture firm that is busy designing residences from the Florida shores to the mountains of North Carolina. ■ @AIAFlorida Like AIA Florida on Facebook Join the AIA Florida group florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | summer 2014 On another note, how's this for a great reunion? Fifty years ago, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers were the founding partners of TEAM4, along with Carl Abbott, FAIA, as one of the first members of the small firm. The three have remained close through the last halfcentury and recently met in London for the TEAM4 celebration. Top photo, left to right, Sir Norman Foster, Sir Richard Rogers and Carl Abbott at Yale University in 1962. Bottom photo, left to right, Foster, Rogers and Abbott in London during the reunion. 9 http://www.aia.org/components/AIAS078561 http://nreed@aiafla.org http://dosceola@aiafl https://twitter.com/aiaflorida https://www.facebook.com/AIAFlorida http://www.linkedin.com/groups/AIA-Florida-1856043/about

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
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
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2014