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SPOTLighT Emerging Professionals Patrick thorpe, Assoc. AiA Jerel Mccants architecture, tampa, florida PHOTO COuRTESY OF ZuMA PRESS. Rivergate Tower, the former NCNB Plaza designed by Harry Wolf, FAIA, has served as the backdrop for many downtown Tampa events since its construction in 1988. The 31-story high-rise building's distinctive cylindrical shape is widely recognized as a fixture of Tampa's skyline and was awarded a National Honor Award from the AIA in 1993. It appeared on the cover of the 2014 winter issue of Florida/Caribbean Architect in celebration of its 25-year history as one of Tampa's most iconic structures. Now, through no small effort on the part of Patrick Thorpe, Assoc. AIA, the building can be seen "running" through the streets of Tampa. The giveaway, of course, is the feet that can be seen beneath the "running" building. If Thorpe succeeds in his plan to engage the public in a discourse about architecture, lots of other important Florida landmark buildings will be seen "running" in the future. Inspired by a conversation with friends and former colleagues, Thorpe, himself a runner, had the idea of participating in Tampa's Gasparilla 5K and using it as a team building activity. The next step was to create an open forum to engage the public in a conversation about Rivergate Tower and what makes it so important to the city. In May, following the AIA National Convention, AIA Florida's Candace Munz talked with the Florida International University School of Architecture florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | summer 2015 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2015

President’s Perspective
Editorial
Legislative Update
My Perspective: The AIA Florida Citizen Architect-in-Residence Program
Mark Hampton, FAIA
South American Restaurants’ Headquarters
Blue Dog Holler
Center for Architecture Sarasota
Walmart to Go
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals/ Patrick Thorpe, Assoc. AIA
Books
Work-in-Progress
Advertisers Index

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