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President's Perspective / Andrew M. Hayes 2015 AIA FLORIDA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Andrew M. Hayes, AIA President-Elect: Martin Diaz-Yabor, FAIA Secretary/Treasurer: Nati Soto, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C Vice Presidents: Gregory John Burke, AIA Kim Headland, AIA Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA JJ Scott, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Associate Director at Large: Jordan Yee, AIA Immediate Past President: Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP 2015 AIA PUERTO RICO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Richard Cuebas, AIA President-Elect: Nilda Marchan, AIA Treasurer: Carlos Purcell, Assoc. AIA Secretary: Luis Mattei, Assoc. AIA Immediate Past President: Raul Perez-Veve, AIA Associate Director: Jose Rivera, Assoc. AIA Director One Year: Geraldine Perez, Assoc. AIA Director Two Years: Esteli Capote, Assoc. AIA Director Three Years: Jorge Calderon, AIA 2015 AIA VIRGIN ISLANDS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Robert deJongh, AIA President Elect: Stacy Bourne, FAIA Past President: Michael Stauffer, AIA Treasurer: Patsy Breunlin, AIA 2015 FLORIDA REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Miguel Del Rio, AIA Daniel L. Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP REGIONAL ASSOC. DIRECTOR Mark Twain is credited with saying that "experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else." Although he was not referring to the practice of architecture, this aspect of the human experience applies profoundly to our profession. We've all had unexpected experiences in our practices, some delightful, others not so much. But, creative thinking, sparked by serendipity, positions us as the forward thinkers and idea generators of the built environment. Our training and experience allows us to make the creative leap into a concept or idea, one that is an amalgam of precedent, theory, intuition and experience. Since the recession of 2008-09, the U.S. economy and the architecture profession have changed in significant ways. Many of these changes relate to the environment and some are destined to be permanent. From a global perspective, 2015 could mark a critical juncture in how architecture and the environment affect the earth and its people. Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen regards the current influence of human behavior on the planet's atmosphere significant enough to constitute a new geological epoch. He uses the term "anthropocene" to refer to the geological and climatic impact that humans have had on the planet. This highlights a scientific awareness that the earth's resilience and resistance to the effects of these changes on the environment may indeed be in question. "Resilience and Relevance" is the theme of the 2015 AIA Florida Convention. In consideration of the climatic, environmental, economic and creative forces at work today, conference planners felt it was critically important to highlight the issues that profoundly impact the practice of architecture today. The stellar line up of speakers ensures that the convention will be broad in scope, educational and visionary in terms of the future of architecture. The keynote address will be delivered by Stephen Luoni, a Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC), an outreach program of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at UA. His address will focus on "Designing in the Anthropocene." Randy Brown, FAIA, founder of Randy Brown Architects in Omaha, Nebraska, will lead a session designed to help architects examine how personal and collective design intellect can be leveraged to increase professional relevance. The conference program will include more than 23 sessions designed to address the topic of resilience. Panels of experts will focus on relevant issues such as how Florida architects can contribute to the country's changing relations with Cuba. Florida architects are particularly concerned about the potential impact of hurricanes on the peninsula. Recently, the tremendous damage done to the New Jersey coast by Superstorm Sandy has reinforced that concern. Storm damage addresses another kind of resiliency that architects must be concerned with, particularly in urban areas, and that is "community resiliency." Over the last 10 years, and especially since 2010, the return of, and to, cities and the growth of the urban core have marked what author and noted urbanist Alan Ehrenhalt calls "the great inversion." In his book, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City, he explores the demographic change that is taking place as the millennial generation is showing a preference for urban life. This fact presents a whole range of challenges and opportunities for Florida architects. I hope AIA Florida members will take advantage of the many continuing education opportunities available at the convention. Please consider participating in the dialogues and educational programs that are being offered. These programs, open and counterintuitive in nature, may lead attendees to unexpected experiences that can increase design intellect and create an awareness of previously unforeseen issues. I hope that the 2015 conference agenda will provide enriching experiences for Florida architects that will contribute to their personal and professional "Resilience and Relevance." ■ Sherryl Muriente, Assoc. AIA 6 www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

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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