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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, CAE bwilson@aiafla.org Director of Membership and Marketing Lisa O'Donnell lodonnell@aiafla.org Director of Professional Development Wendy Johnson wjohnson@aiafla.org Manager of Communications and Public Relations Candace Munz cmunz@aiafla.org Manager of Component Relations and Member Services Jessica Brown jbrown@aiafla.org Manager of Meetings and Events Natasha Reed nreed@aiafla.org Editor, florida/caribbean Architect Diane D. Greer sadiecoco@gmail.com There were several interesting responses to the Spring 2015 issue that I'd like to share with readers. Here are excerpts from two of the letters. Relating to questions raised in the editorial, William Elliott, AIA, wrote, "Regarding your editorial, it has always been a challenge, for me, to separate what an architect does from what he is. The buildings (we design) represent the guts and spirits of our work; who we are. I believe that the final reality of greatness in the arts comes down to how the audience accepts, rejects and/or praises it. After all, they are the ones we need to satisfy." Referring to St. Peter's Anglican Church and Heavener Hall, Hernando A. Carrillo, AIA, wrote "The justification that these two buildings conform to the needs and/or desires of the users or that they fall within the contextual milieu of the surrounding building environments is difficult to fathom considering that we are 15 years into the 21st century. This approach to design and development only serves to trivialize history by blurring the lines of distinction between the old and the new and as a consequence, what we receive is a diluted version of architectural history." As an architectural historian, I must argue with the use of the word "trivialize." There is no doubt that historical architecture, with its abundance of obscure decorative motifs, is no longer appropriate to contemporary life. But, I also find some contemporary interventions, frequently designed by "starchitects," rather jarring when placed in the context of a group of historical buildings. Context is important and should not be ignored. In the 21st century, architects will never again design Doric temples, Art Deco hotels or Mid-century modern houses in the context of the time or place that originally produced them. But, I do not think that referencing them within the appropriate context "trivializes" them. Perpetuates, perhaps. With regard to St. Peter's Anglican Church specifically, "the desires of the users" referenced in the Carillo letter, are, I think, of critical importance. Sacred architecture has its own vocabulary based on a centuries-old tradition of ritualistic spaces, specific iconography and deep meaning for clergy and congregants. That is not to suggest that a sacred space must have a nave, an apse and side chapels, but to suggest those components are still valid in the 21st century. In closing, I want to address the passing of an architectural icon. Mark Hampton, FAIA, died in February further reducing the list of "Sarasota School" architects by one of its greatest practitioners. Although I never got to know Mark well, I did have conversations with him when his work was published in F/C Architect. He was always humble. I would also note that Steven Brooke's beautiful color photo of the Stanley Jordan House appeared on the cover of this magazine's fall 1987 issue after receiving AIA Florida's Test of Time award. That same photo is on the cover of this issue in black and white, the only building to appear twice on the cover. It is a small part of the Florida Association's tribute to Mark that can seen on page 12. ■ Story Ideas editor@aiafla.orgrg @AIAFlorida Like AIA Florida on Facebook Join the AIA Florida group florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | summer 2015 9 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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