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President's Perspective / Dan Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
The roar of a diesel truck engine, loud barking
dogs and excited bar patrons making their way home
after closing time all fall into a category known as
"community noise." The World Health Organization
defines community noise as "noise emitted from all
sources except the industrial workplace." As a city kid,
I grew accustomed to a certain level of noise and took
comfort in the din of the city as I drifted to sleep at
night and woke each morning. It was community noise
that started my love affair with, and understanding of,
cities. It was one of the things that ultimately shaped
The sounds of the city were both welcome and
familiar to a greater extent than I realized. It wasn't until my family moved from urban
Newark to a first-ring outer suburb of Orlando that I discovered how disquieting silence
can be. At night, with only crickets to listen to, I started putting a small radio under my
pillow. My nightly lullaby became the voices on AM radio.
Things eventually changed! Fast forward to 1993 when I was drawn to the adventure of a
solo hike through the vast expanse of Denali National Park in Alaska. Hour after hour, mile
after mile, through long summer days, I wallowed in the luxury of isolation from community
noise. Only nature's occasional interludes broke the silence that brought peace and clarity.
For most of us, the everyday world is filled with the stimulus of technology. Life is far
from silent, but we find harmony in knowing that there are times to listen and times to
make some noise. Taking comfort in this essential dichotomy teaches us balance and
humility and it girds our inner strength.
For AIA Florida, a key factor in our success this year was listening AND making noise!
An early planning session with AIA staff began with two questions: "What do you want
to accomplish?" and "What can we do better?" The executive committee expanded on these
questions and formulated a plan of action for 2013. From repositioning town halls to Webbased surveys to snail mail, we have asked for and received member feedback across every
area in which we operate. We have worked our plan and planned for the future.
During a board meeting on the campus of Florida A&M University, we were afforded the
chance to listen to the leaders of architecture programs and hear from students. Through
regular and sustained contact with elected officials and their staff, we successfully secured
passage and the signature of the governor for the Fairness in Liability legislation.
In a year with Mickey Jacob, FAIA, as AIA President, we exerted national influence on
many fronts. What started as a statewide initiative to grow our Women In Architecture
(WIA) program resulted in a partnership with the National Diversity Committee to produce
a tool kit for the WIA. The effort to acknowledge Florida's Citizen Architects program has
also been reborn.
We also cranked up the volume at our own annual convention. The convention
committee and AIA Florida staff produced an event that was timely, informative and
thought provoking. I once heard a pastor say that the purpose of his sermons was to
"comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable." Based on the post-convention surveys,
we accomplished that.
In October, our Repositioning and Emerging Professionals Working Group rolled out
recommendations that the Board set a future course for AIA Florida that is relevant to
members' professional success while ensuring that we live up to our commitments to
Florida's next generation of architects.
There are many people to acknowledge and thank for this success. There are so many
that attempts to do so in earlier drafts of this column quickly overran space limitations.
While I will have to rely on other forums to personally acknowledge their work, I must say
that I'm honored to have served on your behalf with an amazing team. As we look to the
future, give yourself the gift of some time to listen and then get up and go make some noise!
2013 AIA FLORIDA
President Daniel L. Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
President-elect Nathan Butler, AIA
Secretary/Treasurer Martin Diaz-Yabor, FAIA
Vice Presidents Melody Bishop, AIA;
Joe Garcia, AIA; Andrew M. Hayes, AIA;
Navidad Soto, AIA
Immediate Past President Peter W. Jones, AIA
Associate Director-at-Large JJ Scott, AIA
2013 AIA PUERTO RICO
President Emmanuel Ramirez, AIA
Vice President Raul Perez, AIA
Secretary Damaris De Jesus, Assoc. AIA
Treasurer Carlos Purcell, Assoc. AIA
Associate Director Mariela Bravo, Assoc. AIA
Director, Three Years Sara Trigo, AIA
Director, Two Years Luis Mattei, Assoc. AIA
Director, One Year Amy Perez
Past President Julian Manriquez-Botello
2013 AIA VIRGIN ISLANDS OFFICERS
President Michael Stauffer, AIA
President-elect Robert deJongh, AIA
Treasurer Patsy Breunlin, AIA
Secretary Kenneth Benjamin, AIA
2013 AIA FLORIDA
Steve Jernigan, FAIA and Miguel Del Rio, AIA
REGIONAL ASSOC. DIRECTOR
Esteli Capote-Maldonado, Assoc. AIA
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2013
President’s Perspective / Dan Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
Awards for Excellence in Architecture
Test of Time Awards
Committee on Technology and the Environment (COTE) Award
COTE Sustainable Design Award
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2013