Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2013 - (Page 9)

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 Receptionist & Staff Assistant Dawn Jimenez djimenez@aiafla.org Editor, florida/caribbean Architect Diane D. Greer sadiecoco@gmail.com @AIAFlorida Since 1967, AIA Florida has been celebrating design excellence by presenting an individual member architect with the Award of Honor for Design. Since the late 1960s, the award has been presented 28 times. Two years ago, previous recipients Roney Mateu, FAIA, Carl Abbott, FAIA, and Guy Peterson, FAIA, began working on a plan that would elevate the Award of Honor for Design to its rightful place in the hierarchy of prestigious AIA Florida honors. During the presidency of Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, a plan was conceived to create a medal, equal in status to the Gold Medal, that would be presented retroactively to past winners and to future winners in recognition of a life’s work built on a noteworthy design history. The new medal is described as “the highest award an architect can receive for design in the state of Florida.” It was created by Roney Mateu, FAIA, and is pictured on the cover of this issue. Roney selected the “golden section” as the basis for the design, describing it this way: “The universality of the symbol makes it recognizable to everyone in the design field. It represents, and is associated with, good design, proportion and scale as the basis of architectural excellence.” Historically, architects from the Greeks to Le Corbusier proportioned buildings to approximate the golden section. For at least 2,400 years, mathematicians have been fascinated by what we now call the “golden ratio” or “golden section.” In simple terms, it is a spiral that, as it grows, gets wider by the factor of phi (1.618) for every turn it makes. Many spiral forms occur in nature, the nautilus shell being the most familiar, but similar forms can be seen in the outer shell of the human ear and plants such as fern fronds. For thousands of years, this proportion has been believed to be aesthetically pleasing. It was, therefore, the perfect form on which to base the design of the new medal. Cast in lightweight aluminum in a foundry in the Northeast, the medal is two inches wide by a fraction more than three and a quarter inches tall. The front has both polished and non-polished surfaces that create a beautiful contrast in the design and give the medal a three-dimensional character. In the future, the new Medal of Honor for Design will be given to architects in recognition of a career dedicated to producing work that employs “systems of harmony and proportion,” as Le Corbusier’s work is often described. On a personal note, there are several people who were invaluable in gathering material for this issue. Special thanks to Clyde Brady for being a wonderful intermediary and supplying information not otherwise available. Likewise, John Howey. Don Singer helped to locate people and Roney Mateu answered 1,000 emails with all of my questions about the new medal. I am grateful to four wives in particular for expediting correspondence and getting information to me quickly. Bunny Morgan (my best to Bill), Myrtice Craig (my best to Bob Broward), Martha Taylor and Lynn Seibert were all champs. Like AIA Florida on Facebook Thank you to our 2012 AIA Florida Sponsors Sponsor of the Year: Florida Natural Gas Association Join the AIA Florida group Acrylall LLC Holcim Philips Lightolier CGI Windows and Doors IMAGINiT Technologies Progress Energy Crawford Tracey Corp. Masonry Association of Florida Reed Construction Data CST Covers McGraw-Hill Construction Soprema Daniels Kashtan Nobles Consulting Group, Inc. Sunbrella Derrevere, Hawks, Black & Cozad Nolen Insurance Services Suncoast Insurance Digital Drafting Systems Office 2 Office The Breakers Palm Beach Herman Miller Pella Window & Doors of Florida XL Insurance PGT Industries florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | winter 2013 9 http://www.aiafla.org http://www.naylornetwork.com/fla-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2013

President's Perspective/Dan Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Grteer
AIA Design - " A Search for the Soul of a Project"
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2013