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Four Florida Architects Elevated to College of Fellows
Congratulations to four Florida architects who have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. The newly elected fellows include Michael Lingerfelt, Roney Mateu, Stacy A. Bourne and Lourdes Solera.
Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, has been an active leader in AIA Florida, including serving as 2009 legislative and regulatory affairs vice president and 2011 president. While leading the association, he was instrumental in the passage of legislation that aligns Florida building codes with model codes that insure safer, more consistent administration. An exceptional leader in disaster response, Michael Lingerfelt has created national models for organization, training and execution while expanding the role of AIA architects in the disaster recovery process.
Roney Mateu, FAIA, has a career spanning 30 years that has produced 55 AIA design awards. His architecture is internationally recognized for an economy of design that is both functional and expressive. Several of his designs have received test of time awards. In 2000, he was inducted into the AIA Miami Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was selected AIA Miami Architect of the Year.
Stacy A. Bourne, FAIA, holds graduate degrees in both architecture and urban design. A resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands, she opened her own architecture ﬁrm, Innovation by Design, in 1994. In 2000, she founded The Bourne Group specializing in architecture and urban design. She is also an entrepreneur who owns a full-service copy center in addition to her architecture practice.
Lourdes Solera, FAIA, is Project Manager in charge of educational projects for MCHarry Associates. Through her activities, she has elevated public awareness about the power of good design and the inﬂuence architects exert through their leadership and community initiatives. In 2010, she co-founded the Women in Architecture Miami Group to provide networking, mentorship and promote diversity throughout the profession.
Halflants Honored with Young Architect Award
Michael Halﬂants, AIA, has been honored with the American Institute of Architects’ 2012 National Young Architect Award. The AIA selected 13 architects to be so honored. Young Architects are deﬁned as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made signiﬁcant contributions to the profession early in their careers. The Young Architects Award will be presented to the recipients at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. Halﬂants is a principal of Halﬂants + Pichette Architects and a tenured professor at the University of South Florida. In 1998, Michael earned his graduate degree at the University of Florida where he was awarded the gold medal, the school’s highest design honor. Upon graduation, he was ﬁrst employed as a project designer with the Polshek Partnership in New York. In that capacity, he drew designs for theaters and ofﬁces in Manhattan and for the Kansas University Spencer Museum. He currently serves as chair of the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter’s Committee on Design.
The Nestor Residence is Halflants + Pichette’s first design-build project. On the bay side, the roof extends 30 feet beyond the conditioned enclosure. The large overhanging plane folds down to become a wing wall, shielding a distant power plant from view.
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Letter to the Editor
It is with more than passing interest that I read your editorial in the F/CA, Winter 2012 issue. Having worked on not one but two additions to a Paul Rudolph house (which is included in the 100-Year Celebration of Florida Architecture) and whose father once had Paul Rudolph as a student at Harvard GSD, I am moved to weigh in with my two cents in the debate regarding regionalism in architecture. I think climate is, in fact, one of several elements deﬁning regionalism. Heavy rain, heat and an abundance of sunlight are surely contributing design factors in our state. As an example, roofs that repel rain and shade and protect glass surfaces are appropriate considerations. I would suggest that beyond climate, historical precedence, topography, color, social mores, local materials and construction methodology can all be regional design factors. Rudolph’s original design and “form” solution is akin to a more international style of universal modernism and not necessarily appropriate to South Florida. Robert G. Currie, FAIA
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2012
2012 Legislative Wrap-up
Dr. Phillips Charities Headquarters Building
Best Friends Pet Hotel
Architects: It’s Time to Rethink Product Choices
The Patina of Elephants
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2012