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President’s Message / Peter W. Jones, AIA Like many AIA Florida presidents who have preceded me, I find it hard to believe how quickly time is passing. I am amazed at all that has happened these past months and I am thrilled to be a participant in this historical year! As many of you know by now, we had over 2.4 million votes cast for the Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places competition with the top five, by popular vote, being Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Miami Beach), Mandi’s Chapel (Live Oak), Baughman Center at the University of Florida (Gainesville), University of North Florida Student Union (Jacksonville) and Mar-a-Lago National Historic Landmark (Palm Beach). The AIA Florida 2013 convention is upon us and preparations are underway for an important event on December 14 that will celebrate the actual date of the founding of the state association. I know that many of the local components have had, or are planning to have, programs and events celebrating this important time in the profession’s history. Reflecting on the first half of this year, there are a few recurring themes that have been on the forefront of the events I’ve attended and topics of conversation in which I’ve participated. These topics are connectivity, leadership and honoring our past. I’ll start with connectivity because the AIA national convention and its theme “Design Connects: Community, Economy, Future” is fresh in my mind. However, the connectivity that struck me goes beyond the great program speakers and events. It was about understanding and appreciating the connection between our membership and the Institute. This could not have been made clearer than during the election of AIA officers for 2013 and the annual business meeting. Three things came to mind. The first was how well prepared for the future I felt the Florida Association is; second was the quality of candidates and their sincere interest in serving the membership and the Institute, and third was the thoughtfully considered and heartfelt debate amongst the membership regarding many of the issues facing us. This reaffirmed my belief that the AIA begins with its members. Our “connection” is our profession, our consulting colleagues, our involvement in our communities and our Institute and much, much more. With regard to leadership, I can’t help but think of how blessed our association has been with the leadership that has brought us to where we are today. And this could not have been more apparent than it was watching Mickey Jacob, FAIA First Vice President, and CACE President Vicki Long fulfilling their leadership roles during the convention. When it came time for the election of officers, it was an honor to witness and be a part of the AIF Florida/Caribbean Region caucus as we energetically deliberated all points and came to wellthought out and considered decisions. Those decisions were made in the best interest of the membership and the Institute. As we venture into our next 100 years, the Florida/Caribbean Region will continue to nurture and produce new leaders in the tradition of those who have gone before. I felt that the third theme, history, had a few different facets. Of course, there is the history surrounding AIA Florida’s 100th Anniversary. It is noteworthy that AIA Florida’s anniversary was recognized during AIA national’s annual business meeting. With the national convention held in Washington D.C., there was a great sense of the organization’s history along with the history of the nation and the history of the Capitol. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough shared that history with us during one of the sessions. In addition, there was what I considered “history in the making” and that was a general session honoring the architects who were involved in the rebuilding and memorials at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA. With respect to all who helped make these places possible, it was fascinating to consider how the product of our labors becomes a part of history or is viewed within the context of history. And that importance can be just as significant on a local level as it is on a larger scale. As I look forward to the remainder of my term as AIA Florida President, I am truly enjoying new found connections at all levels and I am honored to work with such great leadership and proud to enjoy a small role in our Association’s history. www.aiafla.org AIA Florida 104 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 850.222.7590 www.aiafl.org 2012 AIA FLORIDA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Peter W. Jones, AIA President-elect Daniel L. Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Butler, AIA Vice Presidents Andrew Hayes, AIA; Amy E. Nowacki, AIA; Gus N. Paras, AIA; Natividad Soto, AIA Immediate Past President Michael D. Lingerfelt, AIA, LEED AP Associate Director-at-large JJ Scott, Assoc. AIA 2012 AIA PUERTO RICO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Jaime E. Sobrino, AIA Vice President TBD Secretary Emma Colón, Assoc. AIA Treasurer Emmanuel Ramírez, AIA Associate Director Darwin Marrero Director, Three Years Julián Manríquez, AIA Director, Two Years Darianne Ochoa, AIA Director, One Year Monique Lugo, AIA Past President Miguel del Río, AIA AIA FLORIDA STAFF Executive Vice President Vicki L. Long, CAE, Hon, AIA FL Chief Operating Officer Barbara Harrison, CAE Director of Professional Development Eileen Johnson, CMP, Hon. Assoc. AIA Director of Administration Becky Wilson Communications & PR Manager Kelly Ferguson Education & Outreach Manager Lisa O’Donnell Member Services & Database Analyst Natasha Reed Receptionist & Staff Assistant Dawn Jimenez Editor, florida/caribbean Architect Diane D. Greer Scan this code with the QR Code reader on your phone to view the digital version of this magazine. Download a reader in your app market. 6 http://www.aiafl.org http://www.aiafla.org

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