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HONOR A W A R D S GOLD MEDAL MIGUEL A. RODRIGUEZ, FAIA The highest honor that AIA Florida presents to one of its members is the Gold Medal. Those who have been so honored through the years include past presidents and officers of the state association and regional components, regional directors and other architects who have distinguished themselves “in a manner resulting in a profound impact on the profession over an extended period of time.” In every case, the award has gone to an architect who has devoted years of service and hard work to the association at the national, state and local levels. A believer and proponent of lifelong learning, Miguel has worked consistently to improve practice through a culture of knowledge sharing that enables architects to improve professionally. As the profession improves, practitioners are better prepared and able to serve their communities and this is something that Miguel has worked tirelessly toward. In his many roles as an advocate for the profession, he has helped set the stage for architects nationwide to bring their talents, experience and abilities to the public forum. Leading by example, he has shown the way for other architects to understand the The recipient of the 2011 Gold Medal, “Miguel has provided the vision and benefits of active advocacy and eliminate the Miguel Rodriguez, has, through his leadership to inspire future leaders and ‘stigma’ of advocacy in the minds of many dedication and service, advanced the amplify the standing of the profession profession by taking a leadership position in the profession. His efforts culminated in throughout the nation. His experience on practice issues, broad-based advocacy the creation of the AIA’s Citizen Architect and reputation bring instant credibility and meaningful professional development. program. Miguel was responsible for to all he endeavors. AIA Florida, as well kicking off a national program of year-round As a component leader in Florida and in as the Florida/Caribbean region, have advocacy that includes training and sets his national leadership roles, he has led greatly benefited from his leadership, the platform for the nation’s architects to be initiatives to provide the tools needed to friendship and generosity to the strengthen the practice of architecture and effective at home. profession.” — Steve Jernigan, FAIA, 2009 serve Florida’s communities. President of AIA Florida Through his work in the area of practice regulation, Miguel has ensured that regulation is effective while maintaining a sense of the business realities of current practice. He led the initiative that culminated in legislative change in Florida to make professional regulation more effective. As a member of the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, he led the implementation of the program that has been hailed nationally as a model of effective regulation, particularly in the area of stemming unlicensed activity. These actions have been successful in aiding the profession, but more importantly, they have significantly increased the protection of the health, Miguel A. Rodriguez, FAIA (left) with wife Lourdes and Marshall Purnell, FAIA. safety and welfare of Florida’s citizens. 26 www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2011

Editorial / Diane D. Greer
President’s Message / Michael Lingerfelt
Awards of Excellence in Architecture
Masonry Award and Theoretical and Research Design Award
Unbuilt Design Awards
Honor Awards
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2011