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President's Perspective / Martin Diaz-Yabor, FAIA 2016 AIA FLORIDA BOARD OFFICERS President: Martin Diaz-Yabor, FAIA President-Elect: Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA Secretary/Treasurer: Nati Soto, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C Vice Presidents: Gregory John Burke, AIA, NCARB Virgil Campaneria, AIA Kim Headland, AIA David Huggelstone, AIA Associate Director at-Large: Linaea Floden, Assoc. AIA 2016 AIA PUERTO RICO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Jorge Calderon, AIA President-Elect: Nilda Marchan, AIA Treasurer: Carlos Purcell, Assoc. AIA Secretary: Luis Mattei, Assoc. AIA Associate Director: Jose Rivera, Assoc. AIA Chapter Director Jose Sadurni, AIA Chapter Director Jose Rodriguez,AIA 2016 VIRGIN ISLANDS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Stacy Bourne, FAIA Treasurer: Patsy Breunlin, AIA Secretary Emily Burton, AIA Immediate Past President Robert deJongh, AIA 2016 FLORIDA REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Daniel L. Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C Jaime Sobrino, AIA REGIONAL ASSOC. DIRECTOR Melissa Carter, Assoc. AIA 6 "When I am asked what I believe in, I say I believe in architecture. Architecture is the mother of the arts. I like to believe that architecture connects the present and the past and the tangible with the intangible." Richard Meier, AIA As 2016 begins, let's look back at 2015 and revisit all of AIA Florida's achievements. It seems to me that the future of our profession is getting brighter. With the realignment of the boards of both the state and national AIA, we can be more effective. As many of you know, AIA Florida's board has been reduced from 54 members to 22, making it more practical and efficient. The new board structure, effective 2016, is composed of elected officials including the President, First Vicepresident/President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, four Vice-presidents, two Associate Directors-atLarge and one director from each component. A Strategic Council was also created to function in an advisory capacity, examining issues outside the purview of the board and proposing possible future plans of action. This 14-member support structure has three public members, three university deans or directors and eight members of the Institute. Sir Norman Foster said that: "As an architect, you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future that is essentially unknown." AIA Florida's vision for 2016 is "Cultivating the Future" from the past and the present. I believe we should move forward by using our past experiences and current endeavors to reap a prosperous future for our profession and our professional association. Despite the great recession, AIA Florida architects have managed to come out stronger. Just as the phoenix rose from the ashes, so have we! We must continue to nurture AIA Florida by expanding it and creating a louder voice for all of those it impacts. Like many other professions, we must become more resilient in order to make our voices heard. We will thrive in the power of unity. AIA Florida and its members are recognized by other professions and professional associations as the place to go for guidance and answers to important questions. We are no longer an item on the menu. We are sitting at the table making important decisions and changes that can and should affect our future in a positive way. That is real power, but power does not come about on its own. It needs the support of members, emerging professionals, associates and anyone willing to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the architecture profession. AIA Florida is an inclusive professional association. But, I want to challenge everyone who cares about the profession to join forces, get involved and help us make a difference! Together we can make a difference and create change. Let's take this opportunity to commit to securing our future and the future of those who follow us. We must lead by being the movers, shakers and makers of Florida's future. Please feel free to contact me directly or the AIA Florida office in Tallahassee and let us know how we can help you get involved. This is your opportunity to be a beacon of light for the future of the profession. ■ www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2016

President’s Perspective / Martin Diaz-Yabor, FAIA
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
Get to Know Your 2016 Board Officers
Driving Mr. Wright
Stage Two: There are Many Voices in Space
The Verandah House
Sarasota MOD 15
Moore Park Community Center
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2016