Group Title: Florida Caribbean architect
Title: FloridaCaribbean architect
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Title: FloridaCaribbean architect
Alternate Title: Florida Caribbean architect
Physical Description: v. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: American Institute of Architects -- Florida Association
Publisher: Dawson Publications,
Dawson Publications
Place of Publication: Timonium Md
Publication Date: Fall 2005
Copyright Date: 1997
Frequency: quarterly
Subject: Architecture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Architecture -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 44, no. 1 (spring 1997)-
Issuing Body: Official journal of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
General Note: Title from cover.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00004635
Volume ID: VID00027
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: ltqf - AAA5904
ltuf - ACJ1464
oclc - 36846561
lccn - sn 97052000
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contents, fall 2005
In This Issue:
2005 Design Awards

Awards for Excellence in Architecture 19
Unbuilt Design Awards 41
Test of Time Award 48
Hilliard T. Smith Community Service Awards 50
Photographer of the Year 51
Builder of the Year 51
Anthony L. Pullara Individual Honor Award 52
Gold Medal 53


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MGE Architects has completed the transformation of Miami's Baptist Hospital cafeteria into an eatery resembling a French marketplace. Using a highly innovative design, the outdated 140-seat cafeteria was expanded into a 420-seat dining facility mat offers a variety of different and distinct areas wim the design based on the function it serves. Unlike typical hospital cafeterias that tend to be busy and impersonal, the ambiance is relaxing with an understated elegance.
HuntonBrady Architects designed a new educational facility for me Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. Construction has begun on me mreestory building mat will be me largest on campus. Designed to compliment the existing nursing building, the 63,500 square foot structure features a sweeping curved facade. Completion is scheduled for Fall, 2006.

Florida Hospital College ofHealth Sci",w ill Orlondo was desiglled by HunronBrady Arc/mtcts.
HuntonBrady Architects has been selected to provide architecrural design services for the Salvation Army's new Shelter for Women, Children and Families in Orlando. The Salvation Army has launched an $8 million "New Beginnings" Capital Campaign to raise funds for the facility, scheduled to open in late 2006.
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HrmtonBmdy Architects design proposal for tbe Sa/llatioll Anny Shelta for IW,mm. Cbildren alld Falllilies.
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The architectural character of the village is inspired by the histo ric architecture of downtown Lakeland.
]SA of Jacksonville designed the new Police Security Building for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) in St. Augustine. The faci li ty will hallmark the campus entrance and will house offices, a communications center, an evidence room, records storage and an ID/fingerprinting room. The chief priorities in the design of the project were the safety of the student population and the upgrading of all existing technology, particularly in light of the school's anticipated growth. The facility is due to be completed 111 December 2005.
Affiniti Architects, P.A. has been commissioned to design Pier 17 Marina and Yacht Club, a project at the South Fork of the New River in Fort Lauderdale. The project will feature 40 mega-yacht covered slips, "yachrominiums," with 55-foot height clearance; a two-car parking garage for each slip with 775 cubic feet ofstorage above; and a clubhouse for crew with exercise room, club room, bar and outside pool. As part of the master plan, there will al 0 be a public boaters' park at the west end of the property.

NeIll Dmun Brickell above. and RejkClt011J 011 (he Miami
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Dorsky Hodgson + Partners has designed two new buildings in South Florida -New Dawn Brickell, a 12story office condominium in Miami and Reflections on the Miami River, a 24-story, 125-unit residential loft project. In the last Issue of Florida/Caribbean Architect, a description of New Dawn Brickell was accompanied by a phoro of Reflections. Both projects are correctly identified here with apologies to the designer.
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FLAIFlorida Archi,,,,,. {IIC. provided fiill archireclllral alld
interior design serviuJ for two new facIlities III Floridn
Atlantic UniversifJ' ill jupiter. Botb flJe 2/,000 squllre foal Color renderings ofKonoverlSikon Headquarurs cotlrrt:sy oftbe designer Gallo Architects 6-Developmem eOllSufronts. Inc, Libmry Building. pictured lure, flnd n 16.000 square foOl Cltl.Jsroom Building bave opl11uion capabilities desigllcd into
rI" programs. Pho,o by j OJ Gallo Architects & Development Consultants, Inc. (GADC) has been awarded the contract to design an office center and corporate headquarters for Konover & Associates South, LLC/Sikon Construction Corporation, Deerfield Beach. The $4 million project includes the complete design of the 27,000 square foot building, including two floors of include a new helical ramp to the office space above one level of covered Beame Architectural Partnership parking levels and 263,000 square parking that will accommodate 100 (BAP) has been commissioned to feet of "big box" retail shopping space vehicles. The client wanted the design the renovation of Miracle on three levels. The project is an building to make a strong design Market Place in Miami. The project important component in the revitalstatement so the building addresses involves the renovation of an existing ization of the Coral Way corridor, the the fast-moving interstate traffic on vacated multi-level shopping center link between downtown Miami and its west side and the rural environwith over 900 parking spaces on the Coral Gables, where significant resiment of the business park on the east upper four floors. A complete exteridential construction is underway. with colorful, bold elements. or and lntenor remodeling will

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2005 AIAlFlorida Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Unbllilt Design Awards
The jury met in the office ofStudio Purini-Thermes in Rome. Jury members Franco Purini, Laul'a Thermes and Ca1'ios Casuscelli selected 27 pl'ojects for recognition -10 Awards for Excellence in Architecture and 17 Unbuilt Design Awards.

Franco Puri"i Laura Thermes Carlos Casl/Scelli
Franco Pmini is a scholar and practicing architect in Rome, Italy. A former teacher at the Institute of Architecture in Venice, he is currently a Design and Research Professor at the University of la Sapienza in Rome. He was the recipient of the Stone Lion at the Venice Biennial in 1982. Architect Purini has published several books, among them, Around the Shadow Line (London, 1980) and Seven Landscapes (Milan, 1992). He is a member of the Committee of the Academia di Arte di San Luca and of the Milan Triennale International Design Exhibition.
Lama Thermes is Director of the Architecture Department at the University of Reggio. With her husband Franco Purini, they were part of the famous 1980 Venice Biennial' "Strada Novissima," designing one of the 20 facades. Her publications include The Lanciano Project and a series of Urban Proposals and Strategies for the rehabilitation of towns in Southern Italy. The couple has received several design awards in international competitions, among them one for the renewal district ofLes Hailes in Paris and most recently, for the design of a student housing complex in Rome.
Carlos Casuscelli is an academic counselor for the FPM, Pan-American Federation of Architects, and a member of CICA, the International Committee of Architecture Critics. A founder and member of the editorial board of Competition Magazine, he has been a finalist in competitions that include the International Competition for the New York West Waterfront and the Mainichi International Hi Tech Industrial Design Competition. He received the AlA National Education Honors Award in 1990 with Linda Nelson Keane and Marvin Rosenman.
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University of South Florida, Psychology/Communication Sciences and

Disorders Building tampa

Alfonso Architects, Inc. Tampa, Florida
As rhe inaugural building in a new campus districr, this educational building had the charge of defining a language that interprets the existi ng campus vernacular while establishing both individual and district identity. Situated between the Fine Arts and medical districts and bounded on the north by a new pedestrian and vehicular corridor, the parti developed as a figurative and literal bridge.

The building evolved as an eastwest linear "bar" stretched along the pedestrian corridor with the programmatic split occurring over the existing road and utility easement. The 550' + long bar peels away from the pedestrian corridor in response to the park and the Fine Arts complex to the east, thus allowing the auditorium to develop an identity. The pedestrian experience is enhanced by a carved arcade along the entire length of the north elevation, interrupted only by the full height space of the main lobby. The "bridge" between the colleges is defined by a single communal space (rhe break room) that allows the faculty to interact and exchange ideas.
The 11 O,OOO-square-foot program is segregated into three distinct layers: the public and student population on the ground plane; research laboratories in the body of the building; and administration and faculty offices on (he upper level.

lury: "This building is configured with Linear voLumes organized with a spatiaL rhythm that becomes the corner-stone of the campus. This eLegant work has been executed with a great deaL ofdetail, understanding ofmaterials andformaL rigor.

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Brown's Hotel miami beach
Allan T. Shulman Architect, Miami, Florida
This hotel, built in 1915, was constructed with confacility required an addition to accommodate programcrete columns on the ground floor supporting a wood matic changes. Kitchen space and more hotel suites were frame, wood clad second story and roof. The renovation put in the addition while a ground floor restaurant, outmaintained the eXIsting door dining and a small inn structural logic of the build

were provided in the origiing along with its capacity
nal building. To fully for self-ventilation that is so
reestablish the look and feel appropriate to the Florida
of the original building, climate. One of the chal
and because the ground lenges facing the architect
floor concrete pilings were was adapting the original
disintegrating, the building wood frame structure to
was stabilized, lifted and contemporary building
moved back 15 feeL This codes and commercial
allowed for the developrequirements. Since no
ment of a stronger foundaclear precedent had been set
tion and the reconstruction
for the rehabilitation of a
PbOlOSby Robill Hill PbolOgrapb;<
wooden commercial building, innovative approaches that provided equivalency to the current code were taken. In order to maintain the exterior envelope, a new wall system that retained the clapboard siding was used.
The adaptive reuse of this small hotel as a mixed-use of the front porch.
lury: "This project pays homage to the p ast in a way that is very thoughtfuL. This seems a very unusual buildingfor the area and as such, makes a particularly interesting statement about good historic p reservation and adaptive reuse.

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Eden Roc Renaissance Resort and Spa Renovations miami beach
Spillis Candela DMJM, Coral Gables, Florida

One of the most important aspects of this project, according to its architect ]. Emilio Bonilla, was having the opportunity of presenting the project plans to the original designer of the Eden Roc, Morris Lapidus. A true historical landmark, the 350-room resort has been a luxury destination since the 1950s. The ultimate goal of the project was to restore the facility to the original Lapidus concept while simultaneously updating the hotel to current hospitality standards. The $24 million makeover stripped away the more unfortunate aspects of intervening "improvements," as was the case with a thick coat of glossy white paint that had been put on the lobby's Brazilian rosewood columns.
Phase I incorporated a new front entrance to the hotel, a new reception area, bar, lobby, exterior color scheme, landscape and pool area. Phase II includes the restoration and updating of the Conference and Meeting Rooms, Ballrooms and prefunction areas and the renovation of the existing Business Center. Phase III will include the renovation of guest rooms, new penthouse suites and pool cabanas. T he resort's new bar occupies much of the soaring space off the lobby. In its new incarnation, the lobby is awash in contemporary colors such as pale gold and plum. At the same time, it has been returned to its original "classic" form, including a handsomely restored staircase.
Jury: "This project is a good example ofhow it is possible to avoid the signs of physical degradation caused by time and unfortunate modifications by paying attention to past forms and spaces
in order to recapture the original spirit ofthe building.

Strang Residence miami
Max: trang Archi tecture, Miami, Florida

De igned ror a young ouple wirh a pa i n ror rropi cal borany, this home i hi Ided rrom uth FI rida' intense sun anel fr quent d wnp ur by an indu trial ste I
anopy that Roats d I icaLcly ab ve the ond Roor t rra e. A ide rrom rearing a run ri nal pac bel w, thi anopy e1ra tically reelu e the olar-h at gain or the house, thu low ring its energy consumption. learly built ror the ubtrop ica l lim ate, the three-bedroom hu e has a en e or timele sne ,engendered, perhaps, by th ra t that the
e ond Ao r has open air and a tre an py wh re the walls would normally b The imple, mod rni t h me, 155' long, but nly 24' wide, tand amid lu h planting f palm, bamboo and rruir rree
olor, textur light anel had ow play orr ea h other on the long econd-Aoor rerra e with irs eiling or inelu trial teel beam and corrugated heath i ng. Th natu ral oolitic lime tone u ed on th ext rior find' its way in ide wh re the living room flrepla e anel the s b r master beelroom also use the textured rone. By ru ing regional architectural elements with modernist prin iple, the h me re pond ro th lim te and the environment a well as to local tradition
Jury: "The weLL-emphasized rhythm of the roof structure accentuates the Linear quaLity ofthis private home where the relationship between interior and exterior spaces is manifest with great simpLicity. The basement of locaL stone protects private Living areas from the harsh climate.

Heron Creek Middle School north port

Siebert Architects PA, Sarasota, Florida

In response ro the requirement that this school provide a mature environment that would encourage students to act responsibly and prepare them for high school, the architects designed a campus that is clearly organized and orderly. The plan al 0 allows for easy observation of student movement on campus. To fit playing fields, buildings and the other required elements on site with room for future buildings, a compact campus design based on team teaching was developed. The rwo-srory classroom buildings are aligned and articulated with breezeways that have raised roof forms and allow for cross circulation. All of the campus buildings use a limited palette of materials and repetitive forms ro establish a clearly articulated, orderly and controlled environment. Color is generally neutral with colorful interventions at key locations.
Jury: "This school is composed ofaustere volumes derived from a subtle interpretation ofAmerica's modern architecturaL language. It has a strong reLationship to the existing Landscape where the naturaL qualities ofthe wetland are a counterpoint to the abstract expression ofthe building.
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Villa Allegra miami beach Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, Florida
This 9,000-square-foot residence represents the transformation of a 1960s ranch-style house into a flexible infrastructure for its residents. Although minimal alterations were made to the existing wood structure, multiple rooms were added to create a striking overall effect. The house is entered th rough billowing curtains and a hanging orchid garden to reveal a 20' x 30' x20' volume where a reflecting pool and oculus align to illuminate and activate the space. A large room organizes the house into private and public realms. Tremendous spaces with oversized windows overlook the infinity edge pool and canal. A large volume at the rear of the house provides enclosure for outdoor living. A large circular volume co ntains a pool shower that cascades from 25 feet in the air. The second floor contains a home office, guest bedroom and a secluded courtyard terrace off the master bedroom for private activities.
Jury: "This renewaL ofa typicaL 1960's home achieves its expression
through a minimaL vocabuLary that infuses the buiLding with a strong poetic quaLity.
PhOfOSby Km Haydm.

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Midtow Master Plan with Parcel 2 and Entertainment Block miami
Zyscovich, Inc., Miami, Florida
This plan was created as a redevelopment strategy for an inner-city neighborhood sited along an historic freight rail corridor. By creating a new zoning overlay district and companion guidelines, the architects were able (0 shape the built environment as a mixed-use urban neighborhood, making it among the largest urban infill development projects in the co untry. The project exemplifies the State's effort to redirect growth away from the Florida Everglades and farmland and toward derelict urban areas. The resulting plan provided economic, transportation, planning policy and urban design strategies (0 catalyze redevelopment, ultimately supporting the State's Smarr Growrh and sustainable design policies. When fully constructed, the project will become Miami-Dade County's first urban, mixed-use, compact, infill development with a functional tranSIt system.
Jury: "TlJis is a Jtl(~jol' urbalJ intcl'l'emion. Not 0110' does it incorporate 1/ /mgt' site, iu IIIlplle! on t"e cOllwl1Illit)' pro/lIlses to be sub.itlll/rial. E~'{,~)'ol1e iJ1l'oll'ed til this project, Ilrehitects, del'elopers. Cit)' o/feuds -desl'I"l'c tl lot of't"rcdu. ..
All graphics courusy ofZyscovich. Illc.
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United States Federal Courthouse ft. pierce Merrill, Pastor and Colgan in association with PGAL, Vero Beach, Florida

The Southern District of Florida required a courthouse to address population growth in its northernmost counties. The courthouse site, a 300' by 300' block, is at the main intersection of a small city in the Florida Sun Belt. The program is for a 100,000-square-foot building that security dictated should sit back from the curb, neither holding the corner nor occupying the center ofits site. The architect wanted the building to be symbolic of its importance within the community while reflecting the difficult symbolic balance between public access and
intractable violence.
Jury: "\Fith a powerfitl /Jo!lImetric image ({lid tl rigorow spatitzi Olgtlllizatioll, this project strollg{)1 relates to tile tradi
tiOI/ ofthe American courthouse. A traditiollitl ~)'lJlbol of American civic l'ailies and the spirtt ofprecedellts is n:illtfrpreted here with grMt exactItude. ,.

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"Storytelling" -Spiritual Conversations Between Architecture and Landscape
Jeet Singh, Sponsored by Gould Evans Associates, Tampa, Florida

Making a connection between a building/human and Jury: "r/lll plOjcct fI"d,es (1 idnlt, 1/llth great ejficiP7tq', ,< nature by means of systematic planning and placement .1'0/1111011 hlll(1een tbe prlnhll)' relLlllOlIs/Jlp ofSplrrt awi nhlt of architectural pieces in a given land cape wa the goal fel' IlIanill'S! througb (1 constant dialogue betweCll lll/tltrl o of this project. In traditional Japanese piritual architecwd Llt/tumi tll'll{;Uf,. ..
ture, nature plays a key role in which temple situate themselves into conditions that have no natural boundaries. In fact, the buildings open themselves to their sur
roundings, thus creating a union of equal exchange.
The designer's philosophy is that there should always be healthy civilized conversation between architecture and its landscape. The landscape should be inviting to the architecture, and in turn, the architecture should respond by opening itself to the elements, physically and spiritually. To create harmony, the building becomes a junction for the natural elements of light, water, wind, sky and earth. "Storytelling" was created as a Masters research project for the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida.

Crapbw by JU I Singh.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Expansion and Renovation bronx, new york

Arquitectonica, Miami, Florida

The first phase of this project emerges from the sidewalk as an the galleries rise together with the includes new galleries and adminisirregular folded screen made of fritsteep olid rock site. Ramps and tration spaces and an outdoor sculpted glass and metallic panels. The stairs lead to a series ofsimple, austere ture court. The proposed mid-block panelization into diagonal compospaces. The pure orthogonal geomestructure is pan of a larger plan that nents emphasizes the depth of the try of the galleries is violated only by was designed for additional galleries, crevices and the resul ti ng vertical the expression of the folded fac;:ade on classrooms auditorium, a children's zones of metal and glass angle and one side. The upper gallery opens to art center and a residential tower that twist like an architectural origami, a walled-in scuJpture garden. will anchor the corner where the demystifYing the wall on the street museum currently sits. The design and making it permeable. Internally, JUfF .. TIllS Imild/llg ('1111 be dim'dtd
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Platinum on the Bay miami
Perkins + Will, Coral Gables, Florida

This high-rise building, a 56-story residential development, is located on ;;0 rwo city blocks in a residential district of downtown Miami. Construction cost is estimated at $150 million with total gross square footage of 950,000 SF. The first five levels include garage space for 500 cars and a variety of amenities including indoor racquetball co urtS, business center, clubroom and screening rooms. The sky lobby located on the fifth floor will access approximately 60,000 square feet of park and resort pool areas, a running track, pool cabanas and children's play areas. Three hundred and rwenty luxury co ndominium residences will occupy the 56-story tower, providing commanding views of the city.
Jury: "This tower spmks oeml aspects of"grcl'll flrclutt'cturt', .. irzc/uding the rmse ofrttinwater and plWHle Jolar cOllfrol The II/Iilclillg fits iI/to the urbl111 Sk),fllle with strength and elegallce, acting ([5 a olflwll({ndJllark capable o(reorgallizillg its 5lIrrolllldings ..
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Theoretical Project

Dr. Peter Magyar, AIA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This academ ic exercise expresses the SplfltS of John Hedjuk and his reluctant guest, Andrea Palladio, as they roam the hall and cells of this experimental villa. Influenced by the minimalist and archetypal tendencies readable in the works of these immortals, the project intends to explore evolutional potentials of such design attitudes. In this semi-real, semi-theoretical project, for the interest of experiencing space through vertigo, responses to safety and code requirements were temporarily suspended. The "mortalization" of this building would need but a few changes, without affecting its spatial character. These drawings stand for the manifestation of research in the discipline of architecture. Ir is an attempt
at generating sugges tive, open-ended ideas with almost
real constructs.
Jury: "This proposal calls f01 a l/u,trlphj'Smr! VIrW li'hat t/lr
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The Summerhouse Restaurant siesta key
Carl Abbott FAIA Architects, Sarasota, Florida

Constructed in 1975, this restauranr has ;::0 conrinued ro be one of the most accessible and highly recognized public buildings of the Sarasota School of Architecrure. In 2004, when it was slated for demolition, it was described in the Sarasota Herald Tribune as a "building more about what is not there than what is. Ir's mostly glass and strucrure, a classic example ofwhat architects can achieve with a good bit of creativity."
The restauranr is a glass pavilion set in a tropical jungle. Ir is sited on an island densely populated with high-rise condominiums. From the road, the building is rotally concealed by an oasis of green. Dominanr throughout the design are the exo tic vegetation and large tropical trees. The delicate glass walls used throughout the dining and entry spaces co ntrast ro the solid service core. The contrast of materials -heavy srucco played against glass -generates a feeling of both serenity and strength. The design supplies a series of spaces, some intimate, some grand, and seating for 300 guests. The building wings are co mposed of 20-foot modules, both to provide a sense of order and create an intimate scale. On the upper level, approached via a curved stairway, is the light balcony that appears ro float in the treerops.

Jury: "The plan ofthis building expresses a clear diffirentiation between serving spaces, contained in opaque volumes, and public areas, expressed through transparent shap es that connect with the surrounding landscape. The effict of the final expression is one ofrigor and simplicity.
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Photographer of the Year Award

John Gillan

Since 1983, John Gillan has been president of South Florida-based John Gillan Photography, Inc. This award represents 20 years of dedication and service to his profession. John is widely known for his outstanding achievements and unique vision as an arch i tectural and interio r
photographer. He has played a leading role in the photography and development of the book and exhibit,
PLaces in Time: H istoric Architecture and Landscapes of Miami, a collection of work took five years to create. It is one of the most sensitive and revealing records ever assembled of Miami's richly historic architecture and natural environment and it conveys an educational message about the heritage of the built environment.
John also created the photography, original Polacolor Emulsion Transfers, for the Historic SmaLLwood Store OLd
Builder of the Year Award

The Beck Group

Photo Michael Gil/fli/'

Indian Trading Post, an exhibit for which he received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The exhibit, which dealt with life at the turn of the century and the importance of historic preservation, traveled to history museums all over the state for more than [wo years. Years of exhibitions in galleries and museums, published photographic books and critical commercial work have shown John Gillan to be a photographer who is known for technical perfection and conceptual strength. From concept to creation, he takes great care to communicate his vision and create unforgettable impressions.
The Beck Group is a Dallas-based full-service builder. The company was founded in 1912 and has offices in 10 U.S. cities and Mexico Ciry. Eigh ry percent of its annual business volume is from repeat customers, clear evidence of the company's primary focus ofseeking long-term relationships with its customers. T his focus impacts the way the company is organized and the way it thinks and works, but foremost, it means that it embraces the customer's perspective and shares its concerns and objectives. Another of Beck's goals is to overcome industry inefficiencies in order to develop a faster building process as demanded by customers' market needs.

Beck has been the recipient of numerous awards, including [wo previous "Builder of the Year" Awards from AlA Florida. In the area of communiry service, the company's philosophy is one that stresses the importance of sharing and giving back to those in need. Through the years, The Beck Group has worked with, and supported the activities of, schools, local charities, mentoring programs and non-profit organizations.
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Angel Saqui, FAIA
The Gold Medal is the highest award AlA Florida can bestow on one of its members and it recognizes an individual architect in Florida whose career has had a profo und impact on the profession. Angel Saqui's career has been synonymous with service to the profession at all levels. He has led and participated in committees at the national, state and local levels and is a past President of the Miami Chapter. He served as a Regional Director ofAlA from 1998 to 2000.
Angel's particular passion has been working as an advocate for the small firm, an often-overlooked component in the landscape of professional architectural practice. For many years, he has worked diligently for the interests of small firms at the state and local level. In 1988, while serving as President of the Florida South Chapter (now the Miami Chapter) of the AlA, he was able to create, with assistance from several other chapter members, a Task Force aimed at the equitable distribution of Dade County's work among small firms. Now, he has taken that battle to the national level with his resolution in favor of creating a national
'Small Firms Committee." This committee would serve as an advocacy group for the interests of small firms negotiating state and federal contracts, as well as private markets.
In the continuing education arena, Angel supported the introduction of Mandatory Continuing Education by AlA National. This led to the introduction of required Continuing Education in Flo rida and many other states. Additionally, Angel served on AIA National's Professional Development and
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Professional Programs Review Committees. While a member of National's Risk Management Committee, he conceived the idea of creating a Manual of Risk Management and Risk Avoidance, an idea that was accepted by the committee and adopted by the insurance companies. Angel also served fo r two years as Coordinator for AlA National's Minori ry Resources Committee.
Through the years, Angel has been honored in many way fo r the depth of his commitment to the profession and the AlA. In 1989, he was elevated to Fellow. The Miami Chapter honored him with its highest recognition, the H Samuel Kruse Silver Medal for Service. He was inducted into the Miami Chapter's Hall of Fame for Service and in 1997, he was named Outstanding Architect of the Year.

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Editorial / diane d. greer
Each year, the Fall issue of FlC Architect becomes the vehicle for publicizing the projects that have been recognized with design awards and the indi viduals whose noteworthy careers and dedication to the profession warrant recognition. But, to be honest, as I write this edito rial, my thoughts are being pulled in another direction. Specifically, I refer to the suffering and devastation along the Gulf Coast that has kept me glued to the 24-hour news channels for almost a week. Curiously, I find myself wondering about the relationship between the destruction of so much of the built environment and the recognition of good new design. Here are a few thoughts.
The Awards
The 2005 Awards for Excellence in D esign were juried in Italy and I was curious to see what projects would interest European architects who are sensitive to an historic urban fabric. T he results were interesting.
First of all, there were more projects recognized than in any year since I joined the Association in 1979 and maybe more than ever in the history of the program. Second, most of the projects were in South Florida and third, the jury comments were more revealing than usual as to why the projects were selected. W ith most juries, it's pretry easy to decipher where its interest lies. T his time around, it was clear that all the jury members were longtime academics with knowledge of architectural history and theory. The jury's assessments of the projects were thoughtful and in many cases, highly theoretical. For example, they refer to buildings, appropriately I believe, as "cultural artifacts." They use the word "dialogue" a lot, citing dialogues between buildings and nature, between parts of buildings and between interiors and exteriors. T he jury was clearly aware of the architectural history of Florida, at least of South Florida, because in several cases they referred to the appropriateness of a structure to a particular historical tradition or location.
As overwhelming as the sheer number of winning projects was, I am convinced that the jury took great care to study the submitted projects carefully and explain the rationale behind its selections. That has not always been the case. This year and I found myself reading the comments and then revisiting the projects, looking at them through the jury's eyes and appreciating the "powerful volumes, poetic expressions and spatial organization" of the buildings. Bravo, architects and jury members!
The Storm
T he human tragedy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is being played out in a ciry that I know and love. New Orleans is but a microcosm of the damaged G ulf Coast and is no more important in terms of the loss of life and properry than Biloxi, Mobile or any other coastal town. But to understand what the destruction of New Orleans represents for me is to comprehend the potential destruction ofa culture and energy that can't be found anywhere else in the U.S. Without stating the obvious, there is much about New O rleans that will be missed for a long time to come. Some things are irreplaceable, the architecture of the ciry being one of the most notable examples. At this point, we can only hope that the buildings around Jackson Square, the French Colonial houses in the Q uarter, the homes in the Garden District, the shotguns, Creole co ttages and public buildings withstood the storm and can be repaired. They cannot be replaced.
In the next few months, huge sums of money will pour into New Orleans to begin rebuilding. My great hope is that the money will be spent to rebuild wisely. What's the famous quote being doomed to failure if you don't learn fro m yo ur mistakes?

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"For the first time in decades, architects and designers are squarely in the public qe. This presents an extraoldinary opportunity for the design community to explain itself, and one hopes, demonstrate that design has value in everybody's life.
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This quote is from a recent magazine interview with Reed Kroloff and I found it to be particularly timely in terms of what we have been experiencing in Florida and the Caribbean Region in the past few years. Mr. Kroloff's words are just another example of how important it is for architects ro engage and take leadership roles in the issues that affect their co mmunities. The visibility that it creates for architects and architecture is also important. In the past twO years, the profession has made great strides in promoting the value of good design, but it's only because we, as a profession and as the AlA, have become more active in the public advocacy of architecture. This advocacy has taken many forms, but most notably it has occurred th rough the efforts of individual architects taking leader hip positions. Never before has the profession had a State Senator, two members of the Governor's Cabinet and countless others serving on state or local boards, commissions, committees or holding local elected positions. Because of this, we have been able to 1) get legislation passed that has strengthened the practice act; 2) work on the forefront of Florida's Growth Management issue; 3) lead in the Disaster Contractors Network; 4) actively participate in addressing mandatory construction administration issues, architecture firm ownership requirements and communiry design guidelines and (4) prepare an awardwinning white paper on the mandatory class size amendment. Never before have our members been so active in state and local politics, building relationships with legislatOrs, participating in the nationally recognized "Breakfast of Champions" program, going to Tallahassee during the Legislative Session to lobby on behalf of the AlA, supporting local and state candidates' election campaigns and responding to AIA Florida "Calls to Action." We, as architects, are making a di fference and it is our leadership that co ntinues to provide us with the opportuni ry to help shape Florida into a dynamic, exciting and sustainable place to live, work and play.
With all of the headway we've made, our greatest impact is still on design. In th is issue, you'll see the design projects and individuals who have been recognized for exceLlence in the 2005 AlA Florida Design and Honor Awards programs. The success of any program can be measured in terms of participation and this year the Association received over 300 entries, of which 10% received awards. More importantly, the awards program showcases the imponance of good design in our co mmunities and how we must all continue to be advocates for it. As my term as President of AlA Florida is winding down, [ ask that all of you join me in continuing the momentum we are now experiencin g. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the membership of AIA Florida as President and I will continue to work to advocate ''Architects as Leaders" so we can use our expertise and knowledge to become a major force in shaping the future of Florida.
As I am penning this President's Message, it is but three days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the upper Gulf Coast. I am proud to report that AIA Florida has been active in the initial disaster response and has been in co ntact with AIA Baton Rouge. Our Association is offering assistance, as well as working with AIA National, to find ways to help the affected chapters and members get up and operating as soon as po sible. I hope all of you will participate in the recovery effort in whatever way you can.
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The good news for Floridians is that the Bridge of Lion in St. Augustine was saved in 2003 when the Florida Departmen t of Transportation decided to rehabilitate the historic 1927 bridge instead of teanng It down. The Mediterranean-style structure appeared on the National Trust's 1997 Most Endangered list.

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The Nature of Order Now Available
The past century is one in which architecture was "unimaginably bad" suffering from a mass psychosis and creating a form of architecture that is "against life." With that premise and in his continuing quest to challenge the architectural establishment, Christopher Alexander has just published a major work, the four-volume set entitled The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, published by the Center for Environmental Structure. The result of nearly 30 years of research, study and teaching, The Nature ofOrder delves into the properties of life itself, highlighting a set of well-defined structures present in all order, and in all life -ftom microorganisms and mountain ranges to the creation of good houses and vibrant communities -and showing how these insights will change world archi tecture.
Christopher Alexander was born in Vienna, Austria, raised in England and has lived in the U.S. since the 1950s. He was educated in the sciences at Trinity College in England and took his Doctorate 111 Architecture at Harvard (the first Ph.D. in architecture ever awarded at Harvard). Alexander became a Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963 and has taught there for the past 38 years. He is widely recognized as the Father of the Pattern Language Movement in computer science and he was the recipient of the first medal for research even given by the American Institute of Architects. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In The Nature ofOrder, Alexander explores (he "problem" of our built environment and presents his theoretical framework, a deep analysis of structure and hundreds of workedthrough examples ofsolutions, buildings and town plans to show us what this new theory leads to in real practice. It is done in an effort to "connect us with what's going on in the universe, seen from the point of view of the art of building." The four books, The Phenomenon of Life, The Process ofCreating Life, A Vision ofthe World and The Luminous Ground can be read independently or together.
For more information, go to
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florido / caribbean ARCHTTECT fall 2005

City of Destin Public Library destin
DAG Architects, Inc., Destin, Florida
Simply stated, the program for
this project called for providing a
13,500-square-foot library space that
would also incorporate spaces for
meetings, study, multi-media infor
mation access, book processing, cata
loging, children's programming and
the main collection. Located beneath
a canopy of live oak trees, the design
reaches out and embraces its site with
low landscape walls, fountain and
sculptures that em phasize the
approach for the library vi itor.

T he design solution draws inspi
ration ftom its co ntext, i.e., Destin
was a once-fledgling fishing village
with its roots in boat building. The
lobby is bathed in natural light from Photo, byJack Cordner Photograph),
the clerestory and the ceil ing here is
constructed in the same fashion as
the hull of a wooden fishing vessel. A
compass rose is inlayed in the floor
and murals depict indigenous fish
and sea turtles. In the meeting room,
the eye is immediately drawn to the
barrel-shaped wooden ceiling that
soars 30 feet overhead, reminiscent of
familiar boat canopies.

Jury: "FoLLowing traditionaL concepts
and ideas on its exterior, this building
sutprises viewers with interesting and
weLL conceived interior spaces that,
through an appropriate integration of
systems and new materials, resuLts in an

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20 floridtz / caribbean ARCHITECT fall 2005

Nielson Media Research -Phase 2 oldsmar
Alfonso Architects, Inc., Tampa, Florida
In 2004, a jury recognized the first phase of this project with an Award for Excellence In Architecm re. Hisrory repeats itself as Phase 2 shows the same distinction and qualiry of design. This phase of the project called for the design of a four-srory office building ro complete an interlocking master plan for a 2,000-employee corporate campus completed in 2003. The site for the building provides closure for the southern end of the campus and contains 140,000 square feet of office space. The north elevation mimics the existing building with varying colors and completes the enclosure of the centrallawn.
The client required inter-connectiviry between buildings for securi ry and employee movement, yet the lease agreements and building code restrictions required that the building be separated by a minimum of 40 feet from the existing structures. Thus, an open-air pedestrian bridge connects the third and fourth floors with minimal structure. The south elevation is defined by a four-foot-deep concrete grid that alleviates sun exposure and distinguishes the building from the rest of the campus. The

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recessed portion of the building at the southwest corner reveals the internal communal spaces through window slots of various sizes. A reflecting pool with a bronze sculpture and single support column defines the ground plane and refracts the sunlight across the elevation.
Jury: "This well-conceived design is distinguished by the eLegant overaLL expression in which the four corners of the main focades find their cuLmination in the kzrge space ofthe reflecting pooL
florida / caribbean ARCHITECT faU 2005

Crandon Park Golf Course Clubhouse miami
John R. Forbes, AIA, Forbes Architects, Coral Gables, Florida

Program requirements for this project included the technical challenge of providing a ba ement for the storage of golf carts. Since the building site is on an island where the di fference between the top of the grade and the water table is les than two feet and the base flood elevation is two feet above grade, waterproofing and a flood barrier had to be designed. There are 12-foot thick concrete walls in the basement to resist hydrostatic pressure and reinforced concrete walls for the ground floor. The roof structure is composed of exposed southern pine heavy timber trusses, southern pine wood decking and a standing seam metal roof. Windows are operable casemen ts that meet hurricane
. .
Impact requIrements.
Other programmatic imperatives included a Pro Shop that had to be designed as a retail environment with a view of the first tee, the starters' shack and golf bag drop area. In addition, the restaurant was to act as a standalone facility with ease of access for golfers and the dining room was to maximize views of the course. A veranda that highlights important views and admits indirect natural light while limiting harsh sunlight surrounds the new Pro Shop.
Jury: "The most significant achievement ofthis work is the refined recov0) of the local building methods and traditions expressed at a scale that aLlows for a controlled and convincing monumentality reminiscent ofthe classical tradition.

24 florida / caribbean AR HITECT fall 2005

The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies,
University of South Florida (USF) tampa
Rowe Architects Incorporated, Tampa, Florida
Phoros by George Corr and Rick Rowe, AlA.
In response to a program calling for a 17,900-square-foot office building with conferencing facilities, the architect designed a modern Florida building represemative of the University of South Florida's (USF) high quality research and teaching efforts. The Cemer also reflects the dynamic and progressive characteristics of USF's Tampa campus. It is a responsible, energy-efficiem building, light in color and well protected from the harsh sun and rain. The materials are compatible with and compliment USF's physical environment. T he building is primarily transparem in nature to allow daylight to filter through the office and conference spaces. South-facing exterior glazing is protected by an adjacem covered walkway and sunshades. These sunshades are supported by steel framing imegral to the concrete walkway columns that enclose the quadrangle.
The building plan is organized around a two-story lobbyireception space. The main entrance is set imo this space and serves as an architecrural icon and secondary entryway to the campus. The lobby entrance is easily identified by its cantilevered roof and transparem glass walls. The interior space includes a monumental lobby stair and a double row of strucrural columns that continue the cadence of the palm colonnade that begins outside the south entrance.
From the stair in the lobby, a bridge leads you to the second floor reception space and another conference room overlooking the quadrangle.
The jutting roof over the lobby emrance is the compositional counterpart of the cylindrical stair in the quadrangle. The two componems playoff each other, enlivening the building with a metaphor of its program.

Jury: "The articulation and superimposition of the vertical components of this structure describe with clarity the 'comtructive logic' that supports the image of this building, as weLL as its
varied and diverse spaces.
florida / caribbean ARCHITECT fall 2005

Miami Beach Public Library miami beach
Borrelli & Associates, Miami, Florida in association with Robert A. M. Stern Architects
T his building is located on the northern edge of the Miami Beach An Deco District. An Deco elements, massing and proportions were intentionally incorporated into the design as a means of making the library a vibrant part of the district. Elongated windows penetrate the reinforced concrete and stucco structure. The main entry is Banked by glazed terracotta panels etched with abstract wave motifs rypical of the Deco period. The entrance is topped by an oversized canopy bearing simple iconographic signage.
The first phase of the design involved master planning for a new community center that would ultimately include an expanded and renovated art museum, a new home for the Miami Beach Ballet, a new public library and a park. The design team carefully developed the library program with the County to insure that the building would properly serve the community. In addition to a large reading room and children's

Pbotograpbs by ESTO (N library, the designers provided a grand multi-purpose room for library readings, community group meetings and public performances. In order to take advantage of the climate, an exterior reading room with alarmed gates was created at the northeast corner of the building, allowing patrons to use library resources outside without leaving secured spaces. Finally, the program was expanded to house an extensive archive on the history of the area that includes documents from the early 20th century.
Jury: "This building is a cultured interpretation ofthe Art Deco vocabulary. Rather than folling into mere component citations, it reinterp rets them with rigor and refinement. The internal courtyard introduces an element that enriches the program as well as the neighborhood.
flo rida / caribbean ARCHITECT fal l 2005

Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art jacksonville
A Collaborative Formed to Provide Comprehensive Design and Construction Services
Steering Committee: Walter Q. Taylor, FAIA, Chairman, Larry Ponder, AIA, Robert Broward, AlLA, William Morgan, FAIA, Preston H askell, PE. Committee Members: David Laffitte, AIA, D avid Engdahl, AIA, Ted Pappas, FAIA, Martha Taylor, AIA Peter Rumpel, FAIA, Robert Woolverton, AIA, Allen W ilson, AIA, Michael Dunlap, AIA, Tri Vu, AIA, Herschel Shepard, J r., FAIA, Kenneth Smith FAIA, Lo ri Avampato, UDA, Larry W ilson, ASID, IIDA, Janice Young, FUDA, A 10, Kim Sutton ASID IIDA Lucy Williams, Kate Boruff, Jennifer Harmon, AlGA, corr McLucas, George Leverett, PE, Paul Krutko, Peter Novak, Walter Campbell, Ronald Masters, AIA, Jimmy
Barker, PE, Rick McManus.
Jacksonville's new Museum of Modern Art evolved from the restoration and adaptive reuse of a six-story downtown building constructed in 1927. Sited on the city's main downtown civic plaza the design imperative was to restore a significant historic commercial builcling and allow it to help define the plaza along with other historic structures.
Perhap most interesting about the project was the way in which it was accomplished. A Muse um Design Collaborative, com posed

~ entirely of volunteers who donated their time, was formed and the members met in weekly charettes. The design concept that emerged included restoring and preserving the exterior fac;:ade for the integrity of the builcling; restoring the interior to its original structure and interior features; developing a loft concept that would provide open space with hanging walls, pedestals and fIXtures and bringing the buiJcling into code compliance. In addition, the Ushaped building was infiJJed with an atrium that provided a unified interior architectural experience for the exhibition of large works. The atrium also serves to connect the three main floors. A l30-seat multi-purpose theatre with seating extencling down into the basement was constructed below the atrium.

florida / caribbean ARCHITECT
fall 2005

Miami City Ballet miami beach
Arquitectonica, Miami, Florida

This structure, designed to house a dance company, relates in scale and detail to adjacent buildings in the city's Cultural District. Revealed through its architecture, particularly the curved facade, are the dance movements that occur inside. Its massing reflects the orthogonal volumes of the six ground floor dance studios whose walls are canted slightly tOward the park across the street. An undulating fro nt volume sweeps aro und the corn er, containing the main entry lobby, an exh ibi
tion hall and open terrace for the
suite above. Five structural bays,
reflecting the massing of the ballet
studios, form a three-stOry urban
edge along the park. T he building
ha a shaded entry plaza at the co r
ner facing the park and the ocean. It
incorporates seven studios with 26
foot ceilings. Five of the studio
have glass window walls to allow
public viewing from the sidewalk.
Two of the studios have a collapsi
ble wall to allow conversion to a performance venue
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~ The result is a formal dialogue ofcontradicting regular and fluid forms. Especially noteworthy are the spatial proportiom and strong architectural character ofthe reheanal halls.
Photos by Dan Fom
florida / caribbean ARCHITECT
fall 2005

Fairchild Tropical Bot nie Garden Visitor Center miami
Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, in association with Joanna Lombard, Miami, Florida
Perched on an ancienr oolitic lime [One bed known as
rhe Atlantic Coastal Ridge, rhe new Visi[Or Cenrer at
Fairchild Garden draws upon the architecrure of Florida's
pioneers in its site, organization and language. The for
mal impliciry, porches and t ne recall the Garden'
architecrural legacy. Ru ticated lime [One forms the
porch columns, staircase and garden wall while cur key
s[One is used on the building face.

T he height of the limes[One e carpment on which the
enter it offers views and accelerates the southeasterly
breezes that cool the porche The technology of the
tructure i derived from traditional masonry construc
tion augmented by key tone ladding. Maintaining a sin
gle-room depth and long porches along the major facade,

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the building is protected from the inten e heat of the
Florida un as well a wind-driven rain. T he building is Jury: "This Center foLLows the historicaL Caribbean tradi
al 0 woven into the ire through rhe u e of lime [One tion in which LocaL materiaLs and technoLogy are empLoyed,
throughout the Garden and through the articulation of aLong with buiLding pLacement, to protect visitors from the
the building as a central volume flanked by mailer struchardships ofcLimate. The interim' spaces have a distinctive
rure. The T-shaped plan of the flanker en Llre the sinLy eLegant tone that integrates the pubLic art and architec
gle-room depth rhat enhance cro s-ventilation and ae -ture with great subtLety.
thetically presents a slender fa ade toward the Garden.


34 florida / caribbean AR HITECT fall 2005

Hoe lelWhite Residence sarasota
Guy Peterson/Office for Architecture, Inc., Sarasota, Florida

This 2500-square-foot single Story re idence is a simple L-shaped plan that has public space in one leg and private in the other. All the major functions are oriented toward a central courtyard with a swimming pool and entertainment space. The roof floats over the courtyard on both interior leg of the "L" to provide covered exterior space. The minimalist interior is reduced to the simplest materials including expo ed block, concrete floors and plywood walls. Privacy is important, so the hou e ha a special opacity from the street while becoming transparent in the private courtyard.
The bedroom wing has a central plywood volume running lengthwi e through the leg of the "L." The gue t bedroom, master bath and master bedroom were all designed as independent spaces, but wi th a transparency between them created by the glass clerestory windows used throughout the house.
Jury: "This building is a reinterpretation of the typical courtyard house. Here we see the Miesian paradigm and the values of the Sarasota School are reinvented with great compositional skilL and an excellent sense offormal synthesis.
36 florida / caribbean AR HITECT fall 2005

Gorski Residence boca grande SeibertArchitects PA, Sarasota, Florida
The program for this house includes capturing views of the natural environment and providing a place of casual elegance for the owners and their family. Guest quarters are eparate and capable offunctioning independently. The owners wanted a "great room" for entertaining and a house filled with natural light.
The house is designed as an open pavilion with expansive views of the water and the mangrove preserve. Internal space is organized around the central volume flowing freely from area to area. Openings are aligned throughout the house so that spaciousness IS not curtailed. Diffused light fills every space and
Photo, by Dan Forer.
spills II1to the central volume expressed with column and beam forms and sheathed roof girders.
through the folded roof form. The house carefully balances open ness with clearly defined spaces using Jury: "This house interprets and renews the idea ofan open p aviLion as one of architectural features to define architecture's permanent precedents. This modeL was deveLoped with a cLear def boundaries. Structural dynamics are inition of'structure as the primary generator ofspace.

florida / caribbean ARCHITECT fall 2005

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart -Duchesne Campus nior High School Addition miami
Trelles Architects, Miami, Florida
A new junior high school and required parking was added to an existing private school in which the learning environment is a critical component of the educational experience. T his project relates to the character and scale of the existing buildings on campus. The domestic character of the architecture was extended through the use of colonnades, modeled on existing ones, and the formation of an academic PhOCOIbyTr./I"ArchitW,. "Green" that serves as the physical cenrer of the school community at large. The sloping site is used to create an acropolis for the new building, positioning it with a commanding view of the Green.

T he program requirements mandated eight new classroom two of which are labs. All are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for computer-based instruction. The building also houses an assembly hall for 140 people that serves the entire school co mmunity.


Jury: "Sited on an existing campus, this building was developed with a thorough knowledge oflocal traditiom and a strong interest in the architectural exp ression of building components and systems. The new school helps define the limits ofa traditional green by connecting the surrounding buildings through a piano nobile that is supported on a Local stone base and with columm similar in size and material to
those ofadj oining buildings.
florida / caribbean ARCH ITECT fall 2005

Urban Master Plan wuhan, china
Spillis Candela DMJM, Coral Gables, Florida

tant civic space is created with public buildings commanding the corners of a major intersection, marked by a monument and a public plaza. On the opposite side of the site, a large-scale traffic circle is created to organize a complicated traffic situation. Several "neighborhoods" are formed by the roads and developed with a combination of multi-family hOllsing, retail/office buildings, schools, communiry centers and formal, landscaped open spaces.
Jury: "\\ Ith l!,m1f eCO/LOIII)' ofmet/w, tlJIS projelf rel'ittiitzl's tI large pm'! ofa tOll'll u ith tI Ulrtet)' of buildmgl, IIrfJLlll spaCt'! .md pttrks Klftd 01/ the repetlfioll of illlilar l'ollllllel, till, strong e.\/,<'r,ment,,1 proposal!s ullif,ed kJ' IInpOr{mJI grcell arMS. A multijUllctioJutllfltll1 completes the .lche1lli'.
The scale of this sIte offers the possibili ry of creating a new center for the ciry of Wuhan. Located in a unique parcel between the older ciry center and the Hankou railway station, the sector is unique in being bordered by major north-south boulevards. This proposal is characterized by maximum densiry and maximum openness, with the open spaces designed to have as much
presence as the buildings themselves. T he scheme proposes the creation of clear edges, center, focal points and formal arrangements of buildings, while attempting to respect the scale and grain of the surrounding urban area. The street grid emphasizes connections to the existing network, especially reinforcing the northsouth boulevards and the creation of a high-end retail street. An impor-
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florida / caribbean ARCH ITECT fal l 2005

Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, Florida
T his tower was designed in an attempt to lessen the imposing
cale of a 39-story, 1~O-unit condominium on a difficult site. In reaction to typical condominium architecture in Florida, this project creates openness at its base. In place of the common parking structure is a grand intersti ti al space that takes advantage of its tropical co ntext. Existing between interior and exterior, this transparent space becomes the main social core of the building. By dividing the building lIlto ho rizontal frames compnslllg four-srory modules, the apparent scale of the project is distorted. In fact, the building is comprised of multiple volumetric articulations reduced to their essentials. The main volume is comprised of seven, 40story components, each with 14 loft units. Designed to maximize the view and for ease of construction, the two-story units are also reduced to their essentials, providing massive volumes for rhe ab orption of ky and bay.
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floridn / cnribbenll AR H ITE T fall 2005



VITRI miami beach
Touzet Studio, Miami, Florida
The program for this project i residential and commercial. The retail area occurs as a glass-fronted ground floor
element. The residential program rests on the retail layer and overhan gs it, creating a sheltered zone that circumscribes rhe majority of rhe street-face perimeter of rhe building. There are 66 two-story uni ts locared in twO distinct building forms: a curved, crystalline fo rm that fro nts rhe water and downtown Miami and a rectilinear volume that addresses Miami Beach. The palette for the buildings is inspired by the two disrinct environments rhar make Miami Beach; sand, sea and sky on one side and manmade urban elements reflective of the city on the orher. The propo ed site for this project is at rhe sourhernmosr entry to Miami Beach.
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Mixed Use Development south mzamz
Touzet Studio, Miami, Florida

This development comprises one neighborhood. The row houses Jury: 'TIm proJect unifies sel'mtl city block near rhe main commercial serve, borh functionally and volumetblllidings into Il 'ysfem oftlrclJltecture street in South Miami. The building rically to transition between the twO Ilud publIC 'Pilees tlJllt rebuilc/:, tbe program consists of ground level scales and densities. Most of the 55 Ijrbtlll block. ('/;'zmrterzzec/ ~)' tl IIUX retail a condominium office building rental units are flats that are assemoj jilTlctloJlS thllt !Jl't' comple"(i'J' (md and a mix of residential offerings that bled into individual "buildings," each adllptllbilit), to the project, it carries the act as a dense liner around a fully with its own material palette, articu/)Ou'Ct to he!p improVI ({lid rel,itallZf internalized parking structu re. The lation and details. Landscaped pocket ti'l' UriJilIl life oj the I/elghbor/lood residential program includes a series parks are set off from the lobbies of of row houses along the edge of rhe rhese buildings, serving as transition development that faces the adjacent spaces for the tenants.
florida / caribbean ARCHITECT fall 2005

Electrical and Mechanical Workshops for the School of Engineering, University of Santo Tomas de Villanueva miramar, fa habana, cuba
Gutierrez Architects, Miami, Florida
This building, con tructed in 1959, was the first structure in Cuba to utilize prefabricated materials on such a large scale. Sited on a major boulevard in Havana, it still presents an imposing image. The significance of this building resides in several important factors that also marked a turning point in the architect's career. These factors included the search for an apptopriate model for an academic building, an expressive discourse based on structure and the inclusion of geometric references. Working with a small site to design a building that required large spaces for labs and workshops necessitated a multi-story structure. The building also had to be in harmony with the upscale residences in the vicini ty. All of these factors combined to produce a structure embodying simplicity of design and ease of construction. In addition to being economical, the prefabricated assembly in ured that the internal units were equal in size.
Post-tension exposed reinforced concrete was used to erect the building. Limited use of mechanical sy tems and proximity to the ocean directed the designer to promote cross-ventilation with the use of low wall partitions in an open floor plan. The structural elements can easily be seen from the outside, disguised as a gian t geometric pattern of concrete solids and rhomboid voids that diffuse light to the interior. From the system of prefabricated rhomboid modular panels that form a grid that shields the windows to the bold staircase suspended by cables from an upper beam, all of the construction techniques are clearly visible. The building has been in co ntinuous use for 46 years and is currently undergoing restoration.
p!Jotos and plans courtesy of{be arc!JiUCI.
Jury: "This building has great histor-icaL significance in that pr-e-cast conaete eLements were used with propriety reveaLing formaL and expressive qualities. The stfuctur-aL system aLLows for a dynamic spatiaL interyLay and metamorphic extemaL expr-ession that, from a aiticaL viewpoint, are an essentiaL part ofthe history ofmodem architecture.
florida I caribbean ARCHITECT fal l 2005

John James Diamond, FAIA
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Jack Diamond has been a principal at Rink Design Partnership Inc. since 1998 and was previously President of KBJ Architects in Jacksonville. He has been responsible for the design of many awardwinning projects including the Sun Trust Tower, Southern Bell Tower
c.T. Hsu, AlA
For 25 years, c.T. H su has consistently applied his professional experience to the successful planning and design of mid-to-Iarge scale architectural projects. In addition, he has worked tirelessly to implement programs and services that have a positive impact on the Central Florida region in the important areas of education, economy and quality of life.
Mr. Hsu received his Bachelor in
Architecture degree and his Diploma
in Urban Planning from Tung-hai

and the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1968 from Ohio State University. He is registered to practice architecture in nine states and is a Fellow of the American Institute ofArchitects. Community leadership has been a hallmark of his career and he has served as chairman of The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, the University of North Florida Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, the YMCA of Northeast Florida, the U nited Way Campaign and the Jacksonville and Beaches Convention
and Visitors Bureau.
Involvement, leadership and commitment to his principles have created a credibility that has led to
University in Taiwan. In 1974, he
moved to the United States to pur
sue a Master of Architecture in
Advanced Studies degree from
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Since establishing his
own firm in 1984, he has tirelessly
addressed Central Florida's econom
ic development and growth manage
ment issues, working collaboratively
with designers, business leaders and
civic groups. His rigorous effortS in
this regard have resulted in a number
of leadership positions with the
Metro Orlando Economic
Development Commission, the
Orlando Regional Chamber of
Commerce, Goodwill Industries of
Central Florida, the Valencia
Foundation, Orange County Public
Schools and the Asian-American
Chamber of Commerce.
His many community efforts
have presented Mr. Hsu with the
opportunity to educate community
leaders about the profession's per
spective on issues relating to educa-Jack becoming the spokesman for the importance of planning, design, awareness and VISlOn In the Jacksonville community. He has received awards for outstanding community service and leadership and advocacy in promoting the economic growth and vitality of downtown Jacksonville. Jack Diamond's principles have shaped his life, determined his interests, established his priorities and provided him with the commitment that has resulted in his becoming the true Citizen-Architect of Jacksonville. These principles originate from his desire to give back to society for the opportunities afforded him by the profession of
tion and growth management. In addition, his "result-focused" activities and speaking and teaching engagements, have significantly raised the architect's profile with the community and its leaders.
On a professional level, Hsu is committed to providing educators with facilities that enhance learning, boost performance, promote community pride and are cost-effective. His firm has received rwo AlA Orlando design awards in the education category. He is a strong proponent of the qualifications-based general contractor and construction manager selection process for public projects. In that regard, he was successful in getting the state legislature to abandon the "low bid only" for public projects. In 2003, he robustly supported the "Change 4 Kids" Initiative that resulted in a half penny sales tax increase to finance desperately needed K-12 school renovatlOnS and replacements 10 Orange County.
florida / caribbean ARCHITECT fall 2005

Lourdes Solera, AlA
Lourdes Solera became involved with AIA Miami in 1999 when she was asked to help organize and produce the local newspaper insert that was published ro commemorate Architecture Week. The success of that year's event and her involvement in the planning prompted her appolfitment as Chair of Architecture Week the following year. Under her leadership from 2000 to 2003, Architecture Week has grown from one week to a month's worth ofevents. The success of this program from an anendance perspective, as well as media interest, prompted changing its name. In 2004, under her presidency of AIA Miami, the event was fe-named CELEBRATE ARCHITECTURE.
In 2001, Lourdes was elected to AIA Miami's Board of Directors. The following year she was elected secretary-treasurer of the Chapter and then President-elect for 2003. In 2004, she became the first woman President of AIA Miami si nce Marion Manley served in 1941. As both a board member and officer of the chapter, she has always stressed the importance of the AIA in the design profession and the community. In 2003 and 2004, Lourdes led the Miami Chapter's Design Awards program to a record number of submittals. To raise the level of design awareness and the quality of submitted projects, the Chapter decided, under her leadership, to open the awards program ro all registered architects in the coun ty, not JUSt AIA members. The idea was to foster the notion that AIA represents the voice ofall architects. In 2004, while serving as chapter president, one of Lourdes' main goals was to reestab-
Jish the Young Architects Forum committee. She strongly believes that the future leadership of the AIA needs to be fostered in young architects and students.
Relationships with the community, universities and allied organizations, as well as state and national AIA chapters, have always been a major source of interest for Lourdes. Serving as AIA Miami's president was a great opportunity for her to engage the community in the organization's goal of promoting design relevance and the role of the architect in that process. She served for several years on the Miami Design Preservation League's Board of Directors and the City of Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board. This year, she was invited to serve on AIA National's Long Range Advisory Planning Group, a three-year commitment with the goal of defining and directing the vision and future of AIA. These organizations, along with her adj unct teaching position at Florida International University, has presented Lourdes Solera the opportunity of promoting the AIA and the profession ofarchitecture as an indispensable part of the community.
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