ELLIOTT B. HADLEY
211 Taylor Arcade,
ROBERT LAW WEED
1777 Biscayne Boulevard
E. F. DE LA HAYE
DIRECTORS OF DISTRICTS
1--R. Daniel Hart Pensacola 8--Donald R. Pierce Lakeland
2--James A. Stripling Tallahassee 9--Richard W. Rummell Cocr a
3--Sanford W. Goin Gainesville 10--Bruce P. Kitchell West Palm Beach
4--FrederickW. Bucky, Jr. Jacksonville 11--Courtney Stewart Ft. Lauderdale
5--G. M. Peek DeLand 12--Robert M. Little Miami Beach
6--Richard B. Rogers Orlando 13--Gerard Pitt Miami
7--Archie G. Parish St. Petersburg
Object: . The purpose of this Association shall be to
stimulate and encourage continual improvement within the
profession, co-operate with other professions, promote and
participate in the matters of general public welfare, and
represent and act for the architectural profession in the State.
Better write, today, to Fred Seelmann, Chairman
of the Legislative Committee, and give him your ideas
concerning the amendments to the existing Act.
On Jacksonville Gas Company billboard:
"We forgot the most important thing,-gas heat.
"We should have had an architect."
Expect the August or September BULLETIN will carry
news from Courtney Stewart and the other boys of
the Eleventh District regarding tentative plans for the
Annual Convention in Hollywood . Hope there will
be an exhibition.
A special exhibition of "Free Sketches" might prove
interesting !*- ?;.
REPORT OF ROBERT LAW WEED, DELEGATE
TO THE 72nd CONVENTION OF THE A.I.A.,
Louisville, Ky., May 20th to 24th, 1940
I. STATE ORGANIZATION AND UNIFICA-
TION OF THE PROFESSION:
A joint meeting of the Committee on State Organiza-
tion and delegates and representatives of State Asso-
ciations was held all day, Monday, May 20th. At this
conference the proposed amendments to the By-Laws
of the Institute, to allow the affiliated State Associa-
tions more equitable representation in the Institute,
were discussed in detail.
Your delegate voted against any radical change in the
status of the State Association members as set forth in
the amendments which were, with minor changes, finally
passed by the Convention.
The Institute now stands on the threshold of an
opportunity unprecedented in its history. From a cor-
porate membership of 3,000 members a few years ago,
the Institute now with its corporate members and its
State Association members, (including the architects
over which State Associations have jurisdiction) repre-
sents over 7,500 practicing architects. There are six
states now in the process of affiliation with the Insti-
tute, or who have voted to affiliate, and these six states
represent 2,900 additional architects. When these affi-
liations are accomplished the Institute will virtually
represent over 10,000 of the 14,500 architects in the
United States. I feel that the work of the Committee
has been outstanding.
The Institute, instead of continuing the Committee
on State Organizations, will create a new Committee to
be appointed by the incoming Board of the Institute, to
be known as "The'Committee on Unification of the Pro-
fession". This Committee will be charged with the
responsibility of continuing the development of the uni-
II. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
The officers of the Institute were re-elected for an-
other one-year term by acclamation:
President--EDWIN BERGSTROM, 3757 Wilshire Boule-
vard, Los Angeles, California.
Vice-President-WALTER R. MACCORNACK, Cambridge,
Secretary-CHARLES T. INGHAM, 1211 Empire Building,
Treasurer-JoHN R. FUGARD, 520 North Michigan,
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
The Regional Director for the South Atlantic Dis-
RUDOLPH WEAVER, University of Florida, Gainesville,
New Regional Directors elected are:
H. D. CHANDLER, Boston, Massachusetts.
CLEMENT R. NEWKIRK, New York, N. Y.
PETER BRUST, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
III. INFORMAL ROUND TABLES:
One of the outstanding procedures of this Conven-
tion was the introduction of "round tables" on various
subjects. These round-tables were informal in charac-
ter and nearly all phases of the Architect's practice were
S (a) "The Architect's Equipment for Housing", pre-
sided over by Miles L. Colean, was instructive to those
interested in housing. The portion of this round-table
having to do with small houses, was lead by Mr. Ken-
neth W. Dalzell, Chairman of the Committee on Small
Houses. Mr. Dalzell stated that investigation by his
Committee showed conclusively that the program of
cooperation between the Producers Council and the Fed-
eral Home Loan Bank Board has failed throughout the
country. He also stated that after a thorough survey
he found no small house bureaus operating successfully.
It is felt that the small house problem must be left
with the younger architects and that an educational
program is necessary before the architect can expect
the public to pay fees profitable to the architects for
(b) "The Relationship of the Architectural Pro-
fession to Society": This round-table was lead by Mr.
Edmund R. Purves of Philadelphia, and was not attend-
ed by your delegate as it was held at the same time as
the preceding round-table.
A frank and comprehensive investigation and discus-
sion of the part the profession plays, fails to play, and
should play in the general development and progress
of this country. Included in the scope of the discussion
were those problems which have been perplexing so
many of us. An opportunity was afforded at the ter-
mination of the scheduled speeches for any one present
to present his views and suggest ways of improving
(c) "Rural Practice": with William Steele presid-
This was an exploration into the fields of architec-
tural practice in the smaller communities and the prob-
lems that meet the architects located in those communi-
(d) "The Fields of Architectural Practice":
John R. Fugard presided at this discussion.
This was an exploration into the fields of architec-
tural practice, some of which heretofore have been
considered outside the realms of private practice, hut
which, nevertheless, are becoming of increasing import-
ance to the profession and to the public.
This discussion was divided into the following parts:
State and Municipal Work.
The Local Housing Authorities.
Real Estate Field.
These discussions brought out very interesting infor-
mation regarding the methods employed in various locali-
ties in handling Federal, State and Municipal Work.
The predominance of bureaus which are handling this
work is generally deplored by the Institute; but no con-
structive program has yet been brought forth to curtail '
these bureaus. In the general discussion it was the feel-
ing, however, that the A.I.A. must start to consider ways
and means of eliminating costly and inefficient bureaus
that practice architecture.
(e) "Incomplete Architectural Services": This
round-table brought out the many disadvantages to the
client, society, and the architect, when the architect
does not render complete architectural services. Per-
sons connected with the Housing Authorities and Fed-
eral architectural bureaus were present to defend some
of the practices on their part wherein the architect is
relieved of a certain part of his work by others. It was
shown that in most instances the architect can more
efficiently and more economically supervise his own work
and handle the business of certifying to the owner for
payments and the handling of accounts, than any other
IV. Symposium on New Materials: This included
very thorough technical information, and was conducted
by Mr. Richmond H. Shreve. The use of new materials
was covered very thoroughly, including the more ad-
vanced use of glass blocks, exterior decorative metals,
plastics, and architectural plywood. It is hoped that
such discussions may be brought to the Chapters and
the State Associations within the next year.
An interesting sidelight on the discussion of archi-
tectural plywood is that a new adhesive has been per-
fected which will make plywood impervious to all but
the strongest acids and alkali. The adhesive, which is
similar to "Bakelite" is expected to make plywood an
ever more useful and permanent material.
The general trend of thought at the Convention
seemed to impose the question whether architecture is to
remain a profession or become a business, and whether
the growth of the bureaucratic employment of archi-
tects does not indicate a new potential career which
some students might select in advance. It is hoped by
some that bureaus may diminish, but it is admitted by
ethers that bureaus are here to stay. It was brought out
that the architects themselves very soon will have to
decide whether "we shall use the competitive and per-
suasive methods of business, or follow the quieter meth-
ods of a profession". It was brought out that many
architects felt that the A.I.A. is "geared too high" for
their requirements and participation.
The Convention brought out very clearly that it is
the job of the Chapters in the various states and the
State Organizations to:
(1) Work diligently toward the unification of the
profession in their localities.
(2) To fight the inroads made by bureaus in their
state and localities.
(3) To publicize the profession.
(4) To make the profes.-ion of more service to
society and increase its standing in the minds of the
(5) To do their part actively, as civic minded citi-
In his letter, Bob adds: "I feel that The Florida
Association of Architects can be of great value to the
Institute in furthering the interests of the profession,
nationally, in these trying times. I am also sure that
the A.I.A. will be of great assistance to us in our efforts
here in Florida."
All of which gives us the hope that sense of duty
and privilege of service will keep The F.A.A. near the
top throughout the state and the nation. Let us make
the most of our opportunities.
FLORIDA ENGINEERING NEWS NOTES: ".We
salute the F.A.A. BULLETIN spicily edited by E. F.
De La Haye over there in Daytona Beach. Del used to
be a member of the F.E.S. and as Secretary of the
F.A.A. has plugged as hard and as long for that associa-
tion as Prof. Fineren has for the F.E.S. His society
represents and acts for the architects of the state in the
same manner as the F.E.S. speaks for the engineers.
Its object is "to stimulate and encourage continual
improvement within the profession, etc." As Alkali Ike
said: "We entertains sentiments similar." In case of
our getting into a war, we probably will find as many
architects as engineers among the engineer troops.
Come up and see us sometime, Del!"
Herbert D. Mendenhall, Secretary, Florida Engineer-
ing Society, Tallahassee, Florida.
OK, Herbert, we'll be up there to see you soon, as we
expect to have a heavy date with Stripling and Graham
of the State Board of Education in your fair city now
that it is not cluttered up with politicians . I want
another glimpse at that dinosaurs they were trying to
put together in the museum, too . But, after all these
years of working on the BULLETIN, I wonder why you
waited until your "National Defense Number" before
mentioning us !
HEADLINES . Tax Collector Saved by Visitor
Who Dives From Bridge . Rescuer Prefers to Remain
Comment . Fair enough . Except . .How
about giving some credit to the one who pushed the Tax
Collector off the bridge?
THE ARCHITECT'S OPPORTUNITY . ."Few
things touch the life of the individual more intimately,
regularly, or persistently than the surroundings in which
he lives and works. Not only physical health, but effi-
ciency, happiness, and mental well-being are affected
by the material conditions in which one lives . Science
and industry have produced a vast array of building
materials, new methods of construction, and new me-
chanical devices. Social, economic, urban and other
factors pose increasingly .difficult problems,-of sanita-
tion, ventilation, accoustics, traffic congestion, increased
land and other costs. Upon the architect of today is
devolving an host of complicated technical and human
considerations undreamed of a few years ago . As
we look into the future, it is not at all certain, despite
the great new possibilities open for creating more suit-
able surroundings, that these possibilities will be
achieved. If we are to have better architecture; if we
are to achieve healthier, happier, more convenient and
economical surroundings with more light and air, with
more functional and human planning, it is certain that
architects must exert more knowledge, vision, leadership,
and guidance than ever before" . Fred W. Bucky,
Comment . With the younger men putting out
thoughts like the above we feel that some of them will
be fitted to carry on . but it will take a lot of
patience, practice, personal power, push, practical pen-
chants, and perseverence, to prepare the prerequisite
E. F. DE LA HAYE, Secretary-Treasurer,
THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA OF ARCHITECTS.
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