FLORIDA ASSOCIATION CP ARCHITECT
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August 22, 1951 Vol. 5, No. 3
OBJECTS: The objects of the Association shall be to unite the arabhi-
tectural profession within the State of Florida to promote
and forward the objects of The American Institute of Archi-
tects; to stimulate and encourage continual improvement
within the profession, cooperate. with other professions,
promote and participate in the matters of general public
welfare, and represent and act for the architectural profes-
sion in the State, and to promote educational and public
relation programs for the advancement of the profession.
To all members of the FAA and to other registered
architects in the State of Florida,
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August 22, 1951.
The Thirty-Seventh Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Architects will
be held in Jacksonville on November 1, 2, and 3, 1951, with headquarters at the
INSTITUTE PRESIDENT AND DISTRICT DIRECTOR TO JOIN FLORIDA ARCHITECTS
Glenn Stanton, President of The American Institute of Architects, and G. Thomas
Harmon, III, Director of the South Atlantic District, are coming to Jacksonville
for the Annual November Convention of the Florida Association of Architects, AIA.
Both of these distinguished architects were unusually prompt in their acceptance
of the FAA invitations and expressed great interest in meeting a group as noted
for its professional ability as for its professional problems and activities.
Director Tom Harmon of Columbia, S. C. is one of the well known mainstays of the
Southeast. He succeeds our recent visitor Ross ShubAker of Raleigh, N. C. as
representative of the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, both Carolinas, and
Virginia on the Board of Directors of The Institute..
President Stanton has the exceedingly long trek to make from his practice in
Portland, Oregon, and plans to visit other State Organizations and local chapters
along the way. He was elected head of the national body just four months ago at
the Chicago meeting of .2,000 AIA delegates (including eleven architects and four
students from Florida). His long record of service to the profession includes the
past two terms as first vice president and member of the Board of The Institute
and present membership in the N.F.A.'s building industry advisory group. In addi-
tion, recognition of his ability as exemplified by the commercial, educational,
and church buildings mentioned in the last FAA Bulletin have won for him both
respect and responsibilities in his new office. His travel and experience will
make available to the Florida Group many valuable observations on how others have
succeeded or failed with problems now facing this Convention,
NEW HORIZONS MORE EASILY VISIBLE AT COMING SEMINAR
Many carefully composed words have fallen into the empty seats of those who had
more immediate interests at home than in the subjects under consideration at the
Seminar. This November in Jacksonville will prove that many a pressing interest
at home can patiently wait over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd while architects
exchange words, carefully composed or as usual, on the more immediate interests
under consideration at this Seminar.
The FAA Convention Committee with Tom Grand, full of experience, in charge of the
Seminar, is taking the keynote of the recent National Convention "Humanity Our
Client'1 and distilling a 100 proof subject to be officially called "Your Client."
In addition the subdivision will be filtered as follows: Can the subject be
effiiently covered in the time available? Will it be of immediate interest to
the F corida Architect? Is the speaker competent and interesting? Is it worth
thq amount budgeted and can we do as well for less?
Consideration is now being given to sessions comparing impressions of architecture
now held by clients at large with possible changes and the positive means for
effecting them. Another view will spotlight the client's blissful unawareness
August 22, 1951.
that you haven't provided for his every liability, risk, guarantee, bond &
insurance. The mutual problems of The Real Estate Developer, The Board of Educa-
tion, The Store Owner, The Church Builder and the Hone Owner should prov.ds many
vital ideas to be followed up with specific problems later, and on into private
practice. A panel of representatives of such groups to top off the proceedings
and tackle questions from the floor might even help us remedy the demands for
limited drafting service and give valuable insight into public and client relations.
The possibilities are unlimited but don't hold back your ideas if they pass the
filter. Your favorite client may be able to do the job better and for less, and
the final selections have not been made.
ANNUAL ARCHITECTS' FIELD DAY ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1951 ON CAMPUS AT
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILL INVITATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
"The University of Florida Student Chapter of The American Institute of Architects
will hold its annual architects' Field Day on Saturday, September 29, 1951 on the
Campus at Gainesville.
"The Field Day this year will have as its objective the bringing together of all
men in the architectural profession from Florida and Georgia for the purpose of
creating a better understanding between the practicing architects of these states.
This event provides an opportunity for the practitioners of both states to ex-
change ideas and thoughts and, also, to see what the students and faculty are
doing here at the University of Florida. Above all, the Student AIA Chapter can
guarantee a really enjoyable time for everyone attending September 29th,
"We wish to call your attention, as secretary of the Florida Association of
Architects, to this Field Day, so that you may inform your members of our coming
event. Since it is impossible for us to obtain the names and addresses of the
men working in the architects' offices, we shall appreciate any assistance you
may render in spreading the word, not only to the architects, but also to the
draftsmen so that this annual affair may achieve its purpose.
"The activities which we have planned include a coffee-registration, and a tour of
student exhibition areas in the morning, then a luncheon. The guest of honor will
be Carl Feiss who was formerly Director of the School of Architecture and Planning
at the University of Denver. Mr. Feiss is now Chief of the Community Planning
and Development Branch of the Housing and Hone Finance Agency; Chairman of the
Committee on Education, AIA; and originator and author of the monthly column,
"Out of School," in Progressive Architecture. (Please call attention to his
article, July, 1951, issue, page 126,)
"Following the luncheon, there will be a pre-game '"wam-up". At eight o'clock
Saturday night we shall adjourn to the Florida-Georgia Tech football game. We
have a block of tickets reserved for a very limited time; therefore, please
impress it upon the members who are interested in obtaining ood seats to the
game to remit to us immediately. The price of the ticket is :ji3.75, each. This is
rated a top game between arch rivals, and being played on a Saturday night; there-
fore, accoriodations in Gainesville will be impossible to obtain unless reserva-
tions are made weeks in advance. We shall be glad to secure reservations as long
as they are obtainable.
"This is an architectural weekend for all architects, draftsmen and students from
Florida and Georgia,
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"Don't forget the date--Saturday, September 291 We extend a cordial invitation to
all architects, draftsmen and students, their families and dates to attend. "
The foregoing is copy of a letter received from C. Ernest Daffin, President,
The University of Florida Student Chapter of The American Institute of Architects,
1123 N, W. 3rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.
The following awards have been made according to information received from the
University of Florlda:
The Florida Association of Architects of The American Institute of Architects
awards to Joseph Louis Donofro the Florida Association of Architects Medal for
meritorious contributions in leadership and service among his fellows. 1r. Donofro
received the Degree Bachelor of Architecture With High Honors in February, 1951.
He his now employed by Arthur F. Hazard, AIA, in Augusta, Georgia.
James Eddie Barker was runner-up for the year 1950-51 for the Florida Association
of Architects Medal, also for the School Medal of The Institute.
The American Institute of Architects awards to Robert Edwin Boardman the Silver
School Medal of The Institute. Mr. Boardran received the degree Bachelor of
Architecture With High Honors in September, 1950. He is now employed in the
office of Reynolds, Smith and Hills in Jacksonville. The 'American Institute of
Architects also awards Mr, Boardman a copy of Henry Adams' book,, "Kont-Saint-
Michel and Chartres".
FILING OF NOMINATIONS FOR FELI.WSHIPS
The following letter has been received from Florence H. Gervais, Secretary
to The Jury of Fellows, The American Institute of Architects:
"Your attention is called to the deadline of November 1, for the filing of nomina-
tions for Fellowships,
"Such nominations must be filed in proper forn on or before November 1. and must
be accompanied by the exhibits submitted in support thereof.
"Enclosed is a circular on the preparation of the Fellowship nominees exhibits
and supporting letters for your guidance.
"By direction of the Chairman."
The circular on the preparation of the Fellowship nominee's exhibits and support-
ing letters is on file in the office of your FAA Secretary. Anyone desiring
a copy, please send in your request for same.
THE AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION, INC.
The following is an excerpt from a letter received from J. Frazer Smith, F.A.I.A.:
President, The American Architectural Foundation, Inc.'
"The American Architectural Foundation is making a concentrated effort to familiar-
ize the professional practitioners with the aim and principles of the A.A.F.
August 22, 1951
"Along this line, we have mailed, or are in the act of mailing, each architect a
copy of our booklet and anacompuied by a letter, both of which you may h ve re-
ceived, or if not, you will receive in the near future."
All the members of the Institute have received this Letter and copy of the aoP
cellent booklet prepared by the American Architectural Foundation, Inc., and I
believe it deserves your thoughtful consideration as a worthy cause for a con-
REPORT OF BENMONT TENCH, JR., FAA COUNSEL, TO FRANKLIN S. BUNCH, CHAIRMAN,
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE, FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS
"This letter will serve as a report of my activities as Legislative Counselor
to the Florida Association of Architects.
"From time to time I have advised you of the progress made in mobilizing the
various professions in the fight against consolidation of State agencies. The
culmination of this effort came on March 28, 1951, when the representatives of the
several professions composing the Committee of Florida Professions met in Orlando
with Representative Charles 0. Andrews who was sponsoring a bill requiring consoli-
dation. At this meeting I represented the Association and served as moderator.
After considerable discussion Mr. Andrews agreed to amend his proposed legislation
by striking out the provisions to which we took exception, and he accepted in lieu
thereof a section unobjectionable to us. Subsequently his entire legislation was
defeated in the Legislature.
"This successful effort to oppose an unwise step by the Legislature was accom-
plished by long and careful advance planning on the part of your Legislative Com-
mittee and by excellent cooperation from various architects throughout the State.
Our position considerably strengthened by the unity found among other professions
as evidenced in the action of the Committee of Florida Professions. lore than
anything I know, it indicates the necessity of continuing this course of action,
particularly when we are faced with adverse Legislation addressed to regulatory
'With the fight on consolidation apparently in our favor we turned our efforts
to the next two matters of major concern; the legislation strengthening the
board's actions in revocation proceedings, and the appropriations measure.
"Representatives Whitlock and Turlington, both of Alachua, introduced our bill in
the House, and Senators Collins of Tallahassee, Shands of Gainesville, Smith of
Green Cove Springs, and Ripley of Jacksonville, introduced it in the Senate. In
the Senate a minor amendment in the wording was nade at the request of Senator
Shands. This presented a procedural difficulty in connection with the companion
bill in the House, but by close work with the House Committee on Judiciary "C"
we were able to make the necessary changes without too great delay. The Sub-
Committee of the House Committee in Judiciary "C" objected to the word "gross"
being eliminated in connection with incompetency as a ground for revocation or
suspension of lthe certificate of registration. This required that the Senate
Bill be amended to conform with its House Companion. After these amendments were
made the House Committee voted to report the bill favorably with only one dis-
senting vote and the Senate Committee voted to report it favorably by unanimous
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'Mr. Turlington handled the bill on the floor of the House and Senator Shands on
the floor of the Senate. The measure passed with one dissenting vote in the House
and with no dissenting vote in the Senate. Attached hereto is a copy of the
bill. (Anyone desiring a copy of this bill may secure it from Tallahasseej)
"At the same time that we were maneuvering our legislation through the various
committees of the House and the Senate, the General Appropriations Act of 1951 was
being considered. Because of the Continuing Appripaiabions.Ban, the funds neces-
sary to continue the operations of th S4ate BEat must be re-appropriated at each
session of the Legislature. Accordi:gly, it is necessary to convince the Appropri-
ations Committees, and then the general membership of the House and the Senate,
of the necessity for making sufficient appropriations for the needs of the State
"When we were given the opportunity to appear before the Senate Sub-committee on
Appropriations, Russell Pancoast appeared for the Board, and I appeared for the
Association, Before the House Committee on Appropriations, Mellen Greeley appeared
for the Board and I appeared for the Association. Although in both Committees we
had requested a budget of $36,740.00 for the biennium, and had secured the recom-
mendation of that amount by the Budget Commission in December, 1950, the Senate
Committee recommended an appropriation of 032,160.00 and the House Committee recoam-
mended an appropriation of 132,377.00
"At this point we were fortunate in securing the complete cooperation of Represen-
tative Fletcher Morgan, of Duval County, who was the Chairman of the House Approp-
riations Committee. In spite of his being the leader of the Economy Block, he
spoke on the floor of the House for an amendment increasing our appropriation
$4,500.00. largely because of his effective work, the amendment passed the House.
In conference co mittee, however, the Senate figures prevailed, and the total
appropriations for the Board of Architecture for the next biennium was established
at $32,160,00. However, this figure 7ias not reached without an heroic effort on
the part of Mr. Morgan to establish the higher House appropriation and failure
should detract in no way from the real friendship he showed the architects when
the chip were down.
"The General Appropriations Act of 1951 included the following statement:
'Provided that the appropriations made under Item 71 and each of its
sub-items (A) through (V) shall be contingent upon each Board or
Agency collecting in fees and depositing with the State Treasurer in
the General Revenue Fund annually an amount sufficient to meet its
respective appropriations; provided, however, that 20 per cent of
said fees collected and deposited with the State Treasurer in the
General Revenue Fund be deducted prior to the release of any of said
"A concerted effort on the part of several Boards resulted in the Governor's
vetoing the provision.
"The animosity towards professional regulatory boards, such as the State Bcard ca
Architecture, seemed to heighten as the Session continued. In at least two
instances we were successful in opposing legislation designed to restrict the
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Boards before it reached the floor of either house. In one of these instances
the matter was unanimously approved by the House Appropriations Committ.e, A it
failed to reach the floor only because we were able to take advantage of a crevled
calendar, and the rules of legiol.:ive procedure. I think it impractical 'o here
consider potential legislative action, but I would be remiss if I did not strongly
recommend an early meeting of the Legislative Committee to consider in detail some
of the difficulties we may expect to encounter, Our success in the fight against
consolidation of Boards indicates that early planning, coordinated with other pro-
fessions, is the most successful course of action we can follow. We should begin
to plan this course of action now.
"During the Session the Association was instrumental in defeating several measures.
Below is a list of the more important of such bills, together with a brief state-
ment indicating the nature of each.
"Senate Bill 436. This bill required state construction over $10,000.00 to be let
on separate contracts to various sub-contractors.
"House Bill 644. This bill placed the responsibility for legal services in the
hands of the Attorney General.
"House Bill 675. This bill required all rules and regulations of State Boards
and Agencies to be filed with the Attorney General, and to be adopted or rejected
by the Legislature in 1953.
"House Bill 738. This bill gave to sub-contractors or materialmen a lien against
owner's property to the value of his services or materials regardless of the in-
debtedness of the owner on direct contract.
"House Bill 1396. This bill provided for a complete revision of the Mechanic's
"The Florida Plumbing Control Act of 1951 was introduced late in the Session.
Because we had not had an opportunity to study this measure which was of consider-
able length, we took no action regarding it.
"I cannot close this report without remarking that our considerably increased
political activity in the last biennium has resulted in our being consulted more
frequently by members of the Legislature when faced with a question bearing upon
the architectural profession. This increased awareness of the professions import-
ance is a result of the excellent liaison between individual members of the Associ-
ation and the members of the Legislature from their local areas. It is also an
indication that the profession is being recognized by our political leaders as a
real factor in the State's developments."
Whew! Doggone that Tench.