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 2003
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: VID00024
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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This is the 2003 AlA Florida design awards issue. The design awards program recognizes projects that are deemed meritorious by a distinguished jury of architects and this year, 12 projects were selected -seven built and five unbuilt. All of the awards are, I think, well deserved.
Coincidentally this issue also has an interview with, and a lerter from, AlA members who expressed concern about the quality of contemporary architecture and how that quality will ultimately affect the co mmunities we inhabit and the profession of architecture. The letter refers to "a culture of mediocrity" and the interview addresses the "systematic and calculated destruction of community."
That is not to say that either of these writers places all of the blame squarely on the shoulders of today's practicing architects. There have always been, and will always be, mediocre practitioners. That's true of every profession. Rather if I am to understand their concerns, the blame resides on those who commission architecture as much on those who produce it.
I interviewed Roger C. Grunke, AlA, after reading a letter he'd written that was published in Architectural Record. His letter was provocative and it raised some issues about such things as what he calls "cultural bankruptcy." The letter from Robert G. Currie, AlA, was written more to the AlA leadership than to this editor and it may not have been intended for publication. But, his concerns are valid, having resulted from a meeting in Palm Beach at which government representatives outlined the selection practices they use in contracting for architectural services.
In response to Bob Currie's question, "can we accept a culture of mediocrity," my answer is, "if such a culture exists, we cannot accept it." On the other hand, the old adage about beauty being in the eye of the beholder might be worth exan1ining. How much of the architecture being produced today is bad design and how much is just not for everyone? "Have," as Roger Grunke asks, "the Muses gone deaf, dumb and blind" and is it true, as Bob Currie writes, that "inspired design is an anathema" in the selection process.
I hope that as you read these rwo items you'll be compelled to respond with your own thoughts and ideas. I would like to establish a dialog with readers, but, if that doesn't happen, I hope you will talk among yourselves at AlA chapter meetings or wherever. These are, after all, important issues.

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The degradation of architecture in the United States is part of the general destruction of co mmunity. For example, public spaces parks, plazas, courthouse squares are historically the stage where community is played out. Today, this social showcase is being
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public spaces is part of the glue that holds a society together, creating the "one out of many."
If we are to be a "united people," then our public architecture and the common ground around it must be equally accessible and something all citizens can be p roud of. At the moment, the political pendulum is swinging toward privatization and some would even favor selling off our National Parks in the belief that they might be run more efficiently by private concerns. This is not the spirit of community that I envision.
Q: Explain what you mean when you write that Florida "leads the nation with a severe case ofmalaise. What do you see as the cause ofthis: politics, lack ofeducation, avoidance?
A: As a whole, I don't believe architects are at the root of this malaise. The problem is the infertile ground in which we, as architects, are gardening. For example, Frank Gehry was not a superstar prior to his opportunity in Bilbao and I learned of Moore, Ruble, Yudell's work during a visit to Berlin. My point is that many of America's finest and brightest are finding recognition abroad where the social and economic conditions support quality architecture. It seems that the rest of the world is more willing to give opportunity to (and fund) American talent, than America itself.
After reading about Japan's decade-long recession, I was amazed to see for myself the waterfilled, glass-roofed, subterranean city square in Nagoya. I was in awe, not of the architect, but of the people of Nagoya for holding to their commitment to quality urban design at great cost during difficult times.
In Florida, architects are guilty of 1) a passive acceptance of the degradation of both the built and natural environment and 2) a lack of long-term public engagement. Too few of us are political activists. If the practice of architecture is to survive as a creative, vibrant force in society and if America is to survive as a creative, vibrant force, then quality architecture must thrive. In order to thrive, it must be protected and nurtured by architects, first and foremost. In the end, neither a firm's economic well being, nor the quality of a design will serve the profession well if those qualities are removed from society's general concern for where architecture is propelling us over an extended period of time.
Architects must understand that for the good of our profession there are long-term activities with which we must continually involve ourselves and these activities may not directly relate ro the design of buildings. T his is not to suggest that "putting bread on the table" while defending the profession's proper position in the realm of culturalleadership is an easy accomplishment. But there really is no other option.
At some point we, as individual architects, and as the AlA, must stand up and defend something more than just the right to make a dollar. We must stand up for issues large and small, close to home and global. T his will be gut

2003 AIAlFlorida Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Unbuilt Design Awards
This yeal~ a jury chaired by Wing Chao, FAIA, and incLuding Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, and Margaret Griffin, AIA, selected 12 winners -seven Awards for Excellence in Architecture andfive Unbuilt Design Awards.
Wmg T. Chao, FAIA, is Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific Development, Walt Disney Parks and ResortS. Mr. Chao holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the Univer ity of California at Berkeley. In addition, he earned a Master of Architecture with a focus in Urban Design from Harvard U niversity and completed post-graduate work in urban planning and real estate development at dle Massachusetts Instirute ofTechnology. As Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, W ing T Chao oversees master planning, architecture, design and development of Disney real estate holdings worldwide. As Vice Chairman of Development for Disney Parks and Resorts, he is leading his company's project research and development in the Asia-Pacific marketplace, including Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Disney Theme Park being built in China.
Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, is Design Principal, Steven Ehrlich Architects. Upon graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic lnstirute in 1969, Ehrlich spent six years living and working in Africa, serving for rwo years with the Peace Corps as the first architect in Marrakech, Morocco. T he lessons of indigenous building were instrumental in forming Ehrlich's approach to design and continue to influence his work to this day.
The Ehrlich fLrm has been widely published and has won munetous design awards including three National AlA awards. Three monographs on the work of Steven Ehrlich Architects have been published. In 2001, Ehrlich was the Jon Jerde visiting professor in architecrure at dle University of Southern California. He has held teaching positions and been a guest critic at many schools and has lectured widely at universities and symposiums in China, Japan,
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Germany, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S.
Margaret Griffin, AlA, is a Principal in Griffin Enright Architects. Prior to the formation of Griffin Enright Architects, Ms. Griffin practiced independendy and collaboratively, creating public and pri vate works in New York City, Naples, Florida and Los Angeles, California. Through this work, she refined her approach to a wide variety of project types.
In conjunction with her practice, Ms. Griffin is also a professor of archjtecrure. T hroughout her ten years of teaching and lecturing at numerous schools, he has enhanced her practice and her knowledge of contemporary issues of architectu re. Ms. GrifEn's wo rk has been awarded numerous AlA honor awards and she has received the Lori Anne Pristo Award, a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and the James Britron Memorial Award.
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Advanced Technology Center, Florida Community College at Jacksonville jacksonville
Thomas K. Rensing, AlA, KBJ Architects Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
"The restraint of this building is appreciated, as well as the sophisticated use of brick and excellent use of shade and shadow. The scale of the larger openings juxtaposed against the smaller openings is a nice combination and the wall trellis provides a well-defined walkway and play of shadows."
As a signature building, this design is intended to provide a rich architectural experience for students while bridging the gap in the disparate styles of campus buildings. The building is positioned to define the major east-west campus axis and provide a sheltered walkway joining the previously separate halves. The structure is a masonry clad steel frame whose massing and coloration articulate teaching versus service components. The building's basic lab/classroom components are arrayed along two circulation/infrastructure spines flowing from the two-story atrium. Within this shared area of arrival and interaction is a formal auditorium that is expressed as the legible "heart" of the facility.
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Richard]. Heisenbottle, AlA, Coral Gables, Florida
"It is nice to see the preservation of an architectural gem. This project had the unique challenge of integrating modern technology into an older structure without allowing the new technology to be apparent. This is a fabulous restoration to re-establish the grandeur of the theatre. We applaud this kind of historic preservation.
This restoration of the former Olympia T heatre was completed in 2002 and includes the restoration of all the theatre's original exotic detailing. This includes all ornamental plaster, decorative paint, statuary, urns, columns, balustrade and proscenium. In addition to the much needed paint and plaster, the theatre renovations included the installation of a new air-conditioning system, reroofing the entire theatre, restoring the decorative historic house lighting throughout the auditorium and adding significant theatrical lighting to enhance production capabilities. All house and stage lighting is computer-controlled. Acoustical adjustments were also made to make the theatre more suitable for musical performances.
The auditorium itself creates the illusion of sitting "al fresco" in a Mediterranean amphitheatre complete with barrel tile roof protruding above the proscenium and twinkling stars and billowy clouds floating overheard across the "sky" -a 64-foot ceiling. The fully restored and operational theatre remains today as a symbol of the city's cultural and historical heritage and it provides an architecturallegacy for future generations.
Photography by Dan Fore,. and Rau.L Pedroso.
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Alfonso Architects, Inc., in its current form, was founded in 1988. But its true foundation began in the 1950s in Havana, Cuba. It was there that Carlos E. Alfonso, educated at the University of Havana, founded a successful practice before fleeing the political turmoil of the Castro regime and settling in Tampa, Florida, in 1960. Carlos E. Alfonso became licensed and, while working with Les Walker & Associates, he became Project Designer of the new Tampa International Airport. He opened his own practice in 1966.
In the early 1980s, after graduation from the University of Florida, his two sons, Carlos J. and Alberto E. Alfonso, joined the firm. In 1988, Alfonso Architects, Inc. was founded and for the past 14 years has enjoyed a strong reputation as a top-level design firm with an emphasis on client service. Their current office is in Ybor City in an historical building that they purchased and renovated and for which they received an AIA Florida Award for Excellence in Architecture. The firm currently employs a staff of 35.
Alfonso Architects, Inc. has received over 20 recognition awards from entities such as the American Institute of Architects, the Governor of Florida, Hillsborough County Planning Commission, Tampa Preservation, Inc., the University of Florida and FLorida Trend magazine.
The Tampa Chamber of Commerce named Alfonso Architects Small Business of the Year in 1999.
According to Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, the Alfonso firm "has made outstanding architectural contributions to the City ofTampa." Those contributions include the City ofTampa Police Department Communications Center, the Tampa Museum of Art renovation and addition, the Ybor City Hilton, the University of South Florida Psychology Building, the Lowry Park Zoo and numerous renovations of historic Ybor City buildings.
Alfonso Architects has been a longtime supporter of the AIA with Alberto serving as Secretary in 1995. His collaboration with Peter Hepner, AIA, on Bay Architect, the local AIA newsletter, led to a National AIA award for

Best Local Publication in 1996. Carlos Alfonso was recently appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as Trustee to the Board for the University of Florida. Locally, both Carlos and Alberto have served on the Barrio Latino Design Review Board for historic Ybor City and the Architectural Review Commission for the City ofTampa.
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President's Message / William H. Bishop III, AIA

This year's convention in Sarasota was the largest, best-attended convention in AIA Florida history. My hat is off to all those who made it possible. The theme focused on "De ign" -design of all types -from golf courses to coastal structures to community planning. We were treated to a special rwohour presentation of the works of Peter Bohlin, FAlA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; the architect of Bill Gates' estate, Pixar tudios and the now almo t legendary Apple stores in Soho and Chicago. This was followed by wonderful presentations of the works of design award juror Stephen Ehrlich, FAIA, and Foundation speaker Maryann Thompson, AIA, the architect of the Arlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach.
I would like to say "thank you" to the design jury -Stephen Ehrlich, FAIA, design principal of Stephen Ehrlich Architects; Wing T. Chao, FAIA, vice chairman ofAsia Pacific Development -Walt Disney Parks and Resons; and Margaret Griffin, AIA, principal of Griffin Enright Architects. A special thank you is also extended to Mr. Ehrlich for participating in the design awards review seminar during the convention. It was a great opportunity for the award winners and others to hear first-hand the comments of the jury and to gain some valuable insight inro the design awards process.
The crowning event of this and every convention is the presentation of the annual design awards. This issue of Florida/Caribbean Architect is a celebration of the fine work being produced by our members in locations throughout the world. These projects range from a small chapel in Seaside to a large corporate facility for a Hong Kong high tech firm; from the theoretical (The Great Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt) to the practical (Casa Garor -housing for university students in Gainesville). These works represent design at its fin est and serve as excellent examples of the many talents of our member architects. Hopefully these award-winning projects will be recognized by future generations as those Great Places that continue ro warrant special attention.
It has become almost routine ro cherish the great places of the past as we attempt ro anchor ourselves ro our hisrory as a culture and as a nation. Only time will tell if these works are remembered in the same light by future generations. In the meantime, let us enjoy and be inspired by them as great places of today in our continuing effort ro bring quality design ro the world and ro promote its value in making the world a better place ro live.
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Work-in-Progress/Member Notes

FleischmanGarcia Architecture
was recognized by the Masonry Contractors Association of Florida Inc. for its design of the Fernando Noriega, Jr. Palm Avenue Parking Garage. The project was chosen as the Outstanding Masonry Project for 2002 In the Institutional Project/Brick category. The project was a joint venture with the Ciry of Tampa and Hillsborough Communiry College.
Ervin, Lovett & Miller in Jacksonville has been engaged to plan and design the Orange Park Village Shoppes, a retail village currently under development. The Orange Park site will accommodate two buildings with a total of more than 28,000 square feet of retail space. The firm has also been engaged to provide community planning and conceptual design services for Rawls Ranch in North Jacksonville. Rawls Ranch is being developed by ICI Homes and will include more than 390 single-family homes on 200 acres with deepwater boat access to the St. Johns River.

Architects Design Group, Inc.,
of Winter Park, has been chosen for the programming and design of the new Fort Lauderdale Police Faciliry. The preliminary plan for the faciliry comprises 255,000 square feet, making it one of the largest police facilities to ever be considered for construction in Florida. Valued at approximately $47 million, it will be built around the existing Fort Lauderdale Police Department building, enabling it to remain fully functional during the estimated 18month construction period. The new center will incorporate a central energy faci liry, a detached mailing and delivery center, capabilities for future expansion, addicional parking and a new Ciry Jail.

Juan Caycedo, AlA, a principal in the Boca Raton architectural firm of Rensch Lanao Caycedo, has been appointed by the Boca Raton Ciry Council to serve on the ciry's Communiry Appearance Board. The Board meets to review and maintain the high standards of the Ciry of Boca Raton in terms of"architecrure, beaury and harmony."
Harvard Jolly Clees Toppe Architects, P.A., AlA, has been selected to design two new replacement schools for the Manatee Counry School District. The twostory replacement facilities for Bayshore and Prine Elementary Schools are identical buildings and both are due to be completed in 2005. The schools will have a single point of entry for safery and securiry and will accommodate all parent vehicles on site for both drop-off and pick-up.
Slattery and Associates has completed design and construction is underway on The St. George and The Hamilton Professional Center in Boca Raton. Being developed by The Eire Companies, the combined four buildings comprise in excess of 44,000 square feet on a 2.G-acre site. Designed in a Bricish Colonial West Indies" sryle with open stairs and breezeways, the buildings will feature Bahama shutters and standing seam metal roofing.
Randall Stofft, AlA, Delray Beach, has designed two Tuscaninspired homes for Living Color Properry Development in Lantana. The homes are being built on previously undeveloped pro perry along the Intracoastal Waterway. Both homes "Casa di Cortile" and
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butterflies and moths. It will be the home of the most comprehensive collection of butterflies in the world.
The Mary Ann Ham Cofrin Gallery is the latest addition to the Ham Museum of Art that was also designed by the Le-Huu firm The expansion features a 16,000sf multilevel, naturally-lit gallery, museum cafe and sculpture gardens. Both projects are designed in compliance with the Leadership In Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Standard.
Gallo Architects & Development
Consultants (GADC), D eerfield
Beach, has completed the de ign
and construction drawings for the
new Shoppes at Silve r Isle in
Miramar. The project includes site
development and design for the
$2.88 million, single level retail
development with 30,000 square
feet of space. The shopping center
will feature a M editerranean
Revival motif with a central plaza,
fountain, clock tower and
walkways connecting boutiques,
shops and cafes.
Ciry Commissions established criteria for 'freslberically-appealing new construction.
Slattery and Associates in
Boca Raton has completed design renovation/ remodeling
services and remains an integral of Daytona Beach
part of the construction phase of Community College's
the Pineapple Grove Village project (DBCC) existing six
in Delray Beach. Located in the story Science Building
Pineapple Grove main street into the Allied Health
district on a four-acre site, the Instructional Facility
multi-family residential project at the main campus.
includes two five-story apartment Some of the
buildings, fi ve three-story rental components of this
townhouse buildings, a clubhouse 120,000sf renovation
and garage. Construction of the include Dental
$13 million rental complex IS Ass isting, Nursing, Hu nton Brady Architects' renova.tiol1/remodeling ofDBCCs Science Building
scheduled for late 2003. Surgical Technology, il2to the Allied Heabh Instructional Facility
EMS, Respiratory Therapy and Health Management. HuntonBrady
HuntonBrady Architects, provided full architectural services from design through construction.
Orlando, has completed the

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Inaugural Classical Council Meets
Florida architects Andres Duany, FAIA, Clifford G. Duch, AlA and Marice Chael, AlA, recently participated in the first Classical Council in Alexandria, Virginia. The Counci l, which many participants hailed as the best discussion of classical and traditional design in decades, met in the Alexandria Lyceum, June 22
24. Marice Chael was a member of the Council's Organizing Committee.
Prominent New York architect Robert Stern, FAIA, who is known to many Floridians as the planner of Celebration, attended the meeting. Stern was recently awarded the contract to design the Jacksonville Public Library. Allan Greenberg, FAlA, Robert Adam, FRIBA, Alvin Homes, AlA, Milton Grenfell, AlA, Russell Versaci, AlA, and Thomas Gordon Smith were also among the more than 100 classical and traditional architects who participated in the meeting. The Council gave Classical, Traditional and New Urban architects -American and European -the opportuniry to come together as peers and share their work and ideas.
The event was organized by John Montague Massengale, AlA, at the Instirute for Traditional Architecture ( and co-sponsored by many groups including the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the AIA, the Universiry of Notre Dame, the Universiry of Miami, the Seaside Institute, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America. This fall, the Institute for Traditional Architecture will publish a report on the Council with reference to the buildings that were discussed, transcripts of many of
the sessions and additional articles by participants in the Council.

The Elk's Lodge in ALexandria, Virginia is a Neo-ClassicaL building dating from the 1800s. It is just one of many "classicaL gems" to be found in ALexandria, Location of the first ClassicaL Council meeting.
Central Florida Construction Stats
As published In Commercial
Real Estate & Construction, Central Florida's list of top executives from the "Largest Construction Ptojects Underway" included former AIA Florida President Keith Bailey, AIA. Keith is Vice president and Director of Architecture for Spillis Candela DMJM which ranks #2 on the 2003 list. The project that put Spillis Candela DMJM on the list is Church Street Market Residential Tower in Orlando, a
1.4 million-square-foot, 34-story residential tower with a project budget of $137.2 million. Groundbreaking on the project took place this spring and it is due to be completed in December, 2004.
AIA Academy To Receive Latrobe Fellowship
The AlA Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (the Academy) will receive the Latrobe Fellowship, a $100,000 grant to pursue research into how the human brain perceives archi tecture. T he grant is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. The Academy is a collaborative effort between the architectural communiry and neurosciences laboratories located in the San Diego area. Research fostered by the Academy will create linkages between the two disciplines and lead to better understanding of how those links relate to the human experience. The Academy was organized by the AlA San Diego chapter.
According to John P. Eberhard,
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To My Fellow Architects:
At our most recent Palm Beach AlA meeting, a symposium was held with representatives of various government agencies who detailed their selection processes in the hiring practices for architectural services. The approaches of each were decidedly mixed but with a predominant emphasis on previous experience and minority standing. Whereas experience in a specific building type, as well as opening opportunities for minorities has merit, it was obvious from some of the panel's comments that inspired design was not a consideration, and was, in fact, anathema.
Experience can be simply repeating the san1e basic design over and over instead ofexploring new or creative approaches. Bringing minorities into the mainstream is an admirable objective, but why not consider providing the same opportunities to those who are excluded because they have not yet had the chance to design a specific building type. Any architect worth his salt can, and should, be able to research a new progran1 that will often result in something fresh, original and innovative.
As architecrs, we pursued this profession primarily for the opportunity to create buildings designed to enhance the human experience. Our public buildings should be a source of inspiration that can enhance the living, working and educational experience of the inhabitants. Frank Lloyd W right once stated that if he had the opportunity to design every dwelling in America, he would eliminate juvenile delinquency. Perhap a bit overstated.
None the less, should we accepr a culrure of mediocrity? Our taxpaying community and our children deserve better.
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Interview/ Roger C. Grunke, FAIA
Roger Grunke's practice emulates that of a "Renaissance-man." Indeed, he feels more comfortable with the life and work of Thomas Jefferson than any high profile, contemporary architect. His philosophical view of the architecture profession is: "You are an architect, therefore, you are an artist." Grunke sees no boundary between his involvement with designing a structure and building the structure. He holds a state contracror's license and he uses it. And while he certainly has strong personal design tenets, he believes in team design, seeking input from engineers, contractors and developers.
Grunke specializes in blurring the demarcation between inside and outside. He sees site, building, interior design and landscape design as one, as is the project itself with the city. "In Florida, every inch of the site should be imprinted by a master design concept. .. and this design concept should be in harmony with nature and the community around it." Grunke is a tireless community activist, a hands-on preservationist and an urban theorist. He is currendy writing a guidebook to Tampa's craftsman architecture.
Q: You have been quoted in print (Architectural Record, 05.03), implying that architecture in America is suffering from cultural bankruptcy. What do you mean by this and how does it relate to the practice ofarchitecture?
A: "Cultural bankruptcy" connotes a culture that is collapsing; a culture that is not flourishing and is unable to produce a quality lifestyle for the average citizen despite a world position of economic privilege. It is the opposite of a "renaissance." I used the term to express solidarity with Architect James Russel's eloquently presented views in his article "Where are we now? Architecture in American Culture," (Architectural Record, 05.03) Any article that deals with the "problems of culture" and "problems of architecture" as inseparable is refreshing and I felt obliged to applaud.
My premise is that architectu re is becoming increasingly marginalized. This situation is shared by all of the arts and as art fades from our daily life, so does quality. Great achievements continue to be made in the sciences and in the acquisition of knowledge. The scientific community announces amazing discoveries at an ever-increasing rate and the speed of computer development is astounding. But these areas of "progress" that Americans excel in are distinctly different from the symphony, the Broadway play, the epic novel, the incredible building or the breathtaking skyline -those things that galvanized society in past generations. While I am happy to give science the credit it deserves, I have to wonder if the Muses have not gone blind, deaf, and dumb. Bookstores today are filled with writings on the subject of "computer systems architecture." In those same bookstores, publications concerning building/architecture are usually picture books of the coffee table variety, few of them thought-provoking.
In an interview on National Public Radio, theatre director Peter Sellers raised the possibility of a link between the increase of violence in American society and the lack of accessibility that most Americans have to art. Sellers went so far as to postulate that if the arts were integrated into all levels of society, people would utilize more appropriate avenues of expression and "perhaps," he went on to say, "the nation's prison population or the frequency of classroom shootings would be lessened." H is message is certainly thought-provoking. Similarly, I have to believe that a quality built environment and a healthy natural environment would contribute more to lessening society's tension than a game between rival football teams.
Q: Your letter referred to a systematic and calculated destruction ofcommunity. Please explain this perspective, as well as what
you mean by community.
A: Architecture is more than a science of technology. It is both science and art. While the technology of architecture has made impressive advances, the art of
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than the exception that
American architecture
is simp ly p roviding
inexpensive storage space
for people andgoods.
And most ofour cities
reflect this -visually,
culturally, socially,
and economically.

wrenching because to do so will require debate, first within ourselves, then as a profession and finally, as a society. If open constructive discourse on the built environment were a parr of Florida's communities, as it is in Europe and much of Asia, and if the discourse were conducted in a professional manner, then different viewpoints would not be "out-ofline." Rather, they would be welcome. In addition, perspectives would be broadened, the power of political figures would be more balanced and the design co mmunity would have more fertile ground to till.
Q: What do you see as the architect's role, and the role of the AM, in getting the profession back on track, particularly as it relates to the concept of 'community?"
A: H ow do we get to a healthy place? I am convinced that the road there will not be easy. T here i no quick fix. But I do believe that a fix exists. Or bener ... we can go somewhere we've never been before ... and it can be a healthy, fruitful, profitable place. A better situation can only come about through active, continuous engagement in the political and human development process.
From the level of the condominium association or the neighborhood association to qualifying and endorsing political candidates, the AIA and its individual members must be active. We, as a professional organization, must endorse presidential candidates ... loudly! The local AIA chapters must be willing to evaluate the quality of work that local zoning and plan
ning organizations are reviewing, and if necessary, intervene in that process. Only when architects become culturally responsible will architecture rise to the level of prestige that it once enjoyed. We
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Seaside Meeting House seaside
Merrill and Pastor Architects, P.A., Vero Beach, Florida
"This chapel is truly a jewel. Its construction is like cabinetry in the way each piece fits so well together. The chapel has an incredible amount of detail for its small size. At the same time, the proportion of detail to scale is beautifully done. The chapel has good composition inside and out and evokes a timeless quality reminiscent of a Shaker Meeting House. The designer understands the issue of proportion and scale and the design is clean and shows how a simple drawing can be enhanced by great architectural skill."
This interfaith chapel for 200 people is built on a prominent site reserved for it in the town plan. The chapel is typically approached from the south on foot or from the east by car, so it was designed to be seen prominently from either direction. The tall sidewalls are strengthened on the inside with masonry buttresses to take the wind loading of an unbraced multi-story wall and there are large shear walls in the corner of the structure. The entire interior is wood. Walls and roof are ornamented by a hierarchy of exposed structural members whose sizes reflect the contributing areas of the structural loads. Outside, the windows of the side elevations reflect the tall space of the sanctuary. Side elevations are partly organized by band courses that correspond to the secondary structural elements girding the interior. The corner shear walls at the loft and altar, slightly offset from the walls of the sanctuary, are sheathed in board and batten siding.
Photography by Steven Brooke and Scott Merrill. Drawing courtesy ofthe architect.
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Cyberport hong kong, peoples republic ofchina
Arquitectonica, Miami, Florida
"This office building is colorful and has lots of energy. It embraces Latin roots and is as if a bouquet of Florida and its Latin culture has been exported to Hong Kong."
Scenic Telegraphic Bay is the backdrop for this intelligent building complex. This major infrastructu re project was developed in a partnership with the Government of Hong Kong to amact information technology (IT) business. The project, which consists mainly of a "high-tech" office campus, also includes 300,000 square feet of retail and plaza spaces and a large residential component consisting of houses and both mid-rise and high-rise apartment towers. The development's office buildings were designed as a continuous form to foster interaction between the occupants. The architect gave careful attention to every detail in designing and constructing this information technology (IT) flagship. The architecture combines state-of-the-art interactive technology with a nurturing environment to facilitate the sharing of ideas in the IT field. Tenants will include Yahoo, Oracle, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard as well as the headquarters of the project developer.
Photography by Stuart Berriman and Eric Niemy.
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Single Family Residence atlantic beach
William Morgan Architects, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida

"This residence pays homage to the great works of Corbusier and Rudolph. The design reveals a good complexity, a good integration of inside and outside spaces and it celebrates the sloping of the site."
Inspired by Le Corbusier's first design for the "Carthage Villa," the spaces in this compactly planned house step up through four floors of interlocked, overlapped sections. The rooms and terraces overlook one another in such a way that the family members are continuously brought together by diagonal views and spatial connections. The house is organized vertically with beach activi ties accommodated on the lower deck and entry levels and domestic activities on the upper rwo floors. Taking maxi mum advantage of the nartow site's ocean view to the east, the double-height portion of the beach deck interlocks with the dune-top entry terrace above, which in turn interlocks with the deck off the living and dining room and finally the double-height living room interlocks with the central hall accessing the bedrooms on the fourth floor. A similar spatial interlocking occurs in the decks cantilevered from the three-story west elevation facing the street. These decks create beauriful parrerns of light and shadow on both exterior and interior spaces allowing a remarkable openness to the views from deep within the protective overhangs and vented sidewalls.
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Photography by George Cott, Chroma, Inc.

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"This house is a very interesting and innovative idea in communal living and a great invention in the idea of creating housing for students_ The residence shows good economy of means and a great design that allows privacy for each student while offering a simple functional layout."
As the result of a shortage of student housing, parents of several Universiry of Florida students got together and purchased a 56' by 160' deep lot on which to build a house for their children. It was specified that the design and construction of the house be a "learning laboratory" for current architecture students and that when the owners no longer need the house it would be donated to the Universiry. Treading lightly on a heavily wooded site, the design parti li fts the bedrooms on steel col umns to float among the branches. Each bedroom is exposed on all four sides allowing maximum ventilation and modulation of sunlight. The bedrooms, each with a full bathroom and closets, are joined by an elevated loggia that terminates at the top of the double-height living room at grade. Public spaces such as kitchen, dining, living and laundry areas are purposely sited towards the rear of the lot further contributing to securiry by design. The structure is frame construction with exterior plywood and corrugated galvalum siding for elements that touch the ground. The floating bedrooms are clad in "Hardiboard" with exposed construction fasteners in order to facilitate renovation or future upgrading.
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The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Learning Center at the Disney Wilderness Preserve osceola county
Cooper Johnson Smith Architects, Inc., Tampa, Florida
"This project is rooted in the agrarian vernacular and the blurring of the inside and outside areas created an inviting design. The learning center really connects to the landscape and embraces sustainable strategies. The incorporation of photovoltaic technology is an added plus."
The unique requi rements of this project arose our of the diverse needs of a non-profit organization with a mission to rehabilitate and protect a 12,OOO-acre wilderness preserve. The program called for several different functions requiring some separation, yet easily accessible to each other. Since the various functions that occur within the facility have unique programmatic requirements as well as different energy requirements, the project was arranged in a complex of three separate buildings connected by a covered walkway. The design solution emphasizes passive climate control, energy efficiency, low impact materials and water conservation. D esign decisions were made in part by developing a matrix that showed all the various material options for each building system, along with the direct cost of each. T he three-pod design that the architect developed worked perfectly to accommodate space for employees, students and casual visitors.
The design program called for a facility that was energy efficient and used recycled and renewable materials as much as possible. The buildings were constructed using an aerated autoclaved concrete block system and all concrete was manufactured using high fly ash content. The roofing system is standing seam metal that was sized to accommodate the integral photovoltaic system installed to generate power. O ffice furniture, porch furniture and blown-in insulation are all made of recycled materials.
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The Great Egyptian Museum giza, egypt
Dr. Peter Magyar, Assoc. AIA, Awn Temkin, RA, Francis Lyn, Scott Maggart, delineator, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
"This mega structure concept displays the melding of ancient Egyptian architecture with contemporary and futuristic technologies. The use of the GPS guidance system through the building is fascinating. The way in which the building is designed from bottom to top reveals an evolution from the past to the present."
This museum of over one million square feet was designed to house a very large and complex collection of artifacts from several different eras. Outside, (he building provides a large shaded area providing access to four theme gardens. Underground, a three-level parking structure distributes visitors to the ring of elevators located in the hollow vertical structure. Construction is of reinforced concrete, steel space-frame, Structural glass floors, ceilings and windows. The design utilizes an open plan arrangement wherein navigation is guided by hand-held global positioning system (GPS) devices that detect both the visitor's position and the position of the artifacts the visitor elects to see.
T he overall experience of occupancy is composed on principles intended to provide an environment that reveals itself without subsuming the grand scale or complexity of the monumental work. This is achieved with three principal modes of perception: the astral, the cerebral and visceral. The astral aspect was achieved by the application of the GPS. The cerebral reference is to be presented by the 3.14m modules, a structural model that connects the new building to the pyramids at Giza. The visceral mystery of the spaces was intended to be made simultaneously tangible and intangible through the use of light that is ftltered diffused and altered by the giant Structure of the great hall.
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fuJI 2003

La Gloria, Las Isletas granada, nzcaragua
Delphi Architects and Town Planners, Coconut Grove, Florida
"This hotel uses the vernacular language to embrace the idea of tropical architecture. The building uses native stone and wood to create an open-air atmosphere that captures the island breezes. Even the roof is designed with a layering of both organic and manmade materials. The structure is integrated with the typology and is able to provide maximum views from all angles."
A tourist development company making its first foray into the hotel industry purchased a tropical island in the middle of a large lake with the intent of building a 14,OOO-square-foot eco-friendly hotel. Fundamental to the success of the project were the preservation of the environment and the use of an architectu ral idiom that could reflect the local culture and be responsive to the site and the climate. Drawing on the country's building traditions, the architects designed a co llection of buildings composed of a main house and groups of auxiliary buildings and co ttages that form a compound perched on the pyramidal mountain of stone that forms the island. The main building employs a courtyard building typology because of its capacity to interface harmoniously with the outdoors though its use of transitional semi-open spaces and corridors. To the east and west of the main building, cottages descend in tiered clusters without disturbing the island's environment.

Entrance and Circular Renovation for Access Commons "C" Association, Inc.
Architectural Network, Inc., Naples, Florida

"This project addresses well the challenge of building a typical guardhouse and making it blend into the environment. The structure appears to be furniture within the landscape and is successful in its intent to be a guardhouse that is "anti-guardhouse."

This project originated from a request by a member of the association of condominiums to provide a study that would address several problems with the existing entrance and circulation patterns of the co mmon area serving the five residential towers. Through site analysis, the problems were identified and addressed keeping in mind the key issues of safety, visibility and enhanced aesthetics. A main boulevard and formal landscaping was conceived as a way of distinguishing a path to each tower from the service-oriented parking lots as well as providing an accessible drive for large delivery trucks. The guardhouse was developed more as a pavilion that not

only welcomes residents, but also serves as a destination for pedestrians. The pavilion is formed by a single folded plane wrapping up to form the station for the guard and wrapping down into the ground becoming the origin of falling water surrounding the pavilion. Instead of being a guardhouse to keep people away, this structure serves as a sculptural element that integrates with the ground and the water and welcomes users.
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full 2003

Festival Between the Palace Walls, Theatre in Movement stratford, ontario, canada
Michael W Kuenscle, AlA, and Nancy M Clark, Clark + Kuenstle Associates, Inc., Gainesville, Florida
"This project took an infill site and found an innovative way to bring light and people into the depth of the building. With discretion, the theatre is able to get a lot out of simple solutions. It employs a clever use of levels, light and spaces."
A complex program and particular site constraints played a significant role in the design of this project. In addition to a lOO-seat theatre, the program also includes a small cafe, retail space and a two-story multi-purpose theatre arts research space for workshops and training that will double as a lobby space during performances. Since the site is long and nartow, the proposal required an intricate sectional solution, both in terms of the programmatic requirements and vertical circulation patterns. Challenging the conventional "black box" typology, the clients preferred an activated performance space open to the sky and the rest of the facility. A glass roof creates a "light box" allowing night views to the stars during evening performances and providing natural daylight in the space when it is used for training and workshops.

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2003 AIA Florida Honor Awards

The 2003 AlA Florida Honor Awards were pre ented at the Annual Conference at the RitzCarlton Hotel in Sarasota. The awards were announced during the Awards Banquet on August 2.
The Our tanding Builder of the Year Award recognized The Beck Group in Tampa. In its nomination ofThe Beck Group, the AlA Tanlpa Bay Chapter described the company as "the ideal contractor." Sam Ellison received the award for the company accompanied by Peter Hepner, President of the AlA Tampa Bay Chapter.
The Photographer of the Year Award was presenred to Antony Rieck. A native New Zealander with an inrernational background in structural engineering and art, Rieck's work, in the words of the jury, "shows unique conrrasts, parricularly in his use of shadow as a tool for scale.
The Silver Medal, named in honor of AIA Florida Past Presidenr Hilliard T. Smith, FAlA, was awarded to Vivian O. Salaga, AlA. The medal was presented in recognition of an architect \ I "whose life and practice is a continuous demonstration of her commitment to architecture as the Vivian 0. Safaga, AlA moving force in coalition building." With an architecture practice spanning 20 years, Vivian
Salaga's accomplishmenrs have been numerous including drafting changes to the statute that created the opportunity for funding new and remodeled joint-use facilities and working for innercity neighborhood redevelopmenr through historic preservation initiatives.
T he Anthony L. Pullara Individual Honor Award recognizes service to the profession and this year it was awarded to Miguel A. Rodriguez, AlA. Mike has worked tirelessly in the education arena at the chapter, state and national level playing a critical role in the writing of the Continuing Education Guidelines for Florida architects. He also secured automatic provider status for the AlA Florida Conrinuing Education ystem and led a successful effort to create and implemenr the AIA Miami Continuing Education Progranl. As a State Certified Instructor, he has taught many seminars on the Florida Building Code that was approved by the legislature in 2000. As a teacher, volunreer and board member for a number of organizations including the City of Coral Gables Board of Architects, Mike Rodriguez has dedicated hi profe sional life to serving the profession of architecture.
Larry Schneider, AlA, was presenred with the 2003 Charles W Clary Government Service
Award in recognition of his dedication to finding solutions to important issues like code Miguel A. Rodriguez, AlA requirements, accessibility standards and conrinuing education. Larry's legacy to the architectural profession includes over 23 years of ervice ro the AIA, during which he has worked to promote clear concise policies and procedures among regulatory agencies, a well as a network of suppOrt for architects applying the state's accessibility code to their

Each year, the Florida Foundation for Architecture sponsors two awards -the Bronze Medal and the Foundation Scholarship -to recognize ourstanding work by students of architecture. The Bronze Medal is presented to a graduating professional degree studenr who has achieved academic distinction in one of Florida's schools of architecture. This year, Bronze Medals were awarded to Vanessa Estrada from the University of South Florida, Fernanda Sotelo from the University of Miami, May Zayan from the University of Florida and Azizi Arrington-Bey from Florida A & M University. The Foundation Scholarships, in the amount of $1 ,000, are presented to a studenr who accomplishes high scholastic achievement and the production of a significant body of work associated with the study of architecture. The recipients of the Foundation Scholarships were Eva Schone from the University of South Florida and Renwick Daelo from the University of Florida.
Presidenr's Awards were presenred to Vivian Salaga, AIA, Joe Ranaldi, AIA, and Miguel Rodriguez, AlA. Vivian was honored for her work on the Educational Facilities Task Force and Lany Schneider, AlA Joe received the award for his work as co-chair of the Educational Facilities Task Force. Miguel Rodriguez was recognized for the lead he has taken on completing the design for the AlA Florida headquarters in Tallahassee, including the preparation of construction documenrs.
The Pullara Chapter Award for 2003 was presented to AlA Orlando in recognition of the chapter's promotion of "the values of the profession to the community while serving the varied needs of the members." AlA Orlando was founded in the 1930s by seven area architects. Today, with over 400 members, it is one of the largest chapters in the state. It has a full-time executive director and publishes a full-color newslerrer, Chanette, which conrains timely news. The award was accepted by Chapter Presidenr Nathan R. Buder, AlA.
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