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Official Journal of the
Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects

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contents, fall 2008

In This Issue:
2008 Design Awards

Legal Notes 18
Awards of Excellence in Architecture 21
Unbuilt Design Awards 34
Test of Time Awards 42
Theoretical and Research Design Awards 44
Honor Awards 45

On the cover: The Meridian, Miami Beach, Florida, designed by Zyscovich Architects, Miami. Photo by Steven Brooke.

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2008 AIA Florida Officers
Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA
President Elect
Gerald S. Jernigan, AIA, LEED AP
Secretary/Treasurer/Professional Development
Peter W. Jones, AIA
Vice President/Membership
Jaime Canaves, FAIA
Vice President/Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Charles W. Clary, III, FAIA
Vice President/Communications
Michael Lingerfelt, AIA
Vice President/Commission on the Environment
Lawrence Maxwell, AIA, LEED AP
Regional Director
Mickey P. Jacob, AIA
Regional Director
Enrique A. Woodroffe, FAIA
Immediate Past President
Mark H. Smith, AIA, LEED AP
Executive Vice President
Vicki Long, CAE

2008 AIA Puerto Rico Officers:
Jorge Ivan Martinez-Jorge, AIA
President Elect
Diana Luna Serbia, AIA
Julie Vazquez Otero, Assoc. AIA
Carmen Maria Lopez, AIA
Director 3 Years
Raul M. Perez Veve, AIA
Director 2 Years
Miguel Del Rio, AIA
Past President
Alberto Lastra Power, AIA

2008 AIA Virgin Islands Officers
Kevin P Qualls, AIA
Michael DeHaas, AIA
Jeffrey T. Boschulte, AIA

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A critic is "a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpreta-
tion of works of art." It's a noun from the Latin critics and the Greek kritikos "able
to make judgments," but according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the English
word has always had overtones of faultfinderr."
A juror is "one of a group of people who judge a competition." A critic works in
isolation using his or her own operational criteria and a juror works with others.
While the juror enjoys safety in numbers, critics may be universally unpopular.
Through the years, it has occurred to me that the architects who serve on design
juries should function less as "jurors" and more as "critics."

For instance, wouldn't it be interesting to learn
why projects were not selected to receive an award.

In some cases, the reasons for non-selection are obvious, but not always, and it
causes me to wonder about the veracity of Alexander Pope's 1709 quote from An
Essay on Criticism:
"A perfect judge will read each work of wit
With the same spirit that its author writ."

Therein lies the hard part evaluating the project in the same spirit that the
designer created it. Can it even be done?
Much about this year's Design Awards program was good, not the least of which
was the jury's choice of projects to be recognized. I'm a critic, just like all of you, and
I felt that the choices were strong.
This year's distinguished jury of educators and practicing architects met in Buenos
Aires, Argentina. It selected a large number of winners, the choices were thoughtful
and the comments about those choices left little to the imagination as to why they
were selected. I applaud the jury members for making those choices clear because in
past years it hasn't always been the case. I think that it's hard, even for architects, or
especially for architects, to put into words why a particular project is worthy of recog-
nition. It might be easier to say why a project was not selected than why it was because,
in reality, a building isn't one thing, but a "kit of parts" that works at many levels.
Architecture faculty, who are used to critiquing student work and know all the buzz-
words, often make good jury members, if they also practice. But, with any form of
art, being a critic isn't easy. I think Bernard Zyscovich, AIA, got it just right describ-
ing design as "a series ofchoices" and architecture as "a commitment to those choices." A
winning design must be able to get the jury to commit to those same choices.
The projects that were selected this year in both the built and unbuilt categories
represented the usual mix of past winners, who continue to produce excellent build-
ings year after year, and newly licensed practitioners.
The introduction this year of the Theoretical and Research Design category was a
very good thing. One of the projects employed a keen knowledge of history and the
other a deep concern for Florida's ecology. Both projects were well-presented and in a
word, poetic.
Reading through the Honor Awards always puts me in awe of the people who are hon-
ored. Without exception, these are people who have advanced the cause of architecture
as a profession worthy of respect and as a profession made up of involved, concerned and
caring practitioners. As I read the nominations, I was reminded again and again that
being a great architect goes far beyond being a great designer. Hats off to all of you who
make it look easy and never seem to get tired.
On a different note, thanks to all of you who are enthusiastically submitting proj-
ects for publication consideration. Keep sending your material, but be patient as arti-
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If you were unable to attend the AIA Florida
Convention at the Breakers in Palm Beach, you
missed a fantastic venue and a successful confer-
ence. There were over 550 registered attendees
participating in continuing education seminars,
the trade show, tours and the chapter party. Both
the kickoff speaker, Marshall Purnell, FAIA, and
the keynote speaker, Paolo Soleri, delivered inspir-
ing lectures. This year's design awards submissions
were juried by a prestigious group of architects
from Argentina. With 300 projects submitted,
the jury selected 25 to be honored at the Awards
Banquet along with 14 Honor Awards presented in recognition of service to the
Association, the profession and the community. AIA Florida's most prestigious
award, the Gold Medal, was bestowed on AIA Florida Past President Mickey
Jacob, AIA. Congratulations to all the award winners. In addition, the AIA
Florida Board of Directors recognized a longtime AIA Florida staff member,
Eileen Johnson, CMP who was awarded the Honorary Associate AIA member
certificate and pin. Thank you to all of the AIA Florida staff for doing a won-
derful job of taking our conference and "stepping it up" to another level.
I am pleased to report that our strategic plan and our five bold steps in
achieving our five-year goals are actively being pursued by the membership.
The AIA Florida staff has been monitoring our plans with the Executive
Committee and, with the help of the board of directors, we continue to meet
substantial measurable goals. Keep up the good work!
I would also like to report the formation of two new task forces. First,
Florida for New Architecture (FFNA), a program to foster emerging profes-
sionals and engage the communities and universities. The FFNA will sponsor
a design competition structured after the "Europan" competition. We hope to
launch this program in Miami at the National Convention in 2010. The
FFNA task force will be chaired by AIA Florida Vice President Michael
Lingerfelt, AIA. The second task force was established to create a Sustainable
Design Matters (SDM) DVD that can be used in conjunction with the
Design Matters DVD that was made two years ago. SDM will be chaired by
State Director Mark Beatty, AIA, from AIA Palm Beach. Both of these task
forces can use your input. I encourage all members to join them by contact-
ing AIA Florida or the chairperson for the task force that interests you.
The last board of directors meeting will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico
in October. This will be the first time the board has met outside of Florida.
One of the goals this year is to make the Florida/Caribbean region stronger
and more cohesive. Meeting in Puerto Rico will show the regional members
that we are ONE region.
With my year nearing its end, I want to thank the AIA Florida staff, the
Executive Committee, the board of directors and the AIA Florida membership
for the opportunity to serve you as the 2008 AIA Florida President. It has
been an honor to represent you, the architects of Florida, and I wish you all
the best in the years to come.

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Three New AIA Fellows

Allan T. Shulman, FAIA, LEED
AP, has 20 years experience in archi-
tecture, urban design and historic
preservation. He holds a Bachelor of
Architecture degree from Cornell
University and a Master of
Architecture degree in Suburb and
Town Planning from the University
of Miami. His architectural career
merges commitment to education
and innovative practice with research
and publication. He brings a rigor-
ous and creative approach to the
complex intersection of urban
design, infill and adaptive re-use of
historic properties.

Allan T Shulman, FAIA, LEED AP

Since founding Allan T. Shulman
Architect, PA. in 1996 (later
renamed Shulman+Associates or
S+A), he has focused on hotel plan-
ning and design, new single and
multi-family housing projects, his-
toric preservation, research consult-
ing and urban design work. His
projects merge modern design with a

strongly contextual approach, find-
ing inspiration in the local environ-
ment and often incorporating and
adapting historic buildings. S+A has
been honored with 27 design awards
from the local and state AIA, the
Chicago Athenaeum, Dade Heritage
Trust and the Miami Design
Preservation League. The firm was
named the 2006-2007 AIA Miami
Firm of the Year.
Shulman is a Research Assistant
Professor in the University of Miami
School of Architecture. He is wide-
ly published and his new book
Miami Modern Metropolis: Midcentury
Architecture and Urbanism in the
Tropics, has just been published.
Active in the community, he has
served as a member of the Miami
Zoning Board and the Miami Beach
Historic Preservation Board; as a
Trustee of the Dade Heritage
Foundation and as a design consult-
ant for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
He was a Co-Founding Board
Member of the Florida Chapter of
DoCoMoMo, as well as the Miami
Architecture Project.

Robert G. Currie, FAIA, is Senior
Designer and founding principal of
the architectural firm CURRIE
TECT, located in Delray Beach,
Florida since its inception in 1969.
He received a Master of Architecture
degree from Harvard University,
Graduate School of Design, in 1965
and a Bachelor of Architecture from
the University of Minnesota in 1962.
Over the course of his profession-
al career, Currie has planned and
designed virtually every project type,
including municipal, public assem-
bly, residential, commercial office,
hospitality and historical restoration

Robert G. Currie, FAIA

facilities, in both the U.S. and
abroad. His knowledge of interna-
tional design and construction was
developed through projects in the
Middle East, Australia, Central
America, China and the United
Kingdom. In addition, he taught at
the University of Sydney (Australia),
the University of Miami (Florida)
and Florida Atlantic University.
With 60 design awards to his
credit, Currie is the firm's principal
designer, and as such, he is responsi-
ble for projects through the design
development phase. In 1990, he
received the AIA Palm Beach
Chapter Award of Honor for
Design. The firm was honored by
the Florida Association of the ALA as
the 2000 Firm of the Year and the
Palm Beach Chapter of the AIA rec-
ognized Currie in 2002 with the
prestigious Gold Medal for his con-
tributions to the architectural pro-
fession. The Chapter honored him
once again, in 2005, as Architect of
the Year.

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fall 2008

John H. Rogers, FAIA

John H. (Jack) Rogers, FAIA is a
native of Florida, born in Winter Park.
He attended public schools in Winter
Park and is a graduate in Architecture
from the University of Virginia. Prior
to returning to Winter Park, he served
for two years as an officer in the Navy.
Jack and his wife, Peggy, have three
children, John, Betsy and Geoffrey,
and six grandchildren.
Rogers joined the firm of Rogers,
Lovelock & Fritz (RLF) in 1965 and
was elected president when the firm
was incorporated in 1978. From
2002 to 2006, Rogers served as
chairman of the board and chief
executive officer of RLE He retired
in 2006 after a lifetime of service
and continues to work as a special
projects consultant when he is not
building a tree house for his grand-
children in Georgia.
Rogers has been an active member
of the community, donating numer-
ous hours to serving Florida Hospital
Shares (a medical missionary pro-
gram), serving for eight years as
Chairman of the Building
Committee of All Saints Episcopal
Church and as Chairman of the
Committee to Save and Restore Casa
Feliz (an historical home designed by
Gamble Rogers in 1933).

Prior professional accomplish-
ments include serving as past presi-
dent, AIA Orlando; past president,
Central Florida Builders' Exchange;
and a member of the University of
Florida's Department of Architecture
Professional Liaison Committee. He
was recognized by the University of
Florida Department of Architecture in
1993 with a Professional Service Award
for "Outstanding Contributions to
Architectural Education and Practice;"
in 1996 by AIA Orlando with the Nils
Schweizer Community Service Award;
and in 2006 by AIA Florida with the
Hilliard T. Smith Community Service
Award. In 2006, Rogers was also rec-
ognized by the Florida Trust for
Historic Preservation for "significant
achievement in the preservation of
Florida's rich heritage and in recogni-
tion of outstanding organizational
Rogers is also a personal donor,
along with RLF, to a Graduate
Scholarship Fund known as "The
James Gamble Rogers/RLF, Inc.
Memorial Fellowship" established at
the University of Florida Foundation
to benefit fifth-year students in the
College of Architecture.

William Morgan's New
Book: Earth Architecture
From Ancient to Modern

The University of Florida Press has
just published a new book by
renowned Florida architect William
N. Morgan, FAIA. Earth Architecture
From Ancient to Modern is a study of
human environments created by shap-
ing the earth. Containing numerous
precedents for sustainable design, the
carefully organized study includes
contemporary as well as historical and
vernacular examples drawn from
many cultures and periods dating
from as early as 6,000 years ago.
Comprehensively organized into nine
categories of earthworks, the study

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fall 2008

contains sections on mounds, shaped
hills, retained earth, terraces, plat-
forms, excavations, modified earth
including compaction systems and
mud bricks, water retained by
embankments and cities created pri-
marily by shaping the earth.

The Second Jacobs House in Middleton, Wisconsin
was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is one ofthe
structures described in William Morgan's compre-
hensive new study of earth architecture.

Architects and landscape archi-
tects whose work appears in the text
include Atelier 5, Le Corbusier,
Hassan Fathy, Frank Gehry, Philip
Johnson, Maya Lin, Gyo Obata,
Paolo Soleri, Hugh Stubbins and
Frank Lloyd Wright. Earth
Architecture provides a broad geo-
graphical and chronological outline,
written in non-technical language,
with a view to establishing a valuable
reference for architects, designers
and planners.
Morgan is president of the
Jacksonville firm William Morgan
Architects and he held the Beinecke-
Reeves Distinguished Chair in
Architectural Preservation at the
University of Florida. He is the
author of Precolumbian Architecture
in Eastern North America, Ancient
Architecture of the Southwest,
Prehistoric Architecture in Micronesia
and Prehistoric Architecture in the
Eastern United States.


Green Incentives for

A new study by the American
Institute of Architects looks at what
state and city governments are doing
to encourage green building. The
study, titled Local Leaders in
Sustainability Green Incentives, has
just been released.
Specific examples from around
the country are included in the
study. For example, in the area of
tax incentives (temporarily reduced
taxes for specific levels of green
measures and certification),
Cincinnati, Ohio now offers a 100
percent city tax exemption for
LEED certified buildings, not to
exceed $500,000 over 15 years for
new buildings and over 10 years for
renovations. If the building receives
LEED Platinum certification, there
is no maximum exemption.
Expedited permitting or stream-
lining the permitting process for
building, plan and site permits that
achieve a certain level of sustainability
is being practiced in Chicago, Illinois.
The Chicago Green Permit Program
reduces the permitting process for
developers and owners who build
green to less than 30 business days
and, in some cases, less than 15 days.
The length of time is determined by
the number of green building ele-
ments, the LEED certification level
and the project complexity.


The 120-foot tall Ave Maria Oratory, designed by Cannon Design, is a contemporary structure of glass, steel
and stone in which the eye is drawn to the light penetrating from behind the steel lattice overhead.

Cannon Design, New York and
Florida, has been honored with a
Merit Award in the national 2008
Innovative Design in Engineering and
Architecture with Structural Steel
(IDEAS2) awards competition for
The Parish of the Ave Maria Oratory
in Naples, Florida. The Oratory at
Ave Maria University is the focal ele-
ment of a new town and university
development on 4,000 acres of former
agricultural land in South Florida.
The 30,000-square-foot, 1,000-seat
Oratory is both the spiritual and phys-
ical center of the community.
The award is sponsored by the
American Institute of Steel
Construction. Jurors commended
Cannon Design, stating that "the
application of structural steel to the
arches on this project is a religious
experience. The Oratory is a lace-
like structure, in a gothic revival of
steel." Jurors considered each pro-

ject's use of structure steel from both
an architectural and structural engi-
neering perspective.

HuntonBrady Architects, Orlando,
received two awards at the 2007
Gold Brick Awards ceremony spon-
sored by the Downtown Orlando
Partnership. The Florida Hospital,
College of Health Sciences Nursing
Education Building won an Award
for Excellence. The CB Richard
Ellis Corporate Office was recog-
nized with a Silver Brick Award.
The Gold Brick Awards acknowl-
edge projects that affect the
Downtown Development District and
contribute significantly to the quality
of life in downtown Orlando.

florida / caribbean ARCHITECT
fall 2008

Cuhaci &' Peterson Architects, Orlando, and AVID Group, a civil engineering firm in Tampa, presented a check for $11,000 to Hospice Foundation ofAmerica. The
contribution represents the proceeds from the annual AVID-Cuhaci & Peterson Golf Tournament. Shown, left to right, are Murray Biullon and Steven Stuebs of AVID
Group, David Abrams of the Hospice Foundation ofAmerica, Jed Downs, AIA and Michael Lynch of Cuhaci & Peterson.

The Florida Hospital, College of Health Sciences Nurses Education Building designed by HuntonBrady

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The building on the cover of the
Summer 2008 issue of this magazine
was misidentified. It is the Mori
Hosseini College of Hospitality
Management at Daytona Beach
College designed by FLA/Florida
Architects, Inc. in Orlando. Apologies
to FLA/Florida Architects and to STH
Architectural Group, Inc., to whom
the project was incorrectly credited.
The STH-designed building on
page 35 of the same issue is the Vista
Center, not the Humanities Building
at Palm Beach Community College.


Work-in-Progress/Newly Completed

BCArchitects, Coral Gables and
Celebration, has been commissioned
to design Midtown Gardens, an
affordably priced rental community
in Midtown Miami. The 18-unit,
three-story development will offer
two-bedroom units from $900 per
month. Groundbreaking is sched-
uled for early 2009 with completion
slated for late 2009.

HuntonBradyArchitects, Orlando,
designed the recently completed
dormitory for Forest Lake Academy
in Apopka. The 35,000sf renovation
and addition includes a three-story
dormitory with rooms for 120 board-
ing school students, a chapel and pri-
vate apartments for administration.

The Evans Group, Orlando, has
been selected to provide architectur-
al design services for the updating of
two local YMCAs. The Central
Florida YMCA will invest $5.5 mil-
lion in West Orange and Lake
Counties to add over 18,000 square-
feet of wellness center renovations.

Midtown Gardens in Miami was designed by BCArchitects.

Forest Lake Academy's new dormitory in Apopka was designed by HuntonBrady Architects.

Playground view of The Evans Group's design for the
new Child Development addition to the Roper
YMCA Family Center in Winter Garden.

The design and construction
document phases are complete for
the Roper YMCA Family Center in
Winter Garden. Plans for the proj-
ect include a 6,800sf wellness center
addition, a 2,300sf multi-purpose

addition and a 1,255sf child devel-
opment addition.
Design development is nearing
completion for the Golden Triangle
YMCA in Tavares. Improvements
include a multi-purpose addition,
lobby and administrative offices and
child development and teen center.

SchenkelShultz Architecture,
West Palm Beach, has designed the
School District of Indian River
County's innovative new $36.9 mil-
lion, 167,500sf North County
Middle School "BB", now under
construction in Vero Beach.
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Schools Gold Criteria, the project
incorporates the "school within a
school" concept with each grade
level housed in a separate classroom
building to create small learning com-
munities. The facility will utilize the
concept of the 3D classroom with stu-
dent-controlled lighting, recycling
programs and indoor air quality con-
trols. The 1,329-student, sustainable,
environmentally friendly facility will
reflect a modern Florida Cracker
architectural style.

O'Donnell Dannwolf + Partners
(ODP), Hollywood, has redesigned
the Buena Vista Hotel & Beach Club,
a redevelopment and extension of an
existing three-story, 14-unit ocean
side conference hotel in Lauderdale-
by-the-Sea. A fourth floor has been
added to the new, 29,000sf condo-
minium hotel as well as rooftop
amenities including pool deck, Zen
garden, fountain sun deck and sky
bar. The client's imperative was to
save as much of the original building
as possible while opening it up to
more light and air. Outside, wooden
shutters and lattices soften the overall
character of the building and permit
the interplay of light and shadow.
Inside, clean crisp surfaces like glass
provide a sense of sophistication.

Above: The School District of Indian River County' new North County Middle School "BB" designed by
SchenkelShultz Architecture.

Ervin Lovett & Miller,
Jacksonville, has completed design
of the clubhouse at the Amelia
National Golf Club located near the
resort communities of Fernandina
Beach and Amelia Island. The club-
house establishes an identity for the
golf club that compliments the
recently completed Tom Fazio-

designed golf course.
The 22,000sf, two-story club-
house is sited on high ground and
positioned to be tightly integrated
with the golf course. In addition to
the clubhouse, the firm also designed
a water environment with swimming
pool and fountains, a fitness and well-
ness center and a tennis club.

Renderings of the font elevation and rooftop pool deck of the Buena Vista Hotel & Beach Club designed by O'Donnell Dannwolf+Partners.

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The Amelia National Golf Club and pool designed by Ervin Lovett &r Miller.

BRPH Companies Inc.,
Melbourne, announced that its
Integrated Services team, led by Rob
Baldwin, president of BRPH
Construction Services, and Randy
Thron, AIA, senior vice president,
was awarded the design and con-
struction contract for the new
AirTran Airways Operations Center
at Orlando International Airport.
The 16,000sf, single-story struc-
ture will be used for flight operations
with a data center on a 24/7/365
schedule. The facility will be "hurri-
cane hardened," designed to meet
Miami-Dade hurricane require-
ments and utilize materials certified
by Miami-Dade code with backup
power and support communication

Rendering of the new AirTran Airways Operations Center at Orlando International Airport designed by BRPH
Companies Inc.

systems for continuous operation. The
facility will be designed to meet U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC)
sustainable design principles.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, was designed by VOA Associates Incorporated.
Photo by Peter Malinowski, Insite Architectural Photography.

VOA Associates Incorporated,
Orlando, announced that the new
$300 million Agua Caliente Casino
Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage,
California, opened to the public in
April 2008. The Agua Caliente Band
of Cahuilla Indians commissioned
VOA to provide full architectural
and interior design services for the
422,000sf project, including a new
16-story, 340-key hotel, spa, enter-
tainment and conference complex as
well as a major renovation of the
existing casino.

In the Spring 2008 issue, the 16 flat
project was referenced in Work-in-
Progress. The item mistakenly refers to
Logan Rink and Mike Kleinschmidt
as architects. In fact, neither is a
Registered Architect and the error is
entirely the fault of the editorial staff.

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Legal Notes
Tom Lewis, FAIA

I'd like to thank those who
emailed or otherwise contacted me
after my first column appeared in
the Spring 2008 issue of
Florida/Caribbean Architect. I appre-
ciated the kind words about the
importance of such a column, as well
as the input and suggestions you pro-
vided. A number of you asked if I
passed the Florida Bar exam and I am
proud to tell you that I did. Florida
Supreme Court Justice Charles Wells
swore me in as a member of the
Florida Bar on April 29, 2008. So, I
am now one of a small number of
individuals who are both an architect
and an attorney. Hopefully, the
architect can lend imagination to the
attorney and the attorney can keep
the architect out of trouble.
In my first column, I cautioned
that an architect's liability is not just
tied to contract requirements by
breach of contract actions. I pointed
out that more often than not, archi-
tects are also being sued under the
Tort of Negligence. It is helpful to
understand the evolution of profes-
sional liability, including the risk we
face regarding both "causes of action"
(a valid reason for someone suing
another). Contract law is designed to
protect the economic expectations of
those who sign the contract. Tort law
is a body of law that provides reme-
dies for civil wrongs that do not result
from obligations under a contract.
Torts cover intentional acts and unin-
tentional accidents and are designed
to protect society as a whole by the
imposition of a duty to use "reason-
able care" in preventing property
damage or physical harm when per-
forming a service.
For a long time in Florida, an
architect could be only sued for
Breach of Contract if the damages

were economic. If there were other
than economic damages, the architect
could be sued only by one with whom
she had a contract. That all changed in
the 1990s with a couple of Florida
District Court of Appeals opinions
that led to a significant Florida
Supreme Court decision in 1999.
Today there are three important
things for architects to be aware of: (i)
you can be sued for both Breach of
Contract and Negligence even if only
economic damages are involved; (ii)
you can be sued under the Negligence
action even if you had no contract
with the injured party; and (iii) your
employees) can be sued for their neg-
ligence even though the contract for
service was with the legal entity your
firm uses corporation, professional
association, limited liability company,
etc. not with employeess.
The Supreme Court case is interest-
ing and it would benefit you and key
members of your staff to read it. It is
Moransais v. Heathman, 744 So.2d,
973 (Fla. 1999). Ifyou email me, I will
send you a direct link by return email.
The way court decisions, called "opin-
ions," are cited can be baffling. They
are recorded in documents known as
"Reporters" and Florida, not surpris-
ingly, uses the Southern Reporter.
Once enough volumes are filled with
cases, the Reporter goes to a 2nd or
3rd series. Thus, that citation simply
means that the case starts on page
973 in the 744th Volume of the 2nd
series of the Southern Reporter. The
parenthetical with only "Fla." shows it
was the highest court in the state, the
Florida Supreme Court, and the deci-
sion was issued in 1999.
In order to prevail in a lawsuit for
negligence, one has to prove three
elements: Existence of a Duty, a
Breach of that Duty and the result of

that breach being the cause of dam-
ages (called "causation"). Causation
is somewhat complex and will be
addressed in a future column. The
definition of Duty to a client or the
public-at-large is typically established
in law (statute) or through decisions
in lawsuits (case law) and it is based
on meeting a "standard of care."
Many would say that establishing the
standard of care and extent of dam-
ages is the easy part of a negligence
suit and that the bulk of the legal
effort goes to proving, or disproving,
that the duty was breached by a pro-
fessional. I'm not sure I fully agree
because the standard of care is not
finitely defined and can be the sub-
ject of much debate. And, it is prob-
ably always changing.
The current jury instruction for
negligence in civil cases involving
architects is based on ... "the failure
to use reasonable care. Reasonable care
on the part of the architect is that
degree of care which a reasonably care-
ful architect would use under like cir-
cumstances. Negligence may consist
either in doing something that a rea-
sonably careful architect would not do
under the circumstances or in failing to
do something that a reasonably careful
architect would do under like circum-
stances." Obviously, there is room
for debate in using the words "rea-
sonable," "careful" and "like circum-
stances." Some changes are current-
ly being considered by the Florida
Supreme Court relative to jury
instructions for professional negli-
gence cases but the changes involv-
ing the definition are very minor and
not substantive.

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The issue of standard of care was
addressed by the AIA in the 2007
revisions to its Standard Documents.
The definition of standard of care,
stated above, represents the general
standard we must all follow whether
there is anything different in our
contract or even if there is no con-
tract at all. Prior to these revisions,
the AIA standard of care was vague-
ly stated as ...consistent with pro-
fessional skill and care and the order-
ly progress of the project." The AIA
was justifiably concerned about this
vagueness and also that many con-
tracts had different or additional lan-
guage added regarding the standard
of care resulting in the potential for
its members to misunderstand what
the standard was or, even worse, agree
to a greater standard than necessary.
The 2007 revisions attempted to do
away with the prior vague definition
and state that the architect will per-
form consistent with that "level of
skill and care ordinarily provided by
architects practicing under the same
or similar circumstances"... e.g.,
essentially the same as the current
jury instruction in Florida.
Architects need to remember that
not only can they be sued under a
contract based on what it says about
the standard of care, but also in neg-
ligence, based on a different stan-
dard of care. And, even if your con-
tract is silent on a standard, one will
be imputed to your performance as
an implied standard of care. And,
we may also be liable for the negli-
gence of our consultants. Obviously,
the important thing is to be aware
of what the various standards are
and, regardless of the size of your
practice, have some form of Risk
Management Program (RMP) to
ensure you meet the requisite stan-
dard. Although we are not taught
RMP in school and it was not on the
licensure exam I took, the AIA rec-
ognizes its importance and the AIA
Risk Management Committee is one
of the most important the Institute
has. All of us need to pay attention

to RMP and make it a priority for
each person in your practice. Take
the seminars offered under the CEU
Programs, read the materials provid-
ed by your insurance carrier and par-
ticipate in local AIA activities so you
are tuned into what a "reasonably
careful architect" does or what "that
degree of care under like circum-
stances" means.
James B. Atkins, FAIA, had a
great article on risk management in
the February 2005 issue of ALA
Architect. Atkins emphasizes that
risk management is not so much a
subject as it is an "attitude" and that
it should be defined by your
approach to business and not be just
a part of your business. I encourage

And each new approach in our
practice provides the opportunity to
breach the standard of care, a stan-
dard that is being modified by the
very activities architects will have to
use to be seen as industry leaders.

you to read the article.
In May, I attended the AIA
National Convention in Boston. I
came away with the impression that
a lot of new things are happening in
the architecture profession that
affect the liability architects assume.
There are lots of new buzzwords
being batted around and each and
every one of them has the potential
for raising the practice bar, i.e.
LEED, BIM, Sustainable, Green,
Collaborative Design, Integrated
Project Delivery. All of these will
become important parts of what
makes up "that degree of care which
a reasonably careful architect would
use under like circumstances."
Almost every firm from the mega-
size to the sole practitioner is, or will
have to begin, embracing these
approaches to keep in step with the
Expo, the AIA trade show, was
huge this year. Looking around at
all the new products, the thought
occurred to me that architects are

going to be using these products,
most all of which make the promise of
being "green." Yet, we don't really
know how these products will per-
form. It made me wonder if architects
should adopt the practice used by
doctors and obtain a signed Informed
Consent document from clients. We
will be the most likely target if these
products fail and I question whether
there is sufficient time to do responsi-
ble research before using them or is
there a "rush to market that increas-
es the Architect's risk of liability?"
The message here is that the prac-
tice is changing in ways that will inten-
sify the risk of negligence litigation.
The standard of care is being raised and
the need for a strong, sound risk man-
agement program is essential and
becomes more critical each day. You
need to become intimately familiar
with the AIA Canon of Ethics and the
new AIA Contract documents. Where
words like "should" were previously
used, the words in sections address-
ing LEED and green are now
"shall" and "must." The bar is being
raised. Are you training yourself and
your employees to be able to contin-
ue rising to it?

Tom Lewis, FAIA, is a Registered
Architect and an Attorney at Law
with the law firm of Pennington,
Moore, Wilkinson, Bell and
Dunbar, PA, in Tallahassee. He is
the former Secretary of the Florida
Department of Management Services
and in 2006, he was presented with
the President's Award from AIA
Florida in recognition of his work.
His state government experience
includes having served as Assistant
Secretary of the Florida Department
of Transportation and as Secretary of
the Florida Department of Comm-
unity Affairs. He also served as a
vice president of Walt Disney
Imagineering and was instrumental
in Disney's development of the
Town of Celebration. You may reach
him at 850-222-3533 or by email at

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2008 Awards of Excellence in Architecture
and Unbuilt Design Awards

The 2008 design awards jury met in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The distinguished jury members were Jorge Glusberg,
Hon. AIA, Miguel Angel Roca, Hon. FAIA, Clorindo Testa and Enrique Cordeyro. There were 316 submissions in the
four categories of Excellence in Architecture, Unbuilt Awards, Test of Time and Theoretical and Research. Theoretical
and Research is a new program that was introduced this year to recognize work by associate architects, interns and stu-
dents who are members of the FA/AIA, AIA Puerto Rico, or the AIA Virgin Islands; or who are members of the
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and currently enrolled in an accredited architectural degree pro-
gram in the Florida/Caribbean region.

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El Peligro Community Relocation, Lares, Puerto Rico
designed by Manuel Bermuldez Arquitectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Design Team: Manuel Bermidez,
AIA, Rafael Felix, AIT, Beatriz
Flores, AIT, Antonio Hernindez,
PE, Civil Engineer, PDN Structural
Engineers, J Led6n Webster
Mechanical Engineers, Carlos
Urrutia, PE, Electrical Engineer.

"This program required creating
a residential apartment complex that
adequately responded to the needs of
residents who live below the poverty
line without displacing them from
the original community. The origi-
nal community was formed from 20
severely deteriorated houses flanking
a steep staircase that was the tenant's
only public space.
The relocation project was accom-
plished by demolishing the existing
houses and constructing a complex of
six, three-story buildings on a new
13,000-square-foot lot. Each of the
new housing units was designed to

conform to the needs of the former
resident. To reinforce the urban wall,
the building facades were brought out
to the sidewalk, thus physically inte-
grating them into the urban center.
The buildings are grouped around an
interior central patio with an active
landscape, thus promoting social
interaction among the residents."
Manuel Bermnzdez, AIA

"This simple composition is both
beautiful and well-adapted to the cli-
mate. The private space provided by
the balconies and the common space
provided by the courtyard are rarely
a part of the vocabulary of social hous-
ing. This is a major achievement for a
low-income housing complex, one of
architecture's most important and
noble objectives." The Jury

Photography by Manuel Bermndez and Rafael Filix.

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Ten Museum Park, Miami, Florida
designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design LLP, Miami

"This building is an exploration
of the hedonistic possibilities of
architecture in a futuristic tropical
playground of urban sophistication.
The project represents the rare
opportunity when imagination and
reality fuse to create new luxuries
and experiences beyond fantasy. A
crisp, well-proportioned exoskeleton
engages a pure crystalline volume
soaring 50 stories above the bay.
Behind the minimalist expression of
the facade, there are interlocking
two-story units allowing each owner
access to the major views."
Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Top and middle photos by Totus Photography.
u This tower, through its well-
defined volume makes manifest its
urban placement, acknowledging the
urban block as a generator. It also .,
achieves the feat of working at dif-
ferent architectural scales which is a
great strategy for a large building as
opposed to other skyscrapers that
look more like large industrial
objects." The Jury

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Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
designed by HDR Architecture, Inc., Tampa

"This academic research facility
is the largest free-standing building
dedicated to Alzheimer's research in
the world. The design focused on
three primary elements: a glass
'cube,' a connecting glass 'ribbon'
structure and a seven-story research
tower. The cube is a metaphorical
reference to the mind, in both its
simplicity and complexity, and it has
become the iconic symbol for the
building. The principal investigators
are housed in the connecting glass
ribbon emanating from the research
tower and intersecting with the cube
to visually define the overall purpose
of the facility, the intervention of
advanced science to cure a specific
disease." HDR Architecture, Inc.

Photos by David Moore Photography.

"Through a careful interpenetra-
tion of volumes accented by differ-
ent materials, textures and rhythms,
this building challenges the notion
of health care labs as research-only
facilities." The Jury

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Park Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design LLP, Miami

"This residential program is nes-
tled among important city buildings
and because of its position, the form
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tributes to the future
growth of the area.
The program con-
sists of two luxury
townhouses with
enclosed parking and
private rooftop pools.
The building derives
its proportions and
scale from the neigh-
boring structures and it
is defined by the site restrictions. The
odd-shaped site is bordered by a canal
at the rear where the building is opened
up with glass. The front elevation is
more solid, picking up context from
the adjacent building.
The structure displays abstract
notions of its context through the
use of color, patterns and textures
such as the floral screen which

conceals the garage." Oppenheim
Architecture + Design

"The spirit of the place and the
legacy of art deco architecture are
carried out with uncommon sim-
plicity and elegance in this project.
In its modernity, this work expresses
the neighborhood character with
minimal means." The Jury

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Concourse "J" Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida
designed by MGE Architects, Coral Gables
Carlos Zapata Design Studio, Design Architect

"This 350,000-square-foot facili-
ty rises seven stories and accommo-
dates both international and domes-
tic air travelers. The design of the
15-gate concourse reflects the fore-
front of airport terminal architecture
with high-tech systems and innova-
tive equipment. The shell has a
vaulted roof structure with an alu-
minum standing seam roof. The
interior of the vault is clad with a
metal slat suspended ceiling. The
interior includes two imposing
'sloped' elevated glass-enclosed walk-
ways that traverse the concourse.

Photo by Peter Aaron Esto.

Without the use of steel, the con-
struction of the vaulted roof, with its
'compounding curves' simulating an
airplane fuselage, would not have
been possible. The center of the
building is wider and taller than the
Photography by Steven Brooke Studios.
ends and using steel allowed the
building to span across the departure
lounge uninterrupted by columns."
MGE Architects

"An excellent example of a new
generation of projects born out of
digital technology. Using new forms
and design approaches, the con-
course becomes an autonomous
object on the tarmac." The Jury

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Beach Road 2, Hobe Sound, Florida
designed by Scott Hughes, Hobe Sound

"This residence occupies a beach- sleeping area, aluminum the enter-
front site on the northern edge of training space and glass the contem-
Jupiter Island, Florida. The buildable plative/living space. The parts are
footprint places the edge of the struc- arranged to take advantage of the
ture only steps from the existing sea- site's orientation glass 'box' to the
wall. Conceptually, the house repre- south, stucco 'box' to the north for
sents three materials coral, alu- privacy and the aluminum 'box' in
minum, glass that were washed up the center as a gathering space for
on the beach and coupled to create guests." Scott Hughes, AIA
shelter. The coral stucco encloses the

"The design approach is consis-
tent with many important icons of
the modern movement. The simple
resource of the platform/deck not only
unifies the project, but emphasizes the
maritime metaphor." The Jury

Photos by Ken Hayden and SH_arc.

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United States Federal Courthouse, Eugene, Oregon
designed by DLR Group, Orlando, Architect of Record, and
Morphosis, Santa Monica, California, Lead Designer

"This project is the result of a com-
petitive collaboration to design a
S- 265,000-square-foot federal court-
house that included six courtrooms
and associated ancillary spaces. The
architecture aspires to create a court-
house that is capable of bridging the
chasm that has developed between 'us'
the citizens and 'them' the government.

Exterior photography courtesy of DLR Group.

Our approach to the courthouse
was to articulate the courtrooms as
objects while resolving all the require-
ments for security, adjacencies and cir-
culation. Instead of stacking all the
spaces up and around the courtrooms,
the courthouse raises the courtrooms
and slips all other parts of the program
into a two-story plinth. While the
base is monolithic, the courtrooms are
expressive entities, formally articulat-
ed and legible to the public and the
city beyond." DLR Group

"A complex array of various vol-
umes diminishes the large scale of this
courthouse where the integration of
formal and spatial qualities is execut-
ed with creativity and powerful archi-
tectural expression." The Jury

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The Meridian, Miami Beach, Florida
designed by Zyscovich Architects, Miami
Bernard Zyscovich, AIA, Principal-in-Charge
Suria Yaffar, Assoc. AIA, Director of Design

"The 111-unit, 320,000-square-
foot, six-floor loft condominium is
situated on a triangular lot with an
extraordinarily long frontage along
its boulevard elevation. Its site faces
a Holocaust Memorial which pre-
sented severe height and view restric-
tions. In the center of the site, the
presence of more than 180 eccentric
industrial piles, left from a previous
incomplete project, was an addition-
al challenge that was met by creating
one large slab that extends across the
site, thus incorporating them into
the structure.
While the project unfolds in an
origami-like way, the design succeeds
for its quiet lack of impact, satisfying
the developer's requirement for den-
sity and the residents' desires for
expanse, all without visually intrud-
ing on the neighborhood. The apex

of the building, where two streets
meet, was made deliberately higher
than the sloping elevations in order
to articulate the corner, much like
New York City's Flatiron Building."
Zyscovich Architects

"This building acknowledges the
urban block through an elegant and
elaborated corner. The building base
acknowledges its urban location
while the origami of the upper part
of the facade breaks an otherwise
rather long facade into smaller
rhythms." The Jury

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Girls' Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
designed by Glavovic Studio, Inc., Fort Lauderdale
Margi Nothard, Assoc. AIA, Designer

"An artist who occupies the east
space in an existing warehouse want-
ed to renovate the west space as an art
gallery and resource center for artists
and curators. The programmatic
spaces were a reception area, main

gallery, mezzanine gallery, curator's
office, storage and service areas.
The existing warehouse is mason-
ry block construction with a double-
height interior space and is oriented
to the street with minimal presence.

Lightness and transparency were
sought for the new space resins and
plastics, polymers and color were
layered to define private and public
spaces. Natural light is filtered from
overhead skylights and augmented
with artificial light. The entrance is a
strong raw steel box linking the two
studios. The facade was reconfigured
to change the paradigm and question
the relationship of the space to the city,
to the street and to the role of art in the
community." Glavovic Studio, Inc.

"The architecture here serves as a
container for art. The building pro-
poses a constant confrontation of
opposites. In daylight, the facade
becomes a canvas for integrating nat-
ural shadows and at night, its
abstract qualities become evident.
The informal interior spaces create a
relaxed atmosphere in which to
appreciate art." The Jury

Photography by Robin Hill Photo.


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Young Circle ArtsPark, Hollywood, Florida
designed by Scharf & Associates, Inc. (now IBI Group, Inc.), Pompano Beach, Architect of Record
Glavovic Studio Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Design Architect
Margi Nothard, Assoc. AIA, Designer

"The ArtsPark was envisioned as
a pubic space in the heart of an
urban community. It was designed
to bring families together to connect
through the experience of art and
landscape in a series of spaces that
host a variety of activities. In this
uniquely 'alive' series of spaces,
much of what has been built, and all
that has been designed, seems to
emerge from the ground in an
organic way.
The program includes the design
of a 10-acre Arts Park and Visual
Arts Pavilion. The site is a perfect
circle surrounded by a major high-
way and the park is an urban garden
in the heart of an historic downtown.

The park is comprised of various
zones of natural and artificial path-
ways, historic walkways, an outdoor
grass amphitheatre seating up to
2,000 people, a central plaza, foun-
tains, an interactive children's play
area and a Visual Arts Pavilion that

includes a glass-blowing studio, a
metal studio, a high bay painting and
sculpture studio, classrooms and
gallery. For this project, art was the
creative strategy tool and urban rede-
velopment was the opportunity."
Glavovic Studio, Inc.

Photography by Robin Hill Photo.

"This project is a well-conceived
integration of architecture and land-
scape architecture with a deep inter-
est in abstract exploration that focus-
es on art as a component of both dis-
ciplines. The Arts Pavilion is an
asset for the community and is
equally successful in its formal and
spatial attributes." The Jury

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China Life Insurance Company Data Center, Shanghai, China
designed by RTKL/LDI China, Coral Gables

"This project will be a world class
workplace that is dynamic, yet serene,
with a comfortable and secure campus
supporting layers of activities and
functions. It is an environmentally
friendly echo-technology park built to
support sustainable operation.
The master plan is based primari-
ly on the concept of interaction
and integration of elements in the
natural and man-made world.
Contemporary interpretation of the
traditional Chinese principal of
duality brings architecture and land-
scape together to celebrate human
life. Colorful interior sunshades are
juxtaposed against a contemporary
glass facade featuring solid forms
overlapping transparent ones and
incorporating elements of the natu-
ral world, all while interacting with
the high-tech built environment.
Data center, offices, command
and operations center, training and
meeting functions and hotel/residen-
tial all of these uses are brought
together according to a simple orga-
nizational principle that aligns in
a unified composition. This built
environment exists in constant inter-


action with layers of natural open
landscape, a system of reflecting
pools and formal courtyards."

"The building is reminiscent of
traditional corporate parks but dis-
plays an interesting duality since it

could easily be sited on an urban
plot. This is due to the edges that
dissolve the severe modules, fusing
them with nature. A well-planned
composition and strategy for a rather
large project." The Jury

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Six Ways From Sunday/Six Institutional Infrastructures:
A Restoration Proposal for Post-Katrina New Orleans
designed by SWiMcau (Sanders Wang MacLeod international consortium
for architecture & urbanism), Gainesville


Design Team Nancy Sanders,
Albertus Wang, Robert MacLeod, AIA,
Kelly Ard, Everald Colas, Jennifer
Daniels, James Eckler, Binh Nguyen

"Hurricane Katrina hammered
New Orleans six ways from Sunday,
to be sure.
But, it also exposed what many
already knew and ignored: that New
Orleans was a broken city a city of
failed institutions and profound
poverty; of violent crime and soaring
murder rates; of neighborhoods in
decline and decrepit infrastructure.
Six Ways From Sunday proposes
to restore lost, damaged and dys-
functional public institutions. They

are the foundations of our culture,
our society, our cities. In this proj-
ect, we tender the absolute relevance
of institutions as infrastructure. The
heroic institution as landmark and
symbol has been at least partially
usurped by the reality of the way we
now think, make, operate, remember,
engage and communicate. The
immediacy and anonymity of con-
temporary life pose a quandary for
New Orleans, a city of rich public
life and cultural authenticity.
The six modes of institutional
infrastructure are meant to serve as a
set of foundational networks, inter-
weaving scales of program, structure
and occupation. The proposals are

generally not site specific; the exam-
ples herein are more proto-typical
than prescriptive. Indeed, the ideas
are necessarily transferable and inter-
connected. Collectively they intend
to enhance the public realm and set
the stage for the re-construction of
place that emerges from culture, cli-
mate, locale and history." SWiMcau

"A large scale project with various
approaches and components aiming
to restore urban life and civility to a
hurricane-damaged community. It
presents us with a series of strategies
to be explored that are envisioned as
rich in future possibilities and out-
comes." The Jury

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MLB Proposal for a Downtown Miami Marlins Ballpark, Miami, Florida
designed by Mateu Architecture and HKS, Palmetto Bay

Design Team: Roney J. Mateu, AIA,
Gustavo Alfonso, AIA, Ramon
Arbesu, Benjamin McGuirl (Mateu
Architecture) Brian Truby, AIA,
Tad Schultz, AIA, John Hutchinson,

"In January 2006, after the Marlins
baseball club began considering other
locations, including leaving South
Florida, Major League Baseball
(MLB) asked architects to see if there
were any sites in downtown Miami
that had not been previously consid-
ered for relocating the Marlins.

Mateu Architecture and HKS
found a tight, unconventional site
with quirky issues and constraints
and convinced the MLB to consider
it by designing a 38,000-seat ball-
park scheme featuring various roof-
ing alternatives. The most com-
pelling reason for selecting this site,

however, was the fact that it abutted
Metrorail and the Peoplemover, the
only mass transit systems in Metro
Dade County.
The fan-friendly site provides a
view of downtown Miami, employs
an open-air concept and provides
parking for 25,000 cars. Three
design schemes were offered, includ-
ing one with references to the old
Marlins stadium, an innovative fixed
'band shell' design and one with a
retractable roof which is designed as
a soft structure composed of metal
frames and Teflon reinforced fabric."
Mateu Architecture/HKS

"This large urban stadium pres-
ents a beautiful image while solving
all the functional aspects of the
program. The options for the
retractable roof are ingenious and
show multiple approaches to a
unique program." The Jury

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909 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
designed by Shulman + Associates, Miami, Design Architect
Swanke Hayden Connell, Miami, Architect of Record

"In a bustling commercial district
of Miami Beach, an abandoned home
will be converted into a retail space
and two new townhouses will be
added to the site. This hybrid adaptive
reuse project discreetly combines retail
and residential, exposing and restoring

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an historic home in the process.
Multiple urban conditions are synthe-
sized into three components: the
restored house, a new glass retail show-
case in the street front and two new
townhouses along the alley.
The existing 1925 home will be
restored and used as a retail space
while retaining its residential quality
and Mediterranean Revival style.
Modern additions on the east and

west are structured in direct response
to their context. A new glass, two-
story entrance pavilion with a butter-
fly roof transforms the entire frontage
into a large window for passersby who
will be able to see into both floors of
the original historic home. The new
townhouses, oriented to the rear fac-
ing an alley, will fill out the remainder
of the property." The Architects

"This is an excellent urban infill
project. By keeping the new town-
houses facing the alley and overlooking
the waterfront, it allows a transparent
retail facade to link with an historic
house. This is an appropriate response
to actual site conditions created by two
very different structures." The Jury

All renderings by Hikari Studio.

The Elliott Museum, Stuart, Florida
designed by GouldEvans, Tampa

"This new history and auto-
mobile museum celebrates the inno-
vation and legacy of Sterling Elliott.
The facility houses a collection of
Model A Fords and vintage automo-
biles. Besides telling the story of
Sterling Elliott, the history of Martin
County is presented throughout the
facility. In order to accommodate the
73 autos in the collection, an auto-
mated parking system is used that acts

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as an iconic element. Visitors will be
able to watch this storage system
retrieve an auto with electronic media
narrating the story of that particular
car. The Museum also contains over
7,000 square feet of gallery space for
the Historical Society of Martin
County." GouldEvans

"This is a good project with a very
well-conceived exterior and clever use
of interior space for displaying very
large objects. The interior spaces
seem very elegant." The Jury

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Boano-Lowenstein Residence, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
designed by Jaya Kader Zebede, AIA, KZ architecture, Inc., Bay Harbor Islands

"This is a home for a family of
five on an infill lot in a town devel-
oped in the 1950s off the
Intracoastal Waterway in South
Florida. Defined by a modern aes-
thetic, the structure addresses the
existing context and incorporates the
surrounding landscape.

Renderings by Digitart, Inc.

The geometry of the house is
defined by two orthogonal volumes
that are in a dialogue with each other
and the site. A large courtyard greets
the visitor as he walks along a cov-
ered axis toward the home's entry.
This axis serves as the connecting
element between the two volumes,
the larger one containing most of the
house's program elements and the

smaller one providing a ceremonial
envelope for the great room, the stair
and the master bedroom above.
The project, which broke ground
in March 2008, is being developed
as a sustainable structure. It has
been registered with the USGBC
and the FGBC with LEED Silver
Certification and Home Standard
5.0 being the intent of the design
team." Jaya Kader Zebede, AIA

"A very strong part is completed
by a rationalist image reminiscent of
Terragni's villas. This is an appropriate
response to actual site conditions,
completed by two large and very dif-
ferent exterior spaces." The Jury

Mapping Identity, Tracing Dreams: Recovering an Urban Landscape/Affordable
Residential Infill for Smoketown, Louisville, Kentucky
designed by Marilys R. Nepomechie, Architect, Coconut Grove
Maria Canaves, ASLA, IIDA, Landscape/Graphic Design

"Smoketown is an historic 19th
century African American neighbor-
hood in Louisville, Kentucky, located
at the former urban edge of the indus-
trial core. It lies on the edge of the
floodplain of the Ohio River and
there are numerous gaps in the neigh-
borhood fabric. Approximately 20
percent of the houses are unsafe.

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Marina Giammattei and Carlo Giammattei,
Architectural Renderings

The project program calls
for providing a strategy to
green up urban brown fields
and extend a re-interpreted
legacy of linear parks from
Olmsted's Shelby Park to the
Ohio River. It must provide afford-
able infill housing for an overcrowded,
underserved residential neighborhood.
The project is slated for LEED Gold
rating, building and site.
The project consists of 1) a
perimeter block with 12 single fami-
ly homes designed as variations on
local shotgun and camelback typolo-
gies; 2) an interior block with 11
garage apartments over parking and
3) a mid-block/alley with 18 one-to-
three-bedroom residences in a multi-

family building with ground level
community spaces."
Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA

"This festive and refreshing
housing complex is a good collective
effort for reestablishing an under-
served downtown community in
terms of both its architecture and
landscape architecture. The large
condo unit zigzagging among the
colorful individual homes is particu-
larly appealing." The Jury

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Visoli House, Tirano, Italy
designed by John Sandell, Assoc. AIA, Fort Lauderdale

"The growth of the Visoli hamlet
is testimony to the medieval build-
ing methodology of leaving each
form perpetually variable until the
moment of execution. The building
becomes an open site where the
stratification of successive activities
has an analogical role in the develop-
ment of the project proposal. This is
achieved with changing materials
and scale within a matrix on the

building enclosure and interior.
This is a three-bedroom, two-
bath home with ground level entry.
There is a laundry at ground level as
well as an open cooking area adjacent
to the patio. The first level includes
public spaces and a small studio with
a bath and the second level contains
three bedrooms, bath, a study niche
and terrace." John Sandelk Assoc. AIA

"This is an unpretentious work
showing nobility and simplicity of
means. It embodies the continuity
and values of rational architecture
through a careful study of solids and
voids and the use of different mate-
rials. It seems very well suited to its
rural environment." The Jury

"1" Hotel D.C., Washington, D. C
designed by Leo A. Daly, Miami, Architect of Record
Oppenheim Architecture + Design, LLP, Miami

"This project engages a dialog
between architecture and sustain-
ability in the attempt to establish a
new hospitality concept that pushes
the boundaries of eco-architecture in
the context of an urban luxury hotel.
Three 11-story volumes, connected

by glass-enclosed vertical gardens,
are arranged on the corner of the site
to optimize efficiency, light and
openness. Light and garden serve as
organizational devices that direct cir-
culation, define urban articulations
and maximize the sensations of
pleasure. A harmonious integration
of architecture and engineering per-
mits hyper-efficiency in both struc-

tural and mechanical systems.
Inspired by Victorian-era botanical
gardens, the building employs a dou-
ble-glazed system of fenestration
that provides emotional and physical
comfort in all climatic conditions.
Capturing energy and balance from
earth and sky, the project brings
forth a new paradigm in green build-
ing." Leo A. Daly

"An urban marker that makes the
most of glass technology. The large
reflective faFade hides an interesting
ecological solution that explores new
approaches to an otherwise tradi-
tional structure." The Jury

Renderings by Oppenheim Architecture + Design, LLP

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Cube, Miami, Florida
designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami

"This project represents the next
frontier in multi-family high-rise
housing in urban areas. A dramatic
and elemental structural steel infra-
structure creates the possibility for
ultimate volumetric flexibility where
the homeowner can customize spa-
tial prerogatives. Rising 22 stories,
this building encourages each occu-
pant to design his own domain with

the possibility of connecting multi-
ple cube modules vertically, horizon-
tally and diagonally, in addition to
creating double-height volumes, gar-
den voids and cantilevered living
environments. Generated by desire
and need rather than architectural
assumption, the volumetric play of
the building creates an intriguing
arrangement of solid and void mak-

Renderings by Dbox.
ing it true interactive architecture."
Chad Oppenheim, AL4

"A good example of present day
'open architecture.' The project
combines an interesting image with
solid architectural principals. Very
interesting urban design." The Jury

New Annex for Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos
Paisajistas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

designed by Bartizan Group
Brigida Hogan and BBBSA,

"This project is for an annex to
an existing 1910 building. The pro-
gram required new facilities for up to
200 participants in continuing edu-
cation, seminars and social gather-
ings, as well as administrative offices.
The site is a flat urban lot of less than
an acre. The existing historic building
will remain at the front of the lot
allowing only a narrow roadway as
access to a large rear patio. To allow
existing trees to remain on the site
and to achieve the smallest possible
footprint as required by specific site
conditions, the 24 parking spaces
were placed in the basement with
meeting facilities on the first floor
and offices on the second.

PSC, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and
La Plata, Argentina

Renderings by Benjamin Vargas, FAIA

The main floor was conceived to
reinforce the spatial continuation of
the former garden area. To accomplish
this, all the meeting rooms are defined
by operable partitions within an open
floor plan. When partitions are con-
cealed, there is an axial succession of
gardens, patios and terraces to the
existing building. This concept
allows the gardens to function both

as access and extensions of the pro-
grammed activities of the main
floor." Benjamin Vargas, FAIA

"This is a well-conceived addi-
tion to an historic home interacting
efficiently with the existing building
by creating an exterior backdrop
image. The two service pods allow
for spatial flexibility, clarity of use
and expansion." The Jury

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Casa del Cielo, an Island in the GulfofMexico
designed by Carl Abbott, FAIA Architect/Planner PA, Sarasota

"This beach house retains its
original use as a retreat from New
Hampshire winters. No changes
have been made to the structure that
still fulfills the client's original
request made 30 years ago for 'a
beach house expressing the joy of liv-
ing a pavilion from which one
becomes part of the tropical environ-
ment.' The house is now being
enjoyed by the adult grandchildren
of the original owner.

Photography by Steven Brooke Studios.

In the canopy of trees, this beach
house reads as a series of light, float-
ing terraces supported on tall con-
crete columns. The tall vertical
cylinder of space that runs the full
height of the building visually
anchors the structure to the site.
The plan of the house grew from
the dominant view/force lines to the
beach and the Gulf of Mexico. One
terrace thrusts to the west to the
winter sunsets while the upper ter-
race reaches to the south to the end

of the crescent-shaped beach. The
sun angles, the winds, the existing
trees and neighboring structures
were all factors in determining the
building form." CarlAbbott, FAIA

"An excellent work that embod-
ies, at a domestic scale, the second
age of concrete where the qualities of
the material are taken to its full artis-
tic potential." The Jury

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222 Beach Road, Sarasota, Florida
designed by Seibert Architects, PA., Sarasota

The plan satisfied a requirement to
minimally impact the natural beach
setting, allowing some of the vegeta-
tion to be maintained while being
enhanced by further plantings in the
common areas. Resident garages are
provided within the building foot-
print and below the living areas. Each
owner has a private entrance and
access to the common area facing the
shore." Seibert Architects

"Unity and multiplicity are beau-
tifully played out for maximum
effect and minimal means. The
building relies on simple, but effec-
tive, strategies for its overall design
and is completed with a solid detail-
ing that appears subdued but is of
high quality." The Jury

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Photo by James Novak
"This project was initially designed
for 10 owners, all known to each other.
The current use of the building is the
same as when it was completed,
though some of the owners have
changed. The house is located on a
barrier island off the Gulf of Mexico
and within walking distance of a vil-
lage. All of the units have views of the
shoreline through glass doors and win-
dows that capture the prevailing east-
to-west breezes and provide natural
Optimizing views to the beach
and away from other residents was a
key requirement. Privacy was achieved
by putting the building back from
the shoreline and taking advantage
of existing vegetation to provide an
indigenous plant buffer. The saw-
toothed, V-shaped plan provides pri-
vacy from neighboring units and cre-
ates view corridors to the beach
without trespassing into the space of
other units. Views of the living areas
were further enhanced by lifting the
dining area above the living spaces.

Photos by Matt McCourtney.

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Project for a "Luminous Sign," Milan, Italy
designed by John Sandell, Assoc. AIA, Fort Lauderdale

"A luminous sign designed to cele-
brate all cultures and ethnicities in the
City of Milan was interpreted as a vehi-
de for revealing the present and past
identity of its site, the Piazza Duca
d'Aosta. By observing human activity
in the piazza, investigating potential
meanings between spectator and object
and addressing the presence of Milan's
Central Train Station's main facade

which is adjacent to the piazza, three
conceptual layers emerged out of the
process of investigating the initial
intentions in a physical construct.
In Layer One, 132 steel and glass
planes represent the perception of
image and memory of people mov-
ing across the plaza. People and
objects move past and through the
planes creating a cinematographic
field of movements. Layer Two, the
disintegration of signs, is interpreted
in past and present languages to be
etched onto the steel and glass
planes. Layer Three presents an ana-

logue, a cornfield once grew in the
piazza and reflected Fascist Italy's
political propaganda for self-suffi-
ciency. The steel and glass planes,
however, express the fragility of
humans, of languages and the homage
paid to all cultures present in the City
of Milan." John Sandell Assoc. AIA

"A sign in the piazza acts as a stat-
ic moment, almost like a photograph
of past actions and movements. It
comes alive when daylight reflects
the passing objects that surround it
or move around it." The Jury

Dunescapes Reconnecting Citizens with the Coastal Edge, Daytona Beach, Florida
designed by David W. Crabtree, II, Assoc. AIA, Architects Design Group, Winter Park

"Through urban and ecological
analysis, we arrived at the under-
standing that as we continue to devel-
op our coastal edge, we must consid-
er public accessibility. Due to erosion
and natural coastal processes, the
beach moves and migrates, making it
impossible to drive on the beach
which is the primary means of access
in southeastern coastal cities. This
project seeks to reclaim parking lots,
alleys and closed beach approaches as
an urban strategy for securing future
access to the coastal edge.
This project seeks to understand
the migratory nature of coastal sys-
tems, both as a metaphor for the
architectural practice, as well as to
inform the structure, form and

materials that should be utilized in
this region. Dune structures are
constructed of multiple layers of
sandbars solidified to protect the
coastal edge and they are fortified by
root systems varying from sea oats to
scrub oaks that buffer wind and sea
forces. It is proposed that this proj-

ect be constructed like manipulated
groundscapes made primarily of
reinforced concrete. Structural steel,
perforated metal, curtain walls of
varying translucency and green roof
systems are used to buffer the envi-
ronment and are utilized as sculptur-
al elements." David W Crabtree, II,
Assoc. AIA

"This project uses an interesting
ecological approach with strong
design and landscape architecture
skills. Considering the extended
Florida coastline, it is important to
find a town where such an idea could
be tested. This is a project of extreme
ecological value with an interesting
formal resolution." The Jury

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Mickey Jacob, AIA

"Every man
owes a part of
a his time and
money to the
business or
industry in
A which he is
engaged. No
man has a moral right to withhold his
support from an organization that is
striving to improve conditions within
his sphere. "
President Theodore Roosevelt, 1908

These words spoken nearly a cen-
tury ago encompass the ideals, the
commitment and the dedication
that Mickey Jacob, AIA has provided
for the past 25 years in his service to
the American Institute of Architects
and the profession of architecture.
Advocacy for the profession has been
the hallmark of Mickey's achieve-
ments in his service to the AIA.
The one constant element in
Mickey's many accomplishments has
been his commitment to volunteer
leadership in the profession and the
community. Throughout his tenure
in leadership positions in local, state
and national components, Mickey
has understood the value of building
relationships by collaborating with
his colleagues and tirelessly devoting
his time and energy to representing
the AIA. But more importantly, it is
Mickey's willingness to take on any
task regardless of its size, profile or
visibility and to put in the "plain old
hard work" needed to achieve success
that has gained him the respect and
admiration of his peers.
Mickey's leadership role in the
profession can best be described by
some of his most significant success-
es and the enormous influence he
has had on AIA Tampa Bay, AIA

Florida and AIA National. In 1988,
Mickey began his volunteer commit-
ment to the board of the Tampa
Section of AIA Tampa Bay. He con-
tinued his AIA leadership track in
1998 when he was asked to assume
the open vice-president slot at AIA
Tampa Bay and was charged with
spearheading the chapter office relo-
cation. As chapter president, Mickey

Mickey with 2008 AIA National President
Marshall Purnell, FALA.

changed the AIA Tampa Bay Annual
Meeting to a Black Tie Gala cele-
brating architecture and inviting the
public to increase community expo-
sure. Because of his belief that the
Chapter was stronger with a united
single leadership structure, Mickey's
most significant accomplishment
came with his work to successfully
unite AIA Tampa Bay by consolidat-
ing the four sections.
While serving in AIA Tampa Bay
leadership, Mickey also represented
the Chapter on the AIA Florida
Board of Directors and in 2001, he
successfully ran for a two-year term
as a Vice-president of AIA Florida.
In the next few years, Mickey was
named chair of the Florida Architects'
Political Action Committee (FAPAC).
In 2003, Mickey was elected by the

membership to serve as president-elect
of AIA Florida and he assumed the
presidency a year later for an extended
term of 18 months due to the resigna-
tion of his predecessor. In 2004, he
was asked by members of the AIA
National Executive Committee and
Government Advocacy staff in
Washington to serve on the
Government Affairs Advisory
Committee (GAAC) where he partic-
ipated in the development of the AA's
new Public Policy Statements, as well
as the formulation of federal legislative
strategy and policy. At the same time,
Mickey accepted an appointment to
chair ArchiPAC (Architect's Political
Action Committee) where after four
years in that position, his work has
helped to more than double the dollar
value of contributions from members
and the number of AIA members
making contributions.
Of all his work with the AIA,
Mickey is best known for his dedica-
tion and commitment to government
advocacy and participation in the polit-
ical process. The most significant
accomplishment in this arena was the
creation, with Henry Woodroffe,
FAIA, and Debra Lupton, AIA, of the
"Breakfast of Champions" program
that brings architects together with leg-
islators to discuss issues important to
the profession and deliver FAPAC con-
tributions. Recently, Mickey has been
actively involved in the AIA Florida
fight against the attempts to repeal the
state exemptions to sales tax that would
in effect create a sales tax on profes-
sional services.
These examples, and there are
many more, of Mickey's work as a
leader in the AIA showcase a portfolio
of achievements in programs, ideas
and participation that has resulted in
numerous and continued success.

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Gus Nick Paras, AIA

cate the community. Under Gus's
leadership, the group organized a
community design charette for West
Tampa. His committee has also been
invited to rewrite the city's historic
preservation guidelines. He has
developed programs for an
Architecture Magnet Program in
conjunction with a Tampa high
school and created a summer camp

Most recently, Gus was responsi-
ble for organizing "Renew Tampa" -
a program for architecture profes-
sionals, as well as homeowners, that
includes seminars, craftsmen demon-
strations, tours and displays includ-
ing Tampa Bay's 10 Most Vulnerable
Historic Structures which helped to
shed light on the importance of

"When asking people who know
him to describe Gus, the words 'con-
cern for others,' 'leadership' and 'com-
munity service' are consistently used. "
Pete Karamitsanis, AI4,
President AIA Tampa Bay

Gus Paras' leadership and service
demonstrates, beyond any doubt,
qualities and outcomes that have
benefited the profession and the
community. Gus has served the
community for many years through
his extensive involvement in educa-
tion, the church and his role on the
City of Tampa Architectural Review
Most recently, he has had a major
impact on architectural preservation
through his work as the Chair of the
Architectural Heritage Committee.
The Architectural Heritage Commit-
tee has been very effective in influ-
encing local government to adopt
ordinances that benefit preservation
of Tampa's architectural treasures.
To preserve and protect Tampa Bay's
architectural, historical and cultural
heritage, the group has held numer-
ous events that have helped to edu-

for high school students interested in
architecture. The camp is now in its
second year and is already expanding.

Gus is a tireless leader
who is personally making
great strides on behalf of
the architecture profession.
He has helped to craft
policies that benefit archi-
tecture, he has improved
the public's understanding
of the importance ofarchi-
tectural preservation and
he has helped students to
understand the impor-
tance of architecture and given them
the opportunity to explore architec-
ture as a career.

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Alberto E. Alfonso, AIA

"Alberto Alfonso was once my stu-
dent at the University of Florida and I
knew then that he would contribute
and prevail as an architect ofsubstance.
His passion was obvious; his work ethic
was uncompromised; his curiosity was
unhesitating and his values were uncon-
taminated. The body of work he has
produced is extensive and incredibly
varied. It is simultaneously rational
and romantic; rigorous and poetic;
responsive and interpretive; holistic and
visionary. No matter the specifics of
each project, the ethic is consistent."
Charles Gwathmey, FAIA

Alberto Alfonso, AIA, is a found-
ing principal and President of
Alfonso Architects, an award-win-
ning architectural firm in Tampa,
Florida. Mr. Alfonso received the
Eduardo Garcia Award for Young
Architects in 1987 and under his
leadership Alfonso Architects, Inc.
received the AIA 2003 Florida Firm
of the Year award and the AIA 2007
Tampa Bay Firm of the Year award.
Cuban born, Mr. Alfonso was
educated at The University of
Florida where he earned both a
Bachelor of Design and a Master of
Arts in Architecture. His love of
architecture developed at an early
age as his father was architect Carlos
E. Alfonso, Sr. whose career began in
Havana, Cuba. In 1960, he fled the
country with his family to begin a
successful practice in Tampa. Greatly
inspired by his father, Albert and his
brother Carlos, along with their part-
ner Angel del Monte, AIA, founded
Alfonso Architects, Inc. in 1988.
Recerii projects recognized by the
AIA Florida/Caribbean Design &
Honor Awards program include
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Mission of St. Mary Chapel, the
University of South Florida School
of Psychology/Communication
Sciences & Disorders Building and
the Sam Rampallo Downtown
Partnership K-8 School.
Mr. Alfonso is currently a Univer-
sity of South Florida Graphic Studio
board member, a member of the
Florida Communities Trust and the

University of Florida School of
Architecture's Professional Liaison
Committee. In addition, he previously
served on the City of Tampa's
Architectural Review Committee
and the Ybor City Barrio Latino

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Zyscovich Architects

"Design is a series of choices and
architecture represents a commitment
to those choices. It is the ultimate con-
clusion, conceptually and materially "
Bernard Zyscovich, AIA

As founder and Managing
Principal of Zyscovich Architects,
Bernard Zyscovich, AIA, has led his
practice to prominence in urban
design, master panning, architecture,
interior design, landscape architec-
ture and sustainable initiatives. He
founded the firm in Miami in 1977
out of the desire to produce impact
through ideas, aesthetic expression
and technological innovation.
Along the way, he has added partners
who have contributed greatly to the
firm's growth and success and, in the
process, the firm has become a leader
in both the profession and the South
Florida community.
Zyscovich has grown its staff to
130+, added an office in New York
and continued to work on a variety of
projects for residential, commercial,
educational, municipal and trans-
portation uses, many of which have
garnered awards from AIA Miami,
AIA Florida, the Urban Land Institute
(ULI) and the Florida Educational
Facilities Planners Association. In
2007, the firm received five design
awards from AIA Florida.
As the urban nature of the firm's
practice matured, the theory behind
a planning method the firm calls
Real Urbanism developed offering an
alternative approach to preventing
urban sprawl, developing economic
opportunity and building communi-
ty consensus. Real Urbanism, an
intuitive, common sense means of
enhancing both the planning and
design process, is based on the dis-
covery of the origin and invention of

new possibilities. Bernard Zyscovich's
writing, lectures and community
forums further elucidate the demo-
cratic and economic feasibility of
bringing into view the full spectrum
of urban opportunities.
The Zyscovich firm has applied
Real Urbanism to the development
of brown field urban neighborhoods,
new suburban neighborhoods and
ecologically sensitive environments.
In each context, the work has
addressed the essential elements of
urban vitality, honored authentic ori-

gins and extended value throughout
surrounding environs. In 2007, the
ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean
District Council presented the firm
with its first-ever "Project of the Year"
Vision Award for Grove Garden
Well before "green" became a
popular byword, the Zyscovich firm
recognized the imperative to pursue
sustainable design. This was a vital
effort for South Florida where the
subtropical geography, which is dis-
tinct from other regions of the coun-

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try, makes achieving comfort reliant
on the creation of cooler, drier inside
air. The firm's pursuit of a holistic
approach to development is aimed at
providing a blueprint for sustainable
culture in hot, humid climates that
is applicable to architecture, land-
scape architecture, planning and
engineering. The firm was one of the
first in Florida to encourage its pro-
fessionals to become LEED
Accredited Professionals and adopt
the tenets of sustainable design.
Firm principals include Bernard
Zyscovich, AIA, Suria Yaffar, Assoc.
AIA, LEED AP, Jose Murguido,
AIA, and Annabella Smith, ID.

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Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA

'An abiding interest in the relation-
ships between cultural identity and archi-
tectural form consistently informs her
multi-faceted engagement in education.
She personifies the highest possible stan-
dard ofboth architecture and education."
AIA Miami

Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA, is
Associate Professor of Architecture at
Florida International University
(FIU) and an architect in private
practice in Coconut Grove, Florida.
She completed her undergraduate
studies in English and American
Literature and Language at Harvard
University and the University of
Florida. She earned the Master's of
Architecture from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and was
inducted into the AIA College of
Fellows in the subject area of
"Education." Her teaching, design,
research and writing focus on the
subject of cultural identity and
architectural form.
Current projects of her eponymous
practice, completed in collaboration
with Landscape Designer and FIU col-
league Marta Canav6s, ASLA, IIDA
and with students at FIU and the
University of Kentucky include:
curatorial and design responsibilities
for an invited installation at the
2nd International Architecture

Biennale/Rotterdam; low cost rural
housing in Appalachia; urban infill
and infrastructure for Smoketown/
Shelby Park in Louisville, Kentucky
and scattered site infill for Little Haiti,
Miami. Each of these projects has
been conceived and developed in con-
cert with community clients and with
the collaboration of students and fac-
ulty at schools of architecture in
Miami, Florida and Lexington,
Kentucky. They have been honored
with multiple design awards, with
national and international exhibitions
and with wide publication.
Her work with students has result-
ed in numerous awards including
design awards from AIA Miami for
work completed in her studios; from
the Student Competitions of
International Bienal Miami + Beach;
and most recently, from the U.S. Green
Building Council Emerging Talent
Design Competition, in which her stu-
dents placed second and third overall.
Among Nepomechie's own multi-
ple design, research and teaching hon-
ors are grants from the Graham
Foundation, the American Institute of
Architects and the Cuban Research
Institute/FIU. She received the
American Architecture Award from
the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of
Architecture and Design; National
Design/Research and Collaborative
Practice Awards from the Association
of Collegiate Schools of Architecture;
the NCARB Prize, a national AIA
Education Honor Award citation and
the AIA Silver Medal in Design. Her
projects are included in the archives of
the National Building Museum in
Washington, DC.
Nepomechie is editor and princi-
pal essayist for the bilingual Bienal
Miami + Beach, 2001-2005, and

author/editor of the upcoming The
Miami Guide: Building Paradise, to
be published in conjunction with
the 2010 AIA National Convention
in Miami. Her design and research
have been solicited and published in
a variety of national and internation-
al journals including Architecture
Magazine, JAE, Thresholds MIT,
Places UC Berkeley, Perspecta/Yale,
Architecture Boston, Architecture
Ireland and Progressive Architecture.
She has served on national and inter-
national awards juries for the XII
Bienal de Arquitectura Quito,
Architecture Magazine, Boston
Society of Architects and various
component chapters of the
American Institute of Architects.
Marilys Nepomechie's education-
al achievements are many. Through a
unique combination of award-win-
ning design and inspired teaching,
she makes an eloquent case for dual
imperatives in architectural practice
and education civic generosity and
community engagement. Her work
in affordable housing, on behalf of
historically underserved communities,
carried out both with students and
professionally, has afforded students a
unique opportunity to take an active
part in the full process of design. The
participatory processes and partnering
methodologies set in place through
her work in Kentucky laid the
groundwork for significant improve-
ment in the quality of housing across
the state. She has initiated, chaired or
co-chaired several conferences and
symposia that have brought together
academics, students, professionals and
civic leaders from around the world.
Chief among these was the 2004
Annual Meeting of the Association of
Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

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Robert D. Miller, FAIA

Robert Miller's service to society
began in 1968 as a spokesman for the
environment in the School of
Architecture at the University of
Florida. Since becoming licensed at
the age of 29, he has steadfastly sought

to honor the profession by serving soci-
ety through governmental efforts as
well as volunteer opportunities.
The profession of architecture
has directly benefited from Robert's
passion to seek out uniquely diverse
opportunities to improve conditions
for people through government and
volunteer service. For the past 15
years, he has personally invested
more than 7,000 hours as an elected
city councilman, chairman and
board member on more than 12
government and volunteer organiza-
tions and as volunteer architect for
the City of Maitland Downtown
Redevelopment Plan.
On March 8, 2005, at the most
pivotal time in Maitland's history,
Bob was elected to the city council.

The victory was due in part to his
pledge to redevelop Maitland with
residential scale and character and in
a responsible financial manner. As
the only architect on the council, Bob
brought a level of expertise and the
development of seven major building
projects valued at $1 billion. He also
spearheaded the Commuter Rail
System, a $615 million project that
will commence in 2010.
Bob Miller was elected to the AIA
Orlando board in 2006 as chairman
for government advocacy. As govern-
ment chairman, Miller's primary role
is to create public awareness locally as
well as advocate for the AIA national-
ly at the annual AIA Grassroots

Sanford C. Shugart, Ph.D.

An educator and administrator,
Dr. Sanford "Sandy" Shugart has
been widely overheard to confess
that in a second life he might well
opt to be an architect. There is no
doubt about the significance of his

achievements in advancing good
design and planning, as well as ele-
vating public awareness of the archi-
tectural profession and its impact on
the community and environment.
As President of Valencia
Community College (VCC), his
unequivocal commitment to sustain-
ing the planet influences VCC's future
expansion projects. As the Orlando-
based community college plans for
two new campuses, Dr. Shugart's
pledge to "go green" is shaping every
aspect of planning, design, construc-
tion, outfitting, powering and mainte-
nance. He has pledged that all new
construction and renovations will
meet the U.S. Green Building
Council's Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) crite-
ria for Silver Certification. One exam-

pie is the college's new Science and
Allied Health building, an 80,000-
square-foot facility that has been desig-
nated for LEED Silver Certification.
A second facility, the new 100,000-
square-foot VCC/UCF Joint Use
Building, is currently in design and
registered for LEED certification.
Dr. Shugart's achievements
include advancing the profession of
architecture by creating a new univer-
sity-transfer program that allows local
students to begin their studies closer
to home in a nurturing environment
and at an affordable tuition. VCC
now offers an Associate of Arts degree
in architecture that ties its courses
directly to the University of Florida's
lower division architecture courses.

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Yovanna Alvarez, Assoc. AIA

Yovanna Alvarezs untiring efforts
earned her election to the National
Associates Committee where, in a short
time, she has demonstrated the ability
to bring her unique perspective to the
group. Mike Rodriguez, AIA

Alvarez, Assoc.
AIA, an intern
architect with
more than 13
years experi-
ence, was born
in Madrid,
Spain and
completed a Masters degree in Urban
Planning and a Bachelor of
Architecture degree at the University
of Miami. She is LEED-accredited

and a member of the USGBC. She
has been an active member of the AIA
for the past six years, serving for two
years as a board member of AIA
Miami and now as a member of the
AIA Florida Board of Directors. She
chaired the 2006, 2007 and the
upcoming 2008 Design Technology
Expo that is sponsored annually by
the Miami Chapter. She is currently
participating in the AIA Florida
Emerging Professionals Conference
to be held in Miami. On the nation-
al AIA level, she has led seminars at
the AIAS Forum that was held in
Milwaukee in December 2007.
Ms. Alvarez is a project designer
and senior manager in the Miami
office of Perkins + Will where her
professional focus has been on

mixed-use projects. She is currently
working on a 36-story development
in St. Petersburg, Florida that
involves the redevelopment of an
entire city block.
Ms. Alvarez has won numerous
awards including the 2002 AIA
Miami Design Award for the Four
Seasons Hotel and Tower and anoth-
er for the Brickell View South
Elementary School. In 2005, 2006
and 2007, she received various
Presidential Service Awards from
AIA Miami and most recently she
was honored with the Chapter's
Certificate of Appreciation for her
demonstrated commitment to
exposing inner city kids to the world
of architecture and to increase their
awareness about "thinking green."

Leslie Thaxton

"Ofall the influence she had on the
building products industry, Leslie will
best be remembered as a beloved
friend." AZEK Building Products

Leslie Thaxton (8/19/62-3/5/08)
received her Bachelor's degree in
Business from the State University of
New York (SUNY) in 1984. Several
years after moving to Florida, she
looked for a new challenge and
entered the building materials indus-
try as a siding rep for the CertainTeed
Corporation, covering Florida.
As the Florida rep, Leslie estab-
lished herself as a valued resource for
her customers and a respected com-
petitor to others in the same market.
Again, looking for a new challenge,
she went to work for AZEK Building
Products, becoming the Territory
Sales Manager for Florida. Through
Leslie's leadership and guidance,

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AZEK has become a dominant
brand in the exterior building prod-
ucts arena in Florida.
Shortly after joining AZEK, she
earned the company's "Brand
Momentum Award," which recog-
nizes brand leadership in a specific
market. Leslie's mark on the build-
ing materials industry goes beyond
brand positioning, driving specs and
products sold. Her tenacity and her
warm personality brought her many
For her service to the profession,
Leslie is posthumously awarded the
Allied Member of the Year Award.



AIA Southwest

AIA Southwest is home to
Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee and
Collier counties. The component's
goals from the beginning were to
create cohesiveness and camaraderie
among the architects in the area. In
its effort to exceed the guidelines for
component excellence, AIA Southwest
has exhibited a passion and dedication
for exposing Southwest Florida archi-
tects and communities to all aspects of
architecture and good design.
Chapter events have included an
architecture tour of neighboring
Sarasota; the annual AIA Florida
Southwest Design Conference; a
series of lectures on architecture fea-
turing well-known architects and var-
ious emerging professional events.

Javier Cruz, AIA

Javier Cruz, AIA, joined the AIA
in 1979 and served on the AIA
Miami Board of Directors from
1980 until 2002. In 1987, he
became president of AIA Miami and
in 2002, he served as AIA Florida
vice-president. He currently serves
as an AIA Florida state director.
Javier was one of the key leaders
in the Miami Chapter's response to
Hurricane Andrew. He prepared,
edited and published a public infor-
mation piece for home and business
owners dealing with the key ele-
ments of recovery and rebuilding.
He also coordinated efforts for a
phone bank and was a key player in
local legislative advocacy related to
recovery measures.
In the early 1990s, Javier devel-


oped the first Friday Fax, a weekly
newsletter transmitted to AIA
Florida members via fax. He also

helped develop the AIA Miami con-
tinuing education program.

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Continental Construction

Continental Construction is a
high-end building company based in
Naples that has a finely tuned spe-
cialization in custom-level specula-
tive housing in the Naples, Florida
and Big Sky, Montana areas. The
president of the company is dedicat-

ed to working with architects who
provide highly innovative and
detailed designs. The results are
consistently recognized for their
excellence in materials, craftsman-
ship and project management. In a
business that values the team

approach, Continental Construction
embraces this approach in every
project it undertakes.

Wayne Eastep

worldwide, throughout Florida and
the Caribbean. His first assignment
was as the official photographer for

"Wayne's images capture the char-
acter of the space and place bringing
them to life through a unique point of
view and the dramatic use of shape,
line, shadow and light."
Dale Parks, AL4

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the Diplomatic Quarter in Saudi
Arabia. This project set the direction
for his work and he has since worked
on assignment in Kazakhstan, Japan,
a half dozen countries in the Middle
East, more than 20 islands in the
Caribbean, Mexico, Central and
South America, Africa and most of
the United States.
His most recent projects include
work in Cuba and Singapore. His
national clients include Ge/Monogram
& ExxonMobil, Neal Communities,
Seibert and ADP architectural firms
and editorial assignments for National
Geographic and Smithsonian maga-
zines. His approach to architectural
photography is to interpret the con-
cept and design of a project, not sim-
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James Cornetet, Assoc. AIA

In 2007, a design competition
was held for emerging professionals
that proposed a light rail station in
the Sarasota area. The entrants
developed plans and three winners
were selected. Those winners were
invited to attend a training session
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resubmit their entries.
James Cornetet's design for the
light rail station platform is a struc-
ture made of poured-in-place con-
crete and steel frame construction.
The project uses extensive green

roofing and green wall technology
systems. No mechanical systems are
necessary as the entire structure is
The jury was impressed with the
development of the project from the
first stage to the second. The propos-
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issues raised in the stage one discus-
sion at the conference. The project
intensified the role of structure as a
spatial and organizational device and
further integrated the structure into
the landscape. The project goes
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Woodmode Fine Custom Cabinetry .... 3
Digital Drafting Systems ............ 55
CADD Services
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Continuing Education
International Code Council ......... 20
NCARB (National Council of
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Copying & Duplicating
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W inter Park Blue .................58
Real Stone & Granite .............. 57
Decorative Stone
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Design Parking & Mixed Use
Tim Haahs & Associates ............ .8
Digital Printing
Reprografia ......................58
W inter Park Blue ................ .58
Custom Window Systems, Inc ........ 8
TRACO ......................OBC
Educational Opportunities
NCARB (National Council of
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Engineering Parking & Mixed Use
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Entry Doors
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HBS Inc. .................. .. IFC, 1
S&P Architectural Products ..... .IFC, 1
S&S Craftsmen Inc. ............ IFC, 1
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Hurricane Protection
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Hurricane Solutions
EF San Juan .................. IFC, 1
H BS Inc. .................. IFC, 1
S&P Architectural Products ..... .IFC, 1
S&S Craftsmen Inc. .......... ..IFC, 1
Demilec ....................... 2
Collinsworth Alter Fowler Dowling
& French Group ................ 56
Lykes Insurance, Inc .............. 17
Nolen Insurance Services ............ 58
Suncoast Insurance Associates, Inc. ..... 4
Woodmode Fine Custom Cabinetry .... 3
Wood+Partners Inc. .............. .55
Legal Services
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Marvin Windows & Doors
Window Classics Corporation ..... IBC
Master Planning Parking
Tim Haahs & Associates ............ .8
Modular Casework
Patterson Pope ................... .41
Parking Planning & Design
Tim Haahs & Associates ............ .8
Porch Enclosures
Custom Window Systems, Inc ........ 8
Professional Liability
Collinsworth Alter Fowler Dowling
& French Group ................56
Lykes Insurance, Inc .............. 17
Nolen Insurance Services ........... .58
Suncoast Insurance Associates, Inc. ..... 4
Propane Gas
Florida Propane Gas Association ..... 17
Reprografia ......................58
W inter Park Blue .................58
Risk Management
Collinsworth Alter Fowler Dowling
& French Group ................56
Lykes Insurance, Inc .............. 17
Nolen Insurance Services ............ 58
Suncoast Insurance Associates, Inc. ..... 4
Patterson Pope ................... 41
Sliding Glass Doors
WinDoor, Inc. .................. 41

Standards Design Group, Inc ........ 55
Patterson Pope ................... 41
Custom Building Products ..........58
Tile Setting Materials
Custom Building Products .......... 58
Urban Planners
Wood+Partners Inc. .............. .55
Window Glass Design (ASTME 1300)
Standards Design Group, Inc ........ 55
Window Loads (ASCE7)
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Custom Window Systems, Inc ........ 8
TRACO ................... .. OBC
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EF San Juan .................. IFC, 1
HBS Inc. ................... IFC, 1
S&P Architectural Products ..... IFC, 1
S&S Craftsmen Inc. ........... IFC, 1
WinDoor, Inc. .................. 41
Window Classics Corporation ..... IBC

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Collinsworth Alter Fowler
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Creative Contractors ..................www.creativecontractors.com ...55
Custom Building Products
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Custom Window Systems, Inc......www.cws.cc............................8
Digital Drafting Systems.............www.ddscad.com .....................55
EF San Juan ..........................................................IFC, 1
Florida Propane Gas Association...www.propanefl.com ...............17
H BS Inc .................. ....... ............... ........................ IFC 1
International Code Council..........www.iccsafe.org........................20
Lykes Insurance, Inc. .................................. ...................... .... 17
NCARB (National Council of
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Patterson Pope............................www.pattersonpope.com..........41
Real Stone & Granite .................www.granitops.com..................57
Reprografia .................................www.reprografia.com............58
S&P Architectural Products ................................................. IFC, 1
S& S Craftsm en Inc................................. .......................... IFC, 1
Standards Design Group, Inc........www.srandardsdesign.com........55
Suncoast Insurance
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Tim Haahs & Associates.............www.timhaahs.com ................8
TRACO.................... w.....................www.traco.com....................OBC
WinDoor, Inc.............................www.windoorinc.com ..............41
Window Classics Corporation ......www.windowclassics.com ......IBC
Winter Park Blue........................www.wpblue.com...................58
Wood+Partners Inc.....................www.woodandpartners.com .....55
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