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Title: Florida architect
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Title: Florida architect
Series Title: Florida architect.
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Creator: American Institute of Architects -- Florida Association
Florida Association of Architects
Publisher: Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: Fall 1996
Frequency: quarterly
Subject: Architecture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 4, no. 3 (July 1954)-
Dates or Sequential Designation: Ceased in 1996.
Issuing Body: Official journal of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
Issuing Body: Issued by: Florida Association of Architects of the American Institute of Architects, 1954- ; Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, <1980->.
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issn - 0015-3907
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Preceded by: Bulletin (Florida Association of Architects)
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Unbuilt Designs 10
Head Start Facility, Eduardo Castineira & Axioma_3 Architects;
Hotel and Convention Center and Project Divesa 127, VOA
Associates, Incorporated; Clematis House and Garden, Joanna
Lombard, AIA, in association with Denis Hector; South Dade
Animal Shelter, Thomas A. Spain, AIA & Rolando Llanes;
Epiphany Church, Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.; U.S.
Courthouse and Federal Building, NLA/HLM Joint Venture;
The Ships Chandler Walkover and Docks, dag architects.

Firm of the Year 12
Rowe Architects is honoredfor excellence in design, education,
and service to their community and profession.

Awards for Excellence in Architecture
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.'s Concourse A at Miami Inter-
national Airport unites high design and high efficiency. 14
The National Hurricane Center by Gould Evans Associates
gets its distinctive roof profile from instruments in motion. 16
Architects Design Group, Inc., designed the Florida Solar
Energy Center to be a model of energy efficiency. 18
The Homestead Motorsports Complex by Bermello, Ajamil &
Partners reveals unexpected forms and sophisticated details. 19
Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects Chartered color coated
an inviting multiuse complex at Miami-Dade Community
College, Homestead Campus. 20
Morris TrArchitects' WT Bland Library adds a contemporary
chapter to the area's indigenous architecture. 21
In restoring the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Kenneth Smith
Architects, Inc. reclaimed a powerful symbol of Florida's
relationship to sailors and the sea. 22
Suzanne Martinson's Seitz Residence presents a Modernist
take on the Florida bungalow. 23

Test of Time
25 Years: William Morgan, FAIA, Florida Museum of Natural
History, and Donald Singer, Architect, PA. Singer Apartments.
10 Years: Mateu Carreno Rizo & Partners, Luminaire
Showroom and Offices. 24

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Writing about judges, juries, and jurying, Carl Abbott, FAIA,
says that "a project must grab the jury quickly." Abbott goes
on to advise architects not to be discouraged when their
good designs do not win awards. Resubmit, he says.
In selecting this year's AIA Awards for Excellence in Design, jury
members were grabbed by diverse aspects of the projects they
selected-beautiful drawings, an elegant roof, an unexpected
sequence of forms, the choice of materials, a great section. Award
recipients featured here include Unbuilt, Excellence in Design, Test
of Time, and Firm of the Year.
r Unbuilt Awards were selected by jury members Victoria Barrens,
AIA, Whitney Powers, NCARB, and Christopher Rose, AIA, ASID.
Don Green, AIA was the chair. Selections included several projects outside
Florida. VOA Associates received two awards for projects designed for
Colombia-Project Divesa 127, an entertainment complex, Santaf6 de Bogota,
and the Hotel and Convention Center, Chipichape, Calf. Also cited were an
NLA/HLM Joint Venture for a U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in
Sacramento, California, and Eduardo Castineira & Axioma_3 Architects' Head
Start Facility, East Windsor, New Jersey. Award projects designed for closer to
home were Spillis Candela & Partners' Epiphany Church, Miami; the Clematis
House and Garden, Fort Lauderdale, by Joanna Lombard, AIA, in association
with Denis Hector; Thomas A. Spain, AIA & Rolando Llanes's South Dade Animal
Shelter; and dag architects' Ships Chandler Walkover and Docks, Destin.
The jury for the Awards for Excellence in Design, chaired by Bruce Gora, AIA,
included Leslie Gill, NCARB, Pat Carbine, and Jim Polshek, FAIA. Their selection
of three college/university buildings suggests that innovation is viable within
the state system. These are Architects Design Group's prototype Florida Solar
Energy Center, Cocoa, a state university research center; Gould Evans Associ-
ates' solid and distinctive National Hurricane Center at Florida International
University; and Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects's colorful multipurpose
complex for Miami-Dade Community College, Homestead Campus. Kenneth
Smith Architects was cited for exemplary restoration of the 122-year-old St.
Augustine Lighthouse. Suzanne Martinson's Seitz Residence, Miami, a Modernist
version of the Florida bungalow, is the sole residence. A larger project that also
drew inspiration from past-in this case Arts-and-Crafts-and indigenous styles
is Mount Dora's WT. Bland Library, done by MorristArchitects. Spillis Candela
& Partners' Concourse A at Miami International Airport got rave reviews for
accessibility, dramatic skylit spaces, and unique environments. Finally, the jurors
selected Bermello, Ajamil & Partners' handsome state-of-the-art Homestead
Motorsports Complex.
Test of Time jury John Howey, FAIA, Gene Aubry, FAIA, Gene Leedy, FAIA, and
Richard Fawley, AIA, chaired by Joe Barany, AIA, named two 25-year projects,
William Morgan Architects' Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, and
Donald Singer FAIA's Fort Lauderdale apartments. Mateu Carreno Rizo &
Partners took the 10-year honors for their Luminaire Showroom, Coral Gables.
The 1996 Firm of the Year is Rowe Architects, Inc. The jury selecting the
Tampa firm included Thomas R. Kohler, Frank Herring, Tim Johnson, Maurizio
Maso, AIA, and Robert McCarter.
Awards were presented at the Summer Conference at Marriott Sawgrass,
Ponte Vedra, on August 17. We also salute the Public Award winners for their
accomplishments. Congratulations to all. MB

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SA Successful
Nearly 400 persons attended
the AIA Florida Annual Summer
Conference in Ponte Vedra last
month. Participants listened
to an impassioned appeal for
better urban redevelopment
from keynote speaker Joe Riley,
five-time Mayor of Charleston,
South Carolina. Politics was on
the mind of many, and humorist
USF Professor Darryl Paulsen
presented luncheon guests with
a litany of political jokes and
some very funny political ads
to get everyone in the mood
for the upcoming November
elections. A variety of highly
instructional methods on how
to improve one's leadership
abilities were provided by
Eckerd College Professor Peter
Hammerschmidt, Florida House
Speaker Buzz Ritchie, Florida
Chamber President Frank Ryll,
University of Florida College
of Architecture Dean Wayne
Drummond, and AIA Past Presi-
dent Ted Pappas.
A highlight of the Awards for
Excellence in Architecture cere-
mony was an inspirational talk
on how architects should be bet-
ter self promoters by magazine
editor and publisher Patricia
Carbine, who currently serves
as a public director on the
Board of AIA National. After-
wards, recipients of the awards
for outstanding projects, built
and unbuilt, were honored along
with many of the building own-
ers and contractors.
More than 10,000 hours of
continuing education certifica-
tions were delivered to mem-
bers and nonmembers who
attended the three-day confer-
ence. AIA Florida members,
conference sponsors, and guests
relaxed with golf and tennis
tournaments, a family-style
beach cook-out, and tours of
Jacksonville by land and water.

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Melody S. Linger, AIA, and Bill Bishop, AIA, Jacksonville
Chapter President and Summer Conference Committee
Chairman with their family.

New AIA Florida Officers
Following the AIA Florida
Annual Meeting and the Flori-
da/Caribbean Regional Council
meeting, delegates from 13 Flori-
da chapters and the Caribbean
chapters elected officers for next
year. Newly elected AIA Florida
officers are: Roy Knight, AIA, Tal-
lahassee, President-Elect; Keith
Bailey, AIA, Maitland, Vice Presi-
dent; Vivian Salaga, AIA, Tampa,
Secretary-Treasurer; and John
Tice, AIA, Pensacola, Regional
Director. They will assume office
January 1, 1997.
John Cochran, AIA, Tampa,
will assume the office of Presi-
dent on January 1, and Debra

Lupton, AIA, Orlando, and Ivan
Johnson, AIA, Tallahassee, will
fulfill their two-year terms as
Vice Presidents. Henry Alexan-
der, AIA, Miami, will become the
Senior Regional Director, fulfill-
ing his three-year term on the
AIA National Board of Directors.

Panhandle Architect Runs
for Senate
Charles W Clary, AIA, of
Destin, has entered the race for
the Florida Senate. A principal
in Destin Architectural Group
(dag architects), he has served
for several years on the Destin
City Council. Clary, Republican
candidate for the seat being

From left to right: President-Elect Roy Knight, AIA; Keith Bailey,
AIA; Vivian Salaga, AIA, and John Tice, AIA. President William
S. Blizzard, back row.

vacated by Senator Robert
Harden, urges his colleagues
to support his candidacy. This

is an opportunity for AIA Flori-
da members to see an architect
in the Florida Legislature.

Puerto Rico Conference
in November
AIA Puerto Rico is hosting
the Caribbean Basin Architec-
tural Initiative & AIA Puerto
Rico Annual Assembly, Novem-
ber 14-17, 1996, in San Juan.
The conference will offer Con-
tinuing Education seminars on
Hurricane Preparedness, Archi-
tecture of Puerto Rico and the
Spanish Caribbean, Designing
the Electronic Village for the
Caribbean, and more. Panel dis-
cussions will cover Regional
Bridging and Communications.
Speakers include C. Haeussler,
President of the Guatemala
Society of Architects; Maria
Chalgub, AIA, President of AIA
Virgin Islands; H. Pereira, Cen-
tral America and Panama Direc-
tor of Panamerican Federation
of Architects; John Awsumb,
AIA Florida Vice President
and Chair of Communications
Council; Anthony Moreno, AIA,
Past President of AIA Puerto
Rico; and Senator Kenneth
McClintock, Chairman of the
Government Affairs Committee.
The event is organized by
architects and architectural
organizations throughout the
Caribbean to promote education
and business and to provide
opportunities to meet architects
in the region. For more in-
formation on the conference,
contact Benjamin Vargas, AIA,
President of AIA Puerto Rico,
phone (809) 724-0597, fax
(809) 724-5837.


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Commission on Building
Codes Established
The architectural profession
will be well represented on
a newly established commis-
sion which Governor Chiles
has appointed to reform the
state's building code system.
Thomas A. Lewis, FAIA, of
Disney World's Celebration
community, University of Flori-
da College of Architecture Dean
Wayne Drummond, FAIA, and
Melody S. Linger, AIA, Jack-
sonville, a member of AIA Flori-
da's Board of Directors were
among the 28 appointees,
whose terms will run until June
30, 1998.
Lewis, a former Secretary of
the Department of Community
Affairs, was appointed to chair
the Commission. Drummond
will represent the State Univer-
sity System, and Linger was
selected to represent the archi-
tectural profession.
The Commission was created
by Executive Order to provide
the Governor with guidance
on reforming Florida's deplor-
able, confusing, and overlap-
ping building codes and their
sporadic enforcement. The
order specifically indicates
that the Commission may
recommend a unified code,
which study after study has
already recommended. The
Commission will be meeting
at various sites around the
state and presumably will be
taking public testimony relative
to proposed changes. Because
the Commission will represent
all the stakeholders in the
construction industry and will
involve the Governor's office
and the Legislature, many feel
this group may be the cata-
lyst for significant changes.
The Governor has requested
a written report by January 31,
1997, with a final report due
October 31, 1997.

BOPE Workshops
AIA Florida Vice President
Debra Lupton and Legislative
Initiatives Chair Keith Bailey
represented the architectural
profession at the BOPE's Aug-

ust 2 building design rule work-
shop in Orlando. AIA Florida
will be making a presentation at
the next workshop in Miami,
October 3. A third workshop
is scheduled for November 21
in Tampa. These meetings
generally start at 8 a.m. and last

throughout the day. The public
is invited and usually public
testimony is allowed. This is
a good opportunity for AIA
Florida members to voice their
opinions about engineers de-
signing buildings.
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Boyer Report
The Carnegie Foundation for
the Advancement of Teaching
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on the state of architectural
education in the nation. The
official title is Building Com-
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New Appointment
Daniel Williams, AIA, Miami,
was appointed to the Trans-
portation Aesthetics Review
Committee for the Board of
County Commissioners of
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Head Start Facility
East Windsor, New Jersey
Eduardo Castineira & Axioma_3 Architects
Inspired by a farming metaphor about healthy soil yielding healthy crops,
this thoughtful design cares well for the rural, low-income children and
parents it serves. Five classrooms and a community room, all with views to a
playground and hammock beyond, make up half of the total 10,836 sf. Curvi-
linear roof gardens extend each classroom for outdoor learning experiences.
JURY: ...a very convincing and rational layout... a sophisticated
building. Scale is nicely handled with the children in mind. A fine
example of architecture which can inform and civilize people and
influence societies.

Hotel and Convention Center, Chipichape
Cali, Colombia
VOA Associates, Incorporated
This design responds both to its immediate urban situation and to the
region's natural environment. Exterior layering communicates the order of
buildings in the complex. Set between commercial and residential districts,
its distinctive massing is carefully articulated with public arcades, plazas,
and pedestrian bridges on the one hand, and a smaller scaled, passive garden
face on the other. Guests in the hotel's two curvilinear towers look down on
gardens and flowing water and out to spectacular panoramic views.
JURY:... interesting and well developed... the convention center is a strong
design element...a tasteful and well-conceived site plan. Its location
and relationship to other types of development make it very attractive.
The glazing of windows is very sexy. The exterior atrium is an excellent

Clematis House and Garden
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
.; ". Joanna Lombard, AIA, in association with Denis Hector
-. .ia .z 1 This plan created for a 50' x 150' lot recalls Fort Lauderdale's wooden
S"pioneer" houses-one-room deep and lined with verandas for passive
-' cooling. (Modern-day porch columns house protective storm shutters.)
S . . .. 7 Garden elements of various colors and scents help produce an old-Florida
"v. feel. Clerestory windows draw light into the central living room. Interior
colors transmute with varying light and weather conditions.
JURY: ...well thought out... It has a nice environmental, inside-outside
feel to it. It is an important treatment of climate conducive to these
kinds of spaces and indicates it is not closed up all the time.

South Dade Animal Shelter
Miami, Florida
Thomas A. Spain, AIA & Rolando Llanes
Satisfying the complex program requirements here led to a happy mixture
of materials, components, and open and closed forms in a surprisingly nonin-
stitutional design. A courtyard provides a natural escape from the industrial
context and unifies numerous disparate but related functions. The barnlike
kennel and some circulation areas use roll-down doors and operable windows
for natural ventilation. Public areas have commercial appeal.
JURY: ...a humble use of variety and contextual architecture. The
drawings are wonderful... a humble budget turned into something
beautiful and very sensitive. It has street appeal. The description
of the environmental concerns and plan make this a delightful
composition of several different forms.

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Epiphany Church
Miami, Florida
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.
Steel, glass, and concrete form the basis of a thoroughly contemporary
architectural vocabulary used here to deliver a church in the Gothic tradition.
Its cruciform floor plan elegantly incorporates 23,000 sf, with space for
2,000 worshipers. Crossing towers conceal mechanical functions. Dominant
light accents both its Gothic legacy and its tropical location.
JURY: ...a great space...one of the few contemporary sacred spaces that
can create a hush when someone walks into it... a contemporary,
clean version getting at the essence of Gothic church design... truly a
modern building.

U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building
Sacramento, California
NLA/HIIM Joint Venture
Designed for a 2.5 acre urban site, this 741,000 sf facility achieved a
high efficiency rating through creative stacking of courtrooms. Siting of the
tower on an east-west axis minimizes solar loading. The interplay of scales
contributes to efficiency while helping to create a strong dialogue with
existing structures and a gateway to the proposed Southern Pacific Railyard
redevelopment project.
JURY: ... a good progression which starts at the entrance, works through I
the (very handsome) lobby space with a system of verticalfoyers.... .. .
These blocks of buildings, where the facade is broken up internally,
continue the curved aspects of the design. It is so light...nice use of
materials...massing is very good to the proportions and helps avoid
a chunky look....

Project Divesa 127
Santafd de Bogota, DC Colombia
VOA Associates, Incorporated
Designed for a strategic corner location, this urban entertainment center
serves a large residential area. It is conceived as a "layer cake." On the two
top levels is a cineplex, in the middle are two stories of themed restaurants
and entertainment, and at the base are two floors of festive retailing and fast
food. Parking is stacked in three below-ground levels.
JURY: ...a positive use of technology in our time...a positive mani-
festation of the use of cinema and its relation to urban vitality
and entertainment arena...shows a fashionable use of a monument
type concept. A commendable effort with the massing of the design
elements... an example ofform follows function.

The Ships Chandler Walkover and Docks
Destin, Florida
dag architects
Intended to provide access to a new dock facility from a 30-foot high
bluff, the structure creates both a place to pause and contemplate the
view and journey ahead and a vertical beacon to guide sailors' return. Solid
concrete retains the land while a teak deck supported by a welded aluminum
tensile structure recalls the materials of deep-sea fishing vessels.
JURY: ...The design utilizes aggressive earth work to replicate a boat
analogy. The vertical aspects are kept within the wall. This fall from
mainland terrain to water's edge is pretty traditional in that area. The
elements get thinner as the platform becomes uncovered--It all works
well together There is creative interpretation of handicap ramps...

*iIm AwA3D

Rowe Architects, Incorporate4

Vou could say that Rowe
SArchitects' present organi-
zation is a fortuitous result of
experience and experimenta-
tion. Open offices, a generous
team approach, and a friendly,
interactive atmosphere charac-
terize the work environment.
Music energizes or soothes,
and everyone gets to practice
what he or she loves best:
Jury: They want to be a
smallfirm and keep a hands-
on, day-in-and-day-out con-
tact with the work.
The firm name, selected in
1993, recognizes founder H.
Dean Rowe, FAIA, who has
been the guiding force since
he opened his practice in 1964.
In the intervening years, Dean
and current principals, Thomas
Hammer, Rick Rowe, Rick
Rados, and Larry Wilder, have
cultivated their talents through
a number of affiliations and in
various firm configurations.
The current twenty-member
firm includes nine architects
and six intern architects, all
gifted designers who share an
enthusiasm for sustaining the
firm's tradition of excellence
in design, community service,
dedication to advancing their
profession, and softball-they
compete regularly in Tampa's
architectural league.
Jury: They produced good
architecturefor a long time
and also excelled in design,
community service, educa-
tion, and service to the pro-
fession. This is a great firm.
Besides garnering more
than one hundred design hon-
ors (national, state, and local),
the firm and its principals have
amassed a significant body of
professional service-the list
is long-as Florida AIA offi-
cers, board members, and
jurors; strengthening board
requirements for architectural
registration; enhancing the
state's Internship Development
Program for young architects;

Left to right: Rick Rados, ALA; Dean Rowe, FAIA; Rick Rowe, AIA; Larry Wilder, AA; Thomas A.
Hammer, AIA.

and helping launch the Univer-
sity of South Florida (USF)
School of Architecture. Rowe
Architects also has served as
an "incubator" for a very long
list of prominent and respected
architects whose achievements
comprise one of the firm's
proudest accomplishments.
Jury: Rowe has made an
effort to fit in with and
build for the Florida climate.
They show experience in
governmental, and corporate
buildings-and it's all fresh
stuff: It's high design.
Since Dean Rowe's first
honor award in 1964 for the
Federal Office Building, Tampa
(designed while he was an
associate with another firm),
design recognition has come
just about annually. The firm
continues to win accolades for
schools, residences, commer-
cial buildings, and restorations.
Tampa's Museum of Science
and Industry gained interna-
tional notice in the early eight-
ies for innovations in both
design and energy conserva-
tion, and more recently the

corporate headquarters for
Nutmeg Industries, a sports
apparel manufacturer, earned
attention for its unusual and
playful style. Concepts from
the Sarasota School of Archi-
tecture that adapted elements
of the International Style to the
tropical Florida environment
frequently mark the firm's
applications of light and shad-
ow, modular plans, and site-
appropriate materials.
Jury: As far as profession-
al ethics, they are top notch.
They take the profession
seriously and have great
working relationships with
employees and clients.
They're out there participat-
ing in the community... they
are strong, real strong.
Dean Rowe, FAIA, a proud
architecture graduate of the
University of Nebraska, came
to Tampa in the early 1960s,
attracted by the Sarasota
School. As Senior Principal
and firm President he has led
the firm in distinguishing itself
in design as well as in energy
conservation and historic
preservation. His leadership

role has extended to urban
planning for fast-growing
Tampa and helping start up the
USF School of Architecture.
A Porsche enthusiast and art
collector, Rowe completed two
terms on the State Board of
Architecture and stints as AIA
Florida's President and Execu-
tive Committee member, and
helped initiate the Sarasota
Design Conference. In 1985
he was elected to the College
of Fellows, and in 1993 he
received AIA Florida's Gold
Medal Award.
Thomas A. Hammer, AIA,
with the firm since 1977, is a
University of Florida (UF)
architecture graduate with a
passion for historic restoration
and expertise in business
administration (MBA from
USF). His design and manage-
ment experience encompasses
the full range of the firm's
project history, including
working on 17 schools and 27
First Florida branch banks as
well on restorations of the Polk
County Courthouse, Tampa's
Plant Hall, and the ongoing
restoration/renovation of UF's

AiA lMondrila

Library East. He served nine
years as a juror on the site and
building design section of the
national architectural registra-
tion exam and is a newly
appointed AIA Florida Trustee.
His community service is
dedicated to the Boy Scouts of
Rick Rowe, AIA, can attest
to the quality of his father's,
early mentorship in fostering
his love for the profession.
After studying architecture at
UF he worked in Houston for
Paul Kennon, took an advanced
degree at Yale School of Archi-
tecture (studying under Frank
Gehry, among others), and
worked in the offices of Kevin
Roche John Dinkeloo and Asso-
ciates before rejoining the firm
in 1987. Rick Rowe's design
work on projects such as the
State Regional Service Center
in Fort Meyers and Nutmeg
Industries has earned him
national recognition as an out-
standing young architect.
Rick Rados, AIA, came to
the firm in 1991 with more
than 25 years experience as
principal in his own practice.
Educational architecture-
from college and university
campus buildings to elemen-
tary schools-is a specialty,
and he has won numerous
awards for projects as diverse
as the USF-St. Petersburg
Campus, South Fork High, and
Largo City Hall. He enjoys
teaching and serves on occa-
sion as a visiting lecturer and
critic at USF and at his alma
mater, UF College of Architec-
ture, which recently honored
him with its Distinguished
Architecture Alumnus Award.
Larry Wilder, AIA, came to
Rowe Architects in 1995 as
Managing Principal, bringing a
wealth of leadership experience
in project management to the
firm (whose admitted strength
has been architecture, not
business). He has made his
mark in his profession through

numerous successful projects,
and in his community through
extensive volunteering on civic,
educational, and art-related
boards and activities. His pro-
fessional service extends not
only to jurying student work
at UF, where he received both

undergraduate and graduate
degrees, but to teaching at and
serving as foundation president
for Hillsborough Community
College, where he began his
college studies, and serving as
a juror at USF's new School of

Jury: They grapple with
some of the concepts that
came out of the Sarasota
School: they deal with climate
in the modern language of
today; their work is amaz-
ingly consistent over 20-30

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Flight of Imagination

Miami International
Airport, Concourse A
Miami, Florida
Spillis Candela &
Partners, Inc.

The dramatic design for Miami
International Airport's
Concourse A combines art and
efficiency. The three-story, 500-
foot-long structure, totalling
350,000 sf, is the airport's
first new terminal since 1976.
Passengers move through a
two-story skylit departure and
arrival level toward a 100-foot-
high atrium of skylights,
brushed steel, and mirrored
glass that houses cafes, bars,
duty-free shops, lounges, and
restrooms. Jurors called the
unexpected coolness of colors
and episodic forms "playful"
and "inviting."
Several unique environments
intrigue airport users. Artist
Michele Oka Donner's "Walk
on the Beach" features 2,000
bronze sea-life specimens
embedded in a black terrazzo
walkway. The Harmonic Run-
way, a multimedia experience
created by artist/composer
Christopher Janney, moves
passengers between Concourse
A and the rest of the airport.
A pastel wave of 132 10-foot
high glass panels suspended
over reflective silver tiles
magically filters the natural
Design of interior conces-
sions was integral to the origi-
nal plan. Their airport setting
is maximized through what the
jurors called "the celebration
of airplane forms found in the
graphics and ceiling materials."
Work is already underway
by architects Spillis Candela &
Partners for an equally impres-
sive and spectacular Phase 2.

"The scale of the exterior doesn't overwhelm... there's an accessibility that is appealing..." (Jury)
Photograph: John Gillan


Atrium of skylights, brushed steel, and mirrored glass.
Photograph: Hedrich Blessing

JURY: "The scale of the
exterior doesn't overwhelm
the viewer and there's an
accessibility that is
appealing... colors are
contemporary... I can
imagine the force to spend
more time here than I
really need to.... I would
not have the level of
anxiety normally felt
in an airport."

Spillis Candela & Partners. Inc
Principal in charge:
Guillermo Carreras. AIA
Landscape Architect:
Spills Canaela & Partners Inc.
Consulting Engineers:
Spills Candela & Panners Inc
General Contractor:
Centex Rooney Consiruciion
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Singular Profile for a Modern Fortress

National Hurricane Center
Florida International
Miami, Florida
Gould Evans Associates

foolproofof" is how the
retiring director of the
National Hurricane Center
characterized this building,
with its 10-inch concrete shell
reinforced with two layers of
steel rods. "The lessons of
Hurricane Andrew were not
wasted on us," he said.
Planning for the new
fortress-like facility was begun
in 1990, before that hurricane
caused billions in damages and
temporarily crippled operations
at the old Center. To permit un-
interrupted forecasting during
future storms, every detail was
designed to withstand 130-mph
winds without damage. The ini-
tial high cost of materials and
systems is offset by virtually no
maintenance expenses for the
Two massive elongated
blocks of site-cast concrete
house the central operation
rooms and support equipment.
On the north and south facades,
metal panels over the concrete
and aluminum jalouse-shuttered
windows conceptually represent
the "skin" and offer human
scale at the entrances.
A five-foot elevation meant
to raise the building above the
storm surge plain also helps
create a prominent image for
this internationally known
model facility. A central spine
links the internal operations
core with the exterior towers
and equipment. This equip-
ment, mounted to reinforced
galvanized steel on the catwalk
structure along the spine, is
laid out handsomely and to
prevent interference among the
communication devices, some
of which move continuously
while tracking satellites.

Photographs: Sinclair-Reinsch

JURY: I like the exterior..
and the integration of the
roof technology into the
design of the building-
it gives the feel of solidity...
there's a grace about the
exterior design. The choice
of materials works with the
program...breaking down
the scale of the concrete to
the proportion of metal...
The catwalk...unifies the
entire project and is a very
powerful element.

"...the feel of solidity... and still there's a grace about the
exterior design" (Jury)

Gould Evans Associates
Principal in charge:
Robert E. Gould. AIA
Landscape Architect:
Gould Evans Associales
Consulting Engineers:
Fluor Daniel, Inc
General Contractor:
Hewen-Kerr Conslruction
Hurricane Design
Hemeri S. Saflr
National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Adminislrallon, National
Wealher Service

"The catwalk on the roof unifies the entire project" (Jury)

J j ewett-Kier Construction has been commended for their buildings
at Homestead Air Force Base that survived Hurricane Andrew. So \hen the ne\\
National Hurricane Center had to be built, Hewett-Kier was read'
Hewett-Kier is dedicated to providing their clients with quaiht serx ice as
well as quality construction and they pride themselves on their .%-,rk Irom
concept to completion. Hewett-Kier completes every project on budget and on,
schedule, often winning recognition and awards.
20 Years of Excellence:
U.S. Postal Service
Design & Build Boy Scouts of America
State of Florida
Woodlands Country Club
U.S. Treasury Department
Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County School Boards
Departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard

Hewett-Kier: A force in construction for twenty years.


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Practicing What They Preach

Florida Solar Energy
Cocoa, Florida
Architects Design Group,

A arguably "the world's most
efficient building," FSEC
sets the standard. Thanks in
part to a computerized energy
monitoring system, the facility
uses less than one-third the
energy of a comparable new
conventional Florida office
building. The design challenge
was threefold: to visually iden-
tify FSEC as a state-of-the-art
energy conservation research
center, to incorporate energy
conservation technologies, and
to satisfy budget and program
requirements of a State Univer-
sity System research facility.
Architects Design Group,
Inc. worked closely with FSEC
researchers to distinguish the
facility from its brown brick
community college context
using colors (primary), forms
(functional), and materials
(energy efficient). Active
energy systems such as sun-
shades and HVAC equipment
are exposed and highlighted.
Strategies to conserve ener-
gy include: north/south orien-
tation, south shaded glass to
minimize heat gain, minimal
windows on east/west expo-
sures, zoned HVAC, and a
"radiant skin," consisting of a
heavily insulated building enve-
lope with a radiant barrier and
ventilating air space between
skin and envelope. Superwin-
dows, utilizing high-efficiency
glazing, block heat-producing
infrared rays and let in 70 per-
cent of visible light. Daylight-
ing strategies include north-
facing roof monitors integrated
with constant dimming high-
efficiency luminaries.

Distinguishes itselffrom its brown brick surroundings. Architectural elements such as stairs,
sunshades, and closure details are made vibrant. Photograph: Kevin Haas

Archilecls Design Group Inc
Principal in charge:
I SK Reeves V. AIA
Project Architect:
Kevin Rarlgan. AIA
Design Team:
Eugenia V. Ellis. Sleven
Langslon, AIA, Rock Grej lan
Landscape Architect:
Herbel-.HalDack. Inc.
Consulting Engineers:
Paul J. Ford and Company.
Commronvveallh Engineering
Associallon. Ralpn Hahrn ana
Associates, Inc.
H J Hign Conslruclon
Interior Design:
Archileclural Inleriors Inc .
Susan La Torre : :
Florida Board oi Regents

JURY: The section is great... use of energy in the sections...
verticality and the opening up of the slabs into the vertical
center and thenfilnalll its resolution on the roof.. very
elegant. Opening up to the roof really works well; it shows
gravity airflow. I love the boldness of the color.. a simple
and direct building... episodic, neat plan, picturesque.


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Winning Home for Motor Sports

Homestead Motorsports
Homestead, Florida
Bermello, Ajamil &

Owners of this exceptional
racing facility are expect-
ing to see some of its unique
design features duplicated.
South Florida's lone motor
speedway not only embodies
comfort and safety for fans
and track professionals but,
says jurors, is "pleasing to the
Besides the main building
that contains the race control
tower and grandstands, the
complex includes a state-of-the-
art paddock/garage and more
than five miles of paved roads
and infrastructure. Extensive
wetlands mitigation was under-
taken during permitting for
the 380,000 sf of new con-
struction. The paddock accom-
modates up to 120 spaces in
various configurations to satis-
fy the professional sanctioning
bodies of NASCAR, Indy Car,
SCCA, Motorcycle, and Formu-
la I racing.
Comfortable grandstands
offer most fans an unimpeded
view of the entire track and
the winner's circle. Hospitality
suites allow VIPs to view pre-
race and between-lap mainte-
nance and repair work.
Careful details accent and
visually unite the various well-
proportioned masonry and
concrete block components
of the compound. One juror
noted "the surprise of turning
a corner and finding shapes
that are unexpected of this type
of facility."

"The massing of all of the olii.. .I 1,1 1,,, i/, .j, still allows for the eye to break them up visually
into individual pieces." (Jury) Photograph: John Gillan

JURY: The raceway is such a surprise! They took a
scale and began to break that down into individu
units. I love this continuing quality.. the handrail
detail that carries through continuously and brea
line rather than a heavy handed element of massi

very large Bermello Alaml & Parlners
al building Principal in charge:
became the Wily A Bermello AIA
ks up the Landscape Architect:
ing. rlNaricy L. Siemon. RLA
Consulting Engineers:
R..a Klein & Timmons, Hulse,-
"" General Contractors:
BCA General Conlracior ana
GiIberl Souriern Corporalion
SInterior Designers:
Marlene Linano ASID
City ol Ho.meslead

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Bright Spot on Campus

Community College,
Homestead Campus
Homestead, Florida
Rodriguez and Quiroga
Architects Chartered

t is usual to require that new
academic buildings blend
seamlessly with the character
of existing facilities. Not so
here. Deviation from the "gray"
of other college structures was
requested for the Homestead
campus, the youngest of the
five M-DCC campuses. As a
result, what jurors called the
"aggressive use of colors" and
"industrial aesthetic that leaves
a memorable image," became
signature features.
The six-acre site was small
for the program envisioned:

"This environment makes a student think that there's something
bigger in the world than them-something to aspire to." (Jury)



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faculty and administrative
offices, a library and computer
lab, sixteen classrooms, five
Science labs, and a physical
/ plant. Rodriguez and Quiroga
Architects' final plan separated
the functions into four commu-
nicating building pavilions.
These elements define an open
academic triangle, and are
linked by covered arcades. A
silicone elastomeric coating
system in primary and com-
plementary colors gives a
festive character to the precast
concrete and stucco exterior.

Rodriguez and Quiroga Archi-
lects Chartered ::
Principal in charge:
Raul L. Rodriguez. AIA
Project Architect:
kIan BIDas
Project Team:
Antonio Quiroga AIA. Cesar
Becerra, R A Miguel Perez;
Luisa Murai, AiA. Hector
Vaiverde R A Tony Paido.
Perez. Olga R Campos-Aguila
R A Emma Cavalier, Stephen
C. Perry
Consulting Engineers:
Maurice Gray Associales. Inc.
Post, Buckley, Schuh &
Jernigan. Inc WollDerg Alvarez
and Partners
General Contractor:.
TGSV Cornsrucliorn Inc
Board of Trustees of Miami-
Dade Community College

Central to the building
program is the three-story
Information Technology Center
(ITC), housing the campus
library on the first level and
the ITC/Main Computer Room
(with 120 networked compu-
ters) and related computer labs
on the upper levels. A central
staircase enclosed in glass and
lit by clerestory windows leads
users to the various learning
opportunities throughout.

Photographs: Steven Brooke

JURY: This building has an ability not to present itself as an
institution. Look at the corrugated exterior, especially quite
tough, with an internal, rhythmical vocabulary. What's
amazing is it's one building... interesting how they broke
down the scale. Very comfortable.

"...an industriat aesthetic that leaves a memorable image...


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Interpreting Indigenous Stylps

W.T. Bland Library
Mount Dora, Florida

The architectural success of
a building can not always
be measured in tangible terms.
However, at the new WT. Bland
Library, a 40-60 percent
increase in patron use has
been attributed directly to the
facility's extraordinary appeal.
Skylit cathedral ceilings and
large windows dominate this i
wood Arts-and-Crafts style
building. Its meticulously
documented design adds a
modern chapter to the indige-
nous architecture of this his-
toric city of 7,000. The 15,000
sf axial structure features
extended eaves, projected
gables, exposed frames, broad
roofs, horizontal cladding,
broad trimmed windows and "There's a lot of delicate detailing of eaves-beautiful, tasteful..." (Jury) Photograph: Raymond
doors, and exposed connec- Martinot, Martinet Photo Studio, Inc.

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"presented exquisitely--the axonometric drawings, the
details...shows a remarkably intelligent use of computer..."
(Jury) Photograph: Colonial Photo & Hobby

tions. At the heart of the library
is a two-story reading room
whose skylight runs its entire
length. Windows allow views to
the landscape from all primary
and secondary areas.
Sited among mature trees
and oriented to minimize
effects of solar heat gain, the
narrow faces of the long build-
ing look south and north, thus
maximizing shade on the east
and west facades. Porches,
canopies, and eaves extend
into the surrounding landscape
while shielding the building
from the direct afternoon sun.
Light fixtures, trim details, and
colors join to reinforce the
Arts-and-Crafts image.

Morris ArrchleclI
Principal in charge:
Gerald Koi, AIA
Design Principal:
Waller E Geiger. AIA
Design Team:
Mike Frohnappel. AIA Steve
Hancock. Jim Pope. AIA, Thuan
Dinh Joe Davis. Kelin Stubbs.
Chris While
Landscape Architect:
Dale & Company
Consulting Engineers:
Burron Braswell Mddllebrooks
Associates. Inc.; Farner, Barley
SAssociates, Inc;; A;K. Scruggs
& Associaes nc : :
General Contractor:
D B O'Keef Constru:tion, Inc.
City ol Mouni Dora

JURY: ...very intelligent statement of design goals.., a lot of
delicate detailing of eaves -beautiful, tasteful, a certain
Japanese laid-back quality.. the way the light is filtered into
the reading spaces is wonderfully conducive to usage. I like
the way it looks on its site. I love the interior.. it's very much
about building. I really appreciate its development...

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Historic Beacon for Modern Mariners

St. Augustine Lighthouse,
St. Augustine, Florida
Kenneth Smith Architects,

A national treasure, this
lighthouse has guided ships
along the Florida coast and
served as a community focal
point since 1874. In 1990, the
nonprofit Junior Service League
of St. Augustine secured a 30-
year lease from the Coast
Guard to allow public access to
the lighthouse in return for
restoration of the facility.
Architect Kenneth Smith
completed the project in three
phases as construction funding
permitted. All historic building
fabric was restored in accor-
dance with the Secretary of
the Interior's Standards for
Historic Preservation.
To accommodate public
visitation of the tower, Phase 1
work included safety improve-
ments such as the installation
of new stair brackets and addi-
tional handrails. The oil storage
house windows and shutters
were replicated and installed
based on original drawings.
Window openings had been
infilled with concrete block
when the early windows deteri-
orated beyond repair.
Phase 2 work included res-
toration of the lantern room
and dome. Bullet-resistant
glass was installed in the lan-
tern room windows, and the
antique lens was restored.
Original metal gallery rails
and deck plates were repaired
during the last phase. A new,
historically accurate cast iron
main gallery cornice replaced
a temporary upturned steel rail
installed by the Coast Guard
(the original cornice was miss-
ing). Masonry surfaces were
repointed, and all paint was
carefully removed and surfaces
restored and repainted to docu-
mented turn-of-the-century col-

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"...care was taken with every detail-the
doors, the handrails..." (Jury) -.A;- .. .

ors. Electrical service was relo-
cated underground from the
side of the oil house building.

Photographer: Denis Duckett,
Sky Shots Aerial Photography

JURY:... a seriously high
level of preservation ethic...
restored wonderfully, with
perfect restraint... Photo-
graphs show that care was
taken with every detail...
a very powerful image that
represents a relationship of
Florida to the sea and the
sea to mariners.

Kennelh Smirh Archilecis. Inc
Principal in charge:
Kenneth Smith. AIA
Structural Engineer:
Structural Engineers Group Inc.
General Contractor:
E.C. Kenyon Construcllon Com-
pany final phase
Junior Service League ol SI
Augustine. Cullen Chambers.
Lighthouse Museum Direcior
and Resloralhon Coordinator

"Even the little building at its base, apparently the visitor's
center, makes a lot of sense." (Jury)


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Quintessential Florida Vernacular

Seitz Residence
Miami, Florida
Suzanne Martinson

This "brilliant house," said
jurors, "was based on a
classical understanding of
vernacular architecture." For
their one-acre lot and casual
lifestyle, the client requested-
and got- "a modernized ver-
sion of an old Florida bunga-
low," with wood floors, natural
light, large overhangs, great
ventilation, and lots of hidden
storage. Living spaces total
4,800 sf.
Clean, simple lines dominate
the one-story portion of the
structure. Modernist interior
space relationships are both
striking and comfortable.
Exposed structural elements,
wood ceiling and flooring, and
cabinetry define the indepen-
dent but connected main
spaces-kitchen, dining, fam-
ily, and living rooms. Operable
windows in a central cupola
vent hot air, reducing cooling
costs. A screened porch pro-
vides comfortable outdoor
living and views of the native-
species garden.
The larger two-story struc-
ture contains family bedrooms
in the west wing and a guest
room, porch, and garage in
the east wing. In between, in a
tower office, louvered windows
vent hot air. A connector spine
houses utility areas and offers
views to the east garden.
Architect Suzanne Martin-
son's "sensitivity to new pro-
duction materials" throughout
resulted in what the jurors
called "well-defined exterior
detailing," balanced with the
"interior, unbroken, unadorned
floor plane." The "thinness"
of the pitched metal roof, its
appearance of hovering "is
not a simple detail to have
achieved," noted the jurors.

Photographs: Steven Brooke

"...a brilliant house, with contemporary materials, done tastefully in the interior." (Jury)

JURY: It is consistent in carrying inside to
outside. The elevation of the roof is wonder-
ful. The way in which the space problems
are solved is extremely appealing. This is
the quintessential Florida house.


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"...consistent in carrying inside to outside...
support-span expressed in a clear way..." (Jury)

Suzanne Martinson
Principal in charge:
Suzanne Marlinson. AIA
Landscape Architect:
Suzanne Marnin on AIA
Consulting Engineer:
Davis Engineers
General Contractor:
Rorerl Mdine
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"For a concrete building it has worn well...a handsome building making a strong statement." (Jury)
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Florida Museum of
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Gainesville, Florida
William Morgan, FAIA

The plan was to build an
exhibition and research
ft facility for
Sthe University
of Florida's PreColumbian
collection on a five-acre hill-
side site. William Morgan's
solution was to build into as

well as on the site, in a design
informed no less by prehistoric
temple mound structures than
by contemporary museum
The northern and part of
the eastern face of two of its
three levels are dug into the
earth, giving the appearance
of a one-story structure. The
top level, comprising 34,000
sf, houses the reception and
exhibition areas. The exposed
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"a small tight site...a very clear individual statement..." (Jury)

and 23,000 sf lower levels are
given over to natural sciences
and social sciences research
and office space, and the in-
ground halves to storage. Two
acres of multilevel terraced
courts along the southern side
accommodate outdoor exhibits
and pedestrian and student
The structure combines
concrete mat slabs on grade,
concrete retaining walls, con-
crete waffle slab, cast-in-place
concrete columns, and steel
roof trusses, which clearspan
the exhibit hall roofs, making
possible large open spaces.

JURY: ...an innovative pro-
ject done by a courageous
architect... an avant-garde
solution.... By using green-
ery on earthen berms, he
was successful in locating
a large museum on a very
tight site... a handsome
building... a very clear
individual statement...


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"It has lasted well and worn well. "(Jury) Photograph: Ed Ze

Singer Apartments
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Donald Singer, Architect,

Jurors commended this
1965 project by Don Singer,
FAIA, for hav-
LA, Ring "avoided
all the architectural cliches of
its time." Four apartments were
fitted ingeniously on a tight 60'
x 110' corner site, each facing
its own way, and with all sound
and light directed away from
the others. Included in the
program was studio space for
the architect. The building
fulfilled its intention to both
house and provide an income
for his family while his practice
The concrete stucco apart-
ments, which jurors said
"showed some tropical ele-
ments," are entered at street

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"Ingenious solution on a tight
site" (Jury)

level. One then steps down
inches to the living area. Th
space extends visually past
the building line as glass wa
define the inside/outside div
sion. The sense of space go
beyond the property line to
wall, an extension of the the
building geometry (5 feet at
the sidewalk and 7 feet at th
courtyard), which shields th
space from the street.
For more than ten years
the architect occupied the
two-story apartment, part ol
whose upper level housed tl
independently accessed stuck
When his family moved to
larger quarters, the space w
rented to another architect.
Vacancies have been minimi
and tenants have tended to
stay for long periods.

Luminaire Showroom
and Offices
Coral Gables, Florida
Mateu Carreno Rizo &

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showroom for
... .. .;. w. k contemporary
furnishings in 1984, it caused
a local stir. All around were
structures that embraced the
prevalent historic-romantic
ambiance of Coral Gables.
Luminaire's construction
became part of local history.
aly The owners wanted to create
a building that would showcase
24 their philosophy of good design
e as a way of life. Inside the steel
and glass container, the people
lls and furnishings would provide
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es Light emanates from within
a as well as from outside. A cen-
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A 50-inch module expressed
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Low ceiling height (100 inches)
brings a residential scale to the
furniture exhibits. The south
facade setback underlines the
visual and physical separation
of adjoining retail establish-
ments. The building continues
to serve its original purpose as
a contemporary design center.

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architectural ij il l' ".l 0, -
designed perfectlyfor its
purpose... the furniture
was of a timeless design
and matched the timeless
design of the building.

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concrete stucco building,
using ordinary Florida
materials in an extraordi-
nary manner; and it held
up... influenced other
architects to look at and
use Florida materials. It
reminds me of a Rudolph
building. It has lasted well
and worn well.


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Judging the Jury: Do We Get the Best Buildings?
By Carl Abbott, FAIA

"For our City we will have only the best Architecture of our
time. We have some of the world's most beautiful buildings of
the.past in our City. We would never consider degrading our
heritage with copies of the past-or with new Architecture of
a lesser quality."
Xerardo Estevez, the Mayor of Santiago de Compostela,
told this to a group of architects he had invited to propose
their plans for new public buildings in his historic town in
northwest Spain. It impressed me to hear a modern politician
with such an awareness of the importance of buildings, of the
significance of the heritage that is being created.

t is always interesting to see
how buildings are selected,
particularly major civic build-
ings. There are a number of
means of selecting, of carrying
out the jury process: formal
open competitions, invited
competitions, the RFP process,
selection through friends
and political connections, and
selection based on past
work, awards, and recognition.
Juries have different make-ups,
too: professionals, architecture
critics, user groups, concerned
citizens, donors, politicians, or
any combination of these. For
major competitions and com-
missions, there are informed
architects on the jury as well
as a discerning jury coordinator
to organize the project and
entrants and to act as an
advisor to the jury.
A number of important build-
ings have resulted from compe-
titions. The Vietnam Memorial
was a national competition. The
poetic drawings submitted by
Maya Lin, the eventual winner,
were so loose and unclear that
they were almost overlooked-
except by a few jurors who
fought to have the project con-
sidered in more depth. Steve
Oles was hired to do a series of
renderings, working with Lin,
to clarify her concept. It is quite
unusual in a competition to
allow such an expanded level of
An outstanding international
competition outcome is the
Pompidou Center in Paris, by
Richard Rogers and Renzo
Piano, a building that has had a

great impact on world architec-
ture. The extraordinary Hong
Kong Bank and the Carr6 d'Art
in Nimes, both by Norman Fos-
ter, also were selected through
invited competitions. A current
example, the extension for the
Victoria and Albert Museum in
London, is another story alto-
gether. According to the New
York Times, one juror com-
mented that Daniel Libeskind's
exhibitionistic design was select-
ed because it would bring public-
ity to the project-and a hoped-
for increase in museum atten-
dance. Whether this was the
best design solution was not the
criterion-the media hype was.
Architectural competitions in
the United States in the past 20
years have been strongly affect-
ed by fad and fashion-what
Kenneth Frampton calls "pe-
dantic gamesmanship and new
avant-gardism." As a result the
best buildings are not being
done here in the U.S., but in
Europe and Asia. An example
is the Portland Building by
Michael Graves, where the jury
was dominated by Philip John-
son. It is interesting to read
Johnson's comments on his
work at that time (contempo-
rary with his AT&T building).
Recently, when Peter Blake
asked Johnson why he changes
"styles" so dramatically, he
replied, "I get bored. It's as sim-
ple as that"; when asked how he
designs buildings that lead to
social betterment, Johnson
responded, "I don't think I'd
know how to start." No surprise
then that Johnson, through

(Carre a Art, Nzmes, Norman Poster

his massive media coverage,
deserves much of the credit for
the present confused state of
architecture in this country.
A cardinal concern during the
peak of the international energy
crunch 15 plus years ago was
energy efficiency. While this
is still important, it is not, as it
was then, the chief considera-
tion in the selection of most
buildings. One must wonder
how many outstanding designs
were passed over because they
were not based specifically on
energy efficiency.
Reputation is often a major
factor in handing out commis-
sions. The wisdom of this prac-
tice can be seen in some of the
greatest buildings of this centu-
ry: Fallingwater, the Salk Cen-
ter, the Kimbell, Ronchamps...
However, the power of today's
media is such that celebrity

sometimes brings unwarranted
results. Last year, while I was
teaching at Harvard's Graduate
School of Design, a visiting lec-
turer told how his firm makes a
point of designing "wild and
crazy" buildings so that he can
get published and get on the
"high powered" lecture circuit.
He makes more money, he said,
from lectures than from archi-
tectural fees, and clients often
give him projects because his
name is in the news.
The Request for Proposals
(RFP) process has become the
standard form of selection for
public commissions, and we are
well aware of its strengths and
weaknesses. Its strength lies in
establishing a minimum level of
qualifications and capabilities,
its weakness in that the pro-
cess does not encourage good
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Judging the Jury: Do We Get the Best Buildings?
Continued from page 27

design. The jury seldom in-
cludes an architect-or anyone
with training or awareness of
the visual impact of the build-
ing. Instead, the decision is
made by various professionals
with other qualifications, such
as the heads of maintenance,
transportation, and utility de-
partments, an attorney, perhaps
a member of the user group.
They are not looking for out-
standing architecture that can
become part of their communi-
ty's heritage. They are simply
looking for a competent build-
ing, and unfortunately, that is
what We get. Interestingly, a
group that would not consider a
legal decision without thor-
oughgoing legal advice and
guidance will jump right in to
select a building. Despite their
unschooled visual tastes and
prejudices, they are expected to
act as experts. The addition of a
knowledgeable coordinator, an
architect, educator, and others
with an architectural back-
ground could bring greater
validity to the RFP system.
If you have never been on a
jury-whether to decide a com-
mission or an award-you
might be interested to learn
some of the "inner workings"
during the jury process. Often
there is a heated discussion
over a project that some jurors
like and others do not. Discus-
sion is good; however, the result
may be unfortunate if a juror
who "gives in" on one project is
allowed to dominate on another
selection. So much depends on
the jury-its make-up, and
where jurors are that day, what
they've read, seen, or been

through. A drawback to the jury
process is unyen presentation
of work. We all remember the
process of jurying student
work. Often the best rendered,
best presented project was
determined after thorough
review not to be the best build-
ing after all. We all have seen
some wonderful buildings that
have been poorly presented-
and rejected.
Most juries have a large num-
ber of projects to review, so a
project must grab the jury
quickly. It's tempting to move
fast, but there's something to
be said for slower, more careful
consideration. Several years
ago I was on a jury with Fay
Jones. After about an hour the
others were through, and Fay
and I had each covered about
one fourth of the submittals. At
the end, he and I agreed on all
awards, and because of our
greater understanding of each
project, we were able to con-
vince the others. Some other
top jurors I have worked with
are Merrill Elam, Mack Scogin,
Robert McCarter, Norman Fos-
ter. It is a wonderful experience
to be part of a "hot" jury-fun,
exciting, educational, and chal-
As a juror, I begin with two
basics: The Concept (what is
it? is it clear? is it appropriate?)
and Execution of the Concept
(is it well executed? is the con-
cept intact and still appropri-
ate?) An example of one without
the other is Taliesin's Marin
County Courthouse: a masterful
concept, poorly executed.
Considering this, my advice
is: If you feel strongly about

the quality of your design,
submit it for competition. If
you don't receive an award,
resubmit. Every jury is differ-
ent. And if the project never
gets an award, don't let that
shake your confidence.

Over my 30 years as an
architect my own particular
distinctions for architecture
have evolved as follows.
* Functional Integrity
* Aesthetics/Spirit/Presence
* Concern for the Site and
* Social Responsibility
* Awareness of the Forces that
Are Distinctive to Our Time
The qualities that define
meaningful architecture remain
consistent over time and place,
yet the manifestation of these
qualities has no set form and
is constantly evolving. They
encompass a thorough under-
standing of the functional
requirements of the project,
technology, an aesthetic
approach that enhances the
client's vision and that captures
the essence and spirit of the
project, a close relationship
with the intended user, a sensi-
tivity to the site and natural sur-
roundings, and a fundamental
social responsibility to improve
the quality of life. Finally, quali-
ty architecture possesses a
strength that has an integrity
that is of its time.
Quality architecture has few
limits. It is not defined by the
cost or size of a project, or by
operations, objectives, location,
or client but rather by the skill
and innovation of the design in

We create our buildings.
After that, our buildings
create us.

connecting many-often con-
tradictory-needs in an inspir-
ing way. Architecture is unique
among the arts in that at its
core it must provide a tangible
service while incorporating a
wide array of elaborate tech-
nologies. It has the greatest
responsibility of the arts: No
other field integrates us so inti-
mately and inclusively in creat-
ing the environment we physi-
cally inhabit.

Our Heritage
Truly, the juror has a responsi-
bility: the selected architecture
has a great effect on the city
and on the future. Qualities
needed by a good juror include
awareness, clear thinking, an
open mind, patience, enthusi-
asm, a sense of humor, and the
interest and ability to thorough-
ly review projects.
In The Social Basis of Great
Architecture, Sir Herbert Read
states that Architecture repre-
sents the ideal forms of abstract
beauty, enabling us to know the
grandeur and the energy of the
nation in which it has flour-
ished. Architecture is the art
that most easily transmits a

Back to Santiago de Com-
postela...the city recently
commissioned for two of its
new public buildings archi-
tects Alvaro Siza and Nor-
man Foster

Carl Abbott, FAIA, is the recip-
ient of the Florida AIA 1986
Award of Honor for Design
and 1994 Firm Award.
Most recently, he received
the University of Florida Dis-
tinguished Alumnus Award.
Cooper Abbott (Fiami) con-
tributed editorial advice and
thoughts for this article.

St. Thomas More, Sarasota, Carl Abbott, FAIA

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