State, Architects Unveil Judging Panel for Architecture Student Video Contest
November 1, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) today unveiled the judging panel that will be evaluating the videos submitted in an architecture student video contest. The contest offers cash prizes to the teams who produce the best videos about the unlicensed practice of architecture and engages the student community in an issue that impacts their profession while educating consumers on the dangers of doing business with unlicensed professionals.
The judging panel will consist of five members representing DBPR, AIA Florida and the Board of Architecture and Interior Design (BOAID). Tim Vaccaro is the Deputy Secretary of Professions at DBPR and has served the public for 22 years. Peter W. Jones is the 2012 President of AIA Florida as the organization celebrates its 100-year anniversary and is an architecture teacher at Indian River Charter High School in Vero Beach. Guy Peterson is a member of AIA Florida and is the current President and Principal Architect of Guy Peterson Office of Architecture in Sarasota. John Toppe serves as a member of the BOAID and is the President of Toppe Consultants, an architecture firm in St. Petersburg. Finally, Miguel Rodriguez serves as the Chair of the BOAID’s Probable Cause Panel and is the Architect Professional Liability, Premises Safety, Construction Claims and Defects Expert at Robson Forensic in Lake Worth.
The deadline for students to submit videos is midnight, November 12, and phase one of the judging will occur the following week. After this phase, the top videos will advance to phase two for public voting. Videos that advance to phase two will be posted on Facebook between November 27 and December 14 so the public may cast their vote for their favorite video.
The team that wins first place will receive a grand prize of $500. The two runners up will each receive $250, sponsored by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is the state agency responsible for licensing and regulating many professions throughout the state, including Florida architects. Preventing unlicensed activity is one of the Department’s top priorities because it takes jobs away from licensed professionals and could put consumers at serious risk.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida), headquartered in Tallahassee, represents the interests of more than 3,200 members in Florida. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards of professional practice.
More information about DBPR is available online at www.myfloridalicense.com. Also, follow @FloridaDBPR on Twitter or Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Facebook for updates about license cycles, events and other important news.