State, Architects to Observe Florida Architects' Day
April 2, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) today encouraged Floridians to celebrate Florida Architects’ Day tomorrow, April 3, 2013, as well as Florida Architecture Month throughout April.
Through a proclamation signed by Governor Scott, the month of April has been designated Florida Architecture Month, and DBPR and AIA Florida are encouraging Floridians to recognize and appreciate the work of these licensed professionals, such as the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Disney’s Cinderella’s Castle in Lake Buena Vista and the Florida Theatre Building in Jacksonville. Florida architects are responsible for creatively designing countless buildings and structures across the state, the nation and the world as well as providing expertise in the areas of historic preservation, disaster mitigation and sustainable design and donating pro-bono services to deserving non-profits.
Additionally, DBPR and AIA Florida are excited to announce the winners of their co-sponsored architecture student video contest. Seventeen videos were entered from students around the state, and three teams produced the best videos about the importance of consumers hiring a licensed architect. Team Musgrave/Usbeck from Florida International University came in first place, receiving a grand prize of $500. The two runners up were Team M&K Production and Team Drescher/Arroyave, both also from Florida International University. The runners up received $250 each. The winning videos can be found online at http://www.youtube.com/user/FloridaDBPR.
“All of the students who entered a video did a great job, and we are proud of the videos they created,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “The videos will be used as part of our efforts to educate consumers about unlicensed activity, so we were happy to involve those who are the future of the profession in the process.”
A panel of judges including DBPR officials, top AIA Florida members and licensed architects assessed the videos, and the top five videos advanced to public voting. The winning video earned 60 percent of the public votes received.
“AIA Florida believes in the importance of collaboration,” said contest judge and AIA Florida Immediate Past President, Peter W. Jones, AIA. “This partnership with the DBPR allowed us to connect with architecture students and get them involved.”
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.
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.
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