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April 2019

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die."
~ Daniel Burnham

I just recently was reintroduced to Daniel Burnham, whom we all know as the architect who designed the Flatiron Building in New York City, by way of a book entitled “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.  This is the story about the World’s Columbian Exposition, the world’s fair held to honor the 400th hear of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, held in Chicago in 1893. 

It’s an extraordinary story of the polar extents of man’s genius.  Burnham being the creative, visionary, constructive side of mankind (I’ll leave the dark, deplorable nemesis of destruction and death to those who’d like to discover it for themselves).  Not only was Burnham a truly talented designer he was also an architect of great vision.  I’m certain he had no idea of how his work on this project would change the architecture of America forever. Nor did he realize this fair would provide things we still enjoy today like electric lighting on a urban scale, Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit chewing gum, and of course, the ever enchanting Ferris wheel – just to name a few. 

“Make no little plans….”

With this directive in mind, know that April is a busy month for us with our Architecture Week events and the discovery of the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan public workshops (more about that shortly).  So, with spring in the air there are countless ways to get out in the community!  Enjoy our creativity with the “Art by Architects” and the “Bird Haus” competition held at Lemoyne this week.  For those who seek a more active competition we have the annual Golf tournament right around the corner.

Everything we do has impact on your practice and if you’re not making the decisions who is? 

Rhonda S. Hammond, AIA
Hammond Design Group, LLC
Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan Upcoming Revisons

In the last few AIA Florida state conventions the themes have been Resilience & Relevance, Communicating Value, and Ideas Grow Here all in efforts to encourage us as a profession to engage with our community.  This engagement is needed to educate our public on what we do and obtain a seat at the table in the big conversations about our community and the process for the built environment.  We are uniquely qualified and trained to participate in the planning of our community. 

Our board has had many conversations on how we can promote our involvement so we were pleased when recently, Miyuki, our AIA Vice President/President-Elect discovered that the Planning Department was hosting public workshops to garner input on the upcoming revisions to the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan.  There are only two schedule events remaining addressing Land Use and Mobility.  I encourage you to participate.

You can view the schedule at  There are also links on this page to materials from previous workshops.

You can participate in the survey – they ask specific questions here  The survey begins with a video giving you an idea of the intent of the workshops.
Advocacy at Work for You

AIA Tallahassee continually supports AIA Florida in its Governmental Affairs efforts.  To stay up to date on the issues and how our team is working for your practice go to their website at

For specific information or if you have questions you can contact our Director of Advocacy:

Jehna Winger, AIA
DAG Architects, Inc.
1213 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
W: (850) 391-7200
C: (850) 212-4757
AIA Associates

The Build is happening on April 14th!
We are asking for Monetary donations as well as Physical donations. We need the following:
  • Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Nails/Screws/Wood Glue
  • Building Blocks 
  • Loose Materials 
  • Interior Finish Samples 
  • Borrowed tools (Hammers/Saws/Drills etc)
See full details on our website at
Or contact Andrea at 
Our Continued Disaster Relief Efforts

Our efforts of support continue for our neighbors in the Panhandle.  If you'd like to provide supplies or would like to volunteer on a delivery run please contact:
Eve Williams, AIA
Architect ECW LLC
1422 Seminole Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
W: (850) 878-3146
C: (850) 694-0552
President's Strategic Task Force
The next Strategic Task Force meeting will be at the end of April.  Stay tuned for date and time!

If you have questions or would like to participate please contact:
Eve Williams, AIA
Architect ECW LLC
1422 Seminole Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
W: (850) 878-3146
C: (850) 694-0552

AIA College of Fellows
 An information session is scheduled for Tuesday, 4/9 at 4:00pm.  It well be held at the AIA Florida headquarters on Jefferson Street.  Any AIA member interested in the process of applying for fellowship are invited.  Please RSVP with Rhonda Hammond at 
Bird Haus
Judging is scheduled for Thursday of this week 4/11.

To get the details go to
Art by Architects
The entries this year are phenomenal!  The Opening
reception will be on April 11th starting at 5:30pm.
ABC/AIA 26th Annual Golf Tournament  
Is scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT at Golden Eagle Country Club,
3700 Golden Eagle Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312.
There are still many ways to participate including sponsorships, contributing door prizes or volunteering at the event.  To sign up to be a sponsor or register to play please click on the following link.
 If you have any questions, please contact our Golf Tournament Coordinator Iain Harnden at or you can call him at (850) 385-9200.
Collaborating with our Allied Professions 
Stay tuned for more information on a joint event to  include ASLA, AIA, APA, CNU and maybe ULI!
Hot Topics
Make plans to join us in a city most convenient to you and earn seven hours of continuing education credit, including the 2-hour advanced
Florida Building Code credit, for FREE!
AIA Florida is always striving to provide quality continuing education at an affordable price to its members.  To help accomplish this goal, AIA Florida has partnered with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation and Building a Safer Florida to create a free seminar for AIA Florida members.   For more information or to register go to:
Don’t forget the opportunities for CEU’s, networking, and fun at our conferences.

On the National level:

A’19 AIA National Conference on Architecture 
Las Vegas, NV
June 6-8, 2019
For more information or to register for the event go to:

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit
Minneapolis, MN
September 12-14, 2019
For more information or to register for the event go to:
At the State level:

AIA Florida 2019 Convention
Orlando, FL
July 25-28, 2019
For more information or to register for the event go to:
Did you know . . .

not all iconic Lloyd Wright designs can be attributed to Frank.  “Lincoln Logs”, the legendary building toys, were the brainchild of John Lloyd Wright, the second son of the legendary architect. An architect in his own right, John was inspired by the interlocking beams of the foundation below Lloyd Wright Senior's Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
Frank Lloyd Wright
John Lloyd Wright
Lincoln Logs
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