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January 2019



“To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats.­ It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works.­ Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.”
­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­-Ai Weiwei
The cure for this criticism?­ Get involved and be a part of the difference or solution you are seeking.­ As I mentioned at our Lunch & Learn last Tuesday, as architects we have an obligation to our community and profession.­ We also have limitless opportunities to serve here in our community, at the state, an even, national level.
As a component of AIA Florida we operate in support of the mission of:
  • AIA Florida is a united association of architects who lead the shaping of Florida's future.
With a Vision:
  • AIA Florida members are the steward of communities and resources through the power of architecture.
AIA Florida and AIA Tallahassee believe in...
Impact -­making¬≠­a societal difference through architectural excellence
Leadership -¬≠­building­trust through collaboration and participation
Integrity -­doing­the right thing for the right reason
Ethics -­maintaining­the highest standard of professionalism
Service -­creating­a legacy of selflessness in the community
Innovation -­cultivating­a culture of forward thinking
Stewardship -­nurturing­that which has been entrusted to us
Here in January 2019, beginning of a brand new year we are going to focus on our call to Service.­ We’ll investigate our other beliefs as we go through the year.­
As I’m certain you are aware, your AIA board has been busy!­ 2018 was a great year and we plan to be just as active in 2019.­ But, we can’t do it without you!!­ From the emerging professional, the seasoned professional or our honored emeritus we need your time and input.­ Find an area that you are passionate about and get involved with AIA Tallahassee in serving our community!­
I’m looking forward to serving with you this year.
Rhonda S. Hammond, AIA
Hammond Design Group, LLC
We have many opportunities to serve our profession and community let’s look at few. . .­
At the local level we have:
Legislative Day
Tuesday, February 5, 2019­:: Legislative Day, here in the Capital City­
For more information and a schedule of events go to:­
To RSVP your attendance go to:
To see some of the issues we are facing this year go to:
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 Strategic Task Force
Tuesday, January 22, 2019­:: 6:00pm
Beef 'O' Brady's
1800 Thomasville Road

A think-tank for how architecture and our component will shape our community.­ For more information you can contact our Immediate Past President: Eve Williams, AIA
Architect ECW LLC
1422 Seminole Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
W: (850) 878-3146
C: (850) 694-0552
  • Architecture Week – Coming in April­ -- more info to come.­
  • Annual Golf Tournament – stay tuned; more info to come.­
  • “Hot Topics” – Coming, again, in April, a great way to get a good day of CEU credits.­
  • Several Associate events are planned; again, stay tuned!­ Local firms please be open to participating.­
  • LEED Green Associate study session opportunity:
Sustainability cannot be left out of the equation and LEED certification is the premier designation to stay current and marketable in the built-environment. I was hoping you could send an invite to members in the AIA Tallahassee about this great opportunity to get involved in sustainability through LEED Training coming up in the new year!
Become LEED Accredited! - Invitation to AIA Tallahassee – for distribution
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training
When: January 29th 2019 – 6:00PM to 9:30 PM
Where:­Florida State - FAMU-FSU College of Engineering - Room 1A05­­­­­­­­­­­
-­­­­­­­ Or­­­ -
When: January 30th 2019 – 6:00PM to 9:30 PM
Where:­ University of Florida – Matherly Hall– Room 203
­LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field
­To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!
­This course is taught by a USGBC faculty and a new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last year and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system.

­If you are worried about your busy schedule, fear not, as the course is entirely recorded and you can watch the part that you cannot attend or take the whole course online.

This professional designation never expires and we offer credential maintenance for free!

­Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)
To register for the class please visit:
AIA Tallahassee’s continue Disaster Relief efforts in the Panhandle report from Eve Williams:
  • A trip was made on Friday, January 18 to deliver more goods to Mexico Beach, Marianna and Grand Ridge, Florida. They requested and we delivered batteries heaters, blankets, coats, clothes, gloves, underwear, oranges, cleaning supplies and more. They were extremely appreciative. The situation over there is getting better, but there are still many, many families that are without jobs and permanent homes who will need help for some time to come. AIA Space Coast will be bringing a load of supplies on February 5 for us to deliver. They are coming up for the legislative event and wanted to bring what they have collected. We thank AIA Space Coast.­ If you are interested in assisting in the deliveries please contact Eve to coordinate.
Monty Stark, our State Director, explains there are many opportunities to serve at the State committee level.­ Here’s what he has to say:

Welcome to 2019!­
As part of my role in AIA this year I’ll be serving as your state director representing the AIA Tallahassee component on the AIA Florida Board. While it sounds like it’s all understood and laid out in a simple way it is not either. This is my first year in doing this service and as I presented at the recent board meeting I’ll be learning in my “freshman” (haven’t used that term in a long time) year status.­
I was impressed by several things upon my first board meeting:

1. What I CAN tell you is after my first board meeting with everyone from the other components and the officers of the Board, there is a LOT to be done, many opportunities of service and learning and contribution if you want to step up, step in and serve and better this AIA organization. AIA Florida is one of the few “Large States” on the national level and AIA Tallahassee is prime for being a force in this State level organization - therefore affecting change and consideration at the national level.­

2. The Board does not do (nor can EVER do) it all. I am left with wonder at how much the Board relies on us as members to step up and serve, volunteer and put the skills we have to service of our organization and communities. Please let me know if you desire to serve in something exciting and impacting. There is an opportunity.

3. ­You want to affect Laws/Legislation and how they are considered? We can. You can.

4. You want to bring the appreciation, wonder and passion of architecture to students in schools? We can. You can.

5. You want to make AIA be what you want it to be? We can. You can.­
Membership,­Services,­Advocacy,­Leadership in your community,­there are so many opportunities to put your skills to work.

As we begin 2019 the Board has some conference calls/meetings scheduled where I will learn about the above in better/more detail. I look forward to sharing that with you. In the meantime if you have any questions or opportunities regarding service please let me know. I’ll do all I can to facilitate the connections and opportunities. Got something you want taken to the Board? Let me know. That's what I’m here for.­

I look forward to this.­
Last year we accomplished some good stuff, look back and be glad.
In 2019 let’s define and affect even more where we want to go.­
James M. Stark, III, AIA
“Ask an Architect”
We will continue to participate in local events via this opportunity to engage our community and we need your assistance.­ Our booth at the recent “Experience Tallahassee” was a huge success.­ Eve has this to say about the event:­
“FSU, FAMU and TCC partnered with the Knight Creative Communities Institute to attract and retain Tallahassee’s best and brightest college students in the community.­ To this end “Experience Tallahassee” was developed.­ AIA Tallahassee joined the effort and set up our first “Ask An Architect” exhibit. The festival occurred on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Cascades Park. Hundreds of people attended and many of those stopped by to talk architecture.­ The strategic task force will be looking for additional venues to set up our exhibit so if you hear of any please let Rhonda or LauraLee know. We hope to become regulars at as many venues as possible.­ We will be asking for volunteers to represent AIA. Thank you to the volunteers for this event: LauraLee, Alana, Stephanie, LeJon, Erin and Callie. It was a success due to your efforts.”
We added a new position on our board to assist us in documenting all the events and efforts we are making on your behalf.­ Welcome, Andrea Gallardo-Runk to her new position.­ She will be taking pictures and videos and other media format and has developed opportunities for you to share your images with the dropbox and google docs accounts.­ She’ll be sending out how to upload your images that we may share and document all the fun AIA Tallahassee is having.
This is just to get us started locally this year.­ On the state and national levels upcoming events include:
At the National level:
Grassroots, Washington, DC
March 6-8, 2019
For more information or to register for the event go to:­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­­

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

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 12-14, 2019
For more information or to register for the event go to:
At the State level:
AIA Florida 2019 Convention, Orlando, FloridaJuly 25-28, 2019
For more information or to register for the event go to:
Do you know this building?­ Have you been there and would like to share your experience?­ We’ll share your experience at the next Lunch & Learn; Email me!
In memory of Ian Sommerfeldt. . .
AIA Tallahassee lost a talented and kind member in 2018.­ Our hearts go out to his family and colleagues at Architects: Lewis & Whitlock.­ Ian is missed.­ AIA Tallahassee will be making a donation in his name to the Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild.
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