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March 2019

‘I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.’
                                                                                              - Tadao Ando
From your President
In searching for an inspirational quote to share with you this month this one, from Tadao Ando, spoke to me.  Especially, the ending…” the spirit of the thing.”  That’s what I’ve been experiencing these last few weeks; the spirit of the AIA Tallahassee Component!

What a privilege it has been for me to witness – there are so many bright, enthusiastic, energetic, and dedicated volunteers making certain that architecture is relevant in our community and for you and me! 

Your component board is busy coordinating and planning events for those on the associates level and for those of our component eligible for possible fellowship in the association, by participating in the policymaking process and everything in between!

I’m going to share what’s been going on in the component, what’s coming up and more importantly, how you can become involved.  We need your input.
Everything we do has an impact on your practice. 
Rhonda S. Hammond, AIA
Hammond Design Group, LLC
Legislative Day 2019 was a huge success; we had several productive appointments with our Representatives Alexander and Ausley.  We are excited that so many of the students from AIAS participated in the event.
Every year more and more special interest groups impede upon our practices by seeking to change public policy.  Policy is everything.  Understand that if we are not involved we are allowing others to make the decisions that govern our practices.
You can view issues at hand this year on the AIA 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
Our associates had a breakfast meeting to get the year started on Tuesday, 2/12 at the Red Eye Café in Midtown.  What an enthusiastic group!  They discussed and organized a plan to get together and study for the exam but also volunteered to participate as follows:
  • Alana Taylor, of ALW, has agreed to be the lead the Ask an Architect efforts, but no event has been scheduled.  If you are interested in participating you can contact her at
  • LauraLee introduced an opportunity to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity – with a “Women’s Build”.  More info to come. 
  • Associates’ Socials – a call for Associates input on our first social gathering; breweries, dinners, brunches, coffee, etc.  Associates with a preferred location, please email LauraLee 
  • Mentorship Program – If you are interested in joining our Mentorship Program as a Mentor or Mentee please contact LauraLee to be added to the list. More information to come. 
  • The Dinner by Design series was a huge success last year!  Andrea and Callie are spearheading this. More info to come.
  • FAMU Resume Review was held on Wednesday, 2/13.  Several students participated bring in their resume prior to the job fair scheduled for February 22 at FAMU.  We’d like to thank you to all who participated.
  • ARE Resources – I have Brightwood books available for checkout at DAG office. Associates - please fill out the online survey regarding your ARE process/ status. It takes 45 seconds! This will help gear our efforts/ resources toward the exams you are currently/planning on taking. Survey here:
Tuesday, March 5th at 12:00 – 1:00
DAG Architects Office 1213 Miccosukee Road

Our first Associates’ Professional Seminar within the Lecture Series is with Maxim D. Nasab, AIA, MRAIC, NCARB, Principal Architect of Apexx Architecture. The seminar will be on March 5th at DAG Architects.
Max serves as an Exam Committee volunteer with NCARB, which means he volunteers his time and expertise in developing the ARE exams. We have invited Max to help us understand the newest version of the Architect Registration Exams, ARE 5.0 from the viewpoint of NCARB.
If you are just getting started with the ARE’s, just transitioning from the retired 4.0 exams to the new 5.0 exams or you’re just trying to understand the mindset/intentions behind the new NCARB format, join us for this presentation!
This is will be a BYOL event and parking will be at MAD DOG Construction across Doctors Drive from the DAG office.
We continue our disaster relief efforts in the panhandle.  Our colleagues from around the state continue to send supplies for us to disburse.  Recently, Eve received the following text from our contact, Anita, regarding the specific supplies they had requested:

‘What a blessing…..delivered the last heater and air mattress sheets.  Oh the stories – 11 families were helped.  So sad and frustrating…..3 months after and the need is still so great.  Towels and laundry soap are what is being asked for.  Think people are finally trying to move forward but don’t know how or what.  Have long term recovery meeting determine how to help.  Praying for solutions.  Thank you so much for everything, it was very needed and appreciated! Oh and the little girl LOVED the clothes, especially the pink pants!’

Know your efforts and donations are appreciated.  We’re staying in touch to have an idea of what is needed.  To read more about what is going on see Eve’s report at (can we link to the disaster relief page here).
Our strategic task force met on 1/22/2019 to get started on issues and ideas for the New Year.  Two of the main ideas I’d like to share here.

First, was the focus on increasing our membership by reaching out to more established firms and architects and encourage them to attending our meetings.  Membership was also a focal point.  It was discussed that increasing our social events for the membership might be a venue to increase the interests of those not currently attending.
Another idea was to share the benefits of membership; maybe non-attendees weren’t aware of all that was available to them.  You can review the Members Benefits Guide at
Another idea discussed was to host a ‘Beaux Arts Ball’.  It was scheduled for April 4, 2020 at the new Proof Brewing Company.
Please consider getting involved with any of the events above by contacting Eve at   
The next Strategic Task Force meeting will be at the end of April. 
There are several events scheduled for Architecture Week to date they are: Also as part of Architecture Week, we will again be exhibiting our architects work from April 11 thru the end of April. To date, 8 members have signed up to show their artistic talents this year.  If you would like to exhibit your art please contact Eve Williams at  The Opening reception will be on April 11th starting at 5:30pm.
The annual golf tournament is at hand. Please think about sponsoring and/or putting a team together to play this year. Registration is open.  Registration will be capped at 30 teams, so don’t delay. It will take place on 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. 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
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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 below.
Don’t forget the opportunities for CEU’s, networking, and fun at our conferences.
On 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, NV June 6-8, 2019
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AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, Minneapolis, MN September 12-14, 2019
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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:
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 :: Doors 6:00 PM | Event 7:00 PM
at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall
Free and Open to the Public

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