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November 2018


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-Winston Churchill

Florida Polytechnic University
Santiago Calatrava



First I want to thank all the organizations, offices and individuals that have given their time, money and items to the Hurricane Michael relief effort. 
Of the 12 counties within which AIA Tallahassee Chapter represents and acts for the Institute, 9 of them, including Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla and Taylor were impacted by Hurricane Michael.

To date, AIA Tallahassee has collected hundreds of dollars in funds, non-perishable food, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, tarps, gas cans, etc. that have gone to the aid of those people impacted.  
Because of the cold weather, we are now in the midst of a winter attire drive, including gently used coats, jackets, rain gear, blankets, hats, gloves, space heaters, etc. to keep people warm. As discussed in a letter to the members last week, those items can be dropped off to Hammond Design Group office, Hoy Stark Hagan office or bring them to the meeting tomorrow, November 20th. We will be delivering them to Mexico Beach by Wednesday, November 21st.
We are also having a fundraiser, discussed in the next article, to raise dollars to give to a local organization, not yet determined. Let’s keep up the donations, as they still have a long way to go before they are back to normal; and remember it could have been us and we would be looking to others for aid.  
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 :: 6pm
The Holiday party this year this is at Fifth and Thomas on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 6:00. AIA Tallahassee Board is challenging all the firms and Architects to give to our Hurricane Relief Fundraiser.  We will be fundraising until the end of the party on December 4th. Our goal is $10,000.  AIA Tallahassee has made the first donation of $3,000. Bring your check to the party and write your name and amount on our goal meter. We will be raising money to give to a local organization, to be determined.
Support for those affected by Hurricane Michael continues as supplies and donations continue to be delivered to AIA Florida headquarters. These supplies, along with donations from AIA Tallahassee, AIA Gainesville and AIA Florida Northwest will be delivered to affected area in the upcoming weeks. And most recently, AIA New York State contributed $2,500, increasing the relief coffers to roughly $10,000. This and other donated funds will be used in the Florida Panhandle to purchase appropriate supplies as the needs change. Alabama-based architect­ Robert Bruner, AIA, delivered a truckload of supplies to AIA Florida headquarters in Tallahassee on­ Saturday, November 3. These donations were all provided through a supply drive at Bruner's firm,­ CCR Architecture & Interiors, in Birmingham, Alabama. AIA Florida extends a huge thank you to Rob and CCR Architecture & Interiors!
AIA Tallahassee will be helping to deliver these supplies to the affected counties.
AIA Florida is actively seeking to identify and recognize members who are taking an active role in shaping the world through leadership, service on not-for-profit boards, governmental office or boards, design charrettes or any other effort that demonstrates the leadership of the architect as a citizen in the community.  If you are that person, please contact Eve Williams at and we will submit your name.
In an effort to grow the influence of the architectural profession, AIA Florida has developed the Gubernatorial Appointment Program (GAP) to help place architects in positions of influence within our communities.
AIA Florida has identified more than 250 appointed positions for which architects could provide key insight and leadership. AIA Florida's mission is to position architects to lead the shaping of Florida's future. It is vital that the profession be represented to provide leadership and guidance in all aspects of business that affect the built environment. 
The GAP toolkit provides each component with all pertinent information regarding each appointed position in addition to an example application and links to the Governor's appointment applications. 
View Toolkit
President: Rhonda Hammond, AIA
Hammond Design Group
2627 Blair Stone Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32301
W: (850)222-2092
C: (850) 445-7001
Vice President/President Elect: Miyuki Keller, AIA
Hoy Stark Hagan Architects
1350 Market St, Ste. 209
Tallahassee, FL 32312
W: (850) 893-5979 ext. 103
C: (919) 880-7912
Treasurer: Maxim D. Nasab, AIA
Apexx Architecture, LLC
6713 Apollo Trail
Tallahassee, FL 32309
W: (850)524-5659
(850) 524-5659
Secretary: Randolph H. Haynes Jr., AIA “Bart”
Nova Engineering
1533 NW 16th Lane
Jennings, FL 32053
W: (850)363-0851
C: (850) 464-0808
State Director: James M. Stark, lll, AIA “ Monty”
Hoy Stark Hagan Architects
1350 Market St, Ste. 209
Tallahassee, FL 32312
W: (850) 893-5971 ext. 106
C: (850) 264-0646

Immediate Past President: Eve C Williams, AIA
Architect ECW LLC
1422 Seminole Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
W: (850) 878-3146
C: (850) 694-0552
Associate Director:  LauaLee Diallo, Assoc. AIA
DAG Architects, Inc.
1213 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
W: (850) 391-7748
C: (850) 291-7257
Chapter Director of Advocacy: Jehna Winger, Assoc. AIA
DAG Architects, Inc.
1213 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
W: (850) 391-7200
C: (850) 212-4757
Chapter Director of Communications: George Johnson, Jr., Assoc. AIA
Barkley Consulting Engineers, Inc.
2840 Remington Green Cir, Ste. E
Tallahassee, FL 32308
W: (850) 297-0440
C: (850) 264-3102
Chapter Director of Programming: Callie Michaela Watson, Assoc. AIA
DAG Architects, Inc.
1213 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
W: (850) 588-3740
C: (850) 445-5370

Chapter Director Historian: Andrea Gallardo-Runk, Assoc. AIA
Conn & Associates Inc., Architects
1960-C Buford Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
W: (850) 878-8784
C: (850) 819-6580
FAMU Liaison: Olivier Chamel, AIA
Florida A&M University School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
1938 S Martin Luther King Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307
W: (850) 599-3894
C: (850) 212-3791

The board has been working on the accreditation process for AIA Tallahassee and should be ready for submission and first review by December 1, 2018.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 :: 12pm

AIA Tallahassee & American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will present
Urban Design as a Public Service and Community Outreach, a presentation by the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department and a dialog with AIA Tallahassee and ASLA. This will be the beginning of the conversation to build the relationship between these groups.
Speakers Include: Jeremy Floyd, Devan Leavins, Laurel Harbin
Venue: City of Tallahassee- Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor Conference Rm
Length: 1 hour
Lunch: Will be provided  

Jeremy Floyd, PLA
Jeremy is currently the Administrator of the DesignWorks team in Tallahassee and has been with the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department since May 2013.  His unique role of providing design review and site assistance to both the public and private sectors has allowed him to give input on nearly every project within Leon County.  Spearheading this division, he is in frequent contact with area Architects, Landscape Architects, Developers, Engineers, and other related industry professionals.  Jeremy graduated from Texas A&M University with dual degrees with a Master of Science in Land Development and a Bachelor of Environmental Design.  He previously worked in the private sector for 15+ years and has been recently named the Section Chair for ASLA Tallahassee.
Devan Leavins 
Devan has eight (8) years of experience as a Planner in the State of Florida. He has worked at both the state and local levels of government and is currently the Administrator for the Special Projects Division with the Tallahassee- Leon County Planning Department. Devan holds a Master of Science in Planning from The Florida State University, along with a certificate in Urban Design. He previously worked for the City of Tallahassee Growth Management Department and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Devan currently serves as the Section Chair for the Capital Area Section of APA-Fl.
Laurel Harbin 
Laurel Harbin, PhD, is a LEED-accredited designer and planner who currently serves as the Special Projects Coordinator at the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida.  Laurel’s experience spans both the public and private sectors, and her grant-funded research has been published in the international journal Planning Perspectives.  In her role as Special Projects Coordinator, Laurel serves on the Architectural Review Board and leads efforts to broaden public participation in the Planning process.

Saturday, January 12, 2018 :: 4pm - 7pm

Experience Tallahassee has officially been rescheduled to Saturday, January 12th, 2019! This is the weekend following the first week of school, so we are especially excited to welcome our out-of-town students back to Tallahassee and kick off the year right! Event times are scheduled to be the same as the October 13th event, with our vending/tabling taking place between 4-7pm. If you want to volunteer for the event please email LauarLee Diallo at

Don’t forget to renew your dues. You should have received a renewal notice in the mail or you can go online to to renew. You can pay it in one lump sum or in installments. If you renew between October 1 and December 31, 2018, you have a chance to win an iPhone 8 Plus Special Edition, 12.9 inch iPad Pro, or a $200 Amazon gift certificate.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018 :: 11:59pm

The JLI Leadership Program is a six-month course designed to train and cultivate the next generation of leaders. Beginning February 2019, a select group of students will meet monthly in person or via webinar to learn and discuss a wide range of leadership skills.­

Dates and Locations:
February 4, 2019 - Tallahassee
March 4, 2019 - Tampa
April 1, 2019 - Orlando
May 6, 2019 - Tampa
June 3, 2019 - Webinar
July 1, 2019 - Orlando
July 25-28, 2019 - Orlando­*
*There will be a graduation ceremony during the 2019 AIA Florida Annual Convention, held at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Orlando.
  • For a complete overview of the program, click HERE.
  • To view the complete curriculum, click­ HERE.
  • For more information about former FBI agent and course instructor Michael "Bret" Hood, click HERE.
  • To apply, click HERE.
  • Does not include travel costs
  • May be paid by individual, mentor, component, firm and/or others.
Application Deadline:­­ ­All completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2018 to be eligible.

Notification of Acceptance:­ ­­Candidates will be notified of their selection to participate in the program by December 21, 2018.
AIA Tallahassee will be awarding one $500.00 scholarship for this program.
Please contact Eve Williams at for more information on the scholarship.

Legislative Day is scheduled for February 5, 2019

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Legislative Day Briefing and Citizen Architect Recognition– Sittig Hall at Kleman Plaza
10:30 am – 5:00 pm – Legislative Day Visits War Room will be open during these hours. Updated legislator lists will be provided to components.
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Legislative Day Reception AIA Florida Headquarters 104 E Jefferson St Tallahassee, FL 32301 There is no cost to attend but we ask that people RSVP below:
AIA Florida License Renewal Seminar
Earn up to 24 hours of continuing education credit, including the required two-hour
Advanced Florida Building Code credit.­­­ In addition to the Advanced FBC course, you'll
learn about school safety designs, reinforced masonry against hurricanes and tornadoes
and much more!­
All 24 hours are approval for HSW credit!
Special Daily Rates are available.­ Each day provides eight hour of HSW credit.­ Click on
the desired city below and then click on the Fees tab for details.
Mark your calendar for one of these dates.­
Click on the city for more information or to register.­­ Thank You Seminar Sponsors:
Thank you and have a nice day,
Eve Williams, AIA LEED AP
AIA Tallahassee President

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