Tampa (Oct. 28, 2015) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Chapter will name 23 recipients of its highest annual awards, the Honor and Design Awards, at the Celebrate Design reception on Thursday, Nov. 5. Each year, AIA Tampa Bay honors architects, philanthropists, public servants, and organizations that are committed to improving communities through design excellence.
The Honor and Design Awards reinforce the AIA’s central principle: design matters. The AIA Tampa Bay Honor Awards will recognize 12 people and firms for outstanding accomplishments and service to the architecture profession and the community.
Three of the AIA Tampa Bay Honor Awards will be presented to people who have reimagined the architectural fabric of Tampa. Strategic Property Partners, the real estate partnership between Cascade Investment and Jeff Vinik, is developing its 40 acres in Tampa’s downtown as an urban multi-use project along the waterfront with total investment exceeding $2 billion. Senior Managing Director Bob Abberger will accept a President’s Award for their vision for the project. Speck & Associates principal Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA and Stantec senior principal and urban design group leader David Dixon, FAIA will each receive a President’s Award for their work on behalf of SPP. The project will be the world’s first WELL Certified™ city district built to enhance human health and wellness. SPP along with its partners Delos and the City of Tampa will create a roadmap for how cities worldwide can be designed and developed to support public health.
The 11 projects selected for the AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards represent exceptional work in architecture and urban design by AIA members and architects. To be eligible for Design Awards, projects had to be completed by architects/designers practicing in Tampa Bay, or located in Tampa Bay and designed by architects/designers based in other cities. Fifty-six entries were submitted in the student, architect and associate categories.
Each winning project, granted either an “honor” or “merit” award, was chosen for its exemplary design quality. This year’s head juror was Robert Rogers, FAIA, principal of New York City-based Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, part of the design team for the new St. Petersburg Pier. Criteria considered by the jurors included design quality, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.
“With the theme ‘Future Now,’ we are focusing on positive changes to improve the profession and our community,” said Carlos Molnar, AIA, president of AIA Tampa Bay. “Activities, advocacy and projects through AIA Tampa Bay can help shape the built environment and the future of Tampa Bay.”
The Celebrate Design reception takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd in Tampa. Tickets are $55 for members (AIA and Allied), $75 for non-members, $35 for Associate AIA and $25 for students. Hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets are provided with ticket purchase.
Event co-chairs Juan C. Ricardes, International Associate AIA, principal of JaJu’ Design & Development, and Chris Culbertson, president of EMPAD Architecture and Design, organized the event.
AIA Tampa Bay
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional association for architects and those in the architecture field. AIA Tampa Bay is the regional chapter representing approximately 650 members in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Pasco Counties. The AIA provides programs and services including educational programs, design competitions, community service programs and serves as the united voice of the architecture profession. The regional chapter office is located in downtown Tampa.