ALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Members of the The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) convened in Tallahassee recently for the association’s 2020 AIA Florida Legislative Day.
Local Tampa architect Beverly Frank, AIA recently began her tenure as the 2020 AIA Florida Advocacy Chair, making her the third female to hold the position for the 3900-member organization of architects.
Frank prepared over 130 architects, associates and architecture students from around the state for a bustling day meeting with legislators at the Capitol. The 2020 advocacy focus includes strong building codes and professional licensure requirements along with legislation to protect Florida cities, by design, from the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.
As Advocacy Chair, Frank oversaw the creation of AIA Florida’s distinctive, stylized “blueprint” that illustrates the severe destruction in Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael that members shared with legislators, highlighting AIA Florida’s legislative goals to increase sustainable and resilient buildings in Florida.
Frank was also inducted into the 2019 Citizen Architect class and was recognized on Legislative Day. The Citizen Architect title is bestowed upon architects that contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of their community through leadership, governance, civic advocacy and community service.
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The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, headquartered in Tallahassee, represents the interests of more than 3,900 members in Florida and the Caribbean. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.