Tampa Bay area’s best and brightest turned out for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards recently.
The event brings together the 750 member chapter of AIA Tampa Bay. They celebrate all things design. This year more than 300 turned out for the event at Tampa Theatre.
Jonathan Moore, President of InVision Advisors, will take over as AIA President Tampa Bay, on January 1. He says the event was spectacular. Moore says, “It’s hard to remember why we “do what we do” and this event allows us to stop and think about the contributions that architects make to our community in improving the quality of space and keep us safe.” Over 25 categories of winners were announced.The winners included Best Design, People’s Choice and the coveted Medal of Honor, which was received by Rick Rowe this year for his service to the profession and excellence in design.
AIA always recognizes a non-architect for their contributions to the built environment, the Award of Excellence. This year, Moore nominated John Bell for his 30+ years of restoration, preservation and business success at Tampa Theatre and he was selected by the jury! It was fitting that the awards ceremony was in the 96 year old movie palace to recognize John, where he is the CEO & President.
This is the only award given to a non-architect by AIA Tampa Bay for outstanding contributions in this line of work. Moore shared, “ The Tampa Theatre is the perfect
venue to recognize great design and the talent we have in our community. In 1926, architect John Ebberson opened the theatre as a cutting edge atmospheric theatre with the first air conditioning system in Tampa!”
AIA Tampa Bay also recognizes the Contractor of the Year. This year, the award went to DeLotto Construction. DeLotto recently completed Thundercloud Gun Club with InVision serving as Project Manager.
Last week’s Celebrate Design event sponsored by Masonite Doors recognized more than 20 projects, firms and individuals contributing to exceptional spaces in Tampa Bay. Invision is honored to have helped with several projects at the Tampa Theatre.