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AIA Florida involves members in a statewide proactive, organized, unified effort to benefit the profession. To accomplish its mission to "unite, educate and position architects to lead the shaping of Florida's future" the state association:
Is Well Organized. Headed by a 50-person board of directors representing the 13 chapters in Florida, a staff of eight professional executives and staff support personnel keeps the organization operating and responding to member needs.
Is Politically Effective. AIA Florida is involved in the process of proactive, public agency and legislative lobbying efforts. The state association employs full-time lobbyists in Tallahassee to insure that Florida architects are essential players in promoting the causes that benefit the profession. This activity is considered the most important, ongoing goal of AIA Florida.
Promotes Professional Excellence. Through established programs, members participate in continuing education development seminars, public awareness outreach, and the design awards competition. Whether it is through statewide conferences or local roundtable discussion sessions, AIA Florida provides opportunities for personal growth and career advancement.
Supports Unification. AIA Florida seeks to be a unifying force for the architectural profession and AIA chapter and components through a quality communication program. Opportunities for fellowship and supportive professional networking allow members to tailor activities to unique needs within the state. AIA Florida publishes Florida Caribbean Architect magazine, the Directory of Florida Architectural Firms and other communications to keep AIA members and the public informed on architecture.
In 2007, AIA Florida conducted a five-year comprehensive strategic plan. In 2007, the Associate re-visited the plan and developed a new three-year strategic plan with flexibility to address unexpected changes in the status quo. "Who knew five years ago that we would be dealing with the worst recession since the Great Depression?" asked Peter W. Jones, AIA, 2012 AIA Florida President. "Our previous five-year strategic plan helped us to keep our priorities in line and our eyes on the goal. However, a three year strategic plan, I think, will be more in line with current thinking about responding to change both economically and politically as well as to improvements in technology." The Association's 2012-2015 strategic plan has four initiatives: