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2024 Slate of Candidates

AIA Florida gladly presents this special preview of candidates for AIA Florida offices. The AIA Florida Annual Meeting and elections will be held on Wednesday, July 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern at the Breakers. Online delegate accreditation opens June 17.

View PDF of candidate bios and philosophies.

First Vice President/President-elect (2026 President)

Adam Gayle, AIA

Joshua Shatkin, AIA

Secretary/Treasurer 2025-2026 (One position available.)

Lindsey Piant Perez, AIA

Kelly Wieczorek, AIA

Vice President 2025-2026 (Two positions available)

Peter Hauerstein, AIA

Jeffrey Huber, FAIA

Andy MacPhee, AIA

Michelle Riegner, AIA

Associate Director at Large 2025-2026 (One position available)

Amanda Grace, Assoc. AIA

Sarah Malebranche, Assoc. AIA

Councilor on the AIA Strategic Council 2025-2027 (One position available)

Gloria Kloter, AIA

Stephen Panzarino, AIA

Young Architect Representative 2025-2026 (One position available. Appointed by AIA Florida Board.)

Amanda Barton, AIA

Bryce Bounds, AIA

Shadia Jaramillo, AIA

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First Vice President/President-elect (2026 President)

Adam Gayle, AIA

A person with a beard and mustache wearing a white shirtDescription automatically generatedAdam is a wildly creative problem-solver with a cheerful demeanor and upbeat personality. He consistently seeks constructive solutions for every situation and faces each challenge with a smile. Driven by kindness, empathy, and exceptional listening skills, Adam cultivates strong, trust-based relationships. With his extensive experience, optimistic outlook and resilient spirit, he is an invaluable contributor in team environments, and works tirelessly to make a lasting positive impact on people's lives.

With over 15 years of practice experience, Adam has served as a Principal, Project Manager, Designer, Project Architect, LEED Administrator, BIM Coordinator, and Construction Administrator for various public and private projects that include higher education, office, hospitality, residential, commercial, childcare, retail, food service, healthcare, laboratory, and athletic facilities.

Adam has served as Treasurer, Vice President, State Director, and President for AIA Gainesville, and in 2022 Adam was elected as a Vice President for AIA Florida’s State Board of Directors. In this role he has served as Chair for the Advocacy and Professional Development Committees, as well as the 2024 Convention.

Philosophy

Adam is forever curious; utilizing design thinking as a conduit to bridge the gap between traditional practice, tangential fields of study, and nascent technologies, while fostering lasting connections between emerging and well-established practitioners.

He believes that the future of practice will require Architects to have a firm grasp of designing and detailing both physical and digital environments, and that AIA members should take pride in using their expertise and training to create meaningful spaces and experiences in these realms, as well as be at the table to take Ownership (not just the liability) of the intellectual property that emerges from them.

In light of this, he is a firm believer in the 80-20 rule – “What is the fundamental (and often repeatable) 20% of work that get us 80% of the way to the finish line?” So that we can conversely spend 80% of our time and energy to resolve the 20% of design challenges and true issues to the profession.

First Vice President/President-elect (2026 President)

Joshua Shatkin, AIA

A person with his arms crossedDescription automatically generatedI knew I was to be an architect at age 5. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Zambia and St. Thomas USVI, I transferred from the University of the Virgin Islands to UF, where I completed my Bachelors and Masters. I worked with Cavallino and Associates in Gainesville for 16 years before starting my own firm, Shatkin Architecture, in 2010. I have been fortunate to work on a wide range of projects and have received numerous beautification awards from the City of Gainesville. I have organized many workshops, ranging from architectural design to spirituality. I served on and chaired the Development Review Board for the City

of Gainesville from 2003 through 2009. For my local AIA chapter, I have served in every board position. While on that board, I met Joe Garcia, AIA, who encouraged me to serve at the state level. I am presently serving as Secretary/Treasurer. I am honored to be part of the AIA, especially proud of our AIA Florida reputation and the great work we do. I would love to continue the legacy and be of service to our architecture community.

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Philosophy

Being of service has been a big part of my life. My mentors have shown me that getting out of self and helping others is a reward in itself. One of my mentors wrote a two-page book:

Page 1: Listen.

Page 2: And you will have said enough.

Listening and restraint are powerful tools that can be balanced with appropriate action. As I am a bit of a maverick, I believe if something is working and functioning well, then let it be, but if it can be improved, let's think outside the box. As architects, we are taught to ask if that really is the best way, or how can we make it better. We are fortunate that our profession can assert positive influence on a wide-range of issues, as evidenced by our Resilience Committee, that considers many issues which affect our Florida communities, quality of life and environment. The saying "they did the best they could" has never sat well with me. There is always room to improve. Wherever I am able to be of service, I hope to improve whatever is in front of me, and that includes myself.

I appreciate your consideration of me for position of First Vice President/President-elect (2026 President) of AIA Florida.

Secretary/Treasurer 2025-2026 (One position available.)

Lindsey Piant Perez, AIA

A person in a pink jacketDescription automatically generatedOriginally from Missouri, Lindsey Perez moved to Orlando in 2010 and quickly became involved in AIA Orlando helping bring the modern version of Women in Design- Kansas City (known as Women in Architecture here in Florida) hosting the first meeting in 2011. Lindsey received both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from University of Kansas. Past service experience to AIA Orlando and Florida includes: Jacobs Leadership Institute committee; Women in Orlando Chair 2011 and 2019; YAF Director 2011-2013; AIA FL Vice President 2020-2021 (founding Resilience Chair) and AIA Orlando/Florida State Director 2023-2024.

Lindsey Piant Perez, AIA, LEED Fellow is an Architect and Senior Project Manager at Miracorp in support of the Center for Emerging Building Technologies in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and leads the team of Project Managers for GSA’s Greening Proving Ground and Applied Innovation Learning Laboratory programs. As a systems thinker, she aims to merge science, innovation, and design to deliver the best user experience for the built environment. For the past 20 years, Lindsey has infused sustainable design thinking into every role and project. Lindsey promotes collaboration across multiple stakeholders to move the needle on environmental, social, and economic impact.

Philosophy

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections at determined time, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in." - Author Unknown

Volunteerism is a pillar of who I am as a mom, an architect and a member of the Orlando community. The perspective I bring to boards or committees is also a Florida transplant and from a federal government contractor. I have had the privilege of serving at the state level for two terms, once at Vice President serving as the founding Resilience Committee chair and once at AIA Orlando's State Director. I am passionate about serving our association in whatever capacity my peers see fit. I have a strong desire to continue to serve and learn from other positions such as Secretary/Treasurer. My skillsets align with the description for this position, especially my desire to accurately document meetings, reports and financials.

I seek the support of my fellow members and components across Florida. I am always hear to listen to issues important to you.

Secretary/Treasurer 2025-2026 (One position available.)

Kelly Wieczorek, AIA

A person smiling at the cameraDescription automatically generatedKelly Wieczorek, AIA, is a Vice President of Architecture at Goodwyn Mills Cawood. Her contributions to her firm are highly regarded, and she demonstrates exceptional leadership within her community and across various organizations.

Throughout her career, Kelly has been involved with the AIA. At her local Florida Northwest component, she served in diverse capacities from Associate Director to Chapter President. Her dedication earned her the AIA Florida Associate Member Individual Honor Award and multiple Service to the Profession awards. Within AIA Florida, she served as a State Director (4 years) and is currently serving as a Vice President. Additionally, Kelly has contributed her expertise to various AIA Florida committees including Advocacy, Finance, and Professional Development. She was named a Citizen Architect (2014), chaired the 2023 Convention Committee, and is currently in the 2024 Jacob Leadership Institute class.

Kelly earned her BDes and M.Arch from the University of Florida. She actively participates in her community, serving on the Pensacola Urban Core Redevelopment Board and the Downtown YMCA Advisory Council. She volunteers for several organizations and was a member of the 2014 Leadership Pensacola class.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, and cheering for the Florida Gators.

Philosophy

As an architect, I am dedicated to advancing the profession and serving the community. Through my involvement with the AIA, I've had the privilege of engaging at both local and state levels, collaborating with fellow design professionals, community leaders, and students on issues such as advocacy, resiliency, and inclusivity.

Central to my philosophy is the profound belief in the transformative power of architecture. I see it as a means to shape lives and enrich communities, providing spaces that inspire and uplift. At the core of this philosophy is a commitment to service, fostering relationships, and mentorship. I recognize the immense value of working together to demonstrate the importance of design and the profound impacts on our built environment.

My goal is to represent AIA Florida by advocating for our members and highlighting the vital role of architects.­ The AIA can shape our profession and its future direction, and I am committed to promoting our members and advancing the architectural profession as a whole.

Our profession is unique, and it's imperative to empower architects to make a positive impact in their communities. I look forward to the opportunity to further the objectives of AIA Florida and its members.

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Vice President 2025-2026 (Two positions available)

Peter Hauerstein, AIA

A person in a blue shirtDescription automatically generatedPeter has been active as a leader of the AIA since 2018 when he was asked to run for the Board of Directors at AIA Tampa Bay.­ During his first year of service, he was asked to step into the role of President Elect the following year to help fill a vacancy.­ He happily accepted the nomination and has never looked back since that moment, completely dedicating himself to the organization. Peter led his chapter through the purchase, design and opening of the chapter’s new headquarters.­ In 2022 Peter was awarded the Bob Levinson Award for service to the Chapter.

In 2020, three years before joining the Board as State Director, Peter began serving AIA Florida by actively serving on the Resilience and Advocacy Committees.­ He served on the Electronic Seal Task Force, Education Task Force and Resilience Code Appendix Task Force.­ Peter is a Citizen Architect, holds his certificate in the Safety Assessment Program and is a Jacob Leadership Institute Graduate.­­ He is a leader in Advocacy for the profession with his local chapter and with AIA Florida, attending and organizing Legislative Day events since 2019 and helping to secure over $11,000 in FACPAC donations in 2023.

Philosophy

I love what I do and I have fun doing it.­ I did not know how rewarding serving the AIA could be until I said “yes” for the first time.­ I helped while learning the ropes, doing what I could.­ When the opportunity to step up for my chapter arrived, that is when I started to understand how much the AIA means to me.­ My all-in attitude showed me how much enjoyment serving the architectural community gives me.­ The appreciation I received back was overwhelming and I looked for more ways I could contribute.

The people who know me know that I do not know how to do anything less than 100%.­ The architects who have given me the privilege of serving them deserve nothing less than that.­ I enjoy helping with each of the tasks that AIA asks me to do so that the membership can have the best experience and value for being a part of the organization.­ As one of your Vice Presidents, I would continue to bring the love and dedication I feel for the AIA to doing my part in giving you the same great experience I have from serving the membership.

Vice President 2025-2026 (Two positions available)

Jeffrey Huber, FAIA

A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generatedJeffrey Huber, FAIA, ASLA, NCARB, LEED AP is a principal at Brooks + Scarpa and manages the Florida office. In addition to his role at Brooks + Scarpa, Huber is an Associate Professor of the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University.

A distinguished architect and landscape architect, Huber’s work specializes on public realm projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design. Huber’s research, teaching, and professional work have garnered over 75 national design awards, including multiple awards from Progressive Architecture, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Architecture Awards, and the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He is the 2024 Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal laureate, a distinguished. The Gold Medal is awarded internationally to a professional with a record of high distinction in design in the field of architecture, landscape architecture or the allied arts. His professional work has been published in hundreds of books and periodicals including Architect, Residential Architect, The Plan, The Plan Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Architectural Record.

Huber currently serves as a Strategic Councilor at AIA National as the liaison/representative for the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) Board of Directors.

Philosophy

In an ever-evolving profession, my philosophy hinges on the symbiotic relationship between architecture and the stewardship of our built environment. It is a perspective honed through years of practice, teaching, and a relentless quest for understanding how spaces and places influence human interaction, community wellbeing, and ecological balance. As an architect and educator, I stand committed to shaping Florida's future with a philosophy that is open, yet direct and principled.

As Florida’s Representative on the AIA National Strategic Counsel, I have ardently promoted a philosophy that embraces inclusivity and innovation while protecting our core practice. In seeking the role of Vice President on the AIA Florida Board of Directors, I intend to sharpen our focus on Florida's unique needs and championing resilient, collaborative, and educational opportunities—bridging the gap between the public, policymakers, and our profession—to illuminate the profound value of what we do as architects.

My vision is a profession esteemed as essential by the public we serve, crafting a legacy that melds Florida’s architectural promise with its natural beauty in a cohesive and enriching narrative. I ask for your support and will respect the legacy of those before me while inspiring those that will succeed me.

Vice President 2025-2026 (Two positions available)

Andy MacPhee, AIA

A person wearing glasses and a suitDescription automatically generatedAndy is a seasoned architect with over 20 years of professional experience and a lifelong passion for the built environment. From Lego creations to treehouses in the woods, his fascination with design started at an early age. Hailing from Massachusetts, Andy draws inspiration from the birthplace of the Revolution and how the pursuit of happiness influences the world we make.

He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University in 2004. Andy began his journey at a boutique firm in Boca Raton, designing luxury homes and multi-unit residences for an international clientele. Since settling in Orlando in 2011, he's been shaping diverse projects, from hospitality to theme parks.

Andy has been Vice President & Director of Operations at Make Design Studios since 2022. He is a licensed architect in Florida and DC, and past president of AIA Orlando. Andy currently serves on the Orlando Board of Zoning Adjustment, where he was chair for the past two years.

Outside of work, you'll find Andy behind the lens, tending to his freshwater fish, cruising on his Harleys, or enjoying quality time with his cat and three dogs. Passion drives him every day, shaping the world one design at a time.

Philosophy

As AIA Florida is an organization governed by its members for its members, I feel it incumbent upon all of us to serve in whatever capacity we are able.­ We all have a stake in the future of AIA, and I would like to do my part to contribute to its success.

As a vice president, I hope to build on our accomplished as a component.­ I look forward to working with our committees and task forces to expand opportunities for member involvement and enrichment.

Together, we must continue engaging our members in the fellowship of the architectural profession; promote the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession; advance the science and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice; coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to insure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment; and make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.

With your continued support and involvement, I know we can accomplish great things together.

Vice President 2025-2026 (Two positions available)

Michelle Riegner, AIA

A person with long brown hair wearing a black jacketDescription automatically generatedMichelle Riegner, AIA graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2008 and a Master of Architecture in 2011. She became a registered architect in 2015 in Texas and then in Florida in 2016. Michelle has been an active member of Florida AIA since 2016.

Michelle Riegner joined DAG Architects in 2016, quickly rising to Principal in less than eight years. She exemplifies dedication and commitment to architecture and design every day through her outstanding work with other architects, consultants, and her clients. She started her career at DAG in Destin and moved to Melbourne to run DAG’s newest office in Florida’s Space Coast.

Michelle served as the Secretary of the AIA Florida Northwest chapter and later, as Chapter President in 2021. In 2022 the Chapter received the Anthony L. Pullara Chapter Award for excelling in the areas of Public Outreach and Membership Development.

Michelle is now an active member of AIA Space Coast. Currently she is working with the board to establish a design awards program for the chapter. In addition to her local involvement with the chapter, she dedicates her time to organizations like Junior Achievement and the ACE Mentor Program.

Philosophy

As a dedicated architect committed to our profession's integrity, I acknowledge the vital role played by the Florida American Institute of Architects (AIA) in upholding our values and expanding the horizons of architectural practice. I firmly believe in the power of collective leadership to navigate the ever-changing realm of design and construction.

My personal principles closely mirror those of Florida AIA, emphasizing Impact, Leadership, Integrity, Ethics, Service, Innovation, and Stewardship. As a member since 2016, I have remained engaged at both local and state levels over the past seven years. The organization's significant impact, especially in advocacy and education, continuously motivates me.

With experience in committee roles within local chapters, at the state level, and at my firm, DAG Architects, I am well-prepared for the Vice President role. Collaborating with committed peers on the state board, I aim to further elevate our profession's standards and influence. Serving in this capacity would be an honor and a privilege, enabling me to contribute to the ongoing growth and excellence of architecture in Florida.

Associate Director at Large 2025-2026 (One position available)

Amanda Grace, Assoc. AIA

A person in a green dressDescription automatically generatedHaving recently graduated with her B.Arch, Amanda Leigh Grace is a young up-and-coming architectural designer at DAG Architects. Selected as one of 16 participants for the Jacob Leadership Institute class of 2024, she loves to engage with other individuals to boost both her own work and theirs. She brings her energy and beaming smile to every encounter. Amanda is on a mission to better foster her local architectural community, especially those just beginning their career, by organizing events to create community and collaborative opportunities across firms and experience levels. A graduate of FAMU School of Architecture, Amanda finds real importance in crossing cultural, economic, and proximal divides. In addition to her joy of architecture and community, her two sons are her greatest passion and utmost pride.

Philosophy

As designers of the built environment, we are in a unique position to shape spaces which cultivate growth for all to thrive. It is our responsibility to listen and gather information to facilitate meaningful solutions to the challenges our communities face. We see examples all around us where design is disconnected from the function of the community. We also see examples where design reshapes communities to provide opportunities for success.­ We hold this power in our daily work, and I believe our integrity should shine through in flourishing human connection, healthy ecological environments and buildings that are fiscally, socially, and environmentally responsible. In addition to our contribution to the built environment, I believe deeply in education, mentorship and returning all opportunities I’ve been given to those currently learning and developing their unique perspective in our chosen field of study. Leaders are those who reach their goals and then turn around and help others do the same.

Associate Director at Large 2025-2026 (One position available)

Sarah Malebranche, Assoc. AIA

A person smiling at cameraDescription automatically generatedSarah C. Malebranche, a highly accomplished architectural professional, holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from Florida International University (FIU) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute. With nine (9) years of experience, Sarah has proven to be invaluable. As an active AIA member since 2015, Sarah served on the AIA Miami board for two consecutive years as an Associate Director, earning the AIA Miami Associate Member of the Year Award for her contributions. Sarah founded and Chairs the Hard Hat Tour Committee, fostering engagement within Miami's architectural community while visiting projects under construction. As a Project Manager at STRANG Design, Sarah leads a team through high-end residential projects from schematic design to construction administration, showcasing her expertise. Sarah has been a member of the CKLDP Committee for three (3) years, focusing on guiding the next generation of leaders in the architecture field. Beyond AIA, Sarah served twice as Sponsorship and Development Chair for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), earning the NOMA Member of the Year Award demonstrating her commitment to professional growth. Sarah’s extensive background and organizational involvement highlight her passion for architecture, making her an indispensable member poised to continue shaping the industry.

Philosophy

Sarah C. Malebranche, a highly accomplished architectural professional, holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from Florida International University (FIU) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute. With nine (9) years of experience, Sarah has proven to be invaluable. As an active AIA member since 2015, Sarah served on the AIA Miami board for two consecutive years as an Associate Director, earning the AIA Miami Associate Member of the Year Award for her contributions. Sarah founded and Chairs the Hard Hat Tour Committee, fostering engagement within Miami's architectural community while visiting projects under construction. As a Project Manager at STRANG Design, Sarah leads a team through high-end residential projects from schematic design to construction administration, showcasing her expertise. Sarah has been a member of the CKLDP Committee for three (3) years, focusing on guiding the next generation of leaders in the architecture field. Beyond AIA, Sarah served twice as Sponsorship and Development Chair for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), earning the NOMA Member of the Year Award demonstrating her commitment to professional growth. Sarah’s extensive background and organizational involvement highlight her passion for architecture, making her an indispensable member poised to continue shaping the industry.

Councilor on the AIA Strategic Council 2025-2027 (One position available)

Gloria Kloter, AIA

A person with long hair wearing a black dressDescription automatically generatedGloria Kloter, AIA, NCARB, CODIA, is an award-winning architect, founder and CEO of Glow Architects, keynote speaker, and bestselling author. She is an advocate for immigrants, women in architecture, and motherhood.

Kloter is the author of The Architecture of Motherhood, and Co-Author of City Shapers. She is the founder of Foreign Architects, serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor through AIA Florida, and she also founded and chairs the WIA Committee Tampa Bay. Gloria is also a part of the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Architects Coalition.

Among her awards, Gloria is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award 2022 and the AIA Tampa Bay 2020 Kelley Emerging Professional Award. She was also honored with the 2019 Sho-Ping Ching WLS Scholarship

Gloria has been a keynote speaker and panelist on several conferences including the AIA National, Women Leadership Summit Miami, Young Architect, NCARB's Architect Licensing Advisor Summit, Women Architects Festival, among other events.

Gloria Kloter has been featured by major architectural and global publications like Architizer, Young Architect Podcast, Context & Clarity Podcast, Practice Disrupted Podcast, The IAC Podcast, From The Honeycomb Podcast, Mentor Dino, EntreArchitect, Arquitexto, NCARB, YAF Connection,­ South Tampa Magazine, Thrive Global, Tech Times, Influencive, and others.

Philosophy

As an immigrant architect in the United States, my journey has afforded me the opportunity to witness the proactive steps taken by the AIA in embracing EDI initiatives. However, there remains a significant scope for improvement. My vision is rooted in continuous advocacy and empowerment, particularly focusing on underrepresented groups such as women, mothers, and fellow immigrants within the architecture community.

As both a practitioner and business owner, I understand the transformative potential of the AIA in shaping the future of our profession. We, as leaders, have a crucial role in preparing our members to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Our field is in constant evolution, influenced by economic shifts and technological advancements, including artificial intelligence. Consequently, it is imperative to heighten awareness regarding the architect's role in addressing climate issues and minimizing our environmental impact.

I am honored to serve our community, bringing forth my unique perspective and unwavering dedication to advancing the architecture profession. My aim is to discern the most effective and positive strategies to materialize our vision, ensuring that our field progresses in harmony with our changing world, where we collectively chart the course for a more inclusive and sustainable future in architecture.

Councilor on the AIA Strategic Council 2025-2027 (One position available)

Stephen Panzarino, AIA

A person in a suitDescription automatically generatedStephen has been actively engaged in the leadership of AIA Florida since 2010. He has served as State Director, VP, Treasurer, and in 2020 had the honor of serving as AIA Florida President. Stephen has also held leadership roles in the Florida Architects Political Action Committee (FAPAC). During his tenure, Stephen has helped to reshape the AIA Florida Board and governance structure. Part of the restructuring allowed AIA Florida to create the Strategic Council.­ Since its inception, Stephen has participated in several of the councils and chaired the 2021 Council, focusing on the future of technology and helping members see the positive future using AI and other innovations. The results of this report led to the introduction of a technology task force to further explore the opportunities to enhance our profession.

As Regional Managing Principal at AECOM, Stephen is responsible for a range of business responsibilities working with local managing principals to develop and execute the business plan, and the development of the culture and quality of the Practice.

Stephen is also, an active participant in the AECOM Global Architecture and Interiors Council, a group that gathers leaders from around the globe to define consistent processes and unify the practice.

Philosophy

As leaders in our profession, I believe it is important for us to look to the future and prepare for the unknown. By being forward-thinking, we can anticipate and form a coherent vision for our profession. The role of strategic thinking is crucial, as it empowers us to seek innovation and imagine new and very different futures that may lead our profession to redefine its core strategies and even our industry.

In today's rapidly evolving landscape, strategic foresight is not just a luxury but a necessity. It enables us to navigate uncertainties, adapt to changing circumstances, and capitalize on emerging opportunities. By embracing strategic thinking, we position ourselves to not only survive but thrive in dynamic environments.

Our ability to anticipate trends, foresee challenges, and envision possibilities sets us apart as leaders. It empowers us to proactively shape the direction of our profession rather than merely reacting to external forces.

This philosophy is a natural extension of my previous work with the AIA Florida Strategic Council, I plan to bring this kind of thinking to the National Council and demonstrate the innovative and provocative way our state leads our profession.

Young Architect Representative 2025-2026 (One position available. Appointed by AIA Florida Board.)

Amanda Barton, AIA

A person smiling at cameraDescription automatically generatedAmanda Barton, AIA, Associate at HKS, is a registered Architect in the State of Florida who’s served the architectural community for over a decade, specializing in coastal hospitality design. Amanda strives to enhance communities through unique design solutions that influence the future of the industry while also remaining timeless. In 2023, Amanda served as the youngest AIA Miami President, and currently chairs several committees. She is a strong advocate for sustainable design and environmental resilience. Amanda participates across multiple HKS initiatives that push the boundary of ESG, and is one of the authors of Resilience Design Toolkits, co-published with AIA, helping integrate resilience design into architectural practice. She chaired the AIA Miami YAF and ARE committee for four years and continues to elevate local emerging professionals.

Amanda has received numerous awards, including the AIA Miami Associate of the Year Award in 2016, the AIA Miami & Fort Lauderdale Emerging Professionals Rising Star and Volunteer of the Year Award in 2021 and 2018, respectively, the AIA Florida Individual Member of the Year Award in 2019, the AIA Miami Emerging Professionals Award in 2020, the SoFloNOMA President’s Award in 2023, and the University of Miami’s Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Architecture in 2013.

Philosophy

I am guided by the principle that thriving communities are built through helping hands.­ Throughout my career, I’ve found ways of giving back to the community through passionate advocacy and creating programs that empower others to increase their communal involvement.

Through AIA Miami, I’ve chaired the Emerging Professionals Committee for four years, co-chaired the 2019 and 2021 AIA Miami & Fort Lauderdale Emerging Professional Awards, prepared ARE study sessions and programs, and reinvigorated the Mentor/Mentee 1-on-1 program at AIA Miami.

I hope to build on AIA’s tradition of helping our community and strengthening our industry, while empowering and connecting its members. I’m committed to carrying this legacy forward by making a space for Young Architects to learn, grow, network, and have a voice in the industry.

Believing that architects have a civic responsibility, I’ve attended many advocacy events at the local, state, and national levels. I continue to work with EPs to encourage increased advocacy participation and educate them regarding proposed legislation connecting architecture to issues that affect the quality of life for the community.

I’m honored to be nominated for the position of 2024 Young Architect Representative and I’m looking forward to helping lead AIA to another great year.

Young Architect Representative 2025-2026 (One position available. Appointed by AIA Florida Board.)

Bryce Bounds, AIA

A person wearing glasses and a blue shirtDescription automatically generatedIt took Bryce W. Bounds, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP fifteen years, three versions of the ARE, two states, and one pandemic to become a licensed architect.

A Miami native, he graduated from Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High magnet school, and then the Rhode Island School of Design where he received dual bachelor’s in architecture and fine arts. He serves on NCARB’s Experience Committee that guides the AXP process at the national level, and previously sat on NCARB’s Re-ThinkTank committee for newly licensed professionals before that. He is involved in AIA Fort Lauderdale where he advocates for Emerging Professional’s (EP’s) and Young Architects issues. He advocates for EP licensure, including organizing presentations at local NAAB accredited colleges on the licensure process. He represented the AIA Fort Lauderdale component on the organization committee for the 2024 AIA Miami & AIA Fort Lauderdale Emerging Professional Awards. He is a graduate of AIA Florida’s 2024 Jacob Leadership Institute class.

He works in the public sector as a Construction Project Management Supervisor for Broward County, where he oversees a portfolio of capital construction projects.

Philosophy

As Florida’s Young Architect Representative, I am committed to advocating for the needs and interests of young architects within the AIA, AIA Florida’s component chapters, and the broader architectural community. This includes promoting resources, opportunities, and policies that support the next generation of recently licensed and mid-career architects in their first ten years.

I believe in the power of mentorship and the exchange of knowledge between experienced architects, young architects, and those at the beginning of their careers. I aim to foster a culture of mentorship within AIA Florida’s mission, where young architects can learn from the experiences of others while responding to the changing world.

As Florida’s representative of a new generation of architects, I am dedicated to promoting collaboration and innovation. I aim to foster a collaborative environment and believe that young architects bring fresh perspectives and ideas that can drive the future of architecture.

I am committed to promoting sustainable design practices and advocating for policies that support sustainability in the built environment. As architects, we have a responsibility to design buildings and spaces that are environmentally friendly and contribute to the well-being of our communities, especially as Florida will lead the nation in facing climate crisis.

Young Architect Representative 2025-2026 (One position available. Appointed by AIA Florida Board.)

Shadia Jaramillo, AIA

A person with long hair wearing a black jacketDescription automatically generatedShadia Jaramillo is a Project Architect at Goodwyn Mills Cawood with 6+ years of experience. Throughout her career, she has led and contributed to a diverse array of project typologies, spanning residential, commercial, higher education, healthcare, hospitality, and aviation projects.

Shadia firmly believes that mentorship and support are integral to personal and professional growth. Her commitment to these principles is evident with involvement in various leadership roles. She has served on the AIA FL Board as Associate Director at Large and played a similar role in the AIA FL NW chapter, where she advocated for the profession and championed emerging professionals.

Currently, Shadia serves as the Co-Founder and Co-chair of the AIA FLNW WIA committee. She also serves in various committees for AIA Florida WIA, Communications and the Florida/Caribbean Architect magazine. She was honored as the Associate of the Year by both AIA FL and AIA FLNW, recognizing her as an upcoming leader in her field and community. Her dedication to mentoring extends beyond organizational boundaries to a mentorship role in Arquitina.

As an architect, Shadia uses her social media platform @shadia_architecture, to create valuable content for EPs, architects and educates the public about the value of architecture and design.

Philosophy

As an architect, I am driven by the belief that design possesses the power to transform lives. Our built environment shapes our experiences, influences behavior, and fosters connections. Throughout my career, I have remained steadfastly committed to two guiding principles: purpose and impact.

These principles have led me to focus on mentorship, community engagement, and advocacy. Over the past six years, I have embraced volunteerism and taken on leadership roles that define my commitment to these values.

As an advocate for the next generation, I actively seek a seat at the table to drive the necessary change. I leverage my platform to educate the public about the value of architecture and advocate for future generations. My unwavering dedication lies in shaping not only physical structures but also the aspirations of those who will carry our profession’s legacy forward.

As an architect, mentor, and advocate, I am dedicated to fostering a vibrant community—one that thrives on innovation, inclusivity, and the unwavering belief that our built environment can truly transform lives. Together, we can build a future where purpose and impact intersect seamlessly.

 

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