Wednesday, July 27, 2022
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
1-4 p.m. AIA Florida Annual Meeting
Hear speeches from candidates running for leadership positions, participate in the traditional FAPAC parade of checks, get updated on the latest activities taking place through the volunteer committees and learn about what’s in store for the architecture industry in the future.
Sponsored by: Collinsworth Insurance
Thursday, July 28, 2022
8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8:30-9:45 a.m. Session A: Creating Space for Well-Being
The course will examine the industry’s shift from environmentalism to wellism, and what it means to not simply practice wellness architecture but to be a wellness architecture firm. The course will demonstrate why we are moving into an era where design thinking through a wellness lens is the best path for creating not only a successful firm, but a balanced and happy society for generations to come. Participants will explore examples of when to use the wellness strategies available today, how to avoid well-washing, and to be guided through an exercise to begin to identify their personal power in creating meaningful outcomes both personally and professionally.
Speaker: Veronica Schreibeis Smith, AIA, CEO & founding principal at Vera Iconica Architecture
10-11 a.m. Session B: Empowering Civic and Community Change Through Design
Empowerment comes in many forms, including the positive empowerment that can come from architecture through community activism and the civic representation of our fellow citizens. This presentation will discuss how community leadership helped the vision of the Underline project in Miami and the Wildflower Park project in Boca Raton become a reality. Both projects benefit the citizens in their communities with sustainable public spaces.
Speakers: The Honorable Scott Singer, mayor of Boca Raton; Meg Daly, founder, Friends of the Underline; state Rep. Chip LaMarca, R-Lighthouse Point.
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session C: Optional Lunch Session: Adaptive Reuse
The renovation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings is a complex and challenging task for all involved, from owners to architects and engineers. This presentation seeks to highlight key techniques to overcome these hurdles and deliver a successful project, with a focus on structural engineering and extensions of those lessons to other disciplines. This presentation breaks down lessons learned into the stages of the initial schematic design, development of the construction documents, permitting and historic review (local and national), and construction – as the unexpected is encountered. Creativity is crucial to success, as this presentation will demonstrate through the use of case studies, since every historic building project is unique and requires attention to detail.
Speaker: Brian McSweeney, TLC Engineering Solutions
12:45-2:30 p.m. Session D: Kickoff: I Was Asked to Stand
This session addresses how we, as designers, create a culture of awareness and inclusion. Hear about the great works built by women and diverse designers and discover how they took on an array of challenges, fashioned them into opportunities, and finally, triumphed. Learn about collaborative organizations and groups that can help make a difference, gain the ability to identify and name women and minority architects and their contributions to the built environment, and have a better sense of how architects reach out to the community as they get diverse children both interested in and on the pipeline to the field.
Speaker: Pascale Sablan, FAIA, associate at Adjaye Associates Architects, founder & executive director of Beyond the Built Environment
2:45-3:45 p.m. Session E: High Design for Low-Income Housing
Low-income affordable housing used to mean fortress-like structures that were soulless and cheaply built. Today, there is a growing interest amongst architects that have spawned new and innovative approaches to affordable housing that are well-designed and incorporate a combination of creative social programming, cutting-edge forms and materials, sustainable design and a keen sense of aesthetic. This discussion will explore new models that have transformed affordable and low-income housing into cutting-edge architecture.
Speakers: Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Larry Scarpa, FAIA, principals at Brooks + Scarpa
3-5 p.m. Tour: The Breakers Resort: A Balance Between Preservation and Modernization
2 HSW credits
The Breakers’ storied history is well documented from its Jan. 16, 1896, opening as the Palm Beach Inn, later renamed The Breakers in 1901, to the rebuild efforts after the fires of 1903 and 1925. In a tribute to the vision of Henry Morrison Flagler, the Flagler heirs built The Breakers to reopen in a record-breaking 11½ months to the first guest check-in on Dec. 29, 1926, the start of the Palm Beach season. Now into its second century, The Breakers strives for a balance between preservation and continuing modernization– the tradition of excellence, having successfully preserved; ensuring the resort remains energized and appealing to future generations.
Join Peacock + Lewis Architects and The WEITZ Co., who for more than 25 years have been part of the team behind the yearly capital project expenditures, and learn about the intricacies behind recently completed projects while understanding the benefits of the design-build delivery method, ensuring The Breakers is open for the Palm Beach season- not unlike the challenges met during The Breakers’ past.
4-5:30 p.m. Session F: The Power of Home: How Design Impacts Community
Community development is fundamentally a question of housing, since two-thirds of most cities’ land area generally consists of housing. Vital cities are made from neighborhoods that sponsor diversity in housing types, living densities and mixed-use configurations in compact organizations. Housing equity and resilience is also a critical element to consider. Each housing type plays a niche role in the functioning of each neighborhood. Structuring the typological mix significantly determines neighborhood quality. In essence, a city’s success is tied to the quality of its housing stock. This panel will discuss the role of housing, affordability, equity and design excellence in the context of making great neighborhoods through the power of home.
Speakers: Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Larry Scarpa, FAIA, moderators; Michael O’Hara, Housing Authority, City of Miami Beach; Craig Huffman, AIA, The Dwellings; Rep. Andrew Learned, Florida House District 59; Mandy Bartle, executive director, South Florida Community Land Trust Inc.
5:30-7 p.m. President’s Welcome Reception
The traditional kick-off social event of the convention will be hosted by 2022 President Lourdes Solera, FAIA. Plan to join friends and colleagues at the reception as Solera welcomes all attendees to the convention.
Sponsored by: USI Insurance
7-10 p.m. Fellows’ Dinner (invitation only)
Friday, July 29, 2022
6:30-7:30 a.m. NEW! Untimed, Unofficial Archi 5K Fun Run
Hit the streets of Palm Beach and take an early morning untimed and unofficial 5K fun run with AIA Florida President Lourdes Solera, FAIA, and other convention attendees. This fun run will let you see the natural beauty of Palm Beach.
6:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7:15-8:15 a.m. Session G: Early Bird: Early Design Decisions: Priming Mass Timber Projects for Success
This presentation will walk through early project decisions and design steps, focusing on how to optimize projects for mass timber and how one early decision can influence others. Topics will include construction types, fire ratings, column grids and beam/panel spans, acoustics and MEP integration. Completed mass timber projects will be used to illustrate the variety of viable options when navigating these key decisions.
Speaker: Jeff Peters, PE, WoodWorks, Wood Products Council
7:30-8:30 a.m. NEW! Women in Architecture Breakfast
AIA Florida celebrates women in the profession with this opportunity for networking. Grab your continental breakfast and join the discussion about the progress being made to increase the viability and visibility of women in the architecture profession. All attendees are welcome!
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Euro-Wall Golf Tournament
Join fellow architects for great networking, friendly competition– and most of– all a fun round of golf. This year’s tournament will be held at Florida’s oldest golf course, The Breakers Ocean Course. Aspiring players of all levels are afforded an extraordinary golf experience that honors the course’s heritage and seaside location with contemporary playability.
Fee per person: $160
Sponsored by: Euro-Wall
8 a.m.-12 p.m. Tour: Concrete Materials Plant and Hands-On Training
3 HSW credits
Not your average tour! In addition to a tour of the Oldcastle West Palm Beach concrete production facility, attendees will receive hands-on training to help connect design with the work done in the field. Be prepared to review the components and participate in the assembly of segmental retaining walls and permeable pavements, concrete masonry unit wall systems and thin veneer finishes. See the complete production process from raw materials to finished product, with a focus on control methods utilized in concrete product manufacturing.
Fee: $55, includes shuttle and lunch
8:30-9:45 a.m. Session H: Keynote: The Architecture of Healthy Communities
The question of the architect’s role within the community has continued to grow and change in recent years. How do we look beyond not only designing projects, but delivering on a mission to research, build and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity? This presentation explores the notion that the best results for all stakeholders occur when a project is conceived and built with purpose. A purpose-built approach begins with immersion, a deep engagement with all partners and project stakeholders that allows us to collectively identify the specific mission of a project and its intended outcomes, and ends with impact.
Speaker: Katie Swenson, Assoc. AIA, senior principal at MASS Design Group
10-11 a.m. Session I: Keynote: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Practice and What’s Next
In the blink of an eye, the way firms worked changed. While there is a desire to return to normal, there’s no snapping back and people’s expectations around how and where they work have changed. Meanwhile, the AEC industry has seen exponential growth in investment from venture capitalists for companies led by nonarchitects. This session will highlight opportunities for firms to recapture and expand their value proposition for their clients. How we evolve practice in the next few years will be critical to our ability to have a seat at the table and influence within our communities.
Speaker: Evelyn Lee, FAIA, NOMA, senior experience designer at Slack Technologies
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session J: Coastal Urbanism and Geophysical City: Strengthening Human and Natural Ecology in the 21st Century City This runs concurrently with Session K. Please choose one.
The lecture explores ecological and development strategies, urban and architectural designs, policies and zoning changes in anticipation of flooding and other climate-change related challenges. Interventions related to obsolescent infrastructure demonstrate how to transform the city in a sustainable, equitable way.
Speaker: Susannah Drake, FAIA, founding principal at DLANDstudio
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session K: Human Factors in Workplace Design: Designing Spaces that are More Naturally HumanThis runs concurrently with Session J. Please choose one.
The way we work is rapidly changing yet the spaces in which we work are far behind. The consequences of this disconnect come in the form of injuries, compensation costs, lost productivity, high turnover and more. Learn about the latest research in the field of ergonomics and workplace trends. Is sitting really harming us? What does workstation height have to do with employee engagement? By understanding the basics of physical, cognitive and social ergonomics, we can help create human-centered spaces that reinvigorate the workplace.
Speaker: Kibibi Springs, Ph.D., MillerKnoll
12:30-2 p.m. Session L: Optional Lunch Session: Metal Surface Preparation Overview This runs concurrently with Session M. Please choose one.
Discover the importance of specifications for steel surface preparation. Join our coatings experts to explore profile requirements; identify inaccessible areas and the need to address them; SSPC cleaning standards; the benefits of centrifugal blast cleaning; removal of non-visible contaminants; and special requirements in preparing ductile iron, stainless steel, galvanized and aluminum surfaces.
Speaker: Herb Mimler, Sherwin Williams
12:30-2 p.m. Session M: Young Architects Workshop This runs concurrently with Session L. Please choose one.
This informal discussion will introduce candidates for the AIA National Young Architects Award to the process of preparing and submitting their application. Attendees will discuss the process and challenges candidates encounter when preparing submissions.
Speakers: Jeff Huber, FAIA, Brooks+Scarpa; and Rebecca Talbert, AIA, project manager at RLF, John Clark, AIA
2-6:30 p.m. Havana Nights Trade Show
Visit with vendors displaying and demonstrating their latest products and services to attendees during the 2022 Trade Show. Each year, the trade show provides an important networking venue made even better by complimentary food, drinks and prizes! Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors who have made this trade show possible.
2:15-3:15 p.m. Mid-Career Mentoring
Now that you’re licensed, what’s next? Attend this networking session where soon to be and newly licensed architects can meet with seasoned architects to discuss lessons learned and next steps towards project management and all that comes with the mid-level career professional.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Session N: Architects Do’s and Don’ts During the Construction Phase
John Ehrig, FAIA, will share some of his recent experience in the litigation arena. He will focus on the pitfalls that architects encounter during the construction phase of a project. He will provide insights to assist architects to limit their risk during this crucial phase of a project.
Speaker: John Ehrig, FAIA, vice president, HHCP Architects
2:30-4 p.m. Sumi-e and Sake Social Hour
In this very popular workshop on sumi-e zen brush painting, you will learn why less is more. Sumi-e, a monochrome painting executed in ink, encompasses energy and spirit. In this art form, you should not be concerned with painting exactly what you see, but instead use your feelings and your experience with the subject. You will learn basic brush strokes, zen philosophy and timeless techniques all while tasting a selection of sake. Fee includes fun, sake tasting, a brush and sumi-e ink. You will leave with your own zen masterpiece! Space is limited.
Instructor/Host: Don Yoshino, FAIA
3:40-4:40 p.m. Session O: Using Technology to Improve Practice
Burnout, hiring squeezes and hybrid work- in two years, these trends accelerated. Many architects say that inefficient workflow is a major contributor to their burnout, and some are implementing a hybrid work mode going into 2022. Prospects today want to work where management cares about process and outcomes. Technology is at the center. Yet, technology adopted without strategy will fail. During this presentation, we’ll go over the future of technology in practice operations. We’ll cover a strategic framework to minimize burnout, improve hiring and enable teams to work from anywhere.
Speaker: George Valdes, Assoc. AIA, Monograph
4:45-5:45 p.m. NEW! JLI Graduates Reception
In its fourth year, the Jacob Leadership Institute now has almost 50 architects and associates who have completed the intensive course work. All graduates are welcome to come reunite with their class and get to know other JLI graduates during this social hour.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Drink & Draw! / NEW! Salsa Dancing
Drink & Draw is an old favorite, but new this year will be salsa lessons, too! Sketch, win prizes, then break out your dancing shoes with our salsa dancers.
Sponsored by: Graphisoft
7-10 p.m. Tour: The New Norton: The Making of a Cultural Icon
2 HSW credits
Join a ‘Night at the Museum’ for an opportunity to learn of the procurement, planning, design and construction of the transformative expansion museum project by Foster + Partners in West Palm Beach: The New Norton. The New Norton redefines the museum’s relationship with the city by means of a dynamic new west wing. The design celebrates the local landscape and architecture, taking advantage of the museum’s excellent location in the heart of West Palm Beach and transforming the landscape to create a museum within a garden.
Fee: $55, includes appetizer and shuttle.
7:30-8:30 p.m. Alumni Receptions
Coming soon! Look for more information on the Florida schools of architecture who will host a reception during the convention.
8:30-9:30 p.m. NEW! Associates Social Hour
Associate directors held their annual summit in January to set their goals for the year. It is now a midway point for them to discuss their progress. Join them and your fellow associates to network and socialize during the associate’s social hour.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
6:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7:15-8:15 a.m. Session P: Early Bird Session: Design Strategies for Architectural Stone Masonry
Concrete Masonry is an effective solution for the ever-changing design environment, as well as offer a wealth of health and safety benefits to the occupants. This one-hour HSW program will explore how to effectively design masonry walls using legacy stone products, such as Natural Limestone, Cast Stone and Architectural Stone. Attendees will learn the proper design techniques which focus on the prevention of moisture and crack control issues. Additionally, the discussion will emphasize the planning and designing of sound masonry walls using proper architectural components based on industry guidelines and specifications.
Speakers: Chris Bettinger and LisaPelham, Oldcastle Coastal and FC&PA
7:30-8:15 a.m. Past Presidents’ Breakfast (Invitation Only)
This year’s Past President Ignacio Reyes, FAIA, will host a special breakfast honoring AIA Florida’s past presidents and their guests. Former presidents and their guests are invited to this breakfast.
8-11:30 a.m. Tour: West Palm Beach: Then, Now and Tomorrow
3 HSW credits
This walking tour will take attendees on a journey of the historic richness and redevelopment process of downtown West Palm Beach. Your guide will focus on the historic importance of some of the buildings and placemaking strategies implemented for the past 25 years from an urban design perspective. Learn how the decades have affected the culture and community of the area and what the road ahead might look like. After the downtown tour, attendees will visit the Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Court House for an in-depth tour.
Fee: $55, includes shuttle and lunch
8:30-10 a.m. Session Q: Keynote: The Legacy House and Bridging the Gap
We should all question how we define normal and legacy. The challenges we face in our practices offer opportunities to bridge across generations with a hopeful perspective. Identity can be a thread that ties these elements together. Attendees will hear about examples and processes that approach identity in design to supplement the rich histories of historically overlooked communities.
Speaker: Jonathan Moody, AIA, CEO at Moody Nolan
10:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) Seminar
Attend this training to become familiar with the appropriate range of material that will be tested as well as the depth of knowledge that is reasonably required on each of the six divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE). The types of questions asked on the exam will be covered, as well as the strategies that will help answer the questions.
Speaker: Seth D. Yeslow, AIA, architect at Steven L. Cohen & Associates, PA, AIA
10:15-11:15 a.m. Session R: Beyond Burnout: Overcoming Career Crisis as an Architect This runs concurrently with Session S. Please choose one.
This session will inspire you to address burnout head on through the captivating, true stories of architects who successfully defeated it themselves. You will leave with a tangible plan to defend against burnout and to build a career from a balanced place of harmony for your peers, your family and yourself.
Speaker: Mike LaValley, AIA, architect at Trautman Associates
10:15-11:15 a.m. Session S: Empowering and Connecting through Strong Communication Skills This runs concurrently with Session R. Please choose one.
This session will review the issues involved in creating presentations that allow you to connect with your audience and have a message that resonates and builds emotional appeal to win over your prospects. In addition, learn the critical importance of developing successful body language and communication skills to better deliver your story and elicit positive responses.
Speaker: Ignacio Reyes, FAIA, vice president, chief development officer at LEO A DALY
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Session T: Small/Medium/Large Firm - How to Work Together and Mentor This runs concurrently with Session U. Please choose one.
This session will entail a conversation among panelists representing various sizes of architecture firms. They will share their experiences on how they handle employee development and retention through mentorship within their firms, how they partner with other firms on various projects, and how they’re mitigating risk within their firm.
Speakers: Ignacio Reyes, FAIA, vice president, chief development officer at LEO A DALY, moderator; Beverly L. Frank, AIA, principal at BFrankStudio; Stephen Panzarino, AIA, regional director of architecture, buildings + places at AECOM; and Hernan Rivera, AIA, HuntonBrady Architects
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Session U: Encouraging Architect Careers Through Successful Programs This runs concurrently with Session T. Please choose one.
Attend this session and hear from panelists discussing the importance of inspiring architecture’s next generation and encouraging a career path in architecture through a variety of programs and initiatives such as AIA’s K-12 program, AIA Florida’s Architects in Education program, and Black Architects in the Making (BAM).
Speakers: Adam Gayle, AIA, director of architecture at LEVEL Architecture + Interiors, moderator; Judson Kline, FAIA, president of CIVITAD Services, LLC; Craig Aquart, AIA, managing partner at M.C. Harry & Associates; Gabriella Bermea, AIA, design architect at VLK Architects
1-2 p.m. Florida Foundation for Architecture Lunch Meeting – Invitation Only
1:10-2:40 p.m. Session V: Optional Lunch Session - Masonry Game Show
This session will summarize masonry technical resources available to the design community. Subjects will highlight best practices and sustainable masonry from the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Tek Notes and the Brick Industry Association (BIA) Tek Notes. We will also review the 2022 AIA Masonry Award winner.
Speakers: Chris Bettinger and Lisa Pelham, Oldcastle Coastal and FC&PA
2:50-3:50 p.m. Session W: Encouraging Architect Careers Workshop This runs concurrently with Session X. Please choose one.
This workshop will continue the conversation about the importance of cultivating the next generation of architects through a deeper dive into how to incorporate a program locally, including demonstrations and activities for the younger convention attendees to enjoy.
Speaker: Adam Gayle, AIA, director of architecture at LEVEL Architecture+Interiors, Craig Aquart, AIA, managing partner at M.C. Harry & Associates
2:50-3:50 p.m. Session X: Designing Leaders to Build Your Firm Legacy This runs concurrently with Session W. Please choose one.
How you nurture, mentor and advance the responsibilities of your staff will determine their satisfaction with their career path and their longevity with your firm. Their commitment creates valuable institutional knowledge, reduces turnover costs and builds your next generation of firm owners. Get on the same page regarding developmental priorities for technical/design skills and their career path and personal leadership skills. Learn the engagement priorities of today’s young professionals, how to get consensus with them on incremental actions to expand their leadership mastery and assess if your grooming is empowering them to enhance their well-rounded skillsets.
Speakers: Debra Lupton, FAIA, CEO/chairman, TLC Engineering Solutions; Alexander Straughn, AIA, SchenkelShultz
4:20-5:20 p.m. Session Y: Implicit Bias and How it Can Affect Architects This runs concurrently with session Z. Please choose one.
Are you able to maintain an objective point of view when engaging your stakeholders? If you answered in the affirmative, you have just made yourself even more susceptible to your implicit biases, those subconscious views you hold about the world and everything in it. In this session, attendees will learn how implicit biases can have positive and negative effects on your behavior, your decision making and your interpersonal communication skills. Participants will also explore methods to assist in identifying and recognizing implicit biases, while also creating methods, policies and procedures to mitigate negative effects.
Speaker: Bret Hood, 21st Century Learning & Consulting LLC & JLI leadership trainer
4:20-5:20 p.m. Session Z: The Power of Art Shaping Cities This runs concurrently with session Y. Please choose one.
Art provides soul to cities. Get inside the studio with artist JEFRE, who has created numerous iconic works that have helped define cities and provide economic development.
Speaker: JEFRE Manuel, artist
6-9 p.m. Design & Honor Awards Reception & Presentation
Celebrate excellence in architecture and the architects whose work enriches our communities at the 2022 AIA Florida Design & Honor Awards Reception and Presentation. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks during the reception. The awards presentation will feature the 2022 Design & Honor Award winners and the announcement of the 2022 People’s Choice winner.
Fee: $90, $35 for 17 and under
Sponsored by: FC&PA
Sunday, July 31, 2022
7:30-10 a.m. Registration Desk Open
8:30-10 a.m. Session AA: Design Awards Panel Discussion This runs concurrently with Session BB. Please choose one.
Recipients of 2022 AIA Florida Design Awards will discuss building systems, building design and materials, and methods used in the design process for their award-winning work. Architects will discuss structural systems, site design, sustainability features, interior design, furnishing and finishes or historic preservation techniques.
Speakers: 2022 AIA Florida Design & Honor Award winners
8:30-10 a.m. Session BB: Demystifying the Fellowship This runs concurrently with Session AA. Please choose one.
Fellowship is the highest membership honor and is bestowed by one’s peers in recognition of significant contributions to architecture. This course will inform AIA members about the annual opportunity for elevation to Fellowship in the AIA and how to apply. Attendees will understand the process involved, the value of the honor itself and the importance of the College of Fellows as a mentoring body and venue for professional interaction.
Speakers: Gregory Burke, FAIA, Gregory John Burke, Architect, PA; and Nati Soto, FAIA, Ferguson Glasgow Schuster Soto Inc.
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session CC: Advanced FBC: 7th Edition (2020) – Mixed-Use Buildings
The course provides a detailed overview of what and how an architect should understand in the design considerations for a mixed-use building. The course will also define how architects can combine multiple occupancies compliant with the Florida Building Code. The course will develop concepts for determining allowable building sizes compliant with height and area regulations, fire separation requirements and potential detailing requirements. The course will address primarily Construction Types III, IV and V-type buildings as Types I and II do not provide the complicated code understanding as the more restrictive requirements of III, IV and V-Type buildings.
Speaker: Gregory Burke, FAIA, Gregory John Burke, Architect PA
By appointment only: Fellowship Application Review
Whether you’re just beginning to consider applying for Fellowship or you’re ready to submit your application, take advantage of this opportunity to discuss lessons learned, helpful tips and even a review of your application in a one-on-one meeting with an AIA member previously elevated to Fellowship.
By appointment only.