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Naples CEU Breakfast
December 10, 2014
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December 11, 2014

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December 4, 2014 Honor Awards
and Peter Bohlin FAIA Lecture

On December 4, 2014 the AIA Florida SouthWest Chapter celebrated the Annual Design and Individual Awards ceremony at the Miromar Design Center.  A cocktail reception was held at Minotti before the Awards and Banquet began.

Joyce Owens, Stephen Hruby, Peter Bohlin and Vicky Long Executive Director of FL AIA

The design awards were judged by Peter Bohlin's Office, Bohlin, Cawinski and Jackson and the Design Awards with jury comments were:

Architect Brandt Henning AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Gordon River Entry Monument Competition

Architectural Graphics:
Project #476048141   MERIT AWARD
Comments: The jury found this submission interesting in how the Architects used graphics to orient the audience and connect the many parts of the project to the overall site. The graphics produced were clear and the jury could imagine that the graphics greatly helped to explain the process to the client for a successful outcome.

Hector C. Fernandez AIA
Dr. Sirven and Dr. Arronte

Interior Architecture:
Project #476699252   MERIT AWARD
Comments: Minimal, simple and tastefully designed, this project is an example of how to take a modest budget and create a new experience within a small, pre-determined space. Each material selection was integral to the overall composition, while the artwork was not an afterthought but carefully selected to complete the space.

Brant Henning AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Hawthorne Residence

Unbuilt Work:
Project #476046735   MERIT AWARD
Comments: Designed entirely around the efficient nature of SIPS panels, this project seeks to design modern, affordable residential opportunities for the Naples community. The jury appreciated the simple, efficient plan and material palette, and thought that the Architect made smart decisions that maximized the limited square footage on the site. One can imagine the gem this house will be when complete.

Hector Fernandez AIA

Unbuilt Work:
Project #476699253   HONOR AWARD
Comments: This project really caught the attention of the jury due to its adaptable and configurable prefab nature and the team’s intention for its use for disaster relief housing. The presentation was graphically informative and provided a vision for great opportunities for clients to achieve individual layouts that meet their needs affordably. Additionally, the jury was intrigued by the ability to create outdoor rooms and spaces that produce dialog between structures and people, further strengthening the potential for developing community-building arrangements where such a need is most profound – after a catastrophic event. 

David Corban Architect, PLLC
David Corban, AIA, LEED AP

Immokalee Zocalo

New Work:
Project #470694013   MERIT AWARD
Comments: This is a well-conceived and executed cultural park project. The jury was energized by the Architect’s ability to enliven a previously under-utilized, prominent corner along a main thoroughfare using simple materials and smart design. This project is an example of how Architecture, when conceived with the users habits and desires at the forefront of decision making, can create a space that feels as if it can exist only in this place. It was apparent to the jury that this project has created a much needed place that enhances its entire neighborhood and not just the site itself.

David Corban Architect, PLLC
David Corban, AIA, LEED AP

Broad Court Residence

New Work:
Project #476046727   MERIT AWARD
Comments: This project intrigued the jury in how the addition sliced through the existing house, creating a new entry and street presence for the house. This same element also clearly defines the organization of the interior, and seeks to transform a somewhat standard ranch home into an architectural statement. Minimal and precise detailing and execution made it easy for the jury to appreciate what the Architect had accomplished in this project.

Brant Henning AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Silverstein Residence

New Work: Project #476046727   MERIT AWARD
Comments: This project intrigued the jury in how the addition sliced through the existing house, creating a new entry and street presence for the house. This same element also clearly defines the organization of the interior, and seeks to transform a somewhat standard ranch home into an architectural statement. Minimal and precise detailing and execution made it easy for the jury to appreciate what the Architect had accomplished in this project

Individual Honor Award
Hector Fernandez

Hector is a Miami transplant.  He has been here in Southwest Florida for only one year.  In that time quickly acclimated into his profession and community.  He immediately became involved in not only AIA Southwest Florida but in civic organizations well. 
This spring Hector was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the  Department of Business and Professional Regulations,  Board of Architecture and Interior Design.  He is on the board of the Marco Island Civic Association and chairs its design review board.  He was recently appointed by the Collier County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
Hector has served tirelessly on the board of AIA Florida Southwest  working closely with the Treasurer and has dedicated time above and beyond the call of duty to institute digital systems for marketing and registering our events.  He is instrumental in organizing a Summer Architecture Camp in conjunction with Collier County School District, which will start its inaugural year in the Summer of 2015.
In his brief time here in Southwest Florida, Hector has exemplified the character and dedication to architecture necessary to qualify for the Individual Honor Award.

Citizen Architect Award
Renee Zepeda

Renee’s approach to her profession consistently has a community focus.  Whether it is in her practice, her community and  volunteer activities or her involvement in AIA. 
Renee presently sits on the City of Naples Design Review Board and has been instrumental in not only raising the bar with regard to design quality, but has demonstrated through example the role the role of the architect and the value he/she brings to the community.
Renee was one of the first and few AIA Southwest Florida members who became involved in the local process for  AIA Nationals Transformation in 2013.
Renee demonstrates a keen understanding of civic involvement and the responsibility our profession has to giving back to our community.
Allied Member of the Year
Sesco Lighting
Accepting Award:  Mike Haley

Sesco Lighting has been one of AIA Florida Southwest’s staunchest supporters.  They are always there for us.  They are the willing and eager not only to provide resources, staff, and promotional assistance to support our programs and events but participate in those events as well. 
They have sponsored CEU courses, our ever popular Architecture Bus Tours and most recently the Greenway Entry Monument Design Competition.
Sesco Lighting’s has consistently provided support and service to AIA Florida Southwest above and beyond what is expected of an Allied Member.  

Firm of The Year
MHK Architecture and Planning

In the five short years of MHK’s existence, the firm has made an extraordinary impact on architecture and the public’s perception of the architect here in Southwest Florida.  They are probably the most significant force for infusing new, innovative and more diverse designs into Southwest Florida communities.  This is particularly true of their impact on the residential market.
But equally important is the role the firm has played in exposing the public to the role of the architect, the value an architect brings to a project or civic engagement and the importance of good design in preserving civic pride. 
MHK’s body of work enviable and its impact on our community is a stellar example of what it means to be an architect.  They are truly deserving of the designation of 2014 Firm of the Year.
President’s Award
Ellie Krier, EK Consulting Inc.
President Stephen Hruby said, I have selected Ellie Krier as the recipient of the 2014 President’s Award for her dedication and leadership in the creation of one of the most understated but powerful built environments in Southwest Florida – The Gordon River Greenway.  Over a period of nearly two decades, Ellie doggedly pursued with patience, grace, and logic, a vision for preserving the rare natural wetlands along the Gordon River in Naples. 
She provided the leadership to acquire the land, coop stakeholders and gain the political and civic support to fund the project. The result is a understated minimally invasive network of environmentally sustainable boardwalks, paths and way stations that allow us to experience the flora and fauna of this wonderful native wetlands.
Through her vision, dedication, and perseverance, Ellie Kreir has insured that a jewel of nature in our back yard will be with us in perpetuity.  That is one of her legacies to Southwest Florida.

Our Chapter President for 2015, Tyler Patak AIA, NCARB, presents to Stephen Hruby AIA, NCARB, LEED AP our 2014 President a Service/Appreciation Award for his diligence and tireless effort.  Thank you Stephen!

The Nature of Circumstance Lecture
by Peter Bohlin, FAIA

The 2014 Board of the AIA Southwest Chapter wishes to thank Mr. Joshua Colt Fisher for the time and effort to photograph the Awards Ceremony and Lecture.

The Board also wishes to thank Minotti at the Miromar Design Center for hosting the reception before the Ceremony and Lecture.

AIA Florida Southwest
Continuing Education Breakfast Meeting
Naples: December 10, 2014 - Wednesday
7:30 am to 9:00 am
I H O P 
1921 Davis Boulevard
Naples, Florida 34104
Fort Myers: December 11, 2014 - Thursday
7:30 am to 9:00 am
Mimi’s Café
5070 Bell Tower Shops Avenue
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
CEU Program Sponsored by:
Kreuger International
Cost: AIA Members - Free

Non-Members - $20.00 each



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