14 places in Tampa Bay recognized in architects 'Top 100 Buildings' competition in Florida

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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida), the organization announced today that it is launching an online competition: “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.”  This friendly contest will identify 100 buildings that represent the beauty and wonder of Florida architecture, culminating in the announcement of Florida’s number one building later this spring.

14 of the buildings in the competition, including St. Petersburg’s Dali Museum, are located in Tampa Bay.

Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll helped AIA Florida launch the competition today at Florida’s Historic Capitol, one of the structures nominated as a top building.

“As they have done since Florida’s earliest days, visitors to our state enjoy our great weather and diverse culture, which are both reflected in the design of our cities and communities,” Lt. Governor Carroll said. “With nearly 86 million visitors to our state last year, our tourism industry is closely linked to the vision and work of architects and community designers.”

Also joining the AIA Florida board and Lt. Governor were Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Tim Vaccaro.

“AIA Florida has been working to shape, design and develop skylines across the state for 100 years,” said Peter W. Jones, AIA, president of AIA Florida. “Behind every magnificent structure is an architect who helped create it. Architects are truly the backbone of development and expansion in Florida.”

AIA Florida invites the public to join the festivities by ranking the nominated buildings to select the top building in Florida. Online voting will begin March 13, 2012 at www.aiaflatop100.org and will continue through April 6, 2012. Buildings can be identified by searching building name, location, or category of use. Write-in nominations will also be accepted. The results of the voting will be announced in April, which has been proclaimed “Architecture Month” by Governor Rick Scott.

“For a century, the unique architecture of Florida has given our state its distinct look and feel,” said Don Yoshino, FAIA, chairman of AIA’s 100th anniversary committee. “The architecture represented by the buildings in the competition varies in style from modern to historical, and in use from residential to public buildings. We look forward to the results to learn which structure Floridians designate as top in their state.”

The competition is just one of the highlights in this yearlong celebration recognizing the positive architecture has had on Florida’s economic development and aesthetic advancement. AIA Florida will also host a 100thAnniversary Convention and Tradeshow in Palm Beach, Fla., over the summer and will wrap up the celebration with a special anniversary celebration event in December.

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