Next week see the start of the AIA Florida chapter annual conference and trade show. Centered on the theme “Creating Community” and being held at the Trump National Doral Miami Resort, the convention committee has brought together a unique set of programs and speakers to explore the connections between architecture and our communities. The lead speaker is AIA National President-Elect, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA who will discuss the place of architecture in our changing world. She will be joined by Steve Dumez, FAIA of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple will who will share how their New Orleans-based firm developed a community-focused culture that earned them recognition as the 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year and Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, will be on hand to present timely insight into the creation of community assets that promote healthy and sustainable living through architecture.
Along with the speakers there will be programs and boot camps to help forward education and help with career progress. Programs that engage young professionals and promote the path to licensure will be featured, while project tours and a fantastic opportunity to visit AIA Miami’s new Miami Center for Architecture and Design will round out the offerings.
There is ample opportunity to mingle and meet new contacts. Along with the Friday morning golf at the newly redesigned course, there will be the Past-Presidents Breakfast and the Saturday evening cocktail party and awards presentation.
We are really looking forward to the Friday trade show. Beginning at 1pm and running till 6pm its a short a fare but one we hope to maximize. We are sending Chris our Tampa based sales development manager to mingle and hob nob for the weekend introducing more people to our Merlin range of educational laboratory utility control panels.
With all of their unique components and adjustable parameters the panels are going down a storm with the Mechanical and Plumbing Engineers. Lets just hope there isn’t a tropical storm in Miami this coming weekend.