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2021 Slate of Candidates

AIA Florida and the AIA Florida/Caribbean Region gladly present this special preview of candidates for AIA Florida and AIA Florida/Caribbean offices. The AIA Florida Annual Meeting and Elections will be held on Wednesday, July 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Bonnet Creek located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821.

First Vice President/President-elect (2023 President)

Beverly Frank, AIA

Vice President 2022-2023 (Two positions available)

Elizabeth Camargo, AIA

Francis Lussier, AIA

Hernan Rivera, AIA

Associate Director at Large 2022-2023 (One position available)

Shadia Rassoul Jaramillo, Assoc. AIA

Zach Slagle, Assoc. AIA

Regional Councilor to the AIA Strategic Council 2022-2024 (One position available)

Mariela Bravo Pascual, AIA

Jeffrey Huber, FAIA

Nati Soto, FAIA

Regional Associate Director 2022-2023 (One position available)

Arthur Sheffield, Associate AIA


First Vice President/President-elect (2023 President)

Beverly Frank, AIA

Beverly Frank received her undergraduate degree in Art Education (2001) and Masters in Architecture (2005) from the University of South Florida. After 9 years with Gould Evans, Beverly started BFrank Studio in 2016. Her experience working in a large firm, operating a small-firm and working on public and private projects of many scales has given her a deep appreciation of the variability within the practice of architecture. Her experience has provided extraordinary opportunities for client engagement and furthering the cause of promoting the profession.

Beverly has taught as an adjunct at the University of South Florida School of Architecture + Community Design (SAC+D); been published in the Journal of Architectural Education; and, received awards (Emerging Professional and Distinguished Alumni) from USF SAC+D. She served several positions on the AIA Tampa Bay board over the years; is on the Advisory Board for the USF SAC+D Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR); serves as a board-member for Career Source Pinellas; acts as Treasurer for the Florida Architect’s Political Action Committee (FAPAC); and, is a Vice-President on the AIA Florida board. In 2019, Beverly received the Citizen Architect Award for demonstrating leadership of architects as citizens within the community.

Philosophy

My focus throughout in service to AIA Florida members has been as an advocate for the profession – communicating the value of architects and the abiding impact architects have on our communities and culture. Over AIA Florida’s 109 years, two constants have endured: the mission of “creation of better places” by licensed architects; and change. The continuity of promoting fellowship and integrity in design while addressing the constant challenges and changes presented by technology, society, economics, and forces of nature is crucial to leadership characteristics within AIA Florida.

Our profession is resilient and the opportunity for architects to demonstrate our collective leadership is swelling. Architects must solidify ownership of the holistic design of spaces and places and reaffirm our purpose to ensure the “health, safety and welfare” of the public. Rather than relinquish any aspect of this purpose to other groups, we must seek to collectively reclaim and retain our ground for “specialized” aspects of design; promote intense rigor in education, design, and practice; and champion best principles and practice at all levels and scale of design. I am committed to these principles in advocacy for the profession and in service to the members of AIA Florida.


Vice President 2022-2023 (Two positions available)

Elizabeth Camargo, AIA

Elizabeth G. Camargo, AIA, is the founding principal of EC Architecture + Design, a boutique architecture and interior design firm in Miami Beach since 2004. She has been very actively involved with the board of the AIA Miami Chapter in several capacities. In 2017 she became the 5th woman president of AIA Miami since its inception in 1929. She sits on the AIA Florida Board as the Miami State Director, serving on the Resilience and Communications committees. At the national level, she is a member of the Resilience and Adaptation Advisory Group and the Public Outreach Committee.

Before establishing EC Architecture + Design, Elizabeth worked in several nationally renowned architectural firms in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. After graduating in Architecture and Planning in her native Brazil, she relocated to the United States to pursue her Master’s degree in Architectural Science, with a focus on environmental design.

Elizabeth has been an adjunct professor at the Florida International University School of Architecture, and served as juror in multiple studio reviews in FIU and University of Miami School of Architecture. She is currently a member of the Bal Harbour Architectural Review Board and president of Dance Now Miami Board of Trustees

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Philosophy

I am honored to be considered for nomination to the AIA Florida Board as Vice-President.

My participation in the AIA Florida board as Miami State Director has been very gratifying. It allowed me to learn so much from my colleagues throughout state and expand the reach of my contributions. I strongly believe our responsibility as architects goes beyond the exterior walls of the buildings we design. Our buildings’ impact goes beyond their occupants, molding the communities they serve.

Our profession is facing many challenges: in the social realm, to become more diverse and inclusive; in the physical sphere, to increase the resilience and adaptability of the built environment. Fortunately we have the training and the tools needed to face these challenges.

My work has focused on promoting the value of our profession and strengthening the AIA presence in the public domain, not only regarding legislation impacting the profession, but also by contributing to find solutions for environmental concerns, such as sea level rise and carbon reduction.­

As Vice-President I will dedicate my time and effort towards increasing the relevance of our profession and maximizing our participation in the resolution of the challenges at hand.


Vice President 2022-2023 (Two positions available)

Francis Lussier, AIA

Originally from French-speaking Montréal, Francis Lussier, AIA | NCARB has over 21 years of experience in the planning and design of public and private facilities in South Florida, of which, with his design contribution; have received seven AIA Palm Beah Design Awards.­ A graduate of Montana State University, with both a Bachelor and Master of Architecture, which included a year-long abroad at the Alvar Aalto designed Polytechnic University of Helsinki campus; a transformational educational experience in understanding architecture as an apparatus for natural light.­­­­­ ­­­­

As a senior project architect with the 2019 AIA Palm Beach ‘Firm of the Year’ leading hospitality and club design firm Peacock + Lewis Architects and Planners, LLC, Francis has a proven ability to communicate effectively with his clients and construction partners, while being recognized for his creativity and problem-solving abilities.­­­­­­ ­­­

In his free time, he enjoys tennis, trying to keep up with his NCAA Division I skills, traveling, mentoring young architects, and volunteering with AIA Palm Beach, having served as the 2017 President and currently serving as AIA Palm Beach State Director on the AIA Florida Board of Directors.

Philosophy

In preparing this statement of philosophy, I wanted to take a pause, reflect as to an issue close to my heart before professional practice.­ ‘Architectural Specificity with Programmatic Indeterminacy’ was the guiding principle behind my thesis over 20 years ago.­ The proposal revolved around the notion of Aldo Rossi ‘Propelling Permanence’ of monumental urban artifacts, consisting of a ‘determinate structural framework’, while promoting the ability of structures to accommodate constantly changing programs and will of its locality; offering the widest range of socio-economic co-existence.­ ­­

The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, with the goal of thirteen architects in New York was to ‘Form an organization to promote architects and architecture’.­ 167 years later and 95,000 members strong, the AIA can be viewed as the monumental artifact with a ‘determinate framework’, expressed in its Governance, while its relevance and success lies in the Institute’s ability to accommodate, adapt, and advocate for the constantly changing needs of architects serving the diverse and multicultural communities we live in.


Vice President 2022-2023 (Two positions available)

Hernan Rivera, AIA

Hernan Rivera is an Associate Principal at HuntonBrady Architects in Orlando, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Design and Masters of Architecture from the University of Florida. Since joining HuntonBrady in 2009, Hernan has been focused on providing innovative design solutions for healthcare clients throughout Central Florida and the Tampa Bay Area.

After receiving his architectural license in 2014, Hernan joined AIA Orlando as a Design Awards Committee Member. In 2015 he was selected to become the AIA Orlando Young Architects Forum (YAF) Emerging Professionals Director at large. In 2018 he was elected as AIA Orlando President Elect and was recognized with the Fred Pryor Young Architect Award by the AIA Orlando Chapter. He has supported AIA in numerous efforts such as Grassroots, Conferences and Legislative day in Tallahassee.

During 2019 he served as AIA Orlando Chapter President and was part of the Orange County Housing For All Task Force appointed by Mayor Jerry Demings. He currently serves on the AIA Orlando Equality Diversity and Inclusion Working Group as part of the AIA Orlando President’s request.


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Philosophy

AIA Florida Board of directors and Members,
I am excited for the opportunity to run for the VP position at the AIA Florida state level and represent our local chapters. I would like to make a statement focusing on 3 key items that in my years representing AIA Orlando as President became the highlights of the areas where continued work must be done and where we can work together to improve:
1. Community Outreach:
a. Work with the Florida Chapters and share lessons learned with our members
b. Knock on the right doors at the local level to achieve success

2. Public Awareness on the field of Architecture
a. Reach out to children and teach them about what we do day in and day out
b. Engage on local boards and task forces and share the value of what we can do as Architects

3. Emerging Professionals
a. Evoke topics that are critical to new generations and how the workplace engages them.
b. Create opportunities for EP’s to exercise and explore ideas outside of the office.


Associate Director at Large 2022-2023 (One position available)

Shadia Rassoul Jaramillo, Assoc. AIA

Shadia Rassoul Jaramillo is a Panama native and an emerging professional on the path to licensure. Her passion for design,­innovation­and social housing is what motivated her to pursue a career in Architecture. She moved to the U.S. 8 years ago and earned her architecture degree from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. In 2018, Shadia was recognized as a Design Futures Council Scholar for her design quality, scholastic excellence, collaborative work ethic, and ability to positively­impact­others.

Shadia is a Graduate Designer at Dalrymple Sallis Architecture in Pensacola, where she works mainly in commercial and residential projects. She has served in the local AIA Florida Northwest Chapter for two consecutive years, as Associate Director, and Treasurer. Shadia is part of the membership committee where she has recently been working on member spotlights. She also contributes to her local community by volunteering at the Best Robotics competition for three consecutive years, and in different middle schools with activities that encompass architecture and design.

She was recently recognized as one of the Pensacola Rising Stars class of 2021 for being a­leader­and making a difference in working towards improving the quality of life in the Pensacola community.

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Philosophy

In architecture and the built environment, the foundation is of utmost importance. Innovation, service, support, and social impact are the building blocks of the foundation. I believe architecture reflects the time, place, and culture on which it is presented. The ability to combine all these elements together provides an array of diversity which we aspire for in our field and beyond. I believe AIA plays a vital role in educating the importance of design in the health, safety, and welfare of our communities. Serving as associate director at large, will empower me to provide service to my fellow associates, all while, supporting and instilling these principles in future generations of architects. The principles we embrace and the environment we create will have a lasting social impact on our communities. The future is an exciting place, though– it comes with many challenges, our ability to adapt and innovate is there to meet them. The foundation we create can act as a reference of where to start our fight against these challenges.­­

I will encourage my fellow emerging professionals to participate, collaborate and network, mentor their peers, and get involved through volunteer or professional efforts. Together, we can improve our design community!


Associate Director at Large 2022-2023 (One position available)

Zach Slagle, ­Assoc. AIA

A Tampa Bay native, Zach grew up on Lake Magdalene Dr. with his parents Jim and Ruth. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the University of Florida, where he graduated with a ‘Bachelor of Design’ from the School of Architecture with Minors in ‘Sustainability and the Built Environment,’ and ‘Business Administration.’ Beginning in of August 2016, Zach has worked professionally in the commercial sector as a Design Associate.

In September of 2019 Zach was elected to the AIA Tampa Bay Board of Directors as East Director. He was subsequently appointed as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Zach also serves as a member of the Advocacy Committee, which focuses on outreach to elected officials. He also represented the chapter in Tallahassee, where he met with state legislators to convey needs on behalf of the membership and the profession.

In January of 2021, Zach took over as Associate Director for AIA Tampa Bay. He took on a new role as Co-Chair of the Young Architect Forum Committee along side Arsenio Guillermo. Together they focus on providing resources for ARE test taking and opportunities for participation and creative expression through design competitions.

Philosophy

As Associate-Director for AIA Florida, I will champion the philosophies set forth by the organization: Impact, Leadership, Integrity, Ethics, Service, Innovation, and Stewardship. These qualities exemplify the mission of AIA Florida, and maintaining them will secure it’s future.

As Associate-Director I will bolster the programs and opportunities provided by the emerging professionals program. While AIA Florida already offers excellent resources, I believe we can and should continue to improve in these areas. As a candidate for licensure, I know all too well, the challenges associated with the AXP program and ARE. My goal, is to add and improve the resources available to alleviate anxiety and encourage more associate members to pursue licensure. Young Architects are the future of our great profession. We have a collective responsibility to guide them towards a successful future.

Lastly, I will serve AIA Florida’s greater mission, collaborating with leaders across our great state to bolster the profession and assist its members. I believe it is my duty to serve the interests of the organization, in whatever capacity is most effective.


Regional Councilor to the AIA Strategic Council 2022-2024 (One position available)

Mariela Bravo Pascual, AIA

Mariela Bravo Pascual earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in 2011. She is currently Project Architect for Manuel Bermúdez Arquitecto csp (MBARQ), an Architecture and Urbanism Firm based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Since 2008, Mariela has occupied leadership positions regarding an architect’s professional development from their initial years as students and later on as emerging professionals. She has been Vice-President and President of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico’s Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and also served as Delegate of the Architects in Training Commission of the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (CAAPPR), where she continues providing support. During her time as Delegate for CAAPPR, she developed an online platform for Emerging Professionals to study for the ARE Exams.

She strongly believes in the importance of Architects being involved in the Project’s Construction Phase and has been in charge of MBARQ’s Construction Observation Department since 2014. Since 2017, after Hurricanes Irma and María, her main work focus shifted to developing Disaster Recovery Projects with MBARQ and directing Project Management and Construction Observation Efforts in order to deliver these projects in half of the projected time.

Philosophy

Since 2017, it has become clear that the practice of architecture in the Florida /Caribbean Region has evolved into a conscious search of integration between climatic needs and the built environment. The recent natural disasters which have impacted the region have moved us into a better understanding of how architecture needs to be a key player in bringing a balance between the built environment and nature/climate. As Regional Councilor, I aspire to create a network for more than disaster recovery, but disaster mitigation as prevention of further damage to our surrounding communities, through the implementation of sustainability and resiliency practices. I plan to create an interdisciplinary network of professionals that will be at the disposition of the AIA in order to channel prevention strategies and disaster recovery. The experience acquired as an architect in Puerto Rico, specifically from 2017 to this day, working in disaster recovery projects from their conceptualization to their construction, as well as developing proposals in order to receive funds for design/bid/build Projects brings me to a position of first-hand knowledge in this field and its future implementation within the AIA Florida / Caribbean Chapter.


Regional Councilor to the AIA Strategic Council 2022-2024 (One position available)

Jeffrey Huber, FAIA

Jeffrey Erwin Huber, FAIA, ASLA, NCARB, LEED AP is a Principal at Brooks + Scarpa Architects where he manages the firm’s Fort Lauderdale studio. He is also an Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture. An agent for change, Huber utilizes supply-side design thinking to develop place-building solutions that address core challenges in our built environment to reshape architectural design and planning policy towards a more resilient and equitable future. His design and research have garnered 75+ national and international design awards and have been published in numerous books and periodicals including Architect Magazine, Residential Architect, Metropolis, The Plan Journal and Architectural Record. A recent project, Salty Urbanism, provides a design framework to address future sea-level rise adaptation in South Florida received a National AIA Institute Honor Award in 2018. Other notable honors: Huber received the AIA National Young Architects Award in 2017, the Citizen Architect Award from AIA Florida in 2020 and was elevated to the AIA National College of Fellows in 2021. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Florida International University.

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Philosophy

Huber has advanced sustainability and resiliency initiatives within practice and academic realms through development of new design models that crosscut architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Through public sector work he has engaged municipalities and communities on a wide range of design issues that promote healthier and smarter built environments. Known nationally for his work on issues of resilience and sustainability, Huber’s design research has served as a catalyst for changing development codes and policy, mainstreaming innovative design practice, and expanding the relevance of architects within creative placemaking and resilient design. Huber forms a connective infrastructure of segregated disciplinary thought to meet complex challenges posed by urbanization, loss of ecosystem services, and climate disruption. His tenure as a counselor on AIA Florida/Caribbean Strategic Council created the first position statement by the organization on climate change and aided in the development of the first state law to address climate impacts on publicly funded projects.

Huber plans to leverage this position to amplify and engage these issues within the broader Institute and be a catalyst for changing policy and development standards. He has been nominated by the AIA Florida Nominating Committee and has been encouraged to run by the AIA Florida/Caribbean leadership.


Regional Councilor to the AIA Strategic Council 2022-2024 (One position available)

Nati Soto, FAIA

I humbly ask that you allow me to represent you on the AIA Strategic Council as Regional Councilor. I have served AIA in national, state, and local components, most recently as the College of Fellows Regional Representative, Facilitator of the 2020 AIA Florida Strategic Council and AIA Florida’s 2019 President. My experience on AIA National’s Culture Collective, the Diversity Council and the Women’s Leadership Summit will be a tremendous asset in the Regional Councilor position. At AIA Miami I am a founding Board member and past president of Miami Center for Architecture and Design, co-founder of the Women in Architecture Committee, and past president. These rich experiences have served to optimize my vision of the successful future of our profession and our contribution to society.

I practice Architecture and Interior Design in South Florida. My Firm, Ferguson Glasgow Schuster Soto, Inc., offers expertise in health care, civic and corporate architecture. I am also an involved alumnus of the University of Miami School of Architecture, where my Firm maintains a scholarship that benefits Black students. I live in Coral Gables, Florida with my husband, Howard, and am proud mom to daughter Alex, also an architect, son Daniel and daughter-in-law Alexandra.

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Philosophy

I believe that if we pursue our passion for architecture, we have tremendous power to effect positive results.

  • Let us emphasize we are the leaders of the built environment. I want us all to know how to communicate the strength and value that great architecture brings to society.
  • I understand the importance of maintaining a favorable business environment for architects.
  • Economic prosperity offers us the resources and clout to influence public policy.
  • Our success is dependent upon collaborating and supporting one another. I am committed to promoting robust mentorship at all career levels.
  • We shall achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion in architecture, in our offices and in our designs, as this is critical to the success of our profession.
  • Our communities must offer exemplary design at all levels of affordability, promote prosperity, and be resilient to climactic, sociological, economic and health disruptions. I believe that the power of architecture does impact these goals.

I pledge to support and advocate for policies that allow us to pursue our passion for architecture. As Regional Councilor I will work on your behalf and will lead efforts that achieve beneficial outcomes for us. Thank you for your support!


Regional Associate Director 2022-2023 (One position available)

Arthur Sheffield, Associate AIA

Arthur Sheffield is an alumnus of the Howard University School of Architecture & Design in Washington, DC.­­ Throughout his career he has maintained active participation and engagement within the AIA, having served most recently as an Associate Director-at-Large for AIA Florida (2019 & 2020) and also as the Associate Director of the AIA Florida Gulf Coast chapter.­ In additional Arthur is a board member of the Florida Foundation for Architecture and serves as the Secretary on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Architects Political Action Committee.­ Within his local community, he is a volunteer on the Sarasota Design Conference planning committee, participates as a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and also serves as a board member for the Manatee/Sarasota Black Chamber of Commerce.

Philosophy

I believe that it is vital for Architects and Emerging Professionals be leaders in the process of creating sustainable, holistic, and inclusive communities. In addition, I am certain that our profession is uniquely qualified to serve as thought leaders and creative problem solvers to help benefit all of society.­ Architecture requires a broad range of skills and exposes practitioners to a wide array of conditions, scenarios, and challenges that must be resolved. By applying our experience and talent in civic activities and becoming knowledge resources for our communities we can promote the practice of architecture and further educate the public regarding the value of Architects.­ Emerging Professionals often have the energy and enthusiasm to be great champions for the profession.­ I intend to encourage them to use their time, voices and skills to become the next generation of advocates and leaders.­

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