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2023 Design Awards Jury

A renowned body of experts convene this May in Panama City, Panama to judge works of exemplary significance by architects in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean for the 2023 AIA Florida Design & Honor Awards. This year’s panelists bring to the jury decades of combined preeminent work, expertise and experience evaluating architecture.

AIA Florida is pleased to announce the 2023 AIA Florida Design Awards Jury

Maria "Mia" Isabel Arias

Born in Panama, Mia obtained her bachelor’s degree in Architecture & Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2005. Founder, CEO and design principal at TAOMA architecture studio in Panama, Mia works design through the different scales of architecture, always putting the creative process and human experience at the forefront. In 2019 she created LAB FiO2, a platform for social innovation that promotes divergent and critical thinking, constructing agents of change. It combines architecture, urbanism, and the creative process in a collective environment mobilizing students, professionals, and the community to formulate comprehensive and assertive solutions for Panama´s sustainable future.

Ginnette Gotti

Ginnette Gotti is a Panamanian architect who graduated from the Catholic University Santa María la Antigua (USMA), Panama. With postgraduate studies in architecture and design at Elisava - Pompeu Fabra University and a masters degree in architectural design at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (UPC). In 2010 she established the architecture studio dos G arquitectos with Ivan Grippaldi, based in Panama City, Panama. The studio has received awards in multiple international competitions, has been published in several local and international magazines and has participated in international exhibitions. Ginette is also a visiting professor at Isthmus School of Architecture and Design of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gilberto Guardia

Gilberto Guardia Novey obtained his masters degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a bachelor of science degree in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. Since then, he has worked as an architect in Panama City, Panama.­ In 2008 he created Adapta, an innovative system for the effective and sustainable construction of houses in remote locations.­­His thesis, Style vs. Process, questions traditional methods of urban renewal and proposes new strategies for the renovation of Panama City’s historic core.­ He has been a design professor at the University of Panama and participates actively as guest juror at Isthmus University.­­He was head of the Academic Organizing Committee in the Latin American Encounter of Architecture Students (ELEA 2000) in Los Angeles, and was a guest juror and exhibitor at the Artists in Concrete Awards (AICA 2016) in Mumbai

Eduardo Quintero

Eduardo is the co-founder of Forza Creativa and holds a masters degree in architecture from Cornell University and post-graduate studies from Harvard University with the renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. Prior to founding Forza Creativa, Eduardo worked for years with the acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli, designing works of renown worldwid

Jaime Ventura

Jaime is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the School of Architecture and Design in Latin American and the Caribbean (ISTHMUS). He worked under the president of the Chilean Association of Architects and is part of the team that developed the design competition-winning project for the Universdad de Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador. He is currently partner and CEO at Ventura & Asociados Arquitectos.



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