Our Architectural Guidebook was featured last week on WMFE public radio.

Check it out at the link:

The book can be purchased for $35 plus tax and shipping through the AIA Orlando Office:

801 N Magnolia Ave, Suite 109
Orlando, FL 32803

Call to be sure staff is in the office, before visiting to pick up a copy and save shipping charges.

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Lakeland Regional Health Pavilion for Women & Children

The new 347,342 sf Lakeland Regional Health Pavilion for Women & Children is a significant addition to a growing regional medical center campus in Lakeland, Florida. The architect’s design challenge was to create an iconic landmark of health built with compassion for women and children at all stages of life, and act as a welcoming center of wellness for patients, staff and the community.

Total building area (sq. ft.): 347,342

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $398

To Be Completed: March 2018

Firm: HuntonBrady Architects, www.huntonbrady.com

Read the whole article at this link to Healthcare Design Magazine:

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Barn Hopping: An AIA Orlando Christmas Event


Lets GO Barn Hopping: An AIA Orlando Christmas Event

December 15 from 6:30-9:30

Hosted by:
Gleman and Sons-Specializing in reclaimed wood, millwork and genuine barn board interiors.

Refreshments, food and mead (Champagne and Egg Nog) will be served.

Location: 110 Tech Dr., Sanford, Fl, 32771
RSVP by 12/10 to Ken@glemanandsons.com

Gleman & Sons Reclaimed Lumber is recovered from old barns and buildings in the Appalachian region and out West. Whether left rustic with its natural patina and saw marks or finished to show the beautiful grain and color, this lumber has beautiful and unique characteristics. Come see their custom tables, paneling and more.

gleman-reclaimed-wood-samplesVisit their website at:


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LMN Lecture Rescheduled Thursday 11/17


This Thursday November 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

CityLab Orlando- 500 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

LMN Architects: In Service

Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP

Partner, LMN Architects

Stephen Van Dyck, Design Partner at LMN Architects, will discuss how his practice – this year’s recipient of the National AIA Architecture Firm Award – has redefined architectural service to realize an exceptional body of work. LMN’s unique culture of collaboration and exploration encourages experimentation through the prolific use of physical models and the integration of advanced technology. Beyond this internal dialogue, the firm works with clients and collaborators who share their vision and spirit of innovation to create buildings that engage and enrich public life, foster learning, strengthen civic identity, and promote sustainable urbanization. With a broad, long-range view and commitment to the communities in which they work, LMN’s multifaceted service has transformed how architecture is conceived, constructed and experienced.

LMN Architects is the recipient of the 2016 AIA National Architecture Firm Award.

Here is the link to RSVP, and more information:


Here is our previous post with more info about the firm:


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The Architecture of Doctor Strange


Ross Brady explores the architecture of movies and shows some amazing animation clips from Marvel’s Latest Movie: Doctor Strange

Here is a link to his engaging article by Architizer, for those of you who don’t subscribe:


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Park [ing] Day Orlando


Swing by College Park this Friday, September 16th, and check out the pop-up parks lining the street until 7 PM. This annual event by the City of Orlando converts parking spaces along the street into miniature Parks for one day, bringing attention to the importance of recycling.


UCF has spot #1. And the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is one I want to see. They have 2 spots #12 and #13.

At least two of our architecture firms in town have entered. HHCP’s parking spot is #11 on the NW corner of Edgewater Drive and Smith Street, next to the Gallery of the Edge. Their park theme is “Recycle and Reuse” and the design consists of recyclable materials that have been collected and put together along with some greenery into a great little space.


AECOM is another of the Architecture firms participating at spot #14. So stop by and enjoy the fun as parking along our streets goes “green” for a day!

You can also check this link for our report of the event in 2014:
(Sorry, the linked pages in that article are gone)

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LMN Architects Lecture Thursday 9/28


AIA Orlando’s Annual Meeting and Elections will take place first, followed by a presentation from LMN Architecture. LMN Architecture is 2016 AIA National Firm of the year, they are an innovative and exciting firm that will be sure to inspire.

Washington State University Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building, in Pullman WA, shown above is one of their Education Projects. A “community gallery”, a two-story internal pathway containing research centers, administrative offices and conference rooms, forms the beginning of an academic and architectural linkage that will connect to future buildings within a larger research complex.  A unifying roof expression and transparent curtainwall distinguish this interactive “spine” as a primary ordering element in the precinct master plan.


Another of their projects, the Octahedron was a signature installation for the 3rd annual Seattle Design Festival. Blending parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and collaborative interaction, the structure established a new precedent for the event’s human-scale design competition, going on to win an Honor Award from the AIA Seattle Chapter and inspiring expanded ambitions for the event’s future. The festival is put on by Design in Public, an organization with the mission of involving the public in design thinking. Set in the brick-paved Occidental Park section of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, the festival’s “Design Block” segment asks participating teams to design and build interactive pavilions and street furniture.

They have an extensive portfolio of commercial, residential and institutional work, including convention center design as well. You can learn more about their work and their philosophy at the lecture this month.

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Embassy Suites Downtown, 191 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801

Here is the link to reserve a seat/purchase tickets:


Here is a link to their firm’s website, where you can read more about the above projects, other buildings they have designed, their firm culture and more:

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Vote for Orlando Buildings in AIA Florida Peoples Choice Awards

AIA Florida has released the 2016 Peoples Choice competition. AIA Orlando has 3 buildings in the competition this year, Morimoto Asia, Daytona International Speedway, and Cameo Theater. Be sure to get your votes in! Here is the link to vote:


The list of buildings in our area can use our support to move up the list. To vote you will need to like them by clicking the Facebook LIKE button beside the photos. This is different than last year. You will need to be signed into Facebook as well, for your votes to be accepted. Read more about our local entries below:


Cameo Theater by Process Architecture, on Colonial Drive near Mills
(I was the first to vote for it)
This is a great renovation of a classic Art Deco Building, now a SNAP Photography Gallery

Here is a link to our post on it:

The Morimoto Asia Restaurant at Disney Springs by Lingerfelt International, which received an AIA Orlando Design Award, (this is in the former Manikin’s Dance Palace)


Here is a link to the AIA Orlando page on their award:

The Daytona Speedway improvements which have changed the face of the Entry and stands.


Here is a link to our post on it:

Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic is also nearby, but in the Tampa chapter’s service area. (It is the only one nearby in the top ten)


Here is a link to our post on it:

Please use the link at the beginning of this article, or the link below to vote, so our buildings have a chance at the TOP 10! And please spread the word, so more people know about the architecture in Central Florida.


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New Luxury Townhomes for Winter Park

park-hill-rendering WP_750xx1500-844-0-78 Slocum Platts Architects

The former Spanish Oaks Apartments and Golfview Apartments on the southwest corner of North Park Avenue and Whipple Avenue are expected to be torn down in the next few weeks, which will make way for the 10-unit, “ultra luxury” townhome development dubbed Park Hill.

Slocum Platts Architects have designed Park Hill to include 4,200-square-foot, three- and four-bedroom units in three-story buildings with elevators, two-car garages, private entrances and private terraces. Tall windows, cut stone detailing and tile roofs provide a sense of elegance, befitting a Winter Park address.

Private townhomes with higher density and less yard maintenance continue to increase in popularity in central Winter Park due to proximity to shops and dining within walking distance of this and other recent projects.

You can read the complete article by Anjali Fluker in the Orlando Business Journal at this link:

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Horizon West Builds Lakefront Shops and Dining


A 55,000-square-foot Publix will be the anchor tenant of a 200,000-square-foot shopping center east of State Road 429 and south of New Independence Parkway. This area west of Windermere and north of the Magic Kingdom is a popular growing community, in West Orange County.

The Hamlin center is expected to be completed by summer 2017, and will have 10 additional buildings for retailers. The design takes advantage of the scenic shoreline of Lake Hancock. Nearby theaters and a Walmart are already breaking ground.

Read the complete article by Rachel Williams in the Orlando Business Journal at this link:

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