TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Floridians have just two weeks left to help pick the state’s Number One building. So far the response had been resounding with more than a quarter-million votes already cast.
As part of its 100th Anniversary, the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) launched the Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places competition, which identifies 100 buildings across the state that represent the best in architectural achievement.
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll and members of AIA Florida’s board kicked off the friendly competition on March 13 on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol – one of the buildings on the Top 100 list. Floridians can help their favorite buildings climb to the top of the list by voting at www.aiaFLAtop100.org.
“We are thrilled that so many Floridians have participated in the Top 100 building competition,” said Peter W. Jones, AIA, president of AIA Florida. “The contest is close and I encourage everyone to vote often to make sure their favorite building is recognized.”
So far, the overall highest ranked buildings are:
1. Fountainebleau Hotel(Miami Beach)
2. University of North Florida Student Union(Jacksonville)
3. Mandi’s Chapel(Live Oak)
4. The Breakers Resort National Historical Landmark(Palm Beach)
5. Florida Southern College(Lakeland)
AIA Florida will also recognize top buildings in several different categories. The highest ranked structures in these categories include:
Performing Arts– Florida Theatre Building(Jacksonville)
Civic– Boca Raton Town Hall (Boca Raton)
Commercial – Bank of America Tower(Miami)
Educational - University of North Florida Student Union(Jacksonville)
Historic– Historical Cuban Club, Ybor City(Tampa)
Hotel– Fontainebleau Hotel(Miami Beach)
Museum– Dali Museum(St. Petersburg)
Public Use– City Park Municipal Garage(Ft. Lauderdale)
Recreational– Cinderella Castle(Orlando)
Religious– Mandi’s Chapel(Live Oak)
Residential – Walker Guest House(Sanibel)
Write In– Whitehall, The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach)
AIA Florida also asked architects to vote on their favorite structure, and so far the University of North Florida Student Union in Jacksonville is the favorite.
“For the past 100 years Florida’s architects have been working to shape, design and develop skylines across our picturesque state,” Jones said. “I hope Floridians will take a moment to appreciate the beautiful, distinctive structures that make our state so unique.”
Florida’s Number One building will be announced in April, which Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed as Architecture Month.
The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, headquartered in Tallahassee, represents the interests of more than 3,600 members in Florida and the Caribbean. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. For more information visit: http://www.aiafla.org.