Events Archive
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2021 Scholarship Awards

July 29, 2021 | 6pm-7pm
The Orlando Foundation for Architecture hosted a presentation of the 2021 OFA Scholarship Awards to students in the local 2+2+2 architecture program. The OFA Board of Trustees, Scholarship Awards Committee, OFA membership, as well as friends and family, congratulated and honored these incredible students. 


Irving Teos, 2nd Year Valencia Student -  $1,000

Maria Moreno, 1st Year UCF Student -  $2,000

Brittany Mayer, 2nd Year UCF Student -  $2,000

Alex Karimipour, 1st Year UF CityLab Student -  $4,000

Jimmy Delvalle, 2nd/3rd Year UF CityLab Student -  $5,000

Come Together and Collaborate! Allied Mixer Benefitting OFA
Hosted by AIA Orlando's Allied Committee

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Ember, Orlando

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AIA Orlando's Allied Committee hosted “Come Together and Collaborate” at Ember Orlando. It was a great success with close to 80 Architect and Allied members connecting and raising over $800 for the Orlando Foundation for Architecture (OFA).


A special thank you to the Allied Director, Bill Collester with Terracon, OFA Trustee, Dean Hill with Rep Services, Inc. and Allied member superstars, Sondra Hadley with Steve Ward & Associates, Arty Molinari with Tremco and Larry Flynn with the American Institute of Steel Construction.


Photography courtesy of Harry Lim Photography. View all photos here.

"Red-lining and Gentrification: From Gentrification to Community Revitalization " 

Friday, June 25, 2021

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 


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Let’s put a red-line through Gentrification and replace it with Community Revitalization; in this episode we will start our discussion by Realizing what it is and Recognizing the signs that point to the Gentrification. We will also do a second session, where we continue this discussion by speaking about the process of Repurposing and Revitalizing our communities to prevent Gentrification.

Speakers include:

Camille Lewis - Executive Director, Hannibal Square Community Land Trust

Evan Woodson - African American Studies Instructor

Carlton Eley - Regional Equity Initiative Manager, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

Bob Cambric - President, Cambric Group

Winter Park Historic District Walking Tour
June 26, 2021 | 10am-11:30am
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The Orlando Foundation for Architecture launched the second of the “Old Florida Series” historic architecture tours featuring Winter Park, Florida.  The tour was offered on Saturday, June 26 featuring a fun, interactive walking exploration of Winter Park's Downtown historic district, highlighting stories and architectural landmarks downtown.  The tour was led by experienced local experts in Winter Park’s rich history and heritage, featuring Winter Park’s vibrant town center.

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Deland Historic Districts Walking Tours

May 22, 2021 | 10am-11:30am
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Beautiful weather, great company, and a wide variety of architecture made for a fun day in Deland. There were two (2) tours of Historic Deland to choose from– one residential district and Stetson University; one of downtown district. A big thank you to our partners West Volusia Historical Society, West Volusia Tourism Bureau, and Stanton O’Neal with “Walking Deland Tours”, our sponsors Triangle Reprographics and Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques, and everyone who came out for this great event!

Thank you to our Business Bingo Sponsors Pat and Toni's Sweet Things, Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company, Pretty Little Things of DeLand, and Marketplace at Rivertown.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

'Inside Voices | Black Thoughts' - S3:EP1 
"YOU=CHANGE: From the Bench to the Board"
Friday, April 16, 2021

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 


We will be discussing the importance of being in positions of leadership to affect/enact real change within the black community as it pertains to housing/quality of life. We'll be discussing the problems that gentrification and red lining have caused and how we as architects can play a role in fixing that.

Speakers include:

Nekia Strong, RA, NCARB, NOMA - NOMA South Regional Vice President

Juan Hollingsworth, Intern Architect 2, LEED AP - Hannibal Square Community Land Trust

Crystal Jenkins - Historical Preservation Board & The Building & Fire Code of Appeals

Rafeeq Asad - City of Madison Urban Design Commission

Thank you to our Event Sponsor Interior Contract Services!

Creative Village UCF Downtown Phase II - Student Presentation
An Academic Exploration featuring the Orlando Center for Architecture and Design
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Thursday, March 11, 2021

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 


UCF Downtown Phase II – Students' exploration of UCF's next development phase in Orlando's urban core. The Creative Village development has garnered people's attention nationally, focusing on developing a true "live, work, learn and play" urban innovation district. UCF Architecture students have developed an engaging mix-use 800K sqft structure focusing on further developing the higher education component while providing a Paramore Community's front door to the new district.


Students were encouraged to study the history and survey the surrounding communities. They attempted to both architecturally and programmatically bridge the gap of the neighboring areas. Each project found its own unique way to use the students and innovation of Creative Village as the connecting fiber between the downtown business district and the Parramore community.


Join us as vested members of the community give feedback to the UCF Architecture students.


Design Jury:

Douglas Metzger - Chief Planner, Community Planning Studio, City of Orlando Planning Division

Ross Wolf - Professor & Interim Assistant Provost, UCF Downtown

Brooke Myers - VelocityRED / Ustler Group

Jacki Hale, FAIA - Managing Partner, E&A Development Consultants LLC & Vice Chair, OFA

Kyle O'Connell, AIA NCARB - Project Architect, HuntonBrady Architects & Trustee, OFA

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'Inside Voices | Black Thoughts' - S2:EP3 
"Black Perseverence: The Power of Being Your Own Boss"
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Friday, February 26, 2021

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 


66% of African Americans Architects don't see themselves reflected in firm leadership. Join us in hearing from Black Architects as to what inspired them to take the leap into establishing their own practices. Hear firsthand about the advantages afforded in entrepreneurship and being a black-owned practice.

Panelists include:

Tosin Oshinowo, Principal Architect at cmDesign Atelier

Teri Watson, Owner YEN Studio-Architectural Designer | Project Manager

Anson M. Stuart, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, PMP, EcoDistrict AP, Owner/Principal at Stuart Architecture, LLC

​​Susan Nwanka Gillespie, Principal at Nwankpa Design

Thank you to our Event Sponsor Interior Contract Services!

'Inside Voices | Black Thoughts' - S2:EP2 "500 AND BEYOND"
Friday, January 22, 2021

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 


Join us as we take a walk through the history of Black Women in architecture, followed by meaningful discourse with our great panelists! We’ discuss challenges, triumphs, equity, and ultimately our successful future in this great profession; along with our mission to increase our representation in the industry to go far beyond 500!

Speakers include:

Nadine Saint-Louis, RA, AIA, NOMA, Project Architect, Gurri Matute PA

Natalie Casey, Project Manager & Interior Designer, SCOTT + CORMIA Architecture and Interiors

Juliana Touma, Founder & Principal, Atelier Akari Architecture

Patricia Rice-Spivey RA, LEED AP, Healthcare Practice Leader

Tiffany D. Brown, MBA, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, Social Innovator // Educator // Public Speaker // Founder of 400 Forward

Thank you to our Event Sponsors Interior Contract Services and Little Diversified!

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OFA & AIA Orlando 2021 Board Induction
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Thursday, January 14, 2021



We welcomed the 2021 AIA Orlando and OFA's Board of Directors, learned about AIA Orlando Committees, and enjoyed our 2020 year in review.

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