Events Archive
'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

'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.

Inside Voices | Black Thoughts, Season 2 Episode 1: "Down For The Count"

Friday, December 18, 2020

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 


Central and South Florida is known as a melting pot of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Yet, identity is still an issue we tend to shy away from in our everyday conversations. Join us in a discussion about identity, its impact on the profession, and why it is essential to be “Down For The Count.”

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November 3 & 4, 2020

10am - 4pm 

Orlando Museum of Art

The Orlando Foundation for Architecture hosted the 2nd Annual OFA Art Show, which took place at the Orlando Museum of Art. The art show was open to the public according to new safety guidelines set by the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). 


As the Orlando Foundation for Architecture promotes public understanding and appreciation of architecture and design, art with a theme related to “Architecture and Design” was encouraged, but not required. The OFA hosted an online auction through our website running for two weeks before the show, for the art indicated for sale. 


  • Professionally Juried Show Awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ribbons. 

  • People’s Choice Award

  • Artist participation is open to the public

  • Top Ten pieces selected by jury were on display during OMA's First Thursday event

Inside Voices | Black Thoughts, Episode 3: "The Black Collegiate Experience"

Friday, October 30, 2020

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 


How do we initiate a culture in architecture studios that allows students to share experiences, raise awareness, and promote understanding in their college experience? Equity in 2020 requires more than a Diversity Statement. Administrators and Students come together to discuss how we create accountability for inclusion that brings a significant change to the mindset of traditional studio settings on college campuses.


Nonye Ogbodo UM NOMAS President

Andrew Chin Assoc. Dean: School of Architecture + Engineering Technology at FAMU

Stanley Evans FIU NOMAS President

Jacqueline Thompson FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios Program Manager

Regine Swanson FAMU’s Alpha Rho Chi Chapter President

Inside Voices | Black Thoughts, Episode 2: "Stronger Together"
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September 18, 2020

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Online Event

This episode we will discuss the necessity of support amongst people of color in the Architectural community. As we navigate through this topic we will explore where support is needed, what types of support are needed, and how we make support accessible.


Nicole Popovich Partner at dap design

Raymond Nurse Architectural Intern, HHCP Architects

Marilyn Russel Interior Design Project Manager at Baker Barrios Architects

Chad Jones Senior Associate at Harvard Jolly Architects

Thank you to our event sponsors
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2020 Virtual Scholarship Awards
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August 17, 2020


Online Event

The Orlando Foundation for Architecture is hosted a virtual event recognizing the five recipients of the OFA's 2020 Scholarship Awards. The OFA Board of Trustees, Scholarship Awards Committee, OFA membership, as well as friends and family, participated to congratulate and honor these incredible students.

2020 Scholarship Award Recipients:

Daphne Ibarra, 2nd Year Valencia  -  $500

Melissa Orozco, 1st Year UCF  -  $1,750

Widny Jean, 2nd Year UCF  -  $1,750

Natalie Casey, 1st Year UF CityLab  -  $5,000

Alexandra McCoy, 2nd Year UF CityLab  -  $5,000

Orlando Foundation for Architecture Building Tour

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden

26 E. King Street, Orlando, FL 32804

March 24th, 2019

1:00-4:00 PM - (30 Min Tours/Open House/Meet the Designers & Engineers, Visit the Garden)

In this interactive Building Tour our guests learned more about this beautifully designed 3,500 square foot space that inspires people to live a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden is the first of it's kind in the United States and was built from the ground-up specifically to give children an edible education experience. 
The building won the Built Award of Honor for 2018 from the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Supported by AdventHealth Central Region’s Design & Construction Department, the building was designed by local architect Jose Venegas of JJV Studio in collaboration with HuntonBrady Architects. Other team members included TLC for MEP and Structural Engineering; Poulos & Bennett Civil Engineering; FosterConant Landscape Architects, and E2Homes Contractor. Members of this talented team will be on hand to facilitate the tour, as well as Chef Kevin Fonzo will be in the kitchen. 
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Chef Sponsor

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Chef Kevin Fonzo

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