Are you into local architecture?
Maybe you really like the craftsman style of the Gulf Gate Library
, the unique canopies of the Tampa Riverwalk
or the futuristic aspects of the USF Health Pharmacy
Whatever your architectural preferences, AIA Tampa Bay
is inviting you to be the judge of its annual Design Awards competition. Through Nov. 2, you can vote for the 2016 People's Choice winner.
"This year, we have 51 outstanding projects vying for the honor of being recognized by the community," says Phil Trezza, president of AIA Tampa Bay. "This competition during Tampa Bay Design Week
is important to our community because it gives a voice to the people who live, work and play in the buildings our members have designed."
AIA Tampa Bay is the regional chapter of AIA
or the American Institute of Architects, the professional association for architects and those in the architecture field. The organization has been holding a People’s Choice Design Award program consistently since 2012. Last year's winner was Rashid Medical Complex
by Gresham, Smith & Partners
, which received more than 170 votes.
This year's entries have been submitted by local architecture firms, design-build teams, architectural interns and students. Voters can see a gallery of the projects online
and vote for their favorite.
"When voting, people should consider more than building aesthetics," says Dawn Mages, Executive Director of AIA Tampa Bay, "they should consider how the building functions for its users and if it is sustainable."
The winner of the People's Choice Award will be recognized during Tampa Bay Design Week at the Celebrate Design awards reception on Nov. 3 at The Italian Club, 1731 E. Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. The event is open to the public and tickets are $55 for AIA members and $75 for non-members.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit AIA Tampa Bay
online or call 813-229-3411.