AIA Orlando provides a broad range of opportunities to collaborate, network, learn, and grow professionally. Here are some of our industry archives for easy access. These events will be showcased for 3 months.
Thursday, January 14th, 2021
Welcomed the 2021 AIA Orlando and OFA's Board of Directors, learned about AIA Orlando Committees, and mingled with our peers.
The 2021 AIA Orlando Board Induction was an evening of fun where all AIA Members enjoyed our year in review.
January 27th, 2021
On January 27th we discussed design challenges, processes and more with renowned designer, Louise Campbell of Louis Poulsen.
January 28th, 2021
Eighty-six years of collaborating with clients has taught RLF how to listen and effectively meet their needs. Comprised of highly qualified and experienced professionals, RLFs staff offer a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, and interior designers working collaboratively with clients to define their goals, strengthen their mission, and create community and focused environments that meet the unique challenges of design.
March 16th, 2021
The Design Exchange Series events will be dedicated to highlighting a specific project led by a team of female architects from the Orlando area. During the event, a panel composed of the ladies that led the project discussed the design process and hardships they encountered while completing the project. The focus of the discussion was decided by the panel and WIA provided a platform for the presentation. The first event of the series was dedicated to the UF Institutes of Black Culture and Hispanic-Latino Culture by DLR Group.
Thursday, April 8th, 2021
Join the YAF Mentorship Social for a discussion about the ins and outs of running a practice in design and construction. This event will feature a panel discussion with representatives from Eleven18 Architecture, Make Design Studios, and Astoria44. Emerging Professionals and Students are encouraged to attend and ask questions about the Business of Architecture.
The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policies nor positions of AIA Orlando.
Building an Equitable Firm:
Age Friendly Environments and Work Spaces
Thursday, April 22, 2021
In this session on Building an Equitable Firm, we explore the importance of creating inclusive workplaces and creating age-friendly environments in our work. This session will present examples of the impacts of bias and discrimination against older adults. 1 LU.
Participants will also:
• Examine individual and institutional bias and how this impacts participation of various aging populations.
• Gauge perceptions of age to understand how this affects behavior toward older colleagues.
• Hear from panelists on their experiences regarding the contributions of older workers.
Allied Coffee Time "Meet the Board" featuring OFA
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Meet the 2021 OFA Board of Trustees and learn about The Orlando Foundation for Architecture. At this event you can learn what OFA is all about and meet the leaders involved in this great organization!
Building an Equitable Firm: A Dialogue on Pride, Pronouns, and Gender Neutral Spaces
Thursday, June 17, 2021
It's been 5 years since marriage equality and since Pulse. What has changed for LGBTQ+ in our practices and in the built environment?
Join us as our panel of professionals and community activists discuss bringing your whole self to work, the importance of allyship, understanding pronouns, and the design of gender-neutral spaces.
Come Together & Collaborate!
Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Our 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).
2021 Annual Meeting & Lecture
September 9th, 2021
AIA Orlando’s annual meeting of the membership was held virtually on September 9th, 2021. The first half of the meeting covered the current status of the chapter with a look ahead to the remainder of the year. We held virtual elections for 2022 open board positions and voted on proposed changes to our Chapter Bylaws. The business meeting was immediately followed by a presentation by the winner of the AIA 2021 Firm Award, Moody Nolan.
Wardell Ross Jr., AIA, NOMA, NCARB
DIRECTOR OF HOUSTON OPERATIONS
Moody Nolan, Inc.
Wardell Ross, Jr., is a registered architect in Texas & Ohio who received his architecture degree from Kent State University, which started his career path into architecture. Over the past 24 years, Wardell has worked in numerous architectural markets, including collegiate, K-12, civic, hospitality, and healthcare. Since rejoining Moody Nolan in 2013 he has been an instrumental part of both their Houston and Dallas offices. Wardell is the Director of Operations for the Houston office and serves as the office leader. In addition, he serves as a Project Executive & Senior Project Manager on several projects throughout Texas & other locations throughout the south and southwest regions of the United States.