Announcing 2018 Architectural Photo Contest Winners

Last month, we had the pleasure of announcing the 2018 Architectural Photography Contest winners in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) at Fourth Friday Tampa. Our Winners are:

1st Place: Marquis Bones by Scott Morath


2nd Place: DIVINE by Mohammed Al Senaid

3rd Place: Sky Way Bridge by Barbara Carter


Honorable Mentions:

Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions, and many thanks to this talented group of photographers who submitted and shared how they see the world of architecture through their lenses!

AIA Gallery will open its doors to exhibit all the submissions October 26 thru November 16. Join us at our opening reception on October 26 during the Fourth Friday Celebration (See more details). Additionally, The AIA Tampa Bay Women in Architecture Committee will also hold their kick-off event, Archtoberfest, featuring AIA Florida President, Kim Headland, AIA who will present Unfinished Business: Lessons learned from my adventures as a mid-career, sometimes-architect. 

Food and Drinks provided, free and open to all.

CALL TO ARTISTS: 2018 Holiday Shop

AIA Tampa Bay and the Foundation for Architecture and Design invites artists, crafters, and artisans to submit entries for our 2018 Holiday Shop! We are seeking to display and sell original and unique arts and crafts in a variety of mediums (photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, constructed objects, illustration prints, jewelry, fashion, etc…). The purpose of the Annual Holiday Shop is to display the talent of local artists while activating commerce among our community during the holiday season.

Located in the heart of the Historical District Ybor City at the Center for Architecture and Design, the 2018 Holiday Shop will open on Thursday, November 29th at our Holiday Party, and run thru December 28. 20% of all sales will be retained to support the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design. Items can be from $1 to $100. There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. All pieces will go through a process of approval.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOP: November 29 – December 28, 2018
DEADLINE: November 8, 2018
For any questions contact Eli Castro or Mary Alvarez


In partnership with AIA Tampa Bay’s Honor and Design Awards Program, TBFAD announces that the time to cast your vote for Favorite In Tampa Bay Architecture People’s Choice!

Visit AIA Tampa Bay Behance  to cast your votes for your favorite In Tampa Bay Architecture 2018 Design Awards Submissions! 

Vote by liking your favorite project’s Behance page (Thumbs Up at the Bottom of the Page) from October 1st through the 31st. The winner will be announced at Celebrate Design on November 2nd. Just as a reminder: Only one vote per IP address. To vote multiple times please do so from different devices/ wifi networks.

Winner will be announced on November 2nd at the Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony.

Robert E. Lee Elementary School: A Community Treasure

Originally established as the Michigan Avenue Grammar School, this historic landmark became the second oldest brick structure in the county when it opened in 1906.  Situated in Tampa Heights, a working, middle class neighborhood, the school fulfilled the desire of its community to maintain a strong focus on the education of its children.

The school building represents the sense of community that Tampa Heights has carried through out our local history. 

The neighborhood residents, many of whom were skilled laborers and artisans, participated in the construction of the school on a daily basis, even after it opened and whilst classes were occurring.    Due to the participation of many different workers, the school building has unique quirks that add to its character.  For example, “many of the windows through out the school had different dimensions and measurements.”  It was not until its renovation that these anomalies were unveiled. 

“From these humble beginnings, the Michigan Avenue Grammar School went to become on of the most successful schools in the history of the district."