2018 Holiday Shop is Open Now!

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Shop unique, one-of-a-kind items!

Support the talent of local artists while contributing to non-profit TBFAD. 20% of all proceeds will benefit the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design. All items are under $100!

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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

  • Ashley Simota

  • Christy Tremblay

  • Elle Ashworth

  • Susan Mayhew

  • Patt Fosnaught

  • David Weissberg

  • Sashko Ilov

  • Amy Wiley

  • Judy Bales

  • Lynn Rattray

  • Laura Spencer

  • Cenai Johnson

  • Bruce Houghton

  • Judith Henry

  • Marina Wray

  • Carole Shelton

  • Brittany Christ

  • Machalle Knochenhauer

  • Richard Stewart

  • Jennifer Painter

  • Egypt H

  • Marianne Poholek

  • Juan Ricardes

  • Deighton Babis

In addition, we have a new TBFAD exclusive items:

 2018 T-Shirt Winner by Manuel Alvarino

2018 T-Shirt Winner by Manuel Alvarino

Can’t make it to our gallery? Check out the 2018 Holiday Shop Online!


TBFAD'S PARTICIPATION AT 2018 ART LAB

TBFAD'S PARTICIPATION AT 2018 ART LAB

This year we had the honor of partnering with local non-profit organization Thornhill Foundation for the Arts (TFA), a Florida 501(c)3 corporation created to raise arts awareness in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. TFA is dedicated to enhancing the arts and supporting local artists, art teachers, emerging artists of all ages, and artistic programs and services.

On October 10, The Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design was thankful to participate at the 2018 Art LAB Festival, at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, along with many other like minded local cultural organizations.

The 2018 Art LAB festival was like no other: live painting contest for regional artists, activities for kids and adults, live music, an interactive balloon sculpture, and more! We got to spread awareness about Architecture and the Built Environment, and engaged the children of our community with coloring Tampa Bay’s buildings activities.

Exposing synergy between artists and community, Art LAB raised funds for TFA’s newest program, providing small grants to art teachers for classroom supplies.

ANNOUNCING OUR 2018 T-SHIRT CONTEST WINNER

We are pleased to announce the winning submission for our 2018 T-shirt Contest organized in conjunction with AIA Tampa Bay. The winning submission depicts Tampa Bay’s iconic Rivergate Tower, commonly known with the colloquial term of endearment as the ‘beer can’ building for its round shape or the ‘Sykes’ Building. Thank you Manuel Alvarino for this lovely submission! You can check out more of the artist’s work at his Instagram page @manualvarino

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This exclusively designed t-shirt is available for sale now at The Center for Architecture and Design. Stop by or contact us to get yours now!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Rivergate Tower is a 454 ft (138m) tall skyscraper in Tampa, Florida. With 31 floors, it is the sixth tallest building in Tampa.

  • The building was constructed from 1986 to 1988. The architect, Harry Wolf, based its measurements on the Fibonacci sequence.

  • His design for Rivergate Tower was given the 1993 National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects

  • The distinctive cylindrical shape was meant to symbolize a lighthouse and represent optimism.

  • On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects's Florida Chapter placed the Rivergate Tower on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.

  • The Gulf of Mexico can be seen from the building.

2019 TAMPA BAY DESIGN WEEK CALL TO GET INVOLVED!

2019 TAMPA BAY DESIGN WEEK CALL TO GET INVOLVED!

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ARE YOU A DESIGN ENTHUSIAST?

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF TAMPA BAY DESIGN WEEK 2019?

WE’RE GOING TO NEED AN ARMY OF FOLKS TO PULL OFF ALL THE MADNESS WE’RE PLANNING! PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED!


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JOIN THE TBDW COMMITTEE

We are planning our 5th Annual Tampa Bay Design Week for April 2019! Join our team! We are looking for individuals who would like to join our planning committee. The commitment is one meeting a month and a few hours of activity outside of the meeting depending on your role on the committee. Contact Eli Castro for updates about our next planning committee meeting, and join us to learn more!!

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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

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2nd Place: DIVINE by Mohammed Al Senaid

3rd Place: Sky Way Bridge by Barbara Carter

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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

VOTE NOW: 2018 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

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." 

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