The Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is holding its Second Annual People's Choice Awards for your favorite buildings in Florida and wants your votes from a random assortment of dozens of buildings, fourteen of which are from South Florida, or you can submit your own. The South Florida options include the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, by Arquitectonica, and the Haulover Beach Life Saving Facility, by RJ Heisenbottle Architects, P.A. The criterion here is a bit vague, with most of the buildings (although not all) serving a public function.
As is pretty standard practice for the AIA, they were probably submitted by their architects, who are all AIA Florida members, which could be why the true greats, like Vizcaya, and even contemporary buildings designed by out-of-state architects, aren't on the list. Most (although not all) are also quite new. However, you can submit your own. Voting closes tomorrow night, and according to the website over 296,000 votes have been cast so far, which is a rather mind boggling number.
· AIA Florida People's Choice [AIA Florida]