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AIA Space Coast

A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

AIA Space Coast is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of our local architecture and design community. AIA Space Coast’s membership includes architects, other design professionals, students, and affiliated building industry business leaders actively engaged in the industry. Members work at diverse companies representing a broad range of professional practices. Through advocacy, education, networking, and outreach, AIA Space Coast serves as a resource to help make the Florida Space Coast region more delightful, healthier, more sustainable, and economically competitive.

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Our History

AIA Space Coast is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects, the AIA, strives to represent and educate the members and associated professionals of the architect profession. The AIA has a strict ethical mandate for its members to promote successful interactions between clients and members of the architecture profession.

The AIA was founded in 1857 to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.” To this end, the AIA requires continuing education of its members through the approved Continuing Education Program. More about continuing education can be found here.

Visit the websites for AIA Florida and The American Institute of Architects (http://www.aiafla.org and http://www.aia.org) for additional information.

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2016 Officers and Directors

AIA Space Coast – Management and Leadership Team

President

James Welkenbach

James joined the AIA Space Coast in 2005, after relocating from Detroit, Michigan. A University of Michigan graduate, James’ career includes experience with notable firms including Gunnar Birkerts and Albert Kahn in Detroit. Recently a Vice President and Senior Architect at Jones Edmunds, a Florida-based professional engineering consulting firm, James is now an independent architect and seeking new opportunities to help design and construct better buildings and environments.

Vice President/President-Elect

Anthony J. Mazza

Tony Mazza earned his Bachelor in Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame, Master in Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Master in City Planning and Urban Design also from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder of Anthony J. Mazza AIA Architects and Planners and is currently licensed to practice Architecture in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Immediate Past President

Alice Schultz

Alice received her BArch degree and Certificate in Sustainable Design from the Boston Architectural College (BAC). Since 2009 she has served with the BAC Practice faculty of the Distance M. Arch program. She has been an active member of the AIA since 1994, where she has been a champion for AIA Space Coast, as component Secretary, Vice President, President, and State Director.  She is now a Senior Architect and Project Manager with RS&H, Inc.

Treasurer

Nilda Stellpflug

Nilda is an associate member of the Space Coast Chapter and has been Treasurer since 2016.

Secretary

Carl Kaiserman

After 35 years with the NY firm of Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee (RKT&B), Carl retired to Melbourne Beach in 2005. He promptly joined AIA Space Coast. His diverse project experience included adaptive reuse, historic restoration, mid-rise residential and healthcare design. He ‘settled in’ by designing and building his own eco-friendly ocean home and engaging in volunteer roles such as Design Chair of the Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street.

State Director

David Godwin

A design professional for over 30 years, David specializes in architecture, interior design, and historic preservation. He is owner of Design Sequence, a multi-faceted collaborative where art mimics life. David also served as the 2010 president of the AIA Space Coast Chapter.

Alternate Director

Lawrence Maxwell

President and principal architect of Spacecoast Architects, P.A., Lawrence is the former Director of the State of Florida’s Building Design Assistance Center at the Florida Solar Energy Center, and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of hot-humid climate design.

Associate Director

Alessandro Giulio

Alessandro Giulio received his NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and as well studied abroad with Clemson University’s Charles E. Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy. His academic works have been exhibited over the course of six years. Today, Alessandro holds a position with BRPH in Melbourne, Florida as Intern Architect. He is actively engaged in the IDP and is pursuing Florida Registered Architect licensure.

 

Our Vision

The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society.
Through a culture of innovation, The American Institute of Architects empowers its members and inspires creation of a better built environment.
Increase visibility of the AIA Space Coast, broaden social connection, and enhance community presence.

Our Skills

Through advocacy, education, connection, and action, the AIA Space Coast and its members provide catalyst to enhance the “triple bottom line” for community, government, commercial, and private projects. The three components of the triple bottom line are: economic prosperity, environmental responsibility, and social equity.

Facilitating Economic Prosperity
Promoting Environmental Stewardship
Advocating Architecture, Design, and Community

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