Hosted by: AIA Orlando 
Local Contact: Kim Garcia  

Regional Venue 

November 9, 2018
UCF Executive Development Center 
36 W. Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801
8:30am-6pm (Local Time)

There is no better time than now to develop yourself as a leader, especially in your own community and region. Every day our communities are looking for experts to provide leadership and guide them through complicated environmental, civic, and social responsibility.  As architects, we are trained to look at the intricate layers of complex issues and provide rational, educated, and thoughtful solutions to some of the most challenging problems, including those that surround you. Let’s make architects the leaders of our communities!  

Participants will earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW 

Follow the discussion online #AIALi18 or #AIALi18_FL

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UCF Executive Development Center 36 W. Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801



To be announced.


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Andy MacPhee, AIA Nassal

Hailing from Massachusetts, Andy MacPhee, AIA earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University in 2004. He began his professional career at a small design firm in Boca Raton where he developed designs for luxury single family and multi-unit residential projects for an international clientele. Since moving to Orlando in 2011, he has been a project architect working on a broad portfolio of retail, office, theme park, commercial, and residential projects. Andy is currently a design architect with Nassal, focusing on themed environment design and fabrication, and serves as the 2018 AIA Orlando President.

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Barbara E. Thompson University of Central Florida

Barbara E. Thompson is the Associate Director in the University of Central Florida’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. For the past 28 years, she has designed, facilitated, and debriefed learning experiences on more than 75 topics related to diversity and inclusion. She has worked at UCF for eleven years, and is dedicated to the university’s strategic goal “to become more inclusive and diverse.” Barbara is a passionate and committed educator and believes in being an ally, advocate, and accomplice in the furtherance of social justice. She frequently serves as a consultant on diversity-related issues in organizations.

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Kim Day McCann is an award-winning architect and one of the owners of Eleven18 Architecture, a woman-owned business enterprise. She has practiced professionally in the Central Florida market since 2000 and is intimately familiar with local jurisdictions and the development community. During that time, she has developed an in-depth knowledge of commercial projects and has used this knowledge to help projects such as Baldwin Park (Orlando, FL), Veranda Park (Orlando, FL) and Dellagio (Orlando, FL) become successful. She is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a professor of architectural design at Seminole Community College.

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Ruffin Rhodes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

As Principal and Director of Operations for the largest African American owned architectural firm in the State of Florida, Ruffin manages the day-to-day operations and business development. The firm has grown from a two-person company in 1996 to a staff of approximately 20 and is one of the most respected mid-sized architectural practices in Central Florida. Ruffin’s architectural background includes a wide range of project types and sizes that include education, civic, transportation and commercial clients.

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Dan Kirby is an architect and planner with Jacobs, one of the world’s largest professional and technical services firms. He is a Principal in the company’s Buildings, Infrastructure, and Advanced Facilities practice and serves as Client Services Lead for architecture in Florida. For over two decades, he has been an active community leader in local, state and national organizations, including as a member of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) from 2008 – 2017 where he served two terms as OUC President from 2013 – 2014. Dan has the rare distinction of having been awarded Fellowship in both AIA and AICP. Kirby served as 2013 president of AIA Florida and was the first, and to date the only African-American president in the 106-year history of the organization. In addition, from 2015 – 2018 Kirby was as a member of the AIA Strategic Council representing Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

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John F. Davis, Orlando Economic Partnership

John F. Davis serves as the Executive Vice President of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this, Davis served as President and led the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida where he significantly expanded the Chamber’s membership by focusing on advocacy, collaboration, and training and development. Davis is deeply involved in the Orlando community, where he lends his leadership talents to organizations including CareerSource Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Chronic Homelessness Committee, Youth Advocate Programs, and most recently appointed by Florida’s Governor Rick Scott to the Commission on Community Service.