Mickey Jacob, FAIA, managing principal at Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, Florida was inaugurated as the 89th president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at ceremonies on December 7 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. Jacob succeeds Jeff Potter, FAIA.
“It is our duty to promote thoughtful leadership, bold advocacy and effective communications to promote the value of design, and increase the public awareness of how architecture positively impacts the quality of life in our communities,” Jacob says. “I look forward to working together to harness our power to shape the future of the architecture profession with a priority on building leadership and enhancing the impact and role of our emerging professionals.”
With more than 25 years of AIA activity including numerous leadership positions with AIA Tampa Bay, AIA Florida, and AIA National, Jacob was elected to a two-year term as an AIA vice president in 2009. He served as the 2007-2009 AIA Florida/Caribbean Regional Director on the AIA National Board of directors, and in 2004-2005, he served as president of AIA Florida. He began practicing architecture in Tampa, Florida after graduating from the University of Detroit in 1981, achieving licensure in 1986. In 1989, Jacob and his partners formed Urban Studio Architects, an architecture and interior architecture practice with a focus on sustainable design strategies across a variety of project types.
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