Michael Halflants, AIA | Young Architects Award

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Michael Halflants, AIA | Notes of Interest

Michael Halflants is a principal of Halflants + Pichette Architects in Sarasota and a tenured professor at the University of South Florida. In 1998, Michael earned his graduate degree at the University of Florida, where he was awarded the gold medal, the school’s highest design honor. Upon graduation, he was first employed as a project designer with the Polshek Partnership in New York. In that capacity, he drew designs for theaters and offices in Manhattan and for the Kansas University Spencer Museum.

Through teaching, Michael hopes to contribute to the next generation. He believes students benefit from interacting with an instructor actively engaged in the profession and he strives to build and maintain deliberately parallel and mutually reinforcing creative activities and educational responsibilities.

Michael has served his community with great dedication, sharing his knowledge and expertise with a number of committees and community boards. He currently serves as the Chair of the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter’s Committee on Design and is Chair of the popular 10x10 Event – an event that engages the public in conversations about architecture and design‐related topics. He has served on the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, crafting innovative ways to promote his community’s architectural heritage to a wide audience.

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Michael Halflants, AIA

Jury Comments

Recognized throughout Florida as an emerging architect of exceptional talent, great rigor, and unapologetic passion, Michael has served his community with great dedication, willingly sharing his knowledge and expertise. He is an extraordinary educator with an uncanny ability to connect with students at all levels.

2012 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2011 Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • Los Angeles
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, VA
  • 2011 Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2012 Incoming Bursar:
  • Albert W. Rubeling FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, MD

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