AIA Inaugurates Jacob as President
December 10, 2012

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently inaugurated Mickey Jacob, managing principal at Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, Fla., as its 89th president.

Jacob has more than 25 years of experience working with the AIA. He served as president of AIA Florida from 2004 to 2005, and as the 2007-2009 AIA Florida/Caribbean regional director on the AIA national board of directors. In 2009, he was elected to a two-year term as an AIA vice president.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Jacob graduated from the University of Detroit in 1981 and began practicing in Tampa, Fla., where he was licensed as an architect in 1986. In 1989, Jacob and his partners formed Urban Studio Architects, an architecture and interior architecture practice with a focus on sustainable design practices in a variety of project types.

“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,” says Jacob. “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.”

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