Piatchuk named president of board of Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of American Institute of Architects

Organization has more than 150 members in five counties, including Sarasota

Editor’s note: This article was updated on Nov. 30 with additional information.

James Piatchuk. Image from his LinkedIn account

Sarasota architect James S. Piatchuk has been named president of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 2021, the chapter has announced.

Piatchuk’s firm is Piatchuk Architecture. He is a Sarasota native whose family came to Siesta Key in 1953, he told The Sarasota News Leader.

Piatchuk also is a member of the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals.

As the chapter’s website notes, “The American Institute of Architects was created in 1857 by a group of architects in Washington, D.C. The goal of the first members was to have a place where members could meet for lectures, conventions and meetings.”

In the intervening years, the website adds, the organization has grown to more than 200 chapters around the world, representing more than 95,000 licensed architects and associated professionals.

“AIA members adhere to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that assures clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice,” the website says.

Kristopher Pelow, principal architect at Spira Development Group/KPA Architecture in North Port and Sarasota, has been named the vice president and president-elect on the 2021 board of directors of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of  the AIA. Laney Brown of TMPartners PLLC in Lakewood Ranch is the treasurer, while Wilson Peterson of DSDG Architects in Sarasota is the secretary.

The AIA Gulf Coast chapter represents more than 150 members in Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee and Desoto counties, the website adds.

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