ORCAD Blog turns two

Increasing public awareness of design and planning in Central Florida

By Gabriel Jose Vidal-Hallett

The Orlando Regional Center for Architecture and Design Blog, (ORCAD Blog), celebrated its second anniversary this New Year, posting its 200th article over the holidays. The blog covers architecture, planning, design, construction, related professional society events and charity fundraisers for the Central Florida area. Popular posts have included coverage of each of the yearly AIA Orlando Design Award winners, the multi-million dollar renovation of the Citrus Bowl and local attraction development news.


As a member of the Orlando Foundation for Architecture Board, I created the blog to promote the new non-profit foundation. OFA Foundation Board Chairman Richard T. Reep, AIA LEED-AP, also of VOA, contributes articles to the blog.

A project of the new Orlando Foundation for Architecture and the Orlando AIA Chapter, the ORCAD Blog is intended to increase the public awareness of how design and planning influences our lives. The foundation’s mission includes developing and encouraging public awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of the built environment, preservation of historical sites in the region, demonstration of sustainable practices of construction and living, creation of scholarships for architectural education, and promotion of diversity in the architectural community.

Read more at orcadblog.wordpress.com.

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