Martin Gold, FAIA embraces the potential of architecture and design to enhance humanity through the places we live. Gold explores humanist philosophy seeking harmony between community, ecology, and humanity as generators of architectural practice, research, and teaching at the University of Florida School of Architecture.  His professional work explores philosophical and conceptual ideas drawn from academic discourse and applied architecturally as both useful and speculative cultural artifacts.  Conversely, he seeks to translate back to the academy insights and knowledge revealed in practice.  Through these complementary modes of scholarly inquiry and professional production, Gold has produced a range of nationally recognized work including architecture, books, academic papers, and design awards.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and has 30 years of experience designing sustainable architecture at community and residential building scales. He is the principal of Martin Gold Architects. He served as the founding Director of the CityLab-Sarasota Master of Architecture program (2014-2018), as the Director of the University of Florida School of Architecture from (2008-2014); and as the Executive Director of the Florida Community Design Center (2004-2011) and is the President-Elect of the Architecture + Construction Alliance (A+CA). Gold continues to practice, conduct research, and teach courses as an Associate Professor at the UF School of Architecture. He is NCARB certified and is a Registered Architect in the State of Florida – AR93691.