Associate Member Spotlight: Sarah Malebranche, Assoc. AIA

Sarah Malebranche, Assoc. AIA, is no stranger to trying new things. Indeed, Malebranche, AIA Miami member and architectural project manager for [STRANG] Design, speaks four languages, once auditioned for American Idol, and recently started AIA Miami’s Hard Hat Committee, which coordinates guided hard hat tours allowing members to get a better understanding of the projects under construction in Miami.

“As much as I love managing high-end residential architectural projects, I also enjoy being out in the field and learning from a construction site,” she says. “My objective is to learn from our city.” She is not shy about encouraging emerging professionals to do the same.

“Getting involved will allow emerging professionals to make lasting connections with the leaders in our community…to attend lectures, ask questions, to grow personally and professionally,” she offers.

Malebranche says her favorite parts of the architectural process are a project’s schematic design and design development phases, but adds that she also appreciates construction administration.

“(It’s) where the project comes to life. Realizing a client’s wish for the place they will call their home is challenging, yet rewarding,” she says. “This phase always allows me to grow professionally and learn during the inevitable problem solving period.”


Florida Building Code 8th Edition Code Change & Informational Webinars

The Florida Building Code EIGHTH (2023) Edition becomes effective on Dec. 31, 2023. All permit applications and plans submitted on/or after that date must comply with this edition. To view the code online, visit

Any application submitted via the online portal after the close of business at 4 p.m. on Dec. 29 will have to comply with the 2023 edition.

Applicants who utilize the Cookie Cutter or Master Model Programs should begin updating models to comply with the new code to avoid permitting delays.

For expired permit applications filed prior to Dec. 31, the Department will grant extensions for permit issuance, when the following criteria are met:

The extension is requested in writing, and an explanation is provided to demonstrate that the application was not abandoned and was being pursued in good faith.
The extension is requested no later than 180 days after the expiration.

These requests will only be processed through the Building Official’s Office by sending an email to [email protected].

Expired process numbers that do not meet the above referenced conditions will not be extended. The applicant will be required to obtain a new process number, pay up-front fees, and submit plans that conform to the 2023 FBC edition.

To help you prepare for these changes, RER will be hosting informational webinars in the coming months. These sessions will provide detailed insights into the 8th edition code changes, and you may register in advance for the courses below:

Changes to Electrical – Fri., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Changes to Mechanical & Plumbing – Wed., Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
Changes to Building, Flood & Structural – Fri., Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.
Changes to Roofing – Fri., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
Changes to Electrical Part 2 – Fri., Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

After successfully registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To view the new code version online, visit


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