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Central Florida architect wins highest honor

Modernist Gene Leedy honored in Palm Beach

Gene leedy explains the detail on one of his residential projects in Winter Haven. (WKMG-TV)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. –  World-renowned modern architect Gene Leedy has been awarded the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor, the highest honor to be bestowed on individual architects in Florida.

The award was presented by American Institute of Architects President-elect Mickey Jacob at The Breakers in Palm Beach on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
Leedy pioneered the development of long-span "double-tee" structural elements and the sliding glass door in both wood and aluminum.

He introduced the traditional walled-in courtyard to modern houses.

He has designed projects throughout the U.S. including Hawaii where he has been a design consultant for Alfred A. Yee and Associates, Architects and Engineers, Honolulu, Hawaii for more than 25 years.

Other notable projects include a large housing project for the government of Malaysia.

The largest selection of his commercial and residential buildings is found in Winter Haven, where he still resides in the home he built in 1956.

There are also a number of his residential commissions here in the Orlando area.