From the start of his career, Virgilio “Virgil” Campaneria has been making the seemingly impossible, possible. As a United States Air Force Pararescue member, his sole goal was to rescue, recover and return those in danger or harm’s way. Virgil’s ability to with difficult situations and complete unimaginable projects is just part of the reason for his success as an architect for the past 28 years. As Gurri Matute’s Healthcare Principal, he is leading the company’s expanding role as a firm that provides healthcare professionals with the best spaces and environment to assist and promote healing and wellbeing. Virgil holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Miami and he is Certified to practice Architecture and Interior Design in the State of Florida.
He has been a leader in the AIA at local, state, and national levels. He has served on the AIA Florida Board for four years and has served the last two years as AIA Florida Vice President of Professional Development and Membership Committees. His efforts have resulted in refining professional development programs and services to meet the needs of all our members by providing programming to Associates and Young Architects. In 2016, his committee developed a scholarship resource guide.
As VP of Membership Virgil has lead the effort to survey membership as to their expectations and to provide value to our membership.
His 2015 initiative The Gubernatorial Appointment Toolkit or (GAP) won a 2015 AIA Component Excellence Award. The Toolkit intended to raise architects political influence by providing a catalog of key seats on boards throughout the state.
Virgil served at the AIA National level as Regional Director of Young Architects Forum (YAF) from 2007-2009, disseminating information to young architects about national and regional activities and local resources.
In 1998, Virgil developed the ARE Preparation Program, which is now the state and national model and has resulted in hundreds of licensees. The program received a AIA National Component Excellence Award in 2004.