Joyce Owens is a Ft. Myers-based architect, speaker, columnist and architectural critic. After graduating from Notre Dame University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1984, Owens established a London-based practice and relocated to southwest Florida in 2004. Her architectural practices in the United Kingdom and the United States have garnered international attention for their award-winning buildings and site-sensitive designs.
She currently serves as the AIA Florida’s 2017 President and has been the AIA Florida State Director since 2011. In 2010, she served as President of AIA Florida Southwest and received the AIA Florida Chapter Pullara Award. She is also a 2011 recipient of AIA Florida Southwest’s highest recognition, the W.R. Frizzell Award, for making a profound impact on the architectural profession and the community. In 2013, Owens received the AIA Florida Southwest Individual Honor Award for continued contributions to the profession and chapter. She is a current member of the AIA Florida Southwest Board of Directors.
She serves as a trustee of the Florida Foundation for Architecture and was the 2014 vice president. Her London practice, Azman Owens Architects, was named one of the 13 Top Emerging Architectural Practices in the UK by Architectural Review in April 2000.
She is a prominent speaker at conferences and symposiums sponsored by the Sarasota Architecture Foundation and the Miromar Design Center. She has also spoken at events sponsored by the Architecture Foundation, Edinburgh & Cambridge University and the Royal Institute of British Architects Headquarters.
Owens is a columnist for USA Today’s 10Best and also writes the “Architect About Town” column for the Fort Myers News-Press. In 2011, Owens curated the exhibit “SWFL MCMO: Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida” at the Southwest Florida Museum of History.