A registered architect since 1984, Deirdre Hardy has worked in both large (140 person) and small firms on projects that range similarly from multi-story large office buildings to passive solar houses. Her academic life also ranges the full scale of university sizes from a large state university to an art and design school. She has taught courses ranging from beginning design to chairing a graduate thesis, and from construction detailing to history. She is also experienced in administration and was the Director of the Division of Architecture and Interior Design before she came back to Florida and FAU. Although she grew up in Australia and still speaks that language best, she has grown to love Florida having lived in six different parts of the state. Her research interest just now focuses on the design techniques used by the early modernists in this region. She hopes to share her enthusiasm for their work and help students to learn from them. Their buildings demonstrate an understanding of this magnificent tropical climate and how to design for living with it harmoniously.