An award-winning licensed architecture firm organized in 1991, we are engaged in architectural design, historic restoration, interior design, landscape design, and master planning throughout the Florida Keys, New York, South Carolina, France, and Italy.  We are responsible for the design and construction of over one hundred projects, ranging from small-scale to complete renovations, to new construction.

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HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE- Awarded Best of Houzz 2019 and 2018 for customer service and licensed and active throughout the Florida Keys, New York, South Carolina, France, and Italy since 1991, we are responsible for the design and construction of over one hundred projects, ranging from small-scale to total renovations, to new construction.   While we focus mainly on residential projects, current and past projects also include numerous commercial and institutional buildings.


PARTICIPATORY DESIGN - We believe in participatory design with your needs and concerns being of paramount importance.  Balanced with this approach, we draw on our extensive professional experience, knowledge of history, and respect for local context.


CREDENTIALS - Credentials include professional licenses in Florida, New York and South Carolina, degrees from Columbia and Princeton Universities, US Green Building Council LEED GA accreditation,  and numerous awards for our restoration and new construction projects.


DESIGN SERVICES - Construction can be a very time-consuming and stressful endeavor, and the selection of an architect to assist you through the design and construction process is a very critical decision. We can help you through this process by providing architectural design and construction administration and observation services from initial design through final occupancy, or, if the project is of limited scope, for design services only.  Design services offered include architectural design, historic restoration, interior design, furniture design, landscape design, and master planning.  We are fully computerized in all phases of our operations, including AutoCad, 3D modeling, and rendering.

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ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES - Architectural services are typically divided into four phases: Schematic Design; Construction Documents, including preparation of plans and specifications; Bidding, Contract Negotiation, and Permitting; and Construction Administration and Observation.


SCHEMATIC DESIGN - We are a design-oriented architectural firm.  Our primary focus in on the creative exploration of design solutions.  After extensive analysis of the proposed building site and conversations with the owner concerning the space requirements and aesthetic desires for the project, design schemes are developed using sketches and 3D computer modeling and rendering.  Generally, the design schemes explore various options to ensure that viable alternatives have been considered and rejected before committing to a final design. 


CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS - With owner input, a final schematic design scheme is developed, and upon owner approval, construction documents are developed to be submitted to contractors for bidding, contract negotiation, and permitting.  Depending on the scope and complexity of the project, the Construction Documents may include the site plan and zoning data, stormwater retention calculations, floor plans, elevations, foundation plans, framing plans, wall sections, interior elevations, finish schedules, structural details, electrical plans, mechanical plans, energy code compliance calculations, ADA compliance, and specifications.  Due to Florida Building Code hurricane zone requirements, the Construction Documents also include design pressure calculations for all windows, doors, roof, and exterior cladding materials as well as uplift connections and  specifications for all structural elements.


BIDDING, CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS, AND PERMITTING- We also offer bidding, contract negotiation, and permitting services to assist the owner with the process of selecting a contractor and obtaining permits from the appropriate governmental authorities.


CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION AND OBSERVATION - During construction, at the owner's discretion, we can provide assistance with various construction administration and observation services, including review and certification of contractor payments and any change orders, site visits to observe whether the construction work is being performed in accord with the construction documents, and the preparation of construction site visit reports.