Choeff Levy Fischman Featured In February Issue of Modern Luxury MIAMI Magazine

Working from home has become the new normal for many of us as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As our homes’ interiors evolve to accommodate for this new need, a home office has become more important now than ever before.

Choeff Levy Fischman Principal Paul Fischman shared with Modern Luxury MIAMI Magazine what their clients are requesting for home offices, how the firm is meeting their unique needs, and some of the firm’s latest home office designs. Click here to read what he had to say.

Stantec Miami’s Adriana Jaegerman Named a South Florida Business & Wealth Prestigious Women Awards Honoree

Congratulations to Adriana Jaegerman, Stantec Miami’s Vice President and Regional Buildings Business Leader for the company’s Gulf and North Central Buildings Group, on being selected for South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine’s Prestigious Women Awards.  The award recognizes top leaders in the tri-county area who have created business success stories and provided leadership to women and the broader community.

Adriana’s experience as a structural engineer includes designing hospitality, office, and education buildings. She’s an active leader in industry organizations, including the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and ULI Florida/Caribbean Chapter’s advisory board.

SFB&W recently interviewed Adriana where she shared the best piece of advice she’s received, and her role models, click here to read the full interview.

The Prestigious Women Awards will take place on February 17 at 6 P.M. as a Virtual Event. Attendees will participate in a one-hour virtual Networking Hour followed by a Virtual Ceremony.

Choeff Levy Fischman Featured in The January Issue of inWESTON Magazine and seven other Lifestyle Media Group Publications

We’re kicking off 2021 with a feature on our client Choeff Levy Fischman and the design of their first Weston residence. The story appeared in the January issue of the Lifestyle Media Group’s inWESTON, Las Olas, Aventura, Boca/Delray, Doral, Parkland/Coral Springs, Pinecrest/Coral Gables and West Broward publications.

With the completion of its first home in Weston last year, the award-winning firm expanded its signature tropical modern style into the suburbs.

For the lakefront property, CLF incorporated the same elements seen throughout their homes in Miami and Miami Beach including extensive use of glass and sliding glass doors, lush landscaping, and a mix of warm materials such as white stucco, ribbed wood cladding and limestone cladding for the home’s exterior. The result is a home like none other in the neighborhood and that represents a growing interest in the tropical modernism style in the suburbs and beyond.

“Mid-century modern can easily be translated to many regions. We’ve imported it here by using some of its sensibilities, but also by building in a language of our own,” Choeff Levy Fischman Principal Raphael Levy shared.

To learn more, visit inWESTON.

OBR President Josh Oberhausen Joins FIU Interior Architecture Advisory Board

We’re excited to announce that our President Josh Oberhausen recently became a member of FIU’s Interior Architecture Advisory Board.

The advisory board is a visionary organization composed of volunteers from the design professional community forming a bridge between the design profession and FIU’s academia. The board members work with FIU’s Interior Architecture program to promote quality education that is essential to developing excelling interior design architects who are life-long learners capable of creating interiors that transform people’s lives.

The board also acts to raise awareness of FIU’s Interior Architecture program, assists in developing curricular content, and works to support the program and its students.

As someone who is passionate about interior design and whose career has pushed forward great local designers, Josh’s addition to the board will further assist in promoting the program’s vision and goals. We look forward to sharing with you their accomplishments!

PCCSF’s Dr. Allan Greissman Answers COVID Vaccination Questions on Forbes

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, top scientists and experts have been working relentlessly to develop a vaccine. Over the past few weeks, promising data on an effective vaccine has been shared by Pfizer and Biontech who announced they had a COVID-19 vaccine that was showing 90 percent efficacy in trials.

While the news presents hope for an end to the pandemic, the quick development of these vaccinations raises concerns among the public, especially parents.

Our client, Dr. Allan Greissman of Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, recently answered questions on the vaccine and what parents should know about it on Forbes. Click here to read what he had to say.

Stantec’s Andrew Burnett Featured In South Florida Business & Wealth

Architect and Stantec Miami’s Senior Principal Andrew Burnett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, was recently interviewed by South Florida Business & Wealth for their Leaders in Design section.

In his interview, Andrew shared insight into when he knew he wanted to be a designer, architects and designers who inspire him, and how COVID-19 has influenced clients’ demands, among other topics.

What was the moment in childhood or early adulthood when you knew you’d be a designer?
I’m not sure there was a singular moment – like asking a musician when he became a musician – you become one slowly, over time, with discipline – it becomes part of how you see and contribute to the world. I find architecture to be both rigorous and wondrous.

Tell me about one (or 2 or 3) of your design or architecture idols.
Samuel Mockbee’s influence always stands out in my mind – he taught about merging everyday life, metaphors, art and the irrational with architecture, spaces, and science. While making everyday moments seem like a fable – you reveal meaning in simple things. Sambo showed me how to allow your pen to fly loosely – make the first move, even imperfect, and build on it. Robert Venturi’s book – Complexity & Contradiction – made me appreciate finding a simplicity of architecture through the inclusiveness of things rather than a forced minimalism of exclusion. It helped me recognize the layers of concerns which are designed well when a complex design appears simple. The great architects seemed to merge this sensibility with the poetry and metaphors Mockbee found.

Read the full interview in South Florida Business & Wealth.

Choeff Levy Fischman Named Top Coastal Architect by Ocean Home Magazine

Every year, Ocean Home Magazine shares its list of Top Coastal Architects, naming the who’s who in residential coastal design. The prestigious list honors the unique skills, experience and sensibilities required to design and build magnificent homes close to the ocean.

We’re happy to share that our client, Choeff Levy Fischman, was named a Top Coastal Architect for the fifth year in a row!

The Miami-based architecture firm is a known leader throughout South Florida in the style of Tropical Modern architecture, changing the appearance of Miami’s most prominent residential neighborhoods, such as North Bay Road and the Venetian Islands.

Congratulations to the entire CLF team! We look forward to many more inspiring homes!

AIA Miami Honors Best of Architecture During 2020 Virtual Design Awards Gala

The annual AIA Miami Design Awards is intended to encourage excellence in architecture, elevate public consciousness of good design, and recognize those architects whose work enriches our environment. These awards recognize outstanding architectural projects, both built and unbuilt, that exemplify excellence in design while exploring nature and science of the profession.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 awards gala could not be held in person, but the tradition was continued online. During the virtual event, professional bartenders taught attendees how to make signature drinks, while a chef guided viewers on how to make their own Flaming Bananas Foster.

Following are this year’s winners!

2020 AIA Miami Design Award Winners

Cure and Penabad

Architecture Greater than 50,000 sf / Merit

Elgin Iridia


Bermello Ajamil & Partners

Architecture Greater than 50,000 sf/ Merit

PortMiami Cruise Terminal A


Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design Inc.

Architecture Greater than 50,000 sf / Merit

The Hyatt Centric



Architecture Less than 50,000 sf / Merit

Reyes Gold Coast


Shulman + Associates

Architecture Less than 50,000 sf / Merit

The Betsy-Carlton Hotel Expansion


Tsao Design Group

Divine Detail / Honor

ASPCA Community Veterinary Center


Touzet Studio

Divine Detail / Honor

Lincoln Road Retail Store


CallisonRTKL, Inc.

Interior Architecture / Merit



Urban Robot Associates, Inc.

Interior Architecture / Merit

Time Out Market Miami


Perkins + Will

Interior Architecture / Honor

Cisneros Group Headquarters


Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design Inc.

Renovation/Restoration / Merit

The Plymouth Hotel


Studio Mc+G Architecture

Renovation/Restoration / Merit

Palihouse Miami Beach


OBM International

Renovation/Restoration / Honor

Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort


DEN Architecture

Residential Architecture / Honor

Portico House


Touzet Studio

Residential Architecture / Merit

La Escondida


Oppenheim Architecture

Residential Architecture / Merit

House in a Jungle


Oppenheim Architecture

Residential Architecture / Honor

Leimenstrasse Apartment Building


HKS Architects Inc.

Unbuilt Project / Merit

Four Seasons Caye Chapel Under Sky/Over Water Villa


Touzet Studio

Unbuilt Project / Merit

Shepherd Eco


Perkins + Will

Unbuilt Project / Honor

Hebrew Institute


Oppenheim Architecture

Unbuilt Project / Merit

Lago Maggiore Retreat


Savino & Miller Design Studio

Urban Design / Merit

Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk Unifying Design Elements, Branding and Design Guidelines


Shulman + Associates

Urban Design / Honor

Buoyant City


Amalia Tomey

Student Design / Honor (FIU)

Climate Resilient Urban Nexus CHoices (CRUNCH) Research Project


Timothy Cobo

Student Design / Merit (FIU)



2020 Honor Awards

Daphne I. Gurri, AIA

Architect of the Year


Amanda Rosenfeld, AIA

Emerging Professional of the Year


Naomi Harrison, Assoc AIA

Associate AIA of the Year


Brett Moss, AIA

Citizen Architect of the Year


Carie Penabad, Assoc AIA

Leadership in Education

Eileen Higgins (MDC)

Leadership in Government


Tech Construction Group Residential Inc. / Alejandro Plasencia

General Contractor of the Year


Barlington Group

Developer of the Year


Maria Isabel Lira

Student of the Year – UM


Matheus Stancati

Student of the Year – FIU


Veronica Linck

Student of the Year – MDC


Sophia Palomino

Student of the Year – DASH


Robert J. Graboski, AIA

President’s Award


Jason R. Hagopian, AIA

H. Samuel Kruse Silver Medal for Service


Maryam Muhammad

BAM Scholarship


Bernise Thelusma

BAM Scholarship


Cure and Penabad

People’s Choice / Architecture Greater than / Elgin Iridia


Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Assoc. Inc.

People’s Choice / Architecture less than / Grove XXIII Clubhouse



People’s Choice / Residential Architecture / Fusion House

Choeff Levy Fischman Principals Featured in Florida Design’s ‘FD Conversations’

Architects Ralph Choeff and Paul Fischman of Choeff Levy Fischman recently joined Daphne Nikolopoulos, Editorial Director of Florida Design Magazine, for an episode of FD Conversations.

During the interview, Ralph and Paul talked about the tropical modern home the team designed for Alex Rodriguez in Miami’s exclusive Ponce Davis neighborhood. The second of Rodriguez’s residences that was designed by the team, the home is innovative, elegant, and family friendly.

Watch the duo discuss the inspiration and teamwork behind the project below.

Brutalist Architecture in South Florida

Brutalist architecture emerged as an architecture style during the 1950s in Great Britain, among the reconstruction projects of the post-war era. Brutalist buildings are characterized by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and structural elements over decorative design. The style commonly makes use of exposed concrete or brick, angular geometric shapes, and a predominantly monochrome color palette; other materials such as steel, timber and glass are also featured.

In South Florida’s rich and diverse architecture scene, brutalist buildings come in different styles. Florida Insider recently shared a list of brutalist buildings throughout Florida, but we wanted to focus on the buildings in our own backyard. From garages to schools, below are some examples of the architecture style in South Florida.

1111 Lincoln Road Garage in Miami Beach 

University of Miami School of Architecture in Coral Gables

Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale

Miami Dade North Campus in Miami 

The Boca Raton Corporate Center and Campus in Boca Raton