University of Puerto Rico - Bachelor of Environmental Studies

University of Puerto Rico - Master of Architecture



State of Florida Architectural License No. 9903

State of Georgia Architectural License No. 8897

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Architectural License No. 6995

NCARB Registration No. 27971



AIA Gulf Coast Chapter - Past President

FAIA Board of Directors - Past Member

FAIA Public Awareness Committee - Past Chair

FAIA Communications Committee  - Past Member

Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico

- Past Director of Educational Affair

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

- Past Chairman

Community Foundation of Sarasota County - Member 

Community Foundation of Sarasota

- CountyEducation Focus Team Chair

Javier SUAREZ has 43  years experience as an architect and urban designer, with extensive involvement in design and master planning of a wide range of project types including single family residential, hospitality, educational campuses and facilities, community redevelopment, recreational facilities, commercial and multiple family residential developments.  His expertise has earned the firm prominence in commercial/institutional development through a commitment to design excellence.


Mr. Suarez brings to the practice of architecture a unique holistic vision, blending the practical aspects of budget and scheduling with functional and aesthetic considerations to produce economical, efficient and pleasant built environments.



Ringling College of Art and Design

- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design



NCIDQ, License No. 0004584



Florida Certified Minority Business



Mrs. Santa Maria was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Sarasota, FL when she was 8.  She studied at Ringling College where she earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Interior Design and Space Planning.  She did her internship in HOK, in Tampa Florida.  A Company recognized globally for Architecture and Interior Design.  Shortly after, she earned her Interior Design License.  She has worked in the procurement industry, as well with Architectural firms and Construction Companies.  With a vast knowledge of the Interior Design industry she decided to open her own Firm under the “Apex” umbrella.  Mrs. Santa Maria specializes in Custom Multimillion dollar Homes, and Models.  She also enjoys working on Commercial projects, loves her profession and it shows in the quality of her work.  Her dedication, and her Clients are the first to attest to that.  She lives in Lakewood Ranch, FL and is happily married with two Children.


University of California Los Angeles - Master of Architecture

University of Florida - Bachelor of Architectural Design



State of Florida Architectural License No. 93753

State of California Architectural License No. 30464

NCARB Registration No. 62378



The John and Mable Ringling Museum - Board Member

Board of Directors

AIA Gulf Coast Chapter - President Elect

Sarasota Community Redevelopment Agency

Advisory Board - Past Board Member

Leadership Florida Class XXVII

Leadership Sarasota Alumni

Dali Museum Regional Board - Past Board Member

Art Center Sarasota - Past Board Member 


"Think Fast Exhibition" - Ball State University’s Architecture Gallery -Aug 20-Sept 20th 2015

Javi SUAREZ is an award winning architect with extensive experience in a wide variety of design applications such as cultural, institutional, educational,

commercial, religious, and residential projects.  


Javi's passion resides in the arts, both as a fine artist himself and as a strong supporter of the community's art institutions.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors at The John and Mable Ringling Museum.  He has also served on the Dali Museum Regional Board and the Board of Art Center Sarasota.


Javi's work has been published in numerous local and national publications. Most recently it has been exhibited  in "Think Fast Exhibition, " which was displayed at Ball State University in Indiana, Kansas State University, and the School of Design Strategies at Parsons in New York City.  Javi is also a graduate of Leadership Florida class XXVII.



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