In the 15th century, a Japanese monk named Marata Juko endeavored to relink the preparation of tea to its spiritual roots by stripping away all the unnecessary accouterments introduced when serving tea became popular with the aristocracy. Instead of fine china, he introduced local pottery. Instead of large tea houses set prominently on the public square, he advocated for humble indigenous structures set in countryside gardens. Download the article.
Hall Architects of Sarasota has hired two Designers, each with over 30 years of experience in architectural design, project management and construction administration.
Christopher Wenzel brings expertise with developing technical documents for a wide range of facility programming building types including educational institutions, sports facilities, correctional facilities and medical buildings. He also has extensive historic preservation experience in evaluating historic structures and implementing restoration and rehabilitation goals. Mr. Wenzel studied facility programming in the Florida A&M School of Architecture Master of Architecture program, and holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida, College of Architecture.
Douglas Driscoll has worked in both the public and private sectors as a project manager for architectural and engineering practices. He brings extensive knowledge of materials, systems, product analysis and a comprehensive understanding of local codes and regulations. Mr. Driscoll has a host of technical capabilities including practical experience working on projects with sustainable goals. He attended Manatee Community College and the University of South Florida.
Click here to read the Herald Tribune's article by Harold Bubil on the restoration efforts of the Sarasota County historic Courthouse
HALL ARCHITECTS was named to the University of Florida’s 2018 Gator100 for the second consecutive year.
Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni.
“The Gator100 honors UF alumni from across the university who are founding and growing amazing companies around the country,” said Kent Fuchs, president of the University of Florida. “It’s an incredible affirmation of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Gator Nation.”
Click here to read Chris Wille's Herald Tribune article about the new connector building.
Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration, has earned the first LEED Gold commercial certification in Monroe County. Click here to read the article.
Frederick Koenig has joined Hall Architects as a Director of Operations and Senior Project Manager. With over 21 years of professional experience, Fred will provide senior leadership and will oversee the firm’s workflow, architectural standards, and quality control.
Fred’s expertise ranges from educational institutions to affordable housing, municipal and commercial facilities, religious buildings, and private custom residences. He is experienced in all phases of the building design and construction process, including existing building survey, schematic design, design development, construction detailing, consultant coordination, contract administration, specifications, and quality control review.
Before relocating to Florida, Fred worked as a Senior Project Manager specializing in educational design, and as an Office Manager, with a large architectural firm in New York. He was past president of the AIA Central New York Chapter and served as a board member on the Education Committee. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from Clemson University.
Hall Architects is privileged to be working on the rehabilitation of Sarasota’s historic courthouse. Click here to read the Herald-Tribune’s 6/17/17 article about the rehabilitation.