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Founded in 1992, CMSA Architects has been making a mark in many premiere communities throughout Florida with custom designed residences, elegant renovations, golf course developments and commercial properties. Tapping into the talent of our highly qualified architects and designers, the firm has grown into a recognized and respected design organization throughout southwest Florida.

Specializing in residential new construction, renovations of custom residences, waterfront properties, golf and country clubs, offices and various commercial properties, gives CMSA Architects a broad range of experience. Combining the tradition of classical architecture with the fundamentals of good design sets us apart from all others.

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We enjoyed working with Cliff Scholz and his company. In the design process Cliff listened to our ideas and what we wanted to achieve. He was very attentive to making sure the house we envisioned is what we got. Cliff was very good at problem solving and his staff were very efficient and accessible. We would highly recommend Cliff as an architect and we would certainly use him for any other projects we may have in the future.


We are extremely delighted to have been introduced to Cliff Scholz in the Fall of 2021 to consult on the design of our new home. We have had several timely and open discussions with him during our design process and feel he is a wonderful listener and communicator and has been most respectful of our input during our sessions with him. His willingness to be “all hands on deck”has certainly helped us navigate this project successfully and we feel most confident that the remainder of the process will continue in this manner. We are grateful for Cliff’s professionalism and his keen interest in the successful execution of designing our home. We feel most fortunate for the opportunity to work so closely with a very talented and engaging architect.


Since the first time we met Clifford Scholz in the early 1990s, CMSA has been our ONLY choice of architectural firms to design for us since we moved to the west coast of Florida. Cliff has an acute sense of what his clients want, matched with an in depth understanding and the creativity required for the design process as well as a great talent of how to balance all of the ingredients necessary to create a great home. CMSA has designed 3 homes for us since Cliff has taken his first site tour with us, and not only has his firm done an incredible performance on all 3 designs, he and his staff take the time to listen to what we were looking for and somehow end up with the perfect design on paper. We will continue to work with Cliff and his staff on any and all of our future projects, and would gladly recommend CMSA to anyone in need of their architectural and design talents and skills.


Colleen and I both have enjoyed this process. It has been so enlightening and exciting for us. Not only have we worked to develop an amazing home, but feel we have gained a new perspective on design. You have been patient and kind with us. You have given us dates and met them. We appreciate your professionalism. Once again, we are very grateful for all your work. If you have any perspective clients, I'd be happy to sing your praises.


We consider Rick a part of Hughes Design because it would be difficult to do the quality of work expected by our clients without him. Rick’s background as a contractor, developer and architect makes him extremely knowledgeable. Rick keeps up with the latest in construction techniques and products. He truly cares about his work and has great ideas! He is an excellent designer and is extremely creative. But most of all, you can trust Rick, which I believe is #1 on the list of attributes. We value Rick, and we don’t like to use anyone but Rick on our projects. We recommend him highly.


We first heard of what a creative architect Cliff Scholz was from our builder, Mike Collingwood. We decided to give him a try designing our house at Norsota Way. It was an amazing house. We then bought the property on Flamingo Avenue and we wanted a completely different look than we had ever done before. Cliff immediately got the concept and today it is one of the premier properties in Sarasota. We continued to work with Cliff designing houses at Bayou Louise, Morning Dove, and Hillview. In addition to designing the houses, Cliff has a unique talent of locating the houses on the property to give the best views and the best sunlight. He worked very closely with our landscape architects and has developed great relationships with the county and city building departments. Working with Cliff is never about what “he” wanted; it was how he could make what “we” wanted even better. He has a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with. Of course, the proof is in the incredible end-product.


Rick Oswald is our “Go To” architect since we moved to this area. Janet spend 2 1/2 years interviewing for our major remodel. We were introduced to Rick who helped us design what we wanted and make it fit into our budget. We had confidence in Rick. He has a collaborative approach to design and years of actual construction expertise that play out in the design and engineering - and they stand the test of time. Rick is the BEST in Southwest Florida.


We still love our home and want to express our gratitude to you for making it “our perfect beach house”! I can not believe you designed it over 15 years ago. It withstood Ian’s wrath and six grandchildren beautifully and continues to receive compliments all the time! Phil and I feel most fortunate to have had you as our architect! You made the process easy and fun for me!

J & P