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What We Do

Founded in 1992, CMSA 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 new construction, renovations of custom residences, waterfront properties, golf and country clubs, offices and various commercial properties, gives CMSA a broad range of experience. Combining the tradition of classical architecture with the fundamentals of good design sets CMSA apart from all others.

Featured Work

Our Team Leaders


Clifford M. Scholz, AIA, LEED AP, FGBC CA


Richard D Oswald

Senior Vice President

Daniel S. Shaffer, AIA

Vice President


What are People Saying

  • Creative Architect

    Creative Architect

    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.

  • Made Our Vision Come to Life!

    Made Our Vision Come to Life!

    We selected CMSA because we were initially impressed with CMSA’s work but upon meeting Cliff we liked him immediately and felt that he would be very capable of helping us to realize our vision. Cliff had a very nice manner about him- he listened and never imposed his ideas on ours but worked with us to make our ideas better. He was enthusiastic and had great suggestions and creativity. The members of the CMSA team were very professional and efficient to work with. We particularly enjoyed getting to know Cliff as a person and not just as our architect. We achieved the result we wanted. We have a beautiful home that is exactly or even better than we envisioned. We built on the ocean which comes with a lot permitting issues but the team made it all flow smoothly. They helped us through a very difficult process always working towards the end goal in a timely fashion. Working with Cliff and his team made the process relatively easy enjoyable. We can highly recommend CMSA.

  • Understood Our Mission

    Understood Our Mission

    We were personally very pleased with the Architecture and outcome of our new home. Cliff is a great team player and clearly understood our project and mission.