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.
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.
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.
One of Cliff’s great attributes is as a listener. My wife and I sat down with him for a couple of hours and told him what we wanted. He asked thoughtful questions and a few days later his creative talents had — on paper — exactly what we had envisioned. CMSA is thoughtful, thorough, creative and a great partner. Our home is their home!
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.