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Supplier News16 April 2012

SB Architects Enhances Leadership in Miami Office

New Appointment Sets the Stage for Continued Expansion in Caribbean and Latin America

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San Francisco and Miami-based SB Architects is pleased to announce that Emilio Perez has joined the firm as a vice president in the firm"s Miami office. A dynamic, results-oriented leader, Emilio brings to SB Architects over 20 years of international design experience.

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Specializing in the design of large hotel, resort and mixed-use properties, Emilio"s extensive experience encompasses every aspect of destination planning, development and design. Emilio"s background includes leadership positions with several of the world"s largest and most prominent architecture firms, including Gensler and Portman Associates. His project experience ranges from Cap Cana, where he directed the overall design of the largest resort development in the Caribbean, to Celebrity Cruises, a luxury brand of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, where he was responsible for the interior environment of an entire fleet of luxury cruise ships. His skill set provides a direct complement to SB Architect"s diverse international portfolio, allowing him to immediately provide the firm with effective and enlightened design management and direction. Born in the Dominican Republic, Emilio is a long-time resident of Miami.

In over 50 years of design practice, SB Architects has built a project portfolio that spans the globe. The firm regularly competes with some of the largest architecture firms in the world, yet it has continued to maintain a hands-on, boutique practice, driven by collaboration, teamwork and individual client relationships. As it continues its trajectory of growth into new markets and dynamic developing areas of the world, SB Architects is leveraging its 35-year presence in Miami as it continues to expand its presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.

"We have been practicing in the Caribbean and Mexico for decades," declares Scott Lee, President and Principal of SB Architects. "Emilio"s extensive experience, deep market understanding and outstanding relationships in the Caribbean and Latin America will be invaluable as we further expand our practice throughout the region."

As the firm continues to enhance the leadership in its Miami office, Jorey Friedman, vice president, will take on an expanded role in design oversight and leadership. With 28 years of architectural experience – 18 of those years with SB Architects – Jorey is integral to the continued growth of the Miami office. With her instinctive leadership style, intuitive design sense, and ability to create and sustain a consistent project vision, she is able to forge and maintain strong bonds amongst development and design teams. SB Architects" Miami office will continue to be managed by principal Kevin Dunn, a 28-year veteran of the firm.

"One of the things we do exceptionally well is to connect people and put together effective teams, and Jorey embodies that core competency," says Scott Lee. "I am extremely confident and excited about the outstanding leadership in our Miami office."

SB Architects maintains a long-standing reputation for excellence in the planning and design of large-scale, multi-phased projects, working collaboratively with developers and consultant teams in all parts of the world. The firm"s portfolio of work includes projects throughout the United States, in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia and the Middle East. The firm is fully committed to sustainable design. Leading by example, all four of the firm"s principals are LEED Accredited Professionals, as is nearly a third of its staff. Known for site-sensitive, contextually appropriate design, SB Architects has received over 200 awards for design excellence in over a half-century of continuous practice.

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