About Santiesteban & Associates Architects, LLC
Santiesteban & Associates Architects is a full-service architectural firm based in Tampa, Florida. Established by principal Alcides Santiesteban in order to build upon his extensive experience acquired during a 15 year tenure with Smith Barnes Architecture, Santiesteban & Associates Architects dedicates itself to the continuation of the high standards of design excellence that were the hallmarks of Smith Barnes Architecture.
During Alcides’ tenure as a lead designer, Smith Barnes Architecture, established itself as a recognized leader in luxury high-rise residential design. The firm completed over 30 high-rise residential projects, over 100 single-family residential and town home projects, and numerous office, retail, and commercial developments.
Santiesteban & Associates Architects is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of professional services. The firm strives to achieve this objective and distinguish itself by working closely with each client, listening to their concerns, understanding their goals, and sharing their vision for each project. This begins with conceptual design and continues through all phases of the project. Our approach is unique in that each major project contains an in-house “competition” between project designers, which provides our clients with multiple schemes from which to choose. Once the concept is selected, the designer continues to oversee the project as it is developed. Through this active involvement by the designer on each project, we are able to provide personal attention to our clients and remain flexible and responsive. We feel this philosophy contributes directly to the timely delivery of cost-effective and profitable projects, as evidenced by the many satisfied clients who consistently seek our unique capabilities for their projects.
A bit of History
During his tenure as a lead designer with Smith Barnes Architecture (founded in 1985), Alcides Santiesteban contributed greatly to the firm’s reputation as a leader in luxury high–rise development. This began by designing the first of 18 luxury high-rise residential towers for visionary developer Raymond Lutgert (The Lutgert Companies). Al Santiesteban and the lead designers of Santiesteban & Associates have designed 11 of the 29 high rise projects in the Gulf-front community of Park Shore in Naples, Florida which has been described as, “The Monaco of the Gulf”. In addition, the firm’s designers have been the exclusive architects for all 7 high-rise residential towers for Lutgert in the Bonita Bay development.
Collectively, the lead designers of Santiesteban & Associates have designed over 30 mid/high-rise residential projects for over ten different developers that include over one billion dollars of built residential product in the United States alone. This collection of work has been recognized for design excellence with numerous local and national awards and publications.
The design team of Santiesteban & Associates Architects has extensive experience in international work with projects in Aruba, St. Thomas, Honduras, Costa Rica, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates including a winning competition design for Taif University in Saudi Arabia, a master planned campus the size of the University of Florida. Santiesteban & Associates Architects was also selected as residential architects for Doha tower, the second tallest tower currently under construction in the world.
In addition to an abundant experience in luxury multi-family residential development, we also have an extensive background in a wide variety of projects, including single-family custom residential, commercial office, retail, hotel, broadcast media, master planning, as well as religious, institutional, and educational facilities.