“Less is more, more or less.”

Robert Diericks, AIA

Senior Project Architect

Bob could remember his parents telling him that when he was 4 years old he would stick his head out the car window (pre helmet days) as they drove around their hometown of Chicago, looking up at the skyscrapers saying “I’m going to build those someday”.

He was fortunate enough to enroll in a private high school that offered an architectural drafting course while spending his summers in the field working for a construction company. It became clear to him that while he enjoyed building, the Chicago weather helped him nurture his love for design (indoors).  At that time Chicago was the Architectural Capital of the world and – Illinois Institute of Architecture, whose program was designed by Mies Van der Rohe, is where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After college he immediately went to work with a national home builder while studying for his licensing exam. Upon obtaining his licenses he started his own firm and proceeded to design projects for regional and national builders.

After a quarter century of working in the Midwest, he picked up his wife and two-year-old daughter and moved to beautiful St. Thomas US Virgin Islands. As a project manager for the largest firm in the Caribbean, he began to hone his commercial skills and eventually partnered up with a local builder forming a Design Build firm doing both commercial and residential architecture.

After seven years of warming his bones in the Islands, it was time for him and his family to get back to civilization.  The decision was clear that he needed to stay in a Zone 1 climate and Southwest Florida, with its Gulf Sunsets, was the answer. After obtaining another license for the State of Florida he loaded up the shipping container at took sail.

As a Senior Project Architect, Bob has over 30 years of experience in architecture and has worked on a diverse range of projects. 


Illinois Institute of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture

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