Founder & CEO
As a Florida native, James has been a trailblazer in the home design industry for over 24 years. He has an extensive background in structural steel, engineered lumber, and trusses. Through the years James has acquired a wealth of knowledge in the building sector from building codes, environmental practices, the ins and outs of the different building departments, as well as the trends in home construction. He opened this business as a one-man operation that began in 2008, overcoming the crash. James has been relentless in following his dream to become the local provider for luxury home design. It is his drive and knowledge that has led the business to grow into a now thriving Architecture Firm with over 15 employees. James continues to be the person many local builders rely on, as well as a mentor and teacher to his team.
Consulting Master Architect
Wayne Visbeen, Founder of Visbeen Architects
Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, principal and founder of Visbeen Architects Inc., has the creative vision and technical skill to bring his clients’ dreams from an initial design to an architectural reality.
As a licensed architect and registered interior designer Visbeen not only designs residential and commercial projects that are both visually stunning and functionally efficient, but constantly strives for creative solutions that make every plan unique and better. In all projects, Wayne takes into account how the interior layout impacts the overall architecture. Wayne designs homes in Florida in collaboration with Custom Home Design Architecture Firm.
Joseph G. Johnson
A graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor’s of Architecture. Joe launched a business in North Carolina. There he thrived with design and planning for multiple types of buildings. Over his 39 year career he specialized in single and multi-family housing with hospitality and pool structures that came to define many neighborhoods. His extensive and varied experience includes the Ingram Planetarium, luxury mansions, exquisite waterfront and oceanfront homes, several oceanfront hotels, luxury high rise condominiums, conference centers, over 39 churches, and the Veterans Memorial at Sunset Beach Park.
Thiago is a Brazilian architect who graduated from UNIVIX – Faculdade Brasileira in 2012 in the city of Vitória. He worked for over 5 years on architectural projects designing, as well as building in the City of Nanuque. He then came to the United States in the beginning of 2017 where he has been working ever since. He has extensive experience with AutoCAD and Sketchup. He is very talented in the use of 3Ds Max, creating photorealistic images of projects with both the exterior and interior view.
Yihia is a talented Egyptian Architect. In 2018 he completed his double B.Sc. degree in Architectural Engineering from MSA University in Egypt and the University of Greenwich in London with first class honors. During his studies, he was also a founder of a model-making cooperation, and led a team of architects in several implemented projects. Yihia also had the experience of working in the academic field as a Teaching Assistant specializing in Architectural Design, Environmental Design, and Building Technologies. He is also a part-time environmental researcher. Yihia has participated in many international, United Nations-sponsored competitions and was awarded several times. Recently, his project was one of the top 21 shortlisted out of 123 entries worldwide. Yihia’s perception and skill allows him to create detailed, extraordinary designs.
Patrick grew up on a nursery in the suburbs of New York City to a family of horticulturalists and landscape architects. After years working in the plant and entertainment industries, he pursued an architectural degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan. He briefly worked in commercial architecture in New York City then moved to Los Angeles to design houses in Beverly Hills. He is now completing his hours to become a licensed architect here in Florida. Patrick is extremely skilled in modern design and loves working on Florida home projects.
Growing up in the building industry, Christina learned the ins and outs of the industry at an early age. Her father and grandfather were both skilled carpenters. She spearheaded a team of over 30 people, establishing a new home improvement company and managing it for over 5 years. Upon relocating to Florida, she managed another local company where she sourced materials for their upscale clients, as well as managed the showroom and staff. Christina is now an instrumental part of Custom Home Design Architecture Firm, managing the day-to-day operations.
A transplant from Indiana, Aaron grew up farming and doing finish work for his fathers construction company. An injury changed the trajectory of his life from playing baseball to attending a furniture design school. As he worked himself through school Aaron discovered a new found affinity for architecture, discovering that the styles he studied about within furniture design were the same styles and concepts he appreciated in the architecture world. As he continued designing and building furniture for his gallery studio Aaron began to take on jobs that eventually lead him to be the design manager for Custom Home Design Architect Firm. The knowledge he acquired working in his fathers business helped Aaron develop a keen eye for functional design which gives him the ability to work on the remodeling projects that clients need in order to make their remodel dreams into reality.
Andrea graduated from The University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She later attended Koln University in Germany, earning her Master’s Degree in Architectural Exhibitions and Landscape Designs. Over her 40-year career she has worked in many branches of architecture in both Brazil and Germany. She also ran her own business for 22 years in which she accumulated a large variety of experiences with single family homes as well as commercial building design.
Allison attended Radford University in Radford, Virginia for Interior Design and Marketing. She later graduated from Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina for Engineering Design Graphics. She began her career working for retail companies creating floor plans and staging spaces. She has worked for a custom furniture company where she created floor plans and designed handmade furniture using Sketchup, AutoCAD and Revit. She enjoys meeting with clients and making their projects come to life.
Kelsey was born and raised in Fredonia, New York. She graduated from Alfred State College with a degree in Interior Design and later received her CAD Certificate from Hudson Valley Community College. She has over 5 years of experience working as a drafter in the Structural Department at an Engineering Firm. Kelsey has a passion for residential design, creating floor plans and 3D models using AutoCAD and Revit.
Samantha is a Sarasota native and recognized her passion for architecture at an early age. She began her career drafting for a local architect at the age of 16 while she finished high school. Samantha always pushes herself to continue learning and growing. She now has over 7 years of drafting experience in residential drafting. Samantha enjoys exploring new software and is proficient in multiple programs including AutoCAD, Revit, Archicad, SketchUp, Photoshop, and Lumion.
As a graduate of the University of Vale, Bruna successfully launched a career in Civil Engineering. She held a position as a civil engineer in the city of Governador Valadares, as well as the city of Mucuri. Her extensive knowledge, education, as well as hands-on experience in AutoCAD and Revit have given her the skill set to be a successful architectural and structural designer within the Custom Home Design Architectural Firm team.
Max graduated from the state college with his AA and certification in drafting. He majored in construction and construction management. After completing his internship under a local engineer he came to join our team. Max is passionate about learning and fullfilling client's dreams.
Melayne is a Sarasota Native. Her grandfather, father and brother are all in the Steel business locally, so construction has been a huge part of her life since she was just a child. Melayne works for Custom Home Design as well as our sister company AIG, where she brings in her extensive customer service skills to assist clients with permitting and private provider inspection services.
The CEO of EclipzDigital, Barbara and her team manage the social media content for Custom Home Design Architectural Firm. Her team has been instrumental in providing new photos, videos, and print content for all of our social media accounts, including our new website design.