Albert J. Socol AIA NCARB

Born and originally trained in Argentina (UNBA) where he obtained a Master in Architecture with Honors, he is an architect with over 35 years of experience in the United States in the design, development, management and construction of major projects in the State of Florida.

He is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia and Michigan and hold an NCARB certificate that allows him to practice in all 50 states. Albert worked the whole spectrum of projects, commercial properties including high — rise office buildings, corporate headquarters, medical convention centers and educational facilities. He also designed and developed single and multi-family residential properties.

Major projects have included the School of Architecture at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Fl and The James L. Knight Convention Center & Hyatt Hotel in Miami Fl, (while associated with Spillis Candela). In downtown Miami he designed and developed the thirty — story 255,000 sq ft Courthouse Center. In Naples, Fl, the 162,000 sq ft Fifth Third Center.

He also has designed, built and managed five other major successful office buildings (greater than 100,000 sq ft) targeting key company tenants (i.e. Royal Bank of Canada, Texaco Inc, Bank of Tokyo, J.I Kislak Mortgage Co & Museum) for aggregate construction of over 1.2 million sq ft . His projects in Coral Gables, Fl won City Beautiful Award and Outstanding Concrete Structure in Gainesville, Fl and BOMA Award for the best downtown high-rise building in downtown Miami.

His Pinecrest House was featured in the Miami Vice TV series
Aetna Life Insurance & JMB Partners were equity partners and creditors in several of these projects.

Albert's experience also extends to the residential sector. Projects have included a number of successful high-end condominium unit developments in Miami and on the West Coast of Florida including Naples and Sarasota. The largest of these was a 74 unit luxury condominium known as Twin Dolphins on Isles of Capri next to Marco Island.

He is currently the Executive VP of WS Architecture & Planning Inc. Previously co-owned and managed Modulor Beauchamp Construction Co, BEC Construction Corp and Chairman and CEO of the Modulor Group of Companies for over 15 years.

In 2012 University of Florida's Dean Chris Silver named Albert J. Socol AIA NCARB Chair of the Committee of College of Design, Construction & Planning to implement Pride In Place initiative, to help raise funds and coordinate the addition to the School of Architecture. Albert was instrumental in bringing in his contemporary at the UNBA, Rafael Vinoly FAIA, to design the building.