Ralph Choeff

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Ralph Choeff, founding principal, is a graduate of Pratt Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Choeff moved to Miami upon graduation in 1978 and has established himself as a leader in South Florida’s Tropical Modern Architecture since starting his own company in 1983.

He has gone on to win several design awards and his work has been published many times both nationally and internationally. Although he has designed projects that include hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and multi-family developments, he is best known for his custom Tropical Modern residential projects. His most recognized hotel projects include the Mondrian South Beach and The Angler’s on Miami Beach.

Raphael Levy

Raphael Levy grew up in Miami and pursued his bachelor’s degree in Design at the University of Florida before moving to New York to begin his career in architecture and earn a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. He has since worked on a diverse portfolio of projects with a broad array of programs and levels of complexity, including high-end interior residential projects to Class A office towers.

In 2006, Levy moved back to Miami and joined Ralph Choeff as a project manager before becoming a partner in 2011. Since joining, Raphael has worked on many high-profile luxury single-family homes and other major projects in South Florida, including the Mondrian South Beach and the relocation and renovation of an historic mansion on Star Island.

Paul Fischman

Paul Fischman grew up in Vero Beach, Florida before going on to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado. Eager to become part of the redevelopment of South Florida, he chose to complete his higher education at the University of Miami, where he earned a Master of Architecture degree. Fischman has worked on notable high-rise residential projects such as Regalia and SLS Hotel in Miami and Faria Lima in San Paolo, Italy.

While still a student in 2002, Paul began working with Ralph Choeff, in which a working relationship continued for over a decade before officially joining the firm as a partner in 2012. Paul is an active member of the AIA, NCARB and USGBC and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Firm’s Biography

Choeff Levy Fischman is a known leader throughout South Florida in the style of Tropical Modern architecture, changing the appearance of Miami’s most prominent residential neighborhoods, such as North Bay Road and the Venetian Islands.

The Miami-based firm has vast experience in designing single-family residences, commercial and residential high-rise buildings, hotels, multi-family developments and shopping plazas. Its clientele consists of executives, athletes and celebrities that wish to accentuate indoor-outdoor living, including Alex Rodriguez, Cher, Edward James Olmos, Matt Damon, Rony Seikaly and Barry Gibb.

Experts in their field, Choeff Levy Fischman emphasizes indoor-outdoor living, using warm elements such as ipe wood, natural stone, concrete, and water features to create high-end tropical environments. The firm has won several design awards, and architecture critics and major publications have recognized its work. The office takes great pride in the high level of design and technical documentation that is maintained throughout every project, and its ability to properly oversee complex projects through construction.

While the firm’s focus recently has been on high-end custom residences, mostly in the Tropical Modern style of architecture, each principal has a varied background with other specialties as well. Ralph Choeff has designed several hotels, which include the Mondrian South Beach and Kimpton Anglers Hotel, as well as housing developments, shopping centers and commercial establishments. Raphael Levy has diverse experience, working on projects that include high-rise design, commercial property and single-family custom residences. Paul Fischman has a background in high-rise architecture, having worked for the prestigious architecture firm Arquitectonica. The firm’s office takes on a studio-like environment where ideas are shared and discussed to produce a final design reflecting the client’s desires.

Committed to continuing education and the licensure process, Choeff Levy Fischman employs university interns, frequently through the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) program. Interns work in four-month intervals and learn everything from office practice to generating graphics. They work on real projects producing digital 3D models and participate in the design process, formulating conceptual ideas and schematic design models with the principals. Interns attend meetings with clients, engineers, contractors and city officials as well as make site visits during the construction phase of a project.

In 2016, Choeff Levy Fischman hosted the AIA Miami Young Architects’ Forum at its office. The firm has also lectured at the AIA on the subject of global warming and at Miami-Dade College on the industry in general. It has served on the Miami Beach Design Review Board to help raise the standard of design in the city.