Ralph Choeff is a graduate of Pratt Institute, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and went on to establish his own architectural practice in 1983. Ralph moved to Miami upon his graduation in 1978 and has established himself as a leader in the South Florida area in Modern and Tropical Modern architecture. He has gone on to win several design awards, as well as being published in many publications 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 modern and tropical modern custom residential projects. During his years in practice he has been commissioned by many celebrities to design their residences. Some of his clients include Alex Rodriguez, Cher, Edward James Olmos, Matt Damon, Rony Seikaly, Barry Gibb, as well as many other professional athletes. His most well recognized hotel projects include the Mondrian South Beach Hotel and The Anglers on Miami Beach. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Vogue Mexico, Hospitality Design Magazine, Ocean Home Magazine, Florida Design Magazine, The New York Times, Robb Report, and The Wall Street Journal among many other publications and web sites.
Raphael Levy grew up in Miami until he graduated from high school to pursue his Bachelor’s in Design at the University of Florida. Then, he moved to New York to begin his career in architecture and receive his Masters in Architecture 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, he moved back to Miami, joined Ralph Choeff Architect as a project manager, and later became a partner in 2011. So far, he 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, and its addition.
Miami born, Paul Fischman grew up in Vero Beach to leave his home state to ultimately pursue his Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado’s School of Architecture and Planning. Eager to become part of the redevelopment of South Florida, he chose to complete his higher education and return to Miami where he received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Miami. Among the architectural firms he has worked with, he was a project manager and designer for the prestigious firm of Arquitectonica, where his emphasis was on high rise commercial and residential buildings. Some of the high rise residential buildings he has produced have gone on to become the watermark of architecture both at a local and international platform in Miami and abroad, such as Regalia, the SLS Hotel, and Faria Lima in San Paolo. With his background in Environmental Design, he strives to provide alternate, sustainable design and construction solutions in lieu of conventional methods, while educating his clients along the way. After working with Arquitectonica he went on to establish his own firm as a Florida registered Architect and Interior Designer, where the basis of his projects were luxury single and multifamily residences, mixed-use buildings, architectural visualization, and interiors. While still a student in 2002 Paul began working part time with Ralph Choeff, in which a working relationship continued for over a decade before officially joining the firm as a partner in late 2012. Paul is an active member of the AIA, NCARB, USGBC and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
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 includes high profile executives, athletes and celebrities that wish to accentuate indoor-outdoor living. Clients include Alex Rodriguez, Cher, Edward James Olmos, Matt Damon, Rony Seikaly and Barry Gibb.
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 firm’s team 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.