Alfonso Architects, Inc. is a 30 person architectural design firm with current offices in Tampa Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Milan, Italy. The firm was founded in 1988 by Cuban born brothers Carlos and Alberto Alfonso and longtime friend Angel del Monte. The office is an extension of the work of the late Carlos Alfonso, Sr., father of Carlos and Alberto.
Alberto Alfonso leads the design effort of the office working with partners Carlos Alfonso and Angel del Monte. Alfonso Architects has won over 40 project-specific AIA Design Awards. For example, in 2007 Alfonso Architects was presented theTampa Bay Firm of the Year award, in 2003 the firm received the AIA Florida State Firm of the Year Award, and in 2008 Alberto Alfonso wasawarded the prestigious American Institute of Architects State of Florida 2008 Design Honor.
Representative design projects include The Nielsen Media Research Global Technology Center, a 650,000 square foot office and technology campus in Oldsmar, Florida. The Tampa International Airports Southwest Airlines Terminal, a 110,000 square foot airside. Both of these projects received the AIA Award of Honor.
Philosophically Alberto Alfonso’s design process relies in the development of a project-specific architectural design idea that is grounded in site, program history, and region. An accomplished painter, Alfonso’s process also utilizes painting, sketching, physical wood and steel models and 3D generated computer technology to investigate design solutions.
The work is heavily influenced by climate and the celebration of light referencing their Cuban heritage. There is a strong emphasis on materiality investigation to achieve an architectural expression that is both timeless and vigorous in detailing.