who we are

Balber Architecture, Inc. is a full-service, multi-award-winning, nationally-accredited architecture firm bringing over 90 years of combined experience.  Our work has been featured on CNN Evening News, radio, and in countless publications. Our clients include: owners, developers, builders, other architects, and companies.

David S. Balber, AIA, NCARB

The firm is headed by managing principal David Balber, AIA, NCARB, RA.  David holds a BA in Psychology from Wright State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida.  He is a long-standing member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), he’s registered via NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) and licensed in the state of Florida to practice architecture.  His registration allows him reciprocity to get licensed and practice in any state.   He also has a perfect track record in terms of getting unique projects approved by AHJs (Agencies Having Jurisdiction) including but not limited to:  Construction Services, Zoning, Building Departments, City Council, FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation), etc.  He also has a perfect track record for getting permits approved.  He feels so strongly about this that we actually don’t stop working until the permit is approved.  Period.

On a more personal note, David has been infatuated with architecture his entire life.  He has always been fascinated by the built environment and what people can do when they come together for the common good.  The “b” logo of our firm actually depicts this feeling of synergy in that while a circle by itself is just a circle, many circles can come together to form an image.  David is also an avid musician.  He has been playing guitar for over 25 years as well as piano for nearly 30 years.  He was taught at an early age from a concert pianist.   He feels there is a strong connection between music and architecture in the way that we experience music by closing our eyes and getting transported to a place…while with architecture we open our eyes and literally experience a place spatially.  There are also the obvious analogies of rhythm, harmony, math, hierarchies, etc.  David believes deeply in how each building shapes our planet and truly believes in the greatness of man.

Our basic philosophy is to create designs that lift the human spirit while keeping a steady eye on cost control, logistics, code issues, and value engineering. We use a state-of-the-art networking system to create all of our drawings and documents. This advanced hardware and software allows us to study and actually design buildings three-dimensionally. By doing this we are able to clearly demonstrate a design to our clients and truly give them a feeling of what a building will be like even before it’s built. We strive to implement this philosophy via forward-thinking designs that incorporate sustainable, or “Green”, techniques wherever possible. Most of the time we will introduce our clients to a more sustainable way of building by simply specifying a maintenance-free product, while other times the project demands that he gets more involved technically, i.e. solar study models. We pledge to keep a “hands on” approach to all of our projects. Our mission is to provide a superior product coupled with unparalleled/personal customer service.

Logistically speaking, we will guide you through every step of the architectural process including but not limited to: architecture, interior design, civil engineering, MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing), structural engineering, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) analysis, geotechnical servicelogos, surveying, and BIM (Building Information Technology).

All of our projects are coordinated with our trusted and very capable consultants so that you, the owner, never have to worry. Over the years we have established invaluable rapports with our consultants including: mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineers, structural engineers, civil engineers, LEED APs, geotechnical engineers, and surveyors.  In addition to our colleagues, we always welcome the opportunity to work with other service professionals if the clients wish to bring in their own teams.  In addition to coordination from start to finish, we will also assist you in selecting a contractor that is right for the project. Our goal is to simply bring your dreams to fruition in the most enjoyable/painless way possible.

If you have any questions or would like to set up a free consultation, please contact us directly.