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Alfonso Architects, Tampa, Florida

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Post updated July 31, 2022

Alfonso Architects, Inc.

Alfonso Architects Contact Details

Tel 813.247.3333
Fax 813.247.3395
e-mail: info(at)
Address: 1705 N. 16th Street Tampa, FL 33605

Alfonso Architects Tampa – News

Alfonso Architects Awarded Tampa International Airport Expansion

Tampa International Airport by Alfonso Architects
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July 17, 2012 (Tampa, Florida) – Alfonso Architects along with The Beck Group has been awarded the $17 million design build project at Tampa International Airport. The complex expansion will include 30,000 sq. ft. of additional space and a 40,000 sq. ft. renovation of existing space at Airside F. Project design starts this month with completion of the first phase by the end of 2012 and the entire upgrade finished by August 2013.The terminal, which originally opened in 1987, handles most of the international flights including daily non-stop service to London and four weekly flights to Cuba.

Tampa International Airport Expansion

The Cuban connection is especially fitting for Alfonso Architects. The original Tampa airport was designed by Carlos Alfonso, Sr. in 1965. He immigrated with his young family from Cuba to Tampa in 1960. At age 12, Alberto Alfonso remembers his father scouting airports across the country, focusing on Saarinen’s work in New York and Dallas. “It was the Mad Men era of flying” remarks Alfonso, now president of the eponymous firm started by his father.

“Men and women dressed up to fly, it was still considered a glamorous experience.” Designing Airside C at Tampa International Airport for Southwest Airlines in 2005 allowed the second generation architect to recollect his father’s research and imbue the airside with comfort inducing stress mitigations. The new Airside F improvements will further the legacy started by Alfonso Sr, as his son Alberto will design improvements to enhance the travel experience by adding processing booths and baggage claims devices and expanding the TSA screening area. Additionally, food and beverage concessions will be added and expanded.

Alfonso Architects Awarded Streamsong Resort in Florida

March 28, 2012 (Tampa, Florida) – Alfonso Architects is designing the new Streamsong Resort and Conference Center in Polk County, Florida. The 16,000 acre property located between Orlando and Tampa, is formerly mined phosphate land owned and developed by The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer and marketer of phosphate-based crop nutrients. Alberto Alfonso, AIA is the lead architect on the 300,000 sq. ft resort, with 216 rooms in the main lodge, 12 rooms in the golf clubhouse, a full service spa , three restaurants, and 18,500 sq. ft of conference center space. The resort will have two 18-hole golf courses by the renowned designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw and Tom Doak of Renaissance Design.

Streamsong Resort Streamsong Resort Florida
renderings from Alfonso Architects

Alfonso, an established artist, will create paintings for each of the public and guest rooms to be displayed along with the poetry of his long time collaborator, Edward Mayes. “Streamsong is a celebration of reclamation, of both land and spirit. Since the mining has stopped, nature has taken over and provided us with the perfect inspiration” says Alfonso.

“Giant dunes, lakes teeming with bass, and the wooded landscape are all reflected in the design. Guest rooms will have floor to ceiling glass with custom louvers and hardware to control light, the six story resort will be clad in Corton weatherizing steel and accented with native Florida cypress. A rooftop veranda will encourage stargazing at the brilliant cosmos above the rural landscape.”

Streamsong Resort Buildings Streamsong Resort Florida Buildings Streamsong Resort USA
renderings from Alfonso Architects

The golf clubhouse and two golf courses are scheduled to open December 2012. The complete resort is expected to be finished in fall 2013, bringing more than 200 permanent jobs to the area. More information can be found at

University of South Florida Polytechnic Appointment

Alberto Alfonso, AIA Appointed to Lead New Architecture and Design Department at University of South Florida Polytechnic

Alfonso Architects – About us

Firm Profile

Alfonso Architects, Inc. is a 35 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 the Tampa 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 was awarded 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.

Alfonso Architects Awards

Awards and Honors for Alfonso Architects – Selection:

2010 American Institute of Architects, State of Florida
Award of Excellence for Renovations/Additions
Tampa Covenant Church

2008 American Institute of Architects State of Florida
Design Honor Award

2007 American Institute of Architects, Tampa Bay Chapter
Firm of the Year Award

2007 American Institute of Architects, State of Florida
Merit Award of Excellence
Sam Rampello Downtown School

2006 American Institute of Architects, State of Florida
Honor Award of Excellence
Tampa International Airport – Airside “C”

2006 American Institute of Architects, State of Florida
Merit Award of Excellence
Mission of St. Mary

2005 American Institute of Architects, State of Florida
Honor Award of Excellence
Nielsen Media Research Phase II – Oldsmar, Florida

2005 American Institute of Architects, State of Florida
Merit Award of Excellence
University of South Florida – Psychology/Communication Sciences & Disorders Building – Tampa, Florida

2005 American Institute of Architects, Tampa Bay Chapter
H. Dean Rowe Award for Design Excellence
Mission of Saint Mary – Tampa, Florida

2005 American Institute of Architects, Tampa Bay Chapter
Design Merit Award
Tampa International Airport – Airside ‘C’. – Tampa, Florida

Additional awards on the Alfonso Architects website:

Alfonso Architects Projects

Tampa Covenant Church, Florida, USA

Tampa Covenant Church design by Alfonso Architects
photo : Al Hurley
Tampa Covenant Church

Airside C – SouthWest Terminal, Tampa International Airport, Florida, USA
Tampa International Airport Airside C Florida by Alfonso Architects
photo : Al Hurley
Airside C Tampa International Airport

The Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Chihuly Collection by Alfonso Architects
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The Chihuly Collection

Tampa Architecture Studio Staff Information

Alberto E. Alfonso, AIA


Alberto Alfonso is a founding principal and President of Alfonso Architects, an award-winning 35 member architecture firm located in Ybor City, Florida. Cuban born, Mr. Alfonso was educated at The University of Florida where he received his M.A. in 1983. With his brother Carlos and partner Angel del Monte, Alfonso Architects, Inc. was founded in 1988.

Mr. Alfonso’s love of architecture developed at an early age as he was raised in the house of an Architect: his father Carlos E. Alfonso, Sr. Carlos Alfonso, Sr. began his career in Havana, Cuba and fled the country with his family in 1960 to begin a successful practice in Tampa, Florida.

Mr. Alfonso recently received the prestigious American Institute of Architects State of Florida 2008 Design Honor Award. This award is given an individual architect, who has, by the high quality and originality of one’s design and body of work over a period of 10 or more years, advanced the cause and public value of good architecture in the state of Florida, and, by one’s leadership, has provided an inspiration to colleagues. Mr. Alfonso received the 1987 Eduardo Garcia Award from the Florida Central Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. This award is given to the top Architectural Designer in the six county Central Florida area and is based on a submitted body of work.

Recent projects recognized by the State of Florida AIA Design Awards program include Tampa International Airport Airside C, Nielsen Media Research Global Technology Center (a 650,000 s.f. corporate campus headquarters), University of South Florida Center for Advanced Healthcare Frank and Carol Morsani Center, the University of South Florida Medical Office Building, the Mission of St. Mary Chapel, the University of South Florida School of Psychology building, and the Hillsborough County Downtown Partnership Urban K-8 school.

Mr. Alfonso is also an accomplished painter and was a featured artist at The Tuscan Sun Festival 2010 in Cortona, Italy. His paintings can be found in the Nielsen Media Global Technology Center, the Mission of St. Mary Chapel and Carmel Café. In December 2010 Mr. Alfonso’s paintings were featured at The Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL in a collaborative exhibition titled “Painting the Poem, Poeming the Painting.”

Location: 1705 N. 16th Street Tampa, FL 33605, USA

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Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
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