Press Release

SRS is a leader in sustainable design.

Prominent Architectural Firm Adds New Partner; Changes Name

July 18, 2012
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Since 1988, Manuel Synalovski, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has led and grown a successful architectural practice, designing award-winning projects in the public and private sectors and earning a well-deserved reputation for excellence and integrity.

Along with partner, Merrill Romanik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, who joined the firm in 1992, Synalovski and associates can claim literally thousands of projects in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico, and dozens of awards.

"Now we're proud to recognize Jose Saye, who's been with our firm since 1999, as our newest partner," Synalovski said. "The addition has prompted a name change to Synalovski Romanik Saye Architects."

As principal and project manager, Jose Saye, NCARB, excels at overseeing all aspects of complex projects: from developing budget proposals to ensuring that deadlines are met, documents are precise, and the quality and integrity of the work meets the highest professional standards. As partner, Saye expands client relationships and monitors the progress of projects to ensure that clients' needs and expectations are fully understood and met, and that clients are kept advised of advancement.

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Saye came to South Florida in 1998, after progressive experience as an architectural associate and construction manager, gaining field as well as design experience in Colombia. He received his bachelor of architecture at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, and is a registered architect (Consejo Profesional Nacional de Ingenieria y Arquitectura). Bilingual, Saye is a skillful communicator, a "people person" who enjoys working with clients and teammates, coaching all participants to bring a design concept to an aesthetically pleasing and exceedingly functional material reality.

Founding partner Manuel Synalovski was born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico. He relocated to South Florida in 1981, and earned his bachelor of architecture degree at the University of Miami. He is registered as an architect in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico. An active community leader, Synalovski is current board president of Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Broward County and past president of B'nai Aviv, Weston, as well as a member of many community organizations. Most recently he was elected to the board of Jewish Federation of Broward.

When partner Merrill Romanik joined the firm as an intern in 1992, her vision and professional dedication soon resulted in a one-stop shop that included an Interior Design Studio. Internship soon led to a permanent associate position and later to principal. Romanik's integrated approach to project planning and client needs produced a unique, value-added dimension to the firm's overall perspective and performance. Along with Synalovski and Saye, Romanik adheres to the highest standards of aesthetic, technical, and environmental values, which have become the professional criteria and credo for the entire team.

Born in Pittsburgh, Merrill came to Miami as a teenager. Her education includes: bachelor of architecture, University of Florida, Gainesville; master of building construction, University of Florida, Gainesville; and master of architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Currently, Synalovski Romanik Saye (SRS) comprises a multilingual professional staff of 11, representing diverse cultures and backgrounds. Services include planning, architectural design, interior design, LEED administration, and construction management. Many of the firm's projects have qualified for and been certified as LEED Silver and Gold, designations awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for excellent stewardship of the planet's environment.

While the firm has played an integral role in shaping the building "landscape" of South Florida, with multiple projects, both public and private sector, SRS has worked throughout the state on the East and Gulf coasts, Central Florida, and as far north as Jacksonville. Most recently, the firm was recognized for Lauderhill's Municipal Complex with awards from U.S. Green Building Council, South Florida Chapter, GalaVerde 2011 Finalist, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Another recent project, the Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, a collaborative effort between Broward County and the City of Dania Beach, resulted in the first LEED Gold facility funded by Broward County. As the initial structure in a new master-planned City Center on this site, it is the architectural prototype on which future municipal and commercial facilities may be modeled.

Current projects include renovation of Fort Lauderdale High School, expansion of Montessori Academy in Pembroke Pines, and Miramar Pineland Nature Center.

For more information about Synalovski Romanik Saye, call 954.961.6806.