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Eventually, every organization and business takes on the character of its principals: the chief features of their personalities have a trickle-down effect. Delve into the heart of SRS and you'll discover its most significant aspect: building trusting relationships and collaborations. Early on in his career, for Manny Synalovski, there was no conscious choice about his relationships with others. It's in his very nature to value integrity, honesty, and frankness as he builds a collaborative spirit and relationships with clients, contractors, and his team of co-workers. It's no surprise that Merrill Romanik, Jose Saye, and the team he assembled as SRS grew are people of like minds: the law of attraction is truly at work.

While SRS team members are all experienced, talented professionals, what sets them above the mark is their consummate diligence, attention to detail, and thoroughness. Each project is respectfully treated and managed as if it were the "only project": from project analysis to programming, to master planning, architectural design, bidding, permitting, interior design, and contract administration. Whatever it takes, no matter how small a detail, the SRS team is unequivocally committed to satisfying, and exceeding, every client's expectations.

Manuel Synalovski

Manuel Synalovski, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal

Founder and managing principal, Manny is responsible for ensuring the availability of resources to support clients' projects, establishing architectural design objectives, and ultimately promising that clients' objectives are consistently met. He has considerable expertise in academic facilities, retail, hospitality, municipal, religious, mixed-use workplace, and residential design projects.

Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, Manny and his family relocated to Miami in 1981. For as long as he can remember, Manny aspired to the field of architecture. After earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1983, he began his practice and succeeded at opportunities both within South Florida and beyond.

His professional affiliations and community service roles are legendary. And those who know him best, know Manny as an individual of impeccable character, candor, integrity, and intelligence. A son of many cultures, Manny is an extraordinary communicator — attentive listener, responsive spokesperson, diplomatic negotiator, consensus-seeker, and problem-solver. Manny's gift for relationship building stands him in good stead with clients, government bodies, community leaders, and contractor partnerships. Manny is married to Lisa Kliegman Synalovski, an award-winning general contractor.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Membership and Certifications

  • Registered Architect, Florida
  • Registered Architect, Puerto Rico
  • Registered Architect, Connecticut
  • Registered Architect, Texas
  • Registered Architect, Illinois
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • American Institute of Architects
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Fire Protection Administration
  • Uniform Building Code Inspector, Florida
  • Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, Florida
  • LEED Accredited Professional

Community Affiliations (Past/Present)

  • International Board of Directors, Young Judaea
  • Board Member, Jewish Federation of Broward County
  • Past President, Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Broward County
  • Past President, B'nai Aviv, Weston
  • Member, City of Plantation Planning and Zoning Board
  • Member, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Plantation Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Weston Chamber of Commerce
Merrill Romanik

Merrill Romanik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal

As a principal of the firm, Merrill brings a multitude of talents and significant expertise in architecture, building construction, and interior design. When she joined the firm as an intern in 1992, Merrill soon envisioned an expanded spectrum of services that would offer clients a one-stop shop, and helped launch the firm's Interior Design Studio. Internship soon led to a permanent associate position and later to Principal.

Merrill's integrated approach to project planning and client needs has added a unique dimension to the firm's overall perspective and performance. Moreover, Merrill 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. She is part of a large extended family residing on both coasts of the state. She frequently spends weekends boating and engaging in family projects and get-togethers. She spent her developing years side by side with her father, whose craftsmanship and handiwork inspired her choice of careers. From her mother, she's inherited a love of artful craft and is an exceptional, award-winning cake artist.

Merrill is intellectually gifted, with an intuitive and creative mind, and a deep understanding of process and production. These characteristics infuse her professional relationships, and she is known as a gifted leader and manager who inspires all constituents to attain their objectives while enjoying the journey.

Education

Bachelor of Design, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Master of Building Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Master of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Membership and Certifications

  • Registered Architect, Florida
  • Registered Interior Designer, Florida
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • American Institute of Architects
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Fire Protection Administration
  • LEED Accredited Professional

Community Affiliations (Past/Present)

  • Gold Ribbon Baker, Cakes Against Cancer
  • Member, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami
  • Member, Florida Green Building Council
  • Member, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Hollywood
  • Member, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Plantation Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Weston Chamber of Commerce
Jose Saye

Jose Saye, Principal

The newest partner named to the firm, Jose has been a much-appreciated asset since he joined Manny Synalovski and Merrill Romanik in 1999. As an associate and project manager, he excels at overseeing all aspects of even the most complex projects: from developing budget proposals to ensuring that deadlines are met, documents are precise, and work quality and integrity meet the highest standards. As partner, he expands client relationships and monitors the progress of projects to ensure that clients' needs and expectations are fully understood and met, and that they are kept advised of advancement.

Bilingual (Spanish/English), Jose has a personality that easily connects with clients. As a skillful communicator, Jose is a "people person" who enjoys working with clients and teammates, and coaching all participants to bring the design concept to an aesthetically pleasing and exceedingly functional material reality.

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Jose came to Miami in 1998, after progressive experience as an architectural associate and construction manager, gaining field as well as design experience. He lives in Aventura with his wife and young children.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Membership and Certifications

  • Registered Architect, Consejo Profesional Nacional de Ingenieria y Arquitectura, Colombia
Christopher Bray

Christopher Bray

With more than three decades' experience, Chris contributes his expertise to managing projects of all types and sizes to successful completion. From his first job with SRS, he has honed his skills and grown as an architect and manager. Chris is expertly knowledgeable about construction materials, methods, systems, and components specific to South Florida. He is meticulously detail oriented and coordinates all project elements to maintain quality control and a smooth process. He is consistently adept at recognizing and servicing a client's needs, from conceptual design to turnkey operation. He is a collaborative professional, working with and often supervising the design team.

A South Florida native, Chris was born in Hollywood and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. He lives near the water and enjoys boating and aquatic activities of all sorts. With SRS, he has participated in a variety of projects throughout South Florida: Mixed-use, academic, municipal, commercial, and recreational facilities.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz

The field of architecture challenges and engages both sides of the human brain, as we understand neuroscience today. The left side: analytical, verbal, and sequential in thinking. The right side: perceptual, visual, and more globally conceptual.

With visual imagination, architecture can be dynamic, adaptable to changing human progress and life. With analytical detail, a structure can be viable, sustainable, and endurable.

Carlos Diaz is an architectural draftsman, whose work integrates functions of both sides of the brain. He is impassioned by envisioning building elevations as well as the precise technical drawing that is the basis of all civil, structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering construction documents. Like an orchestra, there would be no harmony or success in constructing a building without a conductor to coordinate the structure’s interdisciplinary components.

Carlos has been an architectural draftsman since 1992. In Puerto Rico, he worked with architects Horacio Diaz, F.A.I.A., and Eduardo Diaz, A.I.A., for 22 years until his 2015 relocation to Fort Lauderdale.

Carlos and his wife, Carmen, are raising two sons, Dennis and Dan, now teenagers. He hopes one day to help expand SRS' reach into Puerto Rico.

Education

Architectural Drafting, Liceo de Arte y Technologia de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bachelor’s Program, Electric Engineering, Universidad Polictenica de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Steven Hatzidakis

Steven Hatzidakis

Since 2004, Steve has applied his creativity and technical skills to produce architectural designs that shape a concept to satisfy SRS clients' needs and expectations. Born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey, Steve worked in New York and New Jersey for 10 years before relocating to South Florida, and brings an urban context to his work here. He manages the day-to-day design process of each project, while maintaining concept integrity and working closely with clients, contractors, and the architectural design team.

Steve and his wife met as students while at Pratt Institute, and moved to South Florida to raise their family. They live in Miramar.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

Lauren Holzman

Lauren Holzman

Lauren joined the firm in 2012, shortly after earning a Master of Architecture degree at the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design. With a multitude of talents and varied interests, Lauren brings a multidimensional and dynamic presence to the firm. A multi-tasker and self-starter, Lauren brings a success-directed and independent spirit to the firm. She is a personable, detail-oriented, and effective team player who enjoys both the challenges of creativity and emerging technologies.

Growing up in Davie, Lauren was encouraged by her family early on to develop skills in many areas. Inspired by her older brother, Lauren grew up believing that whatever he did, she could do too. She is a versatile musician with proficiency in the oboe, trombone, percussion, piano, and guitar. During her academic career, Lauren was a vice president and board member of A.I.A.S. (American Institute of Architecture Students) and an active supporter of Women Against Rape and Sexual Assault. For six years, when home from school, Lauren worked as a legal office assistant and math tutor. Looking ahead, she aspires to design residential projects. "I love the idea of creating a happy home."

Education

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut (Graduated Cum Laude)
Master of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Membership and Certifications

  • American Institute of Architects (Associate)

Community Affiliations (Past/Present)

  • Love WARS (Women Against Rape and Sexual Assault)
  • Up 'til Dawn, St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Relay for Life
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense)
  • Breast Cancer Walk
Pedro Lasalde

Pedro Lasalde

Since joining the firm in 2007, Pedro has filled a leading role in projects from design concept to completion. Focusing on clients' objectives, he works as part of the architectural design team to ensure ultimate client satisfaction. He steers each project to achieve successful results as envisioned, overseeing cost control and scheduling. Using sophisticated graphic techniques and media, he creates and develops design concepts that are both dynamic and appropriate to each project. Pedro is an outstanding communicator who builds strong relationships with clients, the design team, and construction partners.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Pedro and his young family live in Fort Lauderdale.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Bachelor of Science In Architectural Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Membership and Certifications

  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Cristi Marin

Cristi Marin

Cristi joined the firm in 2002. Since then, she has been responsible for a variety of administrative duties to ensure that the organization runs smoothly and efficiently. With exceptional administrative skills and attention to detail, Cristi completes assignments under pressure with a smile and without missing a comma. With the aplomb of the most gracious receptionist, she provides exceptional customer service. Her excellent written and communication skills in both English and Spanish make her a most valuable asset to the firm.

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Cristi relocated to Miami in 1986 with her mother, who inspired her work ethic, sense of responsibility, and positive "I can do it" attitude.

Education

Graduate, New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida

Marcela Oviedo

Marcela Oviedo, LEED AP

Marcela has been associated with the firm since 2008. As a project manager, she is a creative designer, attentive to every detail and nuance, and an effective partner with clients, subcontractors, the architectural team, and others involved in each project she handles. Mindful that communication is often the key to an expeditious and successful result, Marcela ensures that all team members adhere to a planned schedule and are current with the project's progress.

Born in Asunciὁn, Paraguay, Marcela initially came to the United States as an exchange student in 1998. She lives in Coral Springs with her young and growing family.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Master of Construction Management, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Membership and Certifications

  • LEED Accredited Professional
Alejandra I. Pallisso

Alejandra I. Pallisso

Alejandra Pallisso, as a child, often accompanied her father on visits to the variety of projects he serviced as a civil engineer: shopping malls, high-end residential buildings, municipal facilities, and more. Her fascination with building and construction began then. As early as high school and college she immersed herself in architectural experience and studies, initially as an intern at a Fort Lauderdale architecture firm. There, she rose, over an eight-year period, from internship to architectural associate, to project manager, and eventually senior project manager on designs for residential, retail, and restaurant ventures, among others.

A window of opportunity eventually opened for her to focus attention on interior design, which she prefers to call interior architecture. This, she soon discovered, was her forte, where she could weave and intermingle all strands of the construction process: from programming and space planning to contract administration and the logistics of project management, while meeting with and exploring the client’s vision.

Alejandra enjoys the creative process with clients, delving into their expectations and skillfully guiding the project toward successful fulfillment, selecting the elements that best represent intention and purpose: the finishes and materials, colors, furnishings, lighting, and accessories.

While every space has a purpose, Alejandra believes that whoever visits or inhabits it should be comfortable in it. To that end she is particularly interested in the science of color, which can promote certain behaviors, such as serenity and calm, or stimulate creative energies. She also embraces the notions of feng shui, a Chinese system of placement and organization, which focuses on the balance and harmony of the environment with the people in it.

At SRS, Alejandra adds a forceful dimension to its interior architecture portfolio, proficiency, and forward-thinking influence.

Education

Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Membership and Certifications

  • International Interior Design Association
  • American Society of Interior Design
  • Feng Shui, CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
Allison Wolk

Allison Wolk

A dynamic new talent was added to SRS when Allison Wolk joined the firm as accounting manager. Allison has a unique and broad background in financial management having served both at a high-profile New York asset-based lending corporation as an auditor and account executive, and as co-founder, entrepreneur, and operations manager building a successful family-owned business in South Florida.

Born in New York and raised in Florida, Allison was educated in Atlanta at Emory University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She brings practical accounting know-how and sophisticated computer proficiency to the SRS management team, and is an experienced negotiator and skilled communicator with vendors, clients, and team members.

In her key managerial role, Allison analyzes, evaluates, and has streamlined the firm's internal workflow, output, and systems apparatus, focusing on process improvements and greater clarity of purpose and results.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

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