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Retired Founder


Professional History


Mr. Curts was founding President of the firm in 1975 (formerly The Design Advocates) and is currently the Senior Principal.  Prior to joining the firm he was a Principal with Eugene R. Smith & Associates, Tampa, Florida, and an Associate with Eason, Anthony, McKenny, Cox and Martin Architects, Memphis, Tennessee.  He has had a broad range of experience in architecture, urban planning, large-scale master planning and programming.



Auburn University, Bachelor of Architecture/1966

Mississippi State University, Physics/1962


Academic Experience

Jury Critic, Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Guest Lecturer, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan,   Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Studies.

Guest Lecturer, University of South Florida,

Graduate School of Business.

USF Graduate School of Architecture & Community

Design, Advisory Board Chair, Jury Critic, and Dean Selection Committee.

Chair, SACD Development Task Force.

University of South Florida Presidents Council.


Special Activities

Governor Rubin Askew's Red Flag Charette

Task Force.

Mayor’s Convention Hotel Selection Task Force.

Past Chairman, Museum of Science & Industry Foundation.

Member of Executive Building Committee representing Owner for MOSI’s $35 million expansion.

Founding Board of Governors, Tournament Players Club, Tampa.

TECO Energy Architects & Engineers Advisory Board.

Gulf Coast Symphony Guild, Advisory Board, Florida.

Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Committee of 100, Tampa, Florida.

Ybor City Chamber of Commerce.

Porsche Club of America, National Board.


Professional Affiliations

Registered Architect: States of Florida, Oregon, Tennessee and South Carolina.

NCARB Certification.

American Institute of Architects.

Florida Central Chapter AIA, Past Vice President.

AIA Committee Memberships:  Ethics, Housing,

Design, Awards, & Education.

Chairman, Florida Association, AIA, 

State Design  Conference.

AIA Fellowship Nomination.

Urban Land Institute.

National Trust for Historic Preservation.

National Association of Homebuilders.

Builders Association of Greater Tampa.


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