Company Bios

Joseph Sorci Florida Architects

Joseph Sorci

Principal Architect / President

Joseph J. Sorci, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP | Principal Architect / President |   Education – Master of Architecture, University of Florida  — Bachelor of Design, University of Florida |   Professional Associations | Registered Architect:  Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio & Texas — AIA, NCARB, USGBC |   For more than three decades, Joseph Sorci, a Founding Principal and President of FLA, has dedicated his career to creating architecture that exemplifies excellence, innovation and a commitment to personal service. His extensive experience includes the positions of Principal of a Central Florida start-up firm, Principal Director of the Florida office for a national architectural and engineering firm, and is currently President and Principal Architect for Florida Architects, Inc. (FLA).  Joe’s architectural experience encompasses a broad range of facility types with a focus on all levels and complexities of public institution projects throughout the state of Florida. He has been the Architect of Record for more than 25 educational projects ranging from K-12 to community college to the university level.   Joe collaborates with clients and project teams to plan and design buildings tailored to the needs and culture of his clients. He is a natural leader and client advocate and is committed to realizing project goals through design excellence. Maintaining the confidence of repeat clientele and referrals is a result of Joe’s ability to deliver a project that meets the design intent, is aesthetically pleasing, and is within budget and on time.

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Valli Sorci

Valli Sorci

Director of Business Operations

Valli C. Sorci, LEED®AP BD+C | Director of Business Operations |   Education – Valencia College |   Professional Associations – USGBC | Florida Architects is a woman-owned business where Valli serves as the CEO, Director of Business Operations, and majority stockholder.  With over two decades of professional experience working within the architectural field and related businesses, Valli possesses a diverse range of skills and expertise to support and enhance FLA’s architectural services and client relationships.  She is responsible for business development and operations and serves as the primary point of contact for all clients.   “I have respected and admired the design ability, dedication to our clients, and the work ethic of Joe and Markus since first working with them a couple of decades ago. I am equally proud of the team we’ve assembled since those early days in the 50 square foot borrowed office, and I am very excited about the future of FLA.”   Because Florida Architects strongly believes in giving back to the communities it serves, Valli works closely with various foundations and other client organizations to provide them with FLA support.

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Markus J. Gemsch

Markus J. Gemsch

Principal Architect / Vice President

Markus J. Gemsch, AIA, NCARB, LEED®AP BD+C | Principal Architect / Vice President |   Education – Master of Architecture, University of Florida | Bachelor of Arts in Design, University of Florida | Civil Engineering, ATIS-Abend Technikum Institute, Switzerland |   Professional Registrations, Certifications, Associations – Registered Architect, State of Florida | AIA, NCARB, USGBC | As a Founding Principal and Vice President, Markus Gemsch possesses extensive technical expertise in the field of architecture. His vast planning and architecture experience spans nearly three decades and encompasses educational, correctional, municipal and commercial projects throughout the state of Florida. In addition to serving as Principal Architect, Markus has served as Designer, Project Manager, Structural Coordinator and Design Production Coordinator for numerous projects. He has had direct involvement in every phase of a wide scope of projects, including planning, programming, design, construction documentation and administration. He also directs the firm’s production and implementation.   Having worked with AutoCad since it was invented and progressed with technology to include BIM and Revit today, Markus has developed valuable in-depth expertise with translating design into digital format. Whether serving as Project Architect or Project Manager, Markus is able to quickly and expertly respond to all RFI’s, clarifications, and other project communication issues.

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Antonio Florida Architects

Antonio Adessi

Principal Architect/Director of Design 

Antonio Adessi | Principal Architect/Director of Design |   Education – University of Florence: Master Architecture / Engineering |   Professional Registrations, Certifications, Associations – Florida IDP | Registered Architect, State of Florida |   Mr. Adessi began consulting with Florida Architects for design and program assistance for a confidential municipal design concept. It was quickly agreed upon that the special dynamic created during that project should become permanent.  With Florence, Italy as the springboard for his design background and career, Antonio’s unique design perspective, approach, higher education teaching and technological experiences are a perfect complement to FLA’s professional team. Antonio’s professional and teaching philosophy has always been to combine research on an interdisciplinary level with real world problems from an urban scale. Another area of his research includes impact and integration of the evolving digital media technologies on the design process.   Antonio has engaged the community in seminars, charettes and exhibitions where professionals and academics meet the private and public sector.

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