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Joey Woodworth, President of Buildworks, Inc., leads FIU CARTA  student site visit to the Venetian Causeway on Miami Beach. The discussion covered planning and zoning issues, design changes, site plan review and the need for open lines of communication between the owner, builder, and architect. 

We would like to thank Ralph Cheoff of Choeff Levy Fischman partners who visited with the students to discuss the project. Ralph Choeff is a graduate of Pratt Institute, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and went on to establish his own architectural practice in 1983. Ralph moved to Miami upon his graduation in 1978 and has established himself as a leader in the South Florida area in Modern and Tropical Modern architecture. He has gone on to win several design awards, as well as being published in many publications both nationally and internationally. Although he has designed projects that include hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and multi-family developments, he is best known for his modern and tropical modern custom residential projects. During his years in practice he has been commissioned by many celebrities to design their residences. Some of his clients include Alex Rodriguez, Cher, Edward James Olmos, Matt Damon, Rony Seikaly, Barry Gibb, as well as many other professional athletes. Among his many hotel projects, the best known are the Mondrian South Beach Hotel and The Anglers on Miami Beach. His work has been featured on the Today Show, X-Factor, Vogue Mexico, Hospitality Design Magazine and Florida Design Magazine, among many other publications and web sites.