Meet the Team

Everlasting Excellence in Architecture Design

At CMSA Architects, we’re commited to designing to a higher standard. Our aim is always to create everlasting excellence.

Established in 1992, CMSA Architects is a prominent architectural firm that has made an enduring impact on premier communities across Florida. Our expertise encompasses crafting bespoke residential structures, refined renovations, golf course developments, and compelling commercial properties. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, our highly skilled architects and designers drive recognition as a venerated design institution in Southwest Florida, including Sarasota and Venice.

CMSA specialization primarily revolves around residential new construction which includes custom residences, waterfront properties, golf clubs, offices, and diverse commercial spaces. Our diverse portfolio equips CMSA Architects with extensive experience and insight in architectural projects.

Our distinctiveness lies in seamlessly blending classical architectural traditions with exceptional design principles. This synergy sets us apart and underscores our commitment to pushing boundaries. For those searching for architects near me, CMSA Architects is the preferred local architect in Sarasota, Venice, and throughout captivating Southwest Florida.

Find out how we’re able to go beyond clients’ dreams to create something truly extraordinary:


Clifford M. Scholz, AIA

As founder, Cliff brings over 40 years of experience in architecture and construction. His sense of design and clear-cut goals have guided his firm and created a reputation for quality and excellence. He takes a proactive role in every project as the client contact, and directs his team of highly skilled professionals to keep every endeavor in balance.

Richard D. Oswald

As Senior Vice President and partner, he draws on over 40 years of experience in residential and commercial architecture and construction. He is a registered architect in the state of Colorado as well as a licensed general contractor, Rick has a unique ability to think through the design and how it transforms into reality.

Daniel S. Shaffer, AIA

As the youngest partner, Daniel brings fresh perspective and innovation to every project he is involved in. His focus and drive allow him to guide the team to produce drawings to the high standard that CMSA has shown for decades. He is a licensed architect in Florida, a board member of the Gulf Coast Florida AIA Chapter, and an avid volunteer in the community. His experience includes custom residential, sustainable design, and small scale commercial projects.

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Michaela Lopez
Office Manager
Crystal Caudle
Project Manager
Josh Clark
CAD Drafter/BIM Modeler
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Steve Englert
CAD Drafter/BIM Modeler