Located in the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City, St. Augustine, FL, Castle Bay Design Studio is a dedicated Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm set in, and inspired by the landscape and urban forms of our locally intrinsic coastal environment and the history of not only the city in which we live, work and play but also in the many communities we work with which dot our coastline from Amelia Island to the Space Coast.
Castle Bay was established upon the foundation of genuinely creating something which we felt was being greatly underserved in the local design consulting market, a firm sincerely dedicated to providing our clients, both public and private, with our lifelong passion of becoming true partners in creating memorable places which focus on the fusion of environmental enrichment, stewardship and social engagement.
Early in our careers we were consistently provided a front-row seat in what had unfortunately become the typical consultant-to-client relationship: I’ll tell you how great I am for your project (The Overpromise) but will continually underperform (The Underdeliver) while expecting to be paid routinely and completely regardless of the success of the project. To be frank, it was a great experience for us and we extracted an incredible amount of education and appreciation for what we experienced and how we could differentiate our firm by not only transforming this highly unproductive, inefficient and sometimes even divisive client/consultant relationship but also, most importantly, find better solutions and more creative outcomes for our downtowns, streetscapes, waterfronts, parks and communities along the way. This belief alone is the core principle of Castle Bay, providing our clients with an alternative way of approaching a project, together and solely for the mutual benefit between us and the communities in which we serve.
S. Brett Kuzoian, RLA
As an avid outdoorsman and traveler, I spend the majority of my free time in the environment in which I continually strive to hone my personal investment in the professional craft of landscape architecture. I believe the natural instinct to gravitate to the outdoor environment lends the perspective necessary to evaluate, comprehend, and establish a practical approach to every Castle Bay project. Being personally invested in meaningful and purposeful projects, we utilize our diverse skill sets and challenge convention when overcoming challenges while maintaining a pragmatic adherence to project design development, setting Castle Bay apart from other firms.
“As landscape architects, we are continually challenged time and again to decode the natural, historic, cultural, economic, and vast array of other forces which all uniquely combine to influence and guide the design of noteworthy and memorable places. A comprehension and consciousness regarding the simple process of focusing on people, places, history, nature and objects, which are often undervalued and misunderstood, in my belief, is the most powerful foundation of creativity. That complexity is what provokes our best ideas. For this reason alone, I am proud to practice the art of landscape architecture.”
Jonathan Daniels, RLA
With over a decade designing and working in the built environment, Jonathan brings an innate sense of constructible design and problem solving skills that empower Castle Bay to continually deliver projects which exceed client expectations.
As a Florida Registered Landscape Architect and Technical Design Leader for all Castle Bay projects, Jonathan possesses the knowledge base and experience necessary to coordinate all company-wide efforts related to subconsultant coordination, technical design and review, and execution of all Castle Bay deliverables ensuring projects are coordinated effectively, organized comprehensively, and ultimately delivered with the utmost efficiency and professionalism synonymous with Castle Bay Design Studio allowing us to deliver projects on time and on budget while exceeding the expectations of our clients.