Starr Sanford Design focuses on incorporating vernacular traditions with sustainable design and high performance building technologies. The practice was founded in 1996 with residential projects characterized by an interest in the regional traditions of the South as well as the Colonial architecture of the West Indies.
Our designs are distinguished by their old world techniques of wood joinery, heavy timber framing, and the grace of authentic materials. The architecture recognizes a traditional environmentally sensitive approach to residential design enhanced by natural climate control, verandas, balconies, large windows and louvered shutters. Recent projects represent actively sustainable construction through the incorporation of established regional practices and focusing on the practical applications of energy conservation in residential models being developed through the Sky Institute.
Julia is the founding principal of Starr Sanford Design Associates, a residential design and development firm based in Northeast Florida. She has designed for an extensive range of projects internationally including: feature film sets, resorts, office buildings and retail centers. She was NBC's art director for the Today Show and 1996 Centennial Olympic Broadcast. She has provided design and project management for historical renovations, showrooms, libraries, museums and private galleries. She is the Founding Director of the Sky Institute + Foundation for the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities with current projects in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, and Central America. Julia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Her Master's Thesis was tutored under Mack Scogin of Harvard University. She is fluent in French and Italian.
Daniel is the Business Director at Starr Sanford Design. Prior to joining Starr Sanford , Daniel was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
Kendall has overseen the interior design and furnishings for dozens of projects at Starr Sanford Design. She is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City where she won the prestigious 2013 Interior Design Award. Kendall previously interned with international fashion icon Tory Burch by assisting in store planning and design. After school, Kendall returned to Jacksonville to work for James Michael Howard Inc. before joining Starr Sanford Design. Kendall’s enthusiasm for luxurious and interesting fabrics, classic details, and handcrafted, natural materials are in evidence in all the homes she helps to create for our clients.
Michael is an accomplished building designer and former contractor with over 15 years of experience. After studying Urban Planning and Civil Engineering at Alabama A&M University, he designed and built cabins, bungalows and lake homes throughout Alabama. He has worked on numerous projects in the Southern United States including urban planning, plan production, town mapping, and commercial/residential design for Mouzon Design and Starr Sanford Design. As a Project Manager and Associate Director of the Production Studio for Starr Sanford Design, Michael’s responsibilities include project management, technical drafting, graphic design, and space planning. After living and working in Alabama, Michael relocated to Jacksonville Beach in 2014.
Originally from Vero Beach, Chris moved to Jacksonville to attend college at the University of North Florida, where he studied for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. He has developed a wide range of skills in web design, search engine optimization (SEO), online marketing, and advertising. Chris studied abroad in Greece, has experienced a plethora of countries abroad and has a working knowledge of the French, Italian, German and Greek languages.
Beth is a freelance assistant providing administrative & technical support in a variety of fields. She enjoys learning about technology and finding ways to make her clients' lives easier.
Born in Pasto, Columbia. Oscar Graduated from the Art Institute of Jacksonville with a Bachelors degree in Interior Design. He has a passion for all forms of art, design and architecture.
Nathaniel is currently attending the University of North Florida where he is majoring in Communications and minoring in Photography. His graphic design skills are derived from his past experiences with friends and family who were a great influence on him. Nathaniel shows a great passion for producing visuals through digital mediums and hopes to expand his knowledge and skills in this field.
Cameron M. Lucie heads up our marketing efforts. Prior to Starr Sanford Design, she was pursuing a career in magazine editorial in New York City. With a strong design bent and passion for art, she has worked at a variety of publications, including Vogue and House & Garden, and she continues to freelance for various magazines, such as Elle.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a master’s of fine arts degree from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Women’s Board and is a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Milan is an experienced project designer, manager, and educator. Milan lived and worked in Europe until he moved to the United States in 1997. While working for Lucent Technologies, he earned a Masters degree in Computer Information Systems. He has been teaching college-level computer classes for more than a decade. In that time, Milan has worked as an architect and manager on numerous projects ranging from $300,000 to $80 million in construction value. He lives in the Riverside-Avondale Historic District of Jacksonville.
Cresta is a Furniture Hardware Designer for Starr Sanford Design. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Interior Design and studied Product & Space Design at the Institut D’Arts Visuels in Orleans, France and Art History at the Louisiana State University campus in Paris. She is the Creative Director of Cresta Bledsoe Fine Jewelry, a former Global Creative Director and Consultant for Milliken, and Director of Design Strategies for Constantine Commercial. She has provided the interior design for several commercial properties in the Atlanta region, product development for several collections in Europe and the United States, and won dozens of awards and honors for her design work. She is a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and LEED Accredited Professional.