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.
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 graduated University of North Florida with a major Communication and minor Photography. He shows great passion for producing visuals through various mediums and continues to expand his creative horizons.
Eric is our mover and groover. He manages miracles around here, always with a grin and a little spin. He makes it happen on time and in order.
Keane is the muscle of our group. Growing up as a talented athlete, he has the build and the work ethic to move mountains.