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Decker and Eilert Project Photos

Decker and Eilert Project Photos

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    Jane Decker is a project architect and associate at Gail Byron Baldwin Architect in Coconut Grove, Fla.

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    Sebastian Eilert is a principal at Sebastian Eilert Architecture, which has offices in Miami and Boston.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The kitchen rennovation for this 1950s house in Coral Gables, Fla., created a U-shaped space designed to connect the kitchen and breakfast area to the family room.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The breakfast area features a clear glass tabletop and sits at a slightly lower level from the counter to offer continuity between two integrated yet separate spaces.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    A custom cabinet houses appliances and incorporates a previously neglected piano bar.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The centrally located stove area has visual access to the sunroom and the outside.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The floor incorporates new, dark slate in the dining area and salvaged wood from the old kitchen in the prep space.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    Cabinets by Miami-based Akzent Kuechen designers help to form clean lines and integrate appliances from manufacturers Gaggenau and Miele. The counter top includes recylced glass.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    A walk-through closet integrates the master suite with the rennovated bathroom space in the remodel of a midcentury home in Miami Beach, Fla.

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The bathroom rennovation focused on creating a functional space with clean lines and natural light.

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    Sebastian Eilert

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The center island was reconfigured as the kitchen's focal point, increasing the ammount of storage space, lighting opportunities, and usable space.

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    Sebastian Eilert

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    Sebastian Eilert

    The double-stacked wall oven was incorporated as a space-saving measure for the center island.

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    Sebastian Eilert

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    Jane Decker

    The owners of this 1950s-era residence in Palm Beach, Fla., planned to add minor upgrades to its interior, including the addition of a built-in dining area. Upgrades to the exterior facade would include the melding of new and old openings to create more privacy for the front of the home. The client was unable to move forward with the project.

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    Jane Decker

    Decker says that this Parkland, Fla., house required a renovation to deal with the poor environmental effects of Chinese-imported drywall. Because the owners would be out of their house for so long, they decided to also add a few extras: two wings comprising one guest bedroom and a pool cabana and storage wing. Plus, an outdoor loggia and barbecue area.

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    Jane Decker

    This 2006, unbuilt project for which Decker served as project architect offers a conceptualization of the former parking lots along the main corridor of Miami Beach for the Housing Authority.

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    Jane Decker

    Decker says that this Coconut Grove home's client wanted a detached four-car garage with taff and guest quarters above. The project was done in Revit but was not completed as the owner decided not to move forward.

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    Jane Decker

    Also unbuilt, the Grand Bay project Grand Bay went through several iterations before the final developer (there had been several) was settled on. Decker's team moved forward with the project to the hearing phase, which it won, only to face strong opposition from the neighbors at the Ritz Carlton. Meanwhile, Dekcer says, the economic downturn caused the whole property, including the original hotel, to fall into disrepair and ultimately foreclosure.

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    Jane Decker

    This unbuilt project was designed to be a 5-story mixed-use condo,retail, and office project in Coconut Grove, Fla. The original project contemplated keeping a small one story house that had been converted into a real estate office. However, the developer then received an offer from the developer for the neighboring half-block who wanted to assemble the two properties to grow his project larger, Decker says.

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    Gail Baldwin Architects

    Silver Residence, Coconut Grove, Fla. The project, which is currently in the permitting phase, features a 1,400-square-foot addition to an 800-square-foot floorplate, two-story cottage.

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    Gail Baldwin Architects

    Silver Residence

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    Gail Baldwin Architects

    Silver Residence

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    Gail Baldwin Architects

    Silver Residence

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    Gail Baldwin Architects

    Silver Residence

It started with a lunch. A series of lunches, that is, during which southern Florida architects Sebastian Eilert, AIA, who hails from Germany, and Jane Decker, AIA, talked shop. When one conversation turned to Eilert’s opportunity to host a radio show for the Miami-area market, it didn’t take long to draw up plans.

“We said why not,” Eilert told residential architect by phone in June. “We did some research and found that there were no other architecture-focused programs out there. You had a lot of designers, interior decorators, real estate people, but nothing that focused on the profession of architecture.”

The result: an hour-long program co-hosted weekly by Decker and Eilert and broadcast throughout southern Florida. The pair wanted the program to be a forum for discussing the area’s stringent building codes, its wealthy and diverse population, and the localized effects of the economic downturn among an audience that mixed architects, students, developers, preservationists, and even homeowners. “The idea was to find a balance between talking to the profession and talking to those interested in the profession,” Eilert says.

Eilert and Decker, both University of Miami grads, are young by industry standards, but have sizable portfolios of local single- and multifamily work (see slideshow). Eilert runs his own practice in Miami and Boston, and Decker is a project architect and associate at Gail Byron Baldwin Architect in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Already two episodes into their second season (their 13-program inaugural run finished earlier this month), they’ve managed to check off a slew of topics: residential renovations, architectural education, hospitality, commercial architecture, and trade associations, while splicing in some notable guest stars—architect Hilario Candela, Doug Patt of How to Architect fame, World Architecture News editor-in-chief Michael Hammond, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. (Listen to the show online)

What’s next? The hosts say they’ll continue to stress the value of an architect to a project (even in a down market), while also putting the onus on the profession to sharpen their knowledge of the financial side of their work. That, they hope, will keep clients realistic and avoid overindulging their architect listeners. “We have to get the audience away from thinking that Extreme Home Makeover happens in seven days,” Decker says. Instead, architects should pay attention to the finer points of their practice—melding observance of local codes and regulations with the bottom-line cost—particularly in a market as highly regulated as southern Florida.

“From the residential client who may have never had an experience with an architect … to the developer who works with architects on a daily basis,” Decker says, “how can we change that landscape and promote dialogue so that everybody is on the same page?”