Three Florida architects, presidents of their own firms, have recently formed an architectural collaborative and opened a joint office in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Founded by Thomas Christ, AIA, president of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.-based Christ & Associates, Architects and Planners; Carey McWhorter, AIA, president of Seagrove Beach, Fla.-based McWhorter Architects; and Matthew C. Savoie, AIA, president of Savoie Architects, also based in Santa Rosa Beach, the new venture—dubbed Christ McWhorter Savoie—specializes in residential and resort architecture, commercial design, and land planning.

Christ's work has been featured on HGTV, in several magazines, and in two books about the town of Seaside, Fla. He has received numerous awards, including the Governor's Design Award for outstanding achievement in the development of Seaside and honors for design and construction from House Beautiful magazine.

McWhorter formerly practiced in Washington, D.C., and New York City. His work has been featured in several magazines and books, and a home he designed in Rosemary Beach, Fla., was selected as the 1999 HGTV Dream Home. His awards include a 1999 Unbuilt Design Award and a 1998 Award of Excellence from AIA Florida.

Savoie is licensed in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. His work has been featured in several magazines, as well as in a book on architectural design and décor. He was named "Best Architect on the Emerald Coast" in 2000 by Emerald Coast Magazine.

"Times are tough," says McWhorter. "We found that inevitably we'd all interview for the same work anyway, because it's a small market down here. So, why not team up? We get along great, and it's been quite a relief to be able to sit down and draw with someone else and have someone to bounce ideas off of."