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Design Freedom, inc. is an award-winning full-service small residential architecture firm promoting sustainable designs to save money, save space, and stay in place. We value quality materials, modern details, and vernacular design. Serving mainly Tampa Bay and Northern Virginia.

Cathy Svercl, RA, is a registered architect in Florida and Virginia with over 15 years of experience. In 6th Grade, her teacher gave her class a project to think about what they would do with their lives, including drawing up the house they wanted to live in. Cathy has been drawing homes ever since, and attended Virginia Tech, graduating with the 5-year professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture, with her single family home design thesis entitled "An Architectural Exploration of Privacy". After several internships with architects in South Carolina and Maryland (metro Washington, DC) working on all types of residential, multi family, and some commercial projects, she founded this company in 2003.


Licensed Architect in Florida AR93491 (Business Lic. #AA26001283)
Licensed Architect in Virginia 0401-013028 (Business Lic. #0407-005832)
FGBC Certifying Agent #1332 (Inactive)
LEED Green Associate (GBCI #10186711)

Memberships and Certifications:

Member of the advisory board of Dunedin High School's Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technology (since 2008)
Member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (since 2013)
Listing in the Home Professionals Directory on the Not So Big House website
Member of the Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc. (since 2009), previously a Certifying Agent and member of the Homes and Renovation Committees
LEED Green Associate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Member of the Building Officials Association of Florida
Member of Equity by Design (Tampa Bay) (formerly known as Women in Architecture)