Meet the team

 
Rick Slazyk, Principal
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Rick Slazyk, Principal
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

For ARCWERKS' founder and principal, Rick Slazyk, every project is an opportunity to exceed our client’s expectations. 

Rick has been working in the profession of architecture for more than 30 years, and started Arcwerks Incorporated in 1996.

“One the most inspiring aspects of working as an architect is the opportunity to improve and enhance peoples’ lives through their built environment.
— Rick Slazyk, Principal, Arcwerks

He focuses on solving architectural problems for various commercial and residential projects. Rick sees architecture as essential to the fabric of life — from productive workspaces and inviting retail and entertainment spaces to comfortable homes and welcoming communities. 

If asked to choose a favorite project, he responds like a parent asked to pick a favorite child: "They are all different and they are all loved equally." 

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Rick is especially proud of the reputation he and Arcwerks have earned among clients and consulting associates for exceptional client service and excellence in architectural design and planning.

While Rick's work is focused on creating built environments, his time away from work is often spent outdoors enjoying the natural environment, mixing his passion for photography with traveling and kayaking.

Affiliations

AIA Ft. Lauderdale Chapter – 2016 President and Current Committee Chair
AIA Florida – 2017-2018 State Director
NCARB Certified
GBCI LEED AP BD+C
Institute of Maya Studies – President

Education

University of Miami Bachelor of Architecture

Manny Rodriguez

Manny Rodriguez
Project manager, Associate AIA

While dreamers come up with ideas, Manny finds his mission on the technical side, turning ideas into a set of documents that makes it possible to build the dream. 

“Beyond great design, what’s exciting to me is how it’s constructed: How can I solve the puzzle and get a design through to completion?
— Manny Rodriguez, Project manager, Arcwerks Inc.

As project manager at ARCWERKS, he is inspired to find the best way to bring the elements of design and technical detail together to make things work for the client. 

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Manny recalls first being attracted to the active, hands-on work of drawing and building architecture models as a student at Florida International University. 

Knowing that simple, efficient design takes time, Manny starts each project looking to answer the question: "How can this be constructed?"

He points to Doris Italian Market as a favorite project. Working on it from start to finish, he was able to take all the details and technical challenges into consideration—including building codes and limitations—and coordinate with the client to take the design from concept and drawing through to successful completion. 

Associate AIA
Joined ARCWERKS in 2005
Florida International University, BA Architecture

German Avila

German Avila
Architectural designer, Associate AIA 

German is inspired by the potential for architectural design to combine meaning and concept with aesthetic form and practical function. 

“I wish people understood everything an architect does, and all the requirements and decisions that go into why a building is designed and built a certain way.
— German Avila, Architectural designer, Arcwerks Inc.

He admits to being picky about details and what it will take to complete a project. During site visits, surveys, and creating documents, his focus is on how to make spaces flow and work together to serve the function.

As a child, German like drawing and creative crafts. After high school, he knew architecture was his next step. He completed his studies in Ibague, Colombia before moving to Florida.

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He and his classmates at Florida Atlantic University took on the challenge to show how architectural design can help protect buildings from storm surge. Their project — "SALTY URBANISM: Adaptation Strategies for Urban Areas in the Coastal Zone of South East Florida" — won the 2017 Merit Award for Unbuilt Design from AIA Florida. It also confirmed for German the essential power of architectural design to work with its surroundings and for the people.

Associate AIA
Joined ARCWERKS in 2018
Florida Atlantic University, BA Architecture, 2017
Broward College, AA, 2014
Universidad De Ibague, Colombia, Architecture, 2008-2011 

Carlos Tejada

Carlos Tejada
Architectural designer, Associate AIA

“Design is how I solve architectural problems to create architectural experiences.
— Carlos Tejada, Architecture Designer, Arcwerks Inc.
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From preparing drawings, specifications, and construction documents, to working with the principal and project manager on task coordination throughout the project, Carlos takes on the challenge of strategic problem-solving. 

The Real Vision Center was a full scope of project for him. With site visits, taking field measurements, preparing preliminaries and construction documents. Carlos coordinated with the client regarding revisions and followed the project through to completion. 

He cites his childhood fascination with Legos and creative activities, like sculpture, as an early sign he was destined to be an architect. While at Florida Atlantic University, Carlos participated in the Sea Level Rise project, exploring how architects can solve problems by designing and building to protect from storm surge. He and his teammates won the 2017 Merit Award for Unbuilt Design from AIA Florida for "SALTY URBANISM: Adaptation Strategies for Urban Areas in the Coastal Zone of South East Florida."

Associate AIA
Joined ARCWERKS, February 2018  
Florida Atlantic University, BA Architecture, 2017
Broward College, AA, 2014

Alfonso Fernandez

Alfonso Fernandez
Architectural designer

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For Alfonso, architecture is a family affair. When he was younger, he worked with his aunt who was an architect. He loved the beautiful work she did. His interest in building design led him to Florida International University to pursue a career in architecture.

What inspires him the most is the idea that anything he designs can be built. 

Alfonso uses this inspiration to make new and existing spaces more accommodating for clients. Alfonso says that being an architect can be challenging at times, demanding critical thinking and creative problem solving. At the same time, he finds it very rewarding to design spaces that are both beautiful and cost-efficient.

When Alfonso is not working, he is busy studying for the Architectural Registration Examination.

Kareem Alashi

Kareem Alashi
Architectural designer

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Kareem’s passion for architecture started with his knack for order and organization—making sure there’s a place for everything. He followed his passion into a career, graduating from Florida International University with a degree in architecture.

His goal is to meet clients’ expectations by creating livable and comfortable spaces. Inspired by many of the technological advances in architectural design, Kareem is always thinking about different solutions and efficient designs  that will help clients save time and money.

For him, architecture is way of life—not just a job. He wants to help people understand the time, talent, and skills architects invest in creating livable spaces for clients.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Joanna Cruz

Joanna Cruz
Architectural designer

The beautiful building designs and skylines of New York City sparked Joanna’s interest in becoming an architect. She wanted to design buildings and leave a legacy that would stand the test of time. 

After earning her architecture degree at Florida International University, she joined the ARCWERKS team.

Joanna loves helping clients accomplish their goals. Whether it's creating new spaces or revitalizing an existing one, she is driven to bring all her abilities to every project to meet clients’ needs.

Her family is her inspiration and motivation for creating a better life for herself and others. Away from work, she is redesigning the décor of her house and spending time with her pets.



 

Arcwerks Awards & Activities

The Arcwerks team is involved with many professional and community non-profit activities, including leadership and committee roles with AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter and Canstruction design and build competition fundraiser events.

Arcwerks team takes the Best Boat Prize at the 2019 AIA Fishing Tournament

 
 
 

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