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Top State honor
for local firm

By Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor Emeritus
June 10, 2018

The architectural practice of Todd Sweet and Jerry Sparkman has become among the most influential in Florida. The firm's body of work expresses a commitment to raising the standards of local design, and as a result, it has been voted "Firm of the Year" by the Florida/Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Basch and beyond

By Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor Emeritus
February 25, 2018 

Ringling College’s new Visual Arts Center is Sarasota’s latest calling card in the world of contemporary architecture. The most prominent new example of this is the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art + Design, completed earlier this year by Sweet Sparkman Architects, a rising Sarasota firm headed by Todd Sweet and Jerry Sparkman.

Here’s How Architect Jerry Sparkman Decompresses

By Ilene Denton - September 2016 - 941CEO
It’s been a couple of high-profile years for Jerry Sparkman and his colleagues at Sweet Sparkman Architects. They’ve done the acclaimed reimagining of the Siesta Public Beach concession pavilions and the sea-oat themed pavilions at Caspersen Beach and other Sarasota County beaches, the design of county fire stations and the new visual art center at Ringling College of Art and Design, and received invitations to exhibit at the world-renowned Venice, Italy, Architecture Biennale twice, in both 2012 and 2016. “We’re having fun,” says Sparkman, “and fortunately we have great clients.”

New view for Siesta Beach draws on history

By Thomas Becnel - February 16, 2016 - Herald Tribune
Two-year, $21.5 million construction project ends with a fresh look for a classic scene. The best thing about the new buildings on Siesta Beach might be that people will see right through them. The new entrance to Siesta frames a classic view of clear skies, blue water and white sand. “We wanted to bring the beach into your initial perception,” said Jerry Sparkman of Sweet Sparkman Architects. “You don’t come to the beach for the architecture, you come for the beach.”

Architecture firm names new partner - michele demperio

By Business Observer - August 19, 2019
Demperio has been with the Sarasota-based firm for 15 years, where she held every role from office manager to director of business development, according to a statement. She’s been essential in creating a “people first” mentality throughout the firm, the statement adds. “Sweet Sparkman Architects' receipt of AIA Florida 2018 Firm of the Year can be attributed to the passion and commitment that our staff brings to the office daily,” firm founder and Principal Todd Sweet says in the statement. “Michele is the paradigm of this individual and we look forward to her continued passion as a firm owner.”