SARASOTA, FLORIDA (March 6, 2023) — Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors announces the promotion of Karl C. Bernhard to Partner. Mr. Bernhard has been with the firm for over seven years, practicing architecture for over 17 years. He has been the lead architect on several notable projects including the Beirut Peacekeepers Memorial, SOAR Learning Center, Sarasota County Regional Fire Training Academy, Sarasota County Fire Station 8, Venice Fire Station 1, and the Venice City Hall renovation and expansion.

A native New Orleanian, Karl is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, School of Architecture and Design. In his new role, as a principal at the firm, he will lead a team of architects in fulfilling the firm’s mission of designing comprehensive and artful places through a collaborative process transforming ideas into meaningful, memorable environments.

“This is really a testament to our culture,” says Todd Sweet, AIA, LEED AP and co-founder of the firm. “We’re committed to our employee’s growth and development, and Karl has been a significant contributor to our team.”

“Karl is uniquely qualified to join our leadership team as our firm continues to realize unprecedented growth,” says Jerry Sparkman, AIA, NCARB.

About Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors

Now in its 20th year, Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors is a multi-disciplinary architecture, planning, and interiors firm specializing in community-oriented projects and high-end residential. Established in 2002, the award-winning firm has based its success on actively listening to clients' goals and careful analysis of every parameter of the project, including financial, physical, social, and environmental. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Sweet Sparkman’s international team of bold, inventive, and curious designers propels collective creativity and inspires big ideas. For more information, visit