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As a young boy growing up in Chicago’s North Side, Randall Stofft was surrounded by wonderful residences, including some by his earliest inspiration, Frank Lloyd Wright. Though he dreamed of being an artist, he was guided to pursue the art form of architecture.

Take a drive along the ocean to envision the stream of endless beautiful estate homes, where one can best appreciate the artistic architectural experience as created by Randall Stofft. The sheer breadth of style and structure reflect the immense aptitude of Randall and his ability to brilliantly interpret the vision, desire and lifestyle of his clients which include celebrities, athletes, corporate CEOs and the world’s elite.

His scope of work reaches well beyond that genre to reveal influences from the most emulated, diverse styles throughout history. These styles include Palladian, Mediterranean, Craftsman, Modern and what he has termed “Old Florida Revisionist,” a return to the old tin-roofed colonial outpost look, most popular in the islands decades ago.

Randall Stofft’s respect of region blended with international and global influences has become the hallmark of the man and his architectural firm that today with his west coast partner John Cooney, consists of 50 employees and five offices in Delray Beach, Vero Beach and Naples, Florida; the Caribbean and Cleveland, Ohio.


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Architectural artistry. The brilliant blend of form and vision, style and structure.

Historically the realm of architecture throughout the world has generated awe and admiration for this specialized art form of structural sculpture, sculpture that celebrates life and living by enhancing the everyday experience with endless varied perspectives and detail. For while one can appreciate exquisite architecture as a whole, it is the fine details that provide a continuance of discovery and inspiration.

Exemplary architectural artistry respects history and embraces the imagination to transcend time.

As a young boy growing up in Chicago’s North Side, Randall E. Stofft was surrounded by wonderful residences, including some by his earliest inspiration, Frank Lloyd Wright. Though he dreamed of being an artist, he was guided to pursue the art form of architecture. Formally educated and trained in Arizona, Randall was further influenced by Wright’s Taliesin Winter Camp. Upon graduation, he returned home to Chicago joining the prestigious firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 1983, opting for a warmer climate and to pursue his own venture, Randall moved to South Florida, opening an architectural studio in Boca Raton.

Take a drive along the ocean to envision the stream of endless beautiful estate homes, where one can best appreciate the artistic architectural experience as created by Randall Stofft. The sheer breadth of style and structure reflects the immense aptitude of Randall and his ability to brilliantly interpret the vision, desire and lifestyle of his clients, who include celebrities, athletes, corporate CEOs and the world’s elite.

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Randall describes his style as “classical tropical,” noting that all details are based on classical proportions and lines. His scope of work reaches well beyond that genre to reveal influences from the most emulated, diverse styles throughout history. These styles include Palladian, Mediterranean, Craftsman, Modern and what he has termed “Old Florida Revisionist,” a return to the old tin-roofed colonial outpost look, most popular in the islands decades ago.

The firm enjoys the range of projects they are entrusted with, from smaller “jewel box” homes to substantial estate residences, including notable and unique projects such as a palatial 60,000-square-foot residence the firm recently completed in Manalapan, Florida.

His portfolio equally encompasses commercial and resort design, with Randall at the helm to ensure that each project is as extraordinary as it is original­—an individualized celebration of the architectural design experience. Randall Stofft’s respect of region blended with international and global influences has become the hallmark of the man and his architectural firm that today, with his West Coast partner John Cooney, consists of 50 employees and five offices in Delray Beach, Vero Beach and Naples, Florida; the Caribbean and Cleveland, Ohio.

The firm’s commercial projects have earned accolades from city officials and civic leaders for their respect of community, style, history and overall design excellence. From the Vero Beach Resort, to the Seagate Hotel & Residences in Delray Beach and the noted 700 Building on famed 5th Avenue South in Naples, Stofft and his firm have been recognized for their contribution to the beautification of these cities.

In designing residences and commercial projects throughout Florida, Randall is dedicated to contributing to the community. In 2000, Stofft became the architectural partner for The Boca Express Great Train Restoration. The site of Boca Raton’s historic gateway to the famed Boca Raton Resort & Club as built by Addison Mizner, this unique project called for Stofft to create a historically accurate depot structure to join the newly renovated train cars and the train depot. Today the site serves as a living monument and is visited by countless many throughout the year.

On the west coast of Florida, Stofft and his partner earned the esteemed title as the “Dream Home” architects of 2001 and 2003, creating two exemplary residences as part of a charitable support project to be viewed by thousands and celebrated for exquisite design, innovation and style. And through these community projects as well as the immense commercial and residential portfolio, Randall Stofft has earned countless awards and respect throughout the industry.

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Classic meets Contemporary A challenge and inspiration like no other, I took on this endeavor with great fervor. My clients had a great appreciation for the emotional response and look of an Asian contemporary interior. Therefore, the foremost challenge of this secondary residence, located at The Bear’s Club—the premier Florida country club community— was to blend the community’s required Mediterranean theme to create the feel desired. Delightfully, the interior is quite a surprising departure from what one might expect judging from the exterior of the home.

Inspired by the homeowners’ desires and wishes—while adhering to the club’s restrictions­—I chose a classic, clean exterior with a bold Palladian influence to accomplish the eventual transition into a crisp interior. We used chiseled and smooth Italian limestone cladding, dark mahogany windows and weathered clay barrel tile to create the desired textures. Black honed granite, river rock and marble pavers were used to accent the limestone cladding and decking.

The interior encompasses a sea of light with open yet still definite, delineated spaces. We used clean neutral materials punctuated by dark detail elements to stir subdued drama. A bright gallery dissects the interior rooms, gardens and the stairway leading off of it.

Using classical proportions, I have brought the outside in. As in many of the homes I design, outdoor living is never taken for granted, given these beautiful sites with often amazing waterfront views. Large sections of glass are placed strategically to take advantage of views yet maintain the architectural integrity required for a timeless design.

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ABOVE: This serene space resembles more an Asian spa sanctuary than a master bathroom. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

FACING PAGE: This grand gallery artfully dissects the length of house. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

A6/A7: The idea was to create a resort feel in the rear yard with lush landscaping and hardscaping. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

A5: A chiseled limestone Palladian-inspired entry pavilion is framed by tranquil lily ponds. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

Take a video tour behind the gates of the prestigious Bear’s Club.

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ABOVE: This master bedroom gallery links the gym, bath and dressing area. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

FACING PAGE: A peaceful water element aesthetically delights as a pond and feature element both day and night. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

A11: The dining room overlooks the living room as well as the outdoor spaces. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

A10: This elegant living room (to the left) is open, yet not oversized in relation to the home. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

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ABOVE: This is the home’s “command center” with views to the front. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

FACING PAGE: Natural morning light and tropical greenery set the day’s tone in this breakfast rotunda. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

details Location of residence: Jupiter, Florida Square footage: Approximately 16,000 square feet Features: A hot and cold pool separated by a glass wall. Home theater in the club room and many unique built-ins to conceal the nearly 30 plasma televisions and entertainments centers. Theater, guest house and private Asian trellis garden.

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Captivating Captiva Desiring a much-needed Florida retreat, a “Wall Streeter” and his wife came to me with the express wish that their home be soothing and designed in the Florida vernacular. Created to sit comfortably overlooking the Gulf Dune in Captiva, this home celebrates its regional location while achieving the dreams of its homeowners.

We used extensive cantilevered porches and open terraces to create a hovering effect. The design both inside and out reflects a laid-back casual elegance that exudes comfort and relaxation. I chose clapboard siding, shell-infused pavers and statement-making satin-finished metal roofing. We painted the mahogany Tischler windows a sea-foam blue as well as both house and shutters gradations of white to reflect our feeling and homage to “Old Florida.”

Like all of my “influenced designs,” this home was not intended to be a replica, only to capture that charm and charisma of some great, early tropical homes. We clearly have moved forward from the massing with our use of light, proportion and volume.

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ABOVE: All the comforts of the indoors translate well outdoors with a spectacular ocean view. Photograph by Troy Campbell

FACING PAGE: A side vantage point of the rear exterior fountain, which artistically flows into the pool below. Photograph by Troy Campbell

A18/A19: This expansive front exterior view displays “Old Florida” styling. Photograph by Troy Campbell

A17: Another view of the same fountain which encompasses both a sculptural element and the calming feature of cascading water. Photograph by Troy Campbell

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ABOVE: The low arched entryway frames a natural stained wood doorway set against the starkness of the house. Photograph by Troy Campbell

FACING PAGE: The elegant approach to this residence engages the eye toward the dramatic entry. Photograph by Troy Campbell

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ABOVE: Yet another breathtaking view as enjoyed from the outdoor living space. Photograph by Troy Campbell

FACING PAGE: The storm shutter, although utilitarian, creates an interesting architectural element. Photograph by Troy Campbell

details Location of residence: Captiva Island, Florida Square footage: Over 8,000 square feet Features: Estate contains main house, guest house and gate house. Tischler windows and doors. Full-service gymnasium, private home theater, private pond and garden gazebo and hurricane safe room.

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Chateau in the Tropics I designed this primary home for a couple with a true passion for and intimate understanding of French-period homes. We drew much of the influence from the works of “François Mansart,” the forefather of classical French Baroque architecture.

The clients have an extensive art and sculpture collection, therefore it was important to create dedicated interior gallery space throughout the walls—absent of any competing architectural details—without restricting the flow of the house. The intention was to let certain spaces flow out to the exterior sculptural gardens to maintain the relationship with the “interior” space beyond—the outdoors. I feel the sculptural quality of the home takes on a museum-like superiority, which draws one through each room.

The interior was kept intentionally unobtrusive to allow the art to speak, complemented by strong elements such as the cleanly ornate iron stair railing.

The symmetrical façade with Rococo detailing sits back nicely from its corner street location, which affords passersby the opportunity to enjoy the home from its many interesting angles.

To create an even more authentic-looking appearance, I added cast stone quoins to form pilasters at all corners, and a semi-circular frieze is used to highlight the entry. Charcoal rustic slate clads the mansard roof which contains a series of dormer windows. It is all these materials—even the small details—which ultimately formed their dream getaway.

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ABOVE: In order for art to be the main focus, we created nicely proportioned rooms with good lighting and art walls. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

FACING PAGE: A clean, bold staircase adds interest to the space and allows for much needed display walls. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography A28/29: A street view of the residence displays the grand elegance of this Floridian “French Chateau.” Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography A27: We call this the “Gallery Extraordinaire.” Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

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ABOVE: This outdoor living room overlooks the sculpture garden beyond. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

FACING PAGE: Again, the furniture placement demonstrates the importance of wall space for the homeowners’ exquisite artwork. Photograph by Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography

details Location of residence: Boca Raton, Florida Square footage: Approximately 14,000 square feet Features: French limestone throughout. Zebra wood floors.

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Lakeside Luxury This particular villa was designed for a couple and their three children who were returning from overseas. I had two objectives: make it conducive to a young, active family while incorporating European styling. These clients have a worldly sense of architecture and design and sought something that would recall the European elegance in which they had so recently been immersed.

To achieve this in material and aesthetics, we chose European clay barrel tile, gray cantera stone, black iron railings, blue wood shutters and granite chip pavers for the exterior residence.

Knowing the nuances a French Classical palette would afford, I incorporated some flexibility in the design to keep the interior of the house less formal while still maintaining the prominent presence desired. The white tiling and many arches help continue the eye’s flow of the home interspersed with contrasting black elements such as the railing and inlaid flooring.

This estate contains the main house, a two-bedroom guest house, a recreation and game room structure, tennis court and private lake—which all synchronize to transform this property into a true family compound.

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ABOVE: This arcaded outdoor loggia overlooks the pool and feeds off the kitchen and family room for great entertainment. Photograph by Troy Campbell

FACING PAGE: The raised pergola is symmetrical with the entry and provides a sitting perch which overlooks much of the property. Photograph by Troy Campbell

A36/37: The cantera stone pilasters and iron gate welcome you into this European-feeling compound. Photograph by Troy Campbell

A35: This interior groin-vault gallery frames the living room and outdoor loggia. The home is very linear in order to capture light from at least two orientations in most every room all day long. Clean classical lines are the underlying theme—color will be brought out with art, furniture and fabric. Photograph by Troy Campbell

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ABOVE: This courtyard encompasses the grandeur of authentic masonry elements.

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FACING PAGE: Classical details and masonry define this home.

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details Location of residence: Boca Raton, Florida Square footage: Approximately 20,000 square feet Features: Four children’s suites. Recreation room and fitness house adjacent to tennis court. A Zen garden off the master bath for outdoor bathing and massage, overlooking the lake. Separate guest house, club room with billiard, bar and game tables and car-collection garage.

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Seaside in Delray Inspired by the Neo-Traditional details found in some of the area’s early Colonial homes, I designed this Delray Beach waterfront residence to call to mind those elements while evolving a distinct architectural design for the clients. You can see this traditional detailing in the inconspicuous reminders such as the ceiling woodwork or the latticework, yet they put the desired tone in your consciousness. I find this is important in all of my designs whether there is a prevailing influence, an eclectic one or just something that fits the homeowner.

We wanted the feeling when entering the property and the home itself to say quiet elegance. The floor plan revolves around views across a very tropical pool and backyard to wide Intracoastal Waterway views. There is little delineation between outdoors and indoors from the back of this home whose tropical landscaping and vegetation is and should be a dominating design element as well.

The materials we selected include clapboard, chiseled coral stone, smooth stucco and rustic slate tile which all contributed to the tropical, comfortable feel of this home.

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ABOVE: The main house and guest house frame one’s view upon entering the site and offer a wonderful sense of enclosure. The old Chicago brick drive and chiseled Florida coral add to the tropical, traditional feel of the home.

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FACING PAGE: Traditional proportions of windows are used in combinations, as shown here in this private bathroom, to give the house a more current lighter, brighter feel, yet maintain classical character.

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A44/45: The outdoor living room contains a large cooking bar and seating area. All main living areas, including the library and master suite, overlook the tropical pool area and intracoastal lake.

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A43: The staircase rises quietly from the foyer. Clean, classical trim profiles throughout work with the architecture.

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ABOVE: This breezeway with cupola connects the guest house and workshop garage to the main house. Photograph by Troy Campbell

FACING PAGE: A close-up view of the textured structure. Photograph by Troy Campbell

details Location of residence: Delray Beach, Florida Square footage: Approximately 8,500 square feet Features: An intracoastal four-bedroom residence featuring a two-bedroom guest house. Outdoor living room, wine bar, authentic hand-framed exterior loggias, chiseled Florida coral cladding and slate-style roof.

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Italian Naples Revival This Italian-inspired home is an excellent example of classically balanced Old World architecture. Designed as a second home for empty nesters, the homeowners’ tastes were decidedly opulent. In response, my design goal was to marry their tastes while finding that perfect equilibrium which would create an original and unique design.

The real story is in the interior of this home, at which the exterior aptly hints. This is one of the more elaborately detailed homes I have designed in recent years. Notice the architectural details that reinforce the style, including the ornate hand-carved stone interior and exterior, grand French marble, frescoed niches and walls and inlaid medallions as well as authentic Venetian plaster walls throughout. Dark ironwork and wood also play a powerful role against the light marble and Venetian walls. I find the front door is particularly majestic in scale and flawless in workmanship—just a wonderful complement to the grand entrance.

The exterior encompasses classical stone and Mexican shell stone as well as Colombian clay barrel tile and includes a motor court and porte-cochère. I had the opportunity to design the back exterior outdoor area as well. I extended the lavishness of the home to the lanai, where we created quite an amazing outdoor oasis. The rear exterior windows of the home have 90-degree disappearing glass, fully integrating the outdoors with the indoors. I feel like this home in particular really speaks to my commitment to translating my homeowners’ visions into reality.

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ABOVE: Detailed millwork and mosaic tile draw the eye around this warm kitchen. Photograph by Brynn Bruijn

FACING PAGE: A luxurious marble surround complements the rich Italianate feeling of this bathroom, complete with Roman columns.

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details Location of residence: Vero Beach, Naples, Florida Square footage: Approximately 15,000 square feet

A52/53: Twilight presents the opportunity to elegantly highlight the beautiful intricacies of this residence’s architectural elements.

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Features: Groin-vaulted ceilings. Outdoor area designed with tumbled botticino marble. Guest house. Porte-cochère and imported shellstone cladding.

A51: The mirrored stairways offer an even more dramatic entrance into the grand salon.

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Waterfront Paradise The design of this house was actually dictated in part by its challenging site: a beautiful riverfront point lot— though very narrow—overlooking the New River. My solution to the linear nature of the site evolved a long, narrow Mediterranean Revival with Mizner-inspired spaces. In order to take full advantage of the wide length of the house, we wanted to bring in as much light as possible from the different orientations of each room.

In keeping with the Mediterranean style, Mexican shell stone was utilized inside and out for architectural detailing. With the surrounding area in mind, the house was designed to appear much older than its years and the mahogany windows reinforce this intentional context. The homeowner also desired a lot of millwork throughout, so we used heavy timber beams inside and played up the millwork at every opportunity.

Because the family is a high-profile family with a true love of the outdoors, they require privacy from passing boats but not so much privacy as to interfere with their breathtaking scenic views. As one might imagine, outdoor living is important to this active, young family; therefore the outdoor spaces, including the sweeping loggia and expansive outdoor pool area, create the ultimate in luxury outdoor living and include a sunken pergola bar and pool stools. It was an important goal that all areas of the house be equally “kid-friendly.”

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ABOVE: Designed to appeal to adults as well as children, this pool offers the best of both worlds. Photograph by Joseph Lapeyra

FACING PAGE: This saltwater fish tank is an obvious focal point in the entertainment area of the house. Photograph by Joseph Lapeyra

A57: This outdoor oasis was designed around and in celebration of the natural vegetation and views. Photograph by Joseph Lapeyra

details Location of residence: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Square footage: Over 30,000 square feet Features: Guest house. Children’s mini-suites, separate from the master bedroom but not too far away. Three back staircases so the children and guests have quick access to the main living areas. Integrated systems via a remote control: lighting temperature systems, commercial-grade sub-system, security and music by Rich, Inc. Safe room, home theater with lobby, pool bar and gazebo, captain’s quarters over garage, motor court and boat service area, aquarium as room divider, observation retreat, indoor/ outdoor master shower.

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“It is balance—not symmetry—that results in timeless, interesting architecture.” Randall Stofft

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“Every homestead should have a surprise.” Randall Stofft

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“A Florida home must be sculpted from the exterior views and spaces.”

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42 North Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444 561.243.0799



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