Our team

What we love to do: Working In A Studio Environment Where We Support, Create And Problem Solve With Fresh Ideas And Open Conversations.

Meet our team

we love what we do.

Through a collaborative design approach, Monarch Design Group utilizes the unique talents that each team member has to offer. From broad-brush, artistic abstractions of designs to the fine details and specifications for the components within each building, their unique perspectives enhance the success of each design.
  • Barnett Chenault

    President | Architect | LEED Green Associate

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    Barnett Chenault

    President | Architect | LEED Green Associate

    Mr. Chenault is a registered architect and LEED Green Associate with a passion for the cutting-edge side of architecture technology using live design, scripting, and parametric algorithms, with a focus on green building and sustainable design. Since joining the practice he has worked on both multi-family housing, cultural, and commercial projects bringing fresh ideas on design while minimizing the impacts of development. Mr. Chenault is experienced in all phases of planning and design for residential and commercial buildings, including historic rehabilitation. In addition, he heads Monarchs' immersive visualization / live design team which provides clients a 3-dimensional, first-person perspective view of their space in the initial stages of design. This allows the team to identify and avoid potential problems and visualize opportunities for improvement during the early stages of design to avoid costly changes, rework, or delayed project schedules.
  • Dr. Shabnam Rumpf-Monadizadeh

    Team Leader / Assistant Project Manager

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    Dr. Shabnam Rumpf-Monadizadeh

    Team Leader / Assistant Project Manager

    Dr. Shabnam Rumpf-Monadizadeh joined Monarch Design Group as a Team Leader/Assistant Project Manager. In her role, she coordinates with clients, contractors, consultants and the rest of the design team to complete projects efficiently and with an aesthetic design. Shabnam earned her Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and earned her Ph.D. in Construction Management from the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Construction Management. For the past 20 years, she has gained extensive, varied project experience across different regions and countries, with a goal of designing high-quality, functional places that are enjoyable and meaningful.
  • Donald Buaku

    Urban Design Advisor

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    Donald Buaku

    Urban Design Advisor

    Mr. Buaku’s work fills a unique niche in the built environment where he combines his professional and educational background in urban design, planning and architecture to create buildings, places, and communities that are holistic, feasible, beautiful, and sustainable. He has worked extensively throughout the country and abroad and contributed to several building and place-making projects. He enjoys designing buildings but is always careful to zoom out to see the building’s impact on its immediate, micro (neighborhood), and macro (regional) context. Mr. Buaku is a certified planner, and a member of the American Institute of Architects, with 12+ continuous years of planning and urban design experience, backed by master’s degrees. This experience is from both the private and public sectors— which have exposed him to several facets of the architecture, planning, mobility, and development processes in fast-moving and diversifying municipalities and local economies.
  • Aubrey Zaffke

    Director of Marketing

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    Aubrey Zaffke

    Director of Marketing

    UF Alumnus with over 20 years of strategic marketing experience in the real estate field, including commercial development, historic rehab, multifamily design and development, niche markets, and more.
  • Claudia Casal

    Director of Production

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    Claudia Casal

    Director of Production

    Claudia Casal is the Director of Production at Monarch Design Group, integrating her interests and education into a practical position to support architectural work. Throughout her time working at Six Side Architecture and later the State Materials Office, Ms. Casal has become adept at ensuring all construction documents satisfy legal requirements and incorporate all of the project’s goals. She has spent time in the field supporting bridge repair projects and has also worked as a CADD specialist, preparing professional documents, conducting quality control field inspections, and much more.
  • David Robinson

    BIM- Designer

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    David Robinson

    BIM- Designer

    Mr. Robinson joined Monarch Design Group as a BIM Tech, bringing a desire to incorporate his construction management experience into the architectural industry. With hands-on experience in construction work such as framing, siding, roof work, and installations, he is adept at understanding the details of every project. Mr. Robinson has also produced two project manuals, which aids his comprehension of the many aspects of a building project.
  • Kimberly Hurst

    BIM- Designer

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    Kimberly Hurst

    BIM- Designer

    Ms. Kimberly Hurst joined Monarch Design Group as a BIM Technician. In her role, Ms. Hurst helps produce architectural drawings with a strong attention to detail. Ms. Hurst earned her Bachelor in Design in Architecture from the University of Central Florida, and her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. In graduate school, she focused on community design and healing spaces. Ms. Hurst’s goal is to become a licensed architect within the next five years.
  • Preetyraj Singh

    BIM- Designer

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    Preetyraj Singh

    BIM- Designer

    Ms. Preetyraj Singh joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. In her role, she produces architectural drawings in a collaborative BIM context. Ms. Singh earned her Bachelor of Interior Design from the AP Institute of Environmental Design, India, and an MS in Architectural Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Design from the University of Florida with a research focus on pandemic preparedness, wellness, and energy efficiency in healthcare. Ms. Singh is a Certified LEED Green Associate and is working towards her WELL certification.
  • Ami Smart

    BIM- Designer

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    Ami Smart

    BIM- Designer

    Ami Smart joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. In her role, she helps produces architectural drawings with strong attention to detail. Ms. Smart has a passion for design and music, and hopes to incorporate her passions in her practice. Ms. Smart has earned her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida. Her goal is to earn her Master of Architecture and become a licensed Architect in the next 5 years.
  • Annelies Gielstra

    Architectural Designer

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    Annelies Gielstra

    Architectural Designer

    Ms. Annelies Gielstra joined Monarch Design Group as a Team Designer. In her role, she produces architectural drawings with a strong attention to detail. Ms. Gielstra earned her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida, and earned both her Master of Architecture and her Master of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. Ms. Gielstra is a Certified Passive House Consultant, whose goal is to become a licensed architect within the next five years.
  • Sebastian Suarez

    Team Designer

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    Sebastian Suarez

    Team Designer

    Sebastian Suarez joined Monarch Design Group as a Summer Intern, hoping to learn more about working within the field of architecture. His role consists of helping produce and edit professional documents. He is currently studying at the University of Florida to receive his bachelor’s in design and hopes to achieve his master’s degree after graduating.
  • Ian Reitsma

    Team Member- Digital Marketing Specialist

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    Ian Reitsma

    Team Member- Digital Marketing Specialist

    Mr. Reitsma works to effectively design and execute the marketing strategy at Monarch Architecture Group. Mr. Reitsma maintains and grow all Monarch owned media and brands, sets corporate marketing strategy, as well as implements the strategy with the support of other marketing team members including a content creator, graphic designer, web designer, and other marketing specialists. Mr. Reitsma further develops, designs, and implements marketing strategies for successful inbound and outbound campaigns in both B2B and B2C worlds.
  • Evan Fleming

    Team Member- Interior Design Assistant

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    Evan Fleming

    Team Member- Interior Design Assistant

    Mr. Evan Fleming joined Monarch Design Group as an Interior Design Assistant. In his role, Mr. Fleming curates a unique customer service experience for our clients, a talent he gained through past roles as an executive assistant. Currently a sophomore at the University of Tampa, Mr. Fleming is pursuing a dual major in entrepreneurship (with a minor in marketing) and design. After graduation, Mr. Fleming plans to attend graduate school.
  • Salam Salloum

    Office Administrator

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    Salam Salloum

    Office Administrator

    Ms. Salam Salloum Joined monarch group as a Summer Intern as a BIM designer. Her role consists on helping produce and edit construction documents. Ms. Salloum earned her bachelor’s degree of Interior Design from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, with a wide experience in commercial and residential projects, where she developed management skills, leadership, space planning, and currently pursuing her master’s degree in Construction Management at the University of Florida with a concentration on sustainable Design. Ms. Salloum has OSHA 30 certification, and her goal is to use her design and construction background to gain more world experience that will increase her understanding of the construction industry and become a valuable member of an Architectural / Construction team.
  • Michelle Buenavida

    Architectural Design Intern

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    Michelle Buenavida

    Architectural Design Intern

    Michelle Buenavida joined Monarch Design Group as a Summer Intern. Through this Internship, she is learning and growing more in the field of architecture. Her role as a BIM Designer consists of assisting the team to produce construction drawings, as well as doing Live Design sessions and implementing the clients’ ideas into renderings. She is currently studying at the University of Florida to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. After her graduation, she plans to get her Master’s Degree and find her path to becoming a Registered Architect.
  • Kristina Muzzey

    Office Administrator

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    Kristina Muzzey

    Office Administrator

    Graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Dedicate time to recruiting and retaining quality team members. Create a fun working environment for the team by providing healthy and stress-free team building and after-hours events

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