When I design, I become a giver
SMW Architecture is a Miami-based firm committed to excellence in design and sustainable building practices, with more than 35 year of experience offering comprehensive architectural services.
Our projects include design, planning, architecture, remodeling and even repurposing and adapting existing structures. We have had the privilege of designing private homes, residential buildings, offices, commercial buildings, public institutions, community centers and religious centers in Florida, Costa Rica, Panama, and Venezuela.
As a firm, we take a holistic approach: paying attention to both function and meaning in every detail, with the humanist conviction that good design has the potential to improve the quality of life in any environment. At SMW Architecture, everything is designed with a purpose, and we believe that the union of concept and practice leads to perfection.
Our Founding Principal, Susana Weisleder, was inspired by this approach to focus on the intersection of mysticism and architecture, integrating concepts to create balance between principle and form.
We’ve had the chance to participate in numerous international contests in the last few years. Some of our proudest accomplishments include winning the opportunity to design and supervise the main Community Center and Synagogue in San Jose, Costa Rica, with a construction of around 200,000 sq ft., and the Jewish community center of Panama with a construction area of approx. 207,000 sq ft. Most recently, our approach for the World Zionist Village in Beer Sheva, Israel, won the People’s Choice Award for best design!
Susana Merenfeld Weisleder is the founding principal of Merenfeld Weisleder Architecture. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from TECHNION- Israel Institute of Technology (1979) Summa-Cum-Laude with highest honors in Architecture and Town Planning. Susana earned a Masters degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management from Stanford University, California (1982).
With a very active practice, she has worked on numerous projects including: private residences, residential high rise buildings, public institutions, community centers and houses of worship, offices and commercial buildings in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama and The United States. Susana works with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals in the fields of architecture, interior design and engineering, with over 40 years of experience.
“Creative,detailed oriented,practical,updated.Pleasure to work with. Budget and time frame extremely conscious.”
“She’s responsive and quick to act if an answer or revision is required besides being very resourceful for all types of materials and contractors.”
“She is an excellent person and very easy to work with. She has an incredible taste and she perfectly adapted the project to our family needs.”
“She devotes time to understand the tastes, habits and needs of her clients to present the best creative and economic solution.”
“Ms. Weisleder is a dynamic professional that was able to adapt very quickly to any surprises that our old home threw at us.”
“Susana has the ability to create areas that make people very comfortable.”
“Susana kept us very involved during the entire process and always asked for our approval if something needed to be changed. I cannot think of a better architect than Susana Merenfeld and recommend her 100% for any job.”
“She has an eye for details that in the end makes the house an incredible master piece.”