OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our designs are guided by a dedication to our clients, community and environment. We believe in a collaborative design process that begins with our client and includes the architect and consultants. We believe architecture has the power to make employees more productive, businesses more profitable, a home more livable and an aesthetic experience memorable.

A quality built environment begins with master planning. All our master plans are site and program specific, considering natural features and native flora and fauna. Our site designs are sustainable, encourage safe pedestrian circulation, efficient movement of vehicles and restore and retain of our native landscape.

Florida is a special place deserving of architecture that responds to and is inspired by its unique climate, culture and ecosystems. Where appropriate, we use regional materials and native landscapes.

Caribbean garden pavilion at the Naples Botanical Garden

Caribbean garden pavilion at the Naples Botanical Garden

David M. Corban, AIA, LEED AP

David M. Corban, AIA, LEED AP
Principal Architect

David Corban founded David Corban Architects in 2009, in the middle of the great recession. He has practiced architecture in Southwest Florida for 25 years. He is licensed to practice architecture by the State of Florida and NCARB

David is a graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture where he studied under Samuel Mockbee, founder of the Rural Studio and recipient of the AIA Gold Medal. Mr. Corban is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

John J. Gerneth, AIA

John J. Gerneth, AIA
Architect

John Gerneth joined David Corban Architects in 2013 after receiving a Masters of Architecture from Kent State University and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Cincinnati. Mr. Gerneth became a licensed architect in 2016 and has managed several award-winning projects including Celebration Park Naples, the Lutgert Professional Center, Grace Place for Children and Families, and the Shelly Stayer Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.

Maria Elise Blanes

Maria Elise Blanes, AIA
Architect

Maria Elise Blanes joined David Corban Architects in 2019. She brings to the firm vast experience in commercial and multi-family design. Maria Elise is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture. She received her license to practice architecture in Florida in 2014. As a project architect she has managed several projects including the new van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning in Immokalee, expansion of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and the additions to of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. Maria Elise is fluent in English and Spanish.

Kirsten Perez

Kirsten Perez, AIA
Architect

Kirsten joined David Corban Architects in 2018. Kirsten has a significant background in single family and commercial architecture. She received her license to practice architecture in Florida in 2019. Ms. Perez holds both undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning. She has been project architect for several education projects for Collier County Public Schools as well as commercial and luxury residential projects.

Christian Alonso

Christian Alonso
Intern Architect

Christian Alonso joined David Corban Architects in 2020 upon completion of undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees at the University of Florida College of Design where he graduated with honors. Mr. Alonso brings a wealth of knowledge on advanced computer modeling, BIM and rendering techniques. Christian is fluent in English and Spanish.