Margaretten Architectural, a small boutique design firm in Santa Rosa Beach FL, creates living and working experiences that cater to the unique lifestyles and business goals of each of our clientele. Architecture is personal. How we experience our personal environment – our work zone, our living spaces, our public domain - enlightens our happiness and encourages our creativity.
This “Experience Driven” philosophy defines our approach to problem solving.
Residential projects infuse individual personality into our experiential style, tailoring a result that turns a House, a machine for living, into a home-- THE EXPERIENCE OF LIVING. Our retail and commercial projects, when merged with cost effective business decisions, create a distinctive architecture that inspires customer and client interaction.
The process of creating living experiences out of projects is transformative – Margaretten Architectural is the conduit for that exciting journey.
MA is a local 30A firm with national breadth. Our “local” projects are spread throughout the beach communities of the Florida Panhandle from Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, to Panama City and Mexico Beach, while our national retail clients have touched all 50 states.
Visit our projects on Scenic Highway 30A, South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach, Seagrove, Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach, and in the local communities of Driftwood Estates, Mac Bayou, BellaMar, Gulf Place, Draper Lake, Villages of Blue Mountain Beach, The Preserve at Grayton, Point Washington, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Seacrest Beach, Inlet Beach and Carillon Beach.
JEFF MARGARETTEN, AIA
As a proud resident of scenic highway 30A in South Walton county, FL since 2001, Jeff Margaretten has built a small, diverse architectural practice whose main focus has always been client driven architecture. After receiving his Architecture degree from Tulane University in 1989, his career began on Miami Beach, working on All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts, moving on to Fort Lauderdale to work on both custom residential and school board projects until the early 90’s. In 1994, while in Atlanta, he became an Automobile Dealership Design Consultant to Ford and BMW, bringing prototype, experience driven Architecture to automotive dealers across the US and Canada.
Jeff moved to Destin in 1999 and built his first home on the beautiful 30A in 2001. “I never thought I’d live in a town this small,” Jeff recalled, “but 30A is simply magical. The architecture, the scenery, the people – all of it is inspiring”. Wanting to travel less – and coach little league more - the “local” doors to Margaretten Architectural opened in 2003 as an avenue to bring user friendly design strategies into the residential experience.
Jeff’s wonderfully blended family now includes his beautiful wife Lisa, along with 5 amazing young adults, and two grandchildren. Other than being a singer songwriter for the past 35 years, for a real inside look at Jeff’s alter-ego, you should make it a point to attend one of his famous 30A Sushi Parties.
WILLIAM RIVERA, JR.
Born in NYC and raised on Long Island, William has lived a range of experiences that makes him a valuable member of the team. Exposed to New York City, the Hamptons and Puerto Rico throughout his life, he has a familiarity with both primary and secondary homes, life and business in resort areas, and is bi-lingual.
As a holder of a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University, his time in New Orleans was his introduction to the gulf coast and the regions east and west of Louisiana. Spring breaks in Destin are some of his fondest memories.
William also lived in Colorado for 20 years, gaining tremendous experience in commercial architecture and interiors, with specialties in Hospitality, Restaurant and Dining Facilities.
Maya was born in Khakiv, Ukraine, graduating from Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. After working for a Structural Engineering firm for 3 years, Maya joined the Margaretten team in 2016 where she specializes in residential design.
Outside of work, she likes spending time outdoors with her husband, Anthony, and their Golden Retriever, Sam.
Rick grew up in Bay County and graduated from Bay High School, Class of 1991. Afterwards, he went to Gulf Coast State College and graduated in 2002 with an Associate of Science Degree in Architecture Drafting and Design. He was on a framing crew for 6 years after college. He went on to work for a Panama City Beach based architecture firm for 17 years before joining the Margaretten Architectural team in July of 2019.
Outside of work, Rick enjoys spending time with his son, Kass.
A native New Yorker, Yanely was raised in the Dominican Republic from the age 8 until 16, at which time she decided to move back to the Big Apple in hopes to achieve a personal goal of becoming an Architect. In 2013, she graduated from The City College of New York Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture with a bachelor’s in architecture. From there, she went on to work for a mid-size NYC based Architectural firm that specialized in Hospitality design, where she went from schematic design to Construction administration including working on Interior design packages and using different media sources.
After working for 4 years for a mid-size NYC architecture firm, working on schematic design and construction administration and interior design packages all in the Hospitality field, Yanely moved on to a smaller Architectural/Engineering firm, to expand her residential and mixed use portfolio while also reviewing plans for the city of Mount Vernon, NY. Looking for a change of scenery, and attracted to the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida where family was waiting, Yanely made the big move in 2018 and joined the Margaretten Team, where she has continued to expand her knowledge in residential and commercial design as well as use her 2D and 3D presentation skills.