Cronk Duch Architecture is celebrating its 18th anniversary as a design-focused architecture firm committed to the creation of buildings and urban places completing over 200 projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The firm operates two design studios in Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida as the creative foundation for all projects directed by a talented and experienced team of architects, designers and dreamers.
Cronk Duch started as a partner-lead design firm and continues to this day with partner participation throughout the creative and drawing process of every project. This partner accountability along with over fifteen years of in-house construction services and acquired technical knowledge, assure a uniquely educated and focused approach to the design process from early creative sketches through the craft of the project’s physical form. The firm’s active on-site participation during the construction process assures the original design intent is manifested in a structure of craftsmanship, quality, and value.
The firms design approach is grounded in a philosophy that reflects a respect for history, theory and the traditional building arts. Architecture created out of classical principles and vernacular traditions while responding to local site qualities and the innovations of our time become both reflective and contemporary.
JOSEPH STEPHEN CRONK, AIA Assoc. experienced the traditional architecture of the south through the work of Classicists Phillip Schutze, Neil Reed, and Edward Vason Jones while growing up in Atlanta. This exposure grew into a passion for architecture leading to formal training at the University of Florida. Within this modernist curriculum, he expanded his architectural spectrum but also continued to study the traditional language, focusing on historical preservation. After graduation, Cronk learned the Master-Builder philosophy at The Haskell Company were he held positions in both the architectural and construction management divisions. It was there that he collaborated with his business/design partner Clifford Duch. They shared a passion for traditional architecture and created several projects together throughout the southeast. This work led Cronk to complete a Masters of Architecture at The University of Florida with a focus on Historical Preservation. There he developed his interest in Caribbean vernacular architecture and its influences on building and place. Cronk has participated as a juror at the University of Florida, the University of Miami and the University of Notre Dame and is an instructor with The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Florida Palladio Program traveling with students and professionals throughout the Veneto region of northern Italy. He is the current Florida Chapter President and a member the Classical Caribbean committee of the ICAA which is currently studying the architecture of Havana, Cuba and other colonial cities of the Caribbean Basin.
CLIFFORD G. DUCH, AIA is co-founder and president of Cronk Duch Architecture. His diversified expertise has earned him a reputation as one of the premier designers in Northeast Florida. His in-depth knowledge and skilled application of classical architecture’s design tenets, remain the focus of every project, whether it is applied to traditional or modern architecture. Mr. Duch’s responsibilities at the firm are co-design, design management and construction administration. He ensures that each Cronk Duch Architectural project attains the highest levels of quality design and craftsmanship that are inherently found in the works of traditional artisans. As a client-focused advocate, Mr. Duch strives to create appealing and effective design solutions that merge architectural value with the client’s unique vision. Mr. Duch is currently serving as a Board Member and was past President of the Florida Chapter for the acclaimed Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has received a certification in Classical Architecture which is an extensive curriculum offered by the Institute. In addition to his administrative role with the institute, Mr. Duch has lectured around the state on topics ranging from courtyard design, contemporary classicism & revitalization/greening of main street America. Currently, Mr. Duch is preparing a book for professionals and students focusing on sketching as a design and documentation tool.