John Cooney (left) and Randall Stofft’s names can be found on many local, high-end build sites. In their 30 years in the area, the dynamic duo have seen local tastes shift from Mediterranean to contemporary styles that ignore the Joneses and embrace individuality.

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Vision 2021: Stofft Cooney on the Future of Architecture

The architects say winds of change are blowing for local building design and the only constant is, there is no constant.

For the better part of 70 years, Southwest Florida has been a chameleon, architecturally speaking. Depending on the current tastes and trends, our homes reflected our outward aspirations: from midcentury ranches in the ’50s and ’60s to the contemporary moods of the ’70s and ’80s to the Mediterranean style we appropriated in the ’90s and early 2000s. Most recently, we witnessed the emergence of the modern Florida cottage, sprinkled between some West Indies-chic beach houses and modern compounds. But as we enter the third decade of the 21st century, it seems as though our area has begun to settle into its sense of self, allowing architects and homeowners a confidence to explore their true ideals and styles without worrying about the neighbors or trends. Randall Stofft and John Cooney, of Stofft Cooney Architects, have seen the evolution firsthand, and when they joined forces 25 years ago, they came in with talents geared specifically toward customization—unique designs that didn’t fit a particular style, such as Italianate or modern or cottage. And, it’s safe to say that the pa
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