Darin Autrey is Principal Architect and CEO of Zoller Autrey Architects. Darin is a graduate of Texas A&M and has his Masters from USF. In addition, Darin is a graduate of Leadership Manatee. Darin’s building code and space planning experience brings great support to his projects. He oversees the day-to-day business details and project coordination to guide our team to the project’s end. If not in his office, he can be found playing a game of chess in the breakroom with clients and employees. Darin enjoys traveling, spending time with his wife, and caring for his cats and dogs. Darin is a seasoned chef and spends many weekends cooking and tweaking his recipes.
Jerry Zoller is Consultant Architect and the founder of Zoller Autrey Architects. Jerry is a graduate of University of Florida and native to Bradenton, Florida. Jerry’s expertise is in site planning and zoning. His 40+ years of architectural business knowledge and experience are a great asset to our firm. Jerry enjoys retirement but also likes to keep active in the architectural field, so he acts as a consultant on projects and works closely with ZAA and our extensive list of repeat clients. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling with his wife of 52 years. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, and enjoys shooting sporting clays.
Sam Cassity is Senior Architect and the firm’s building code specialist. Sam coordinates construction documents and provides aid to clients with bidding and construction administration. Sam spends his vacations in Alabama on the farm that has been in his family for many years.
Dan Johnson is Project Architect and Lead Designer. Dan is an honors graduate of University of Florida and studied architecture under tutelage of Guy Peterson. Dan provides project management and is a skilled designer with Zoller Autrey Architects. Dan has three young children which keep him busy. He and his wife spend their free time doing projects around their home or can be found always lending a hand to a friend.
David Brasgalla is Sr. Project Manager and Drafting Designer. David has a roll-up your sleeves, how-can-I-help attitude and works in our office to support the architects with design and project management. His coordination with project documents help our projects to run smooth. David is an avid camper and spends weekends on designing and building Sarasota Medieval Fair props and building furniture which he sells at the Alafia Rendezvous, a pre-1840’s living history event. He is also the Senior Steward of Manatee #31 Masonic Lodge.
Gloria Shirey is the Administrative Director & Designer of Zoller Autrey Architects. She supports our office with administration and project support throughout the life of the project. Her previous position with a custom builder working in the design center helps with color selections on projects. She participates in the community as a volunteer with her church organization. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing at the beach.
Clarissa Cupolo is Sr. CAD Designer. Clarissa has Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University and an incredible graphic design background. A true asset to ZAA. She is a local artist active in the local art community including membership in the Parrish Arts Council as well as the Manatee Art Center. When not in the office, she offers Horsemanship Services and Horseback Riding lessons to adults and children with special needs at her Equestrian Facility in Parrish. She was also a founding member and has served on the Board from 2018-2020 for the Manasota Horse Club, a 501 (c3) nonprofit which offered local clinics and educational events for the equine community of Manatee and Sarasota County.
Elard is part of our Project Management team. He collaborates closely with the owners and the construction team to assure that the project is built to meet the clients wishes and building code standards. Elard is an honors graduate of Pratt Institute. Reading comic books, playing board games and the guitar are some of the ways Elard spends his free time. He likes to stay active and enjoys rock climbing. Visiting with family and friends especially in Peru is a highlight for Elard. In his time off, traveling is his favorite pastime. Some destinations he looks forward to visiting is Iceland or Antarctica to see the northern lights or an African safari adventure.
Jesus is a part of our drafting and design team. He takes direction from our architects, designers and project managers and gets the project under way. He graduated from MTC with a drafting certification. He came to the US as a child from Cuba and enjoys the beach, baseball, and a good burger. His favorite burger is from Fords Garage. Jesus is an animal lover, but dogs are his favorite. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym and watching action and mystery movies or tv series. Jesus dreams to one day own a motorcycle and his own architectural company.
Our firm has been established since 1973 and is in good standing within our community because of the enormous trust and confidence we have in each other along with our high business morals and ethics. It is our goal to design projects that are functional, durable, secure, efficient, and economical to build, as well as to maintain. We believe that we have the ability to successfully transform your architectural and engineering design needs into reality.
OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY
The majority of our employees reside within Manatee County, and many are active citizens in our community volunteering in nonprofit organizations, local schools, and churches. In addition, almost all of the consultants that we currently use on our projects reside, work, or live in Manatee County. We will utilize Manatee County based consultants unless the project demands the expertise which does not reside within Manatee County. We give secondary preference to Sarasota County based Consultants and Vendors that possess the right skills for the job.
Zoller Autrey Architects P.A. was founded in 1973 by Bradenton native Jerry Zoller, a graduate of the University of Florida and licensed Architect in the State of Florida. In 2014, Darin Autrey became a partner in the firm after several years as Senior Architect with Jerry N Zoller Architect/Planner P.A. With their combined expertise and 49 years working in Bradenton and the surrounding areas, the firm has grown to become one of the most reputable architectural and site planning firms in the City of Bradenton, City of Palmetto, and surrounding Manatee County. Zoller Autrey Architects P.A. has been in the same 2,500 square foot office building since 1986.
The firm employs four registered architects, Jerry N. Zoller – AIA, Darin Autrey – AIA, Sam Cassity – AIA, and Dan Johnson – AIA. The majority of our employees have worked with our firm from 10 years to 24 years. Our staff has a hands-on, efficient, sleeves rolled-up mentality to complete our project to the clients’ wishes and in a time efficient manner.
The reputation of our firm is the result of quality service rendered to our clients that include numerous repeat and ongoing clients. This high quality of service is due to the considerable amount of experience in a wide range of projects, an extensive knowledge of the local building and land development codes, and a good working relationship with all of the local engineering companies and government agencies. Our past experience, primarily in Manatee County, includes numerous private sector projects such as banks, shopping centers, restaurants, offices, industrial parks, assisted living facilities, churches, manufacturing facilities, and country clubs, as well as numerous public sector projects such as non-for-profit organizations, parks, recreational complexes, schools, libraries, correctional facilities, public golf courses, health departments, and county administration complexes.