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Our team of professionals are from all over the world, each contributing a unique background and professional experience to the firm. Read our bios below.

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Jonathan P. Kukk, AIA

Jonathan P. Kukk, AIAJon is of Estonian decent, born and raised in Ohio. He attended Cornell University where he obtained his architectural degree in 1991. He moved directly to Naples, Florida and in 2001 founded Kukk Architecture and Design, P.A. with his sister. He has served numerous positions in the American Institute of Architects at both the local and state level, including AIA Florida SW chapter president and state director.

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Julie Sowers Kukk

Julie SowersJulie is a native Neapolitan. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1994. Julie owned and served as broker for a successful real estate firm for over ten years before moving to Kukk Architecure & Design in 2005. Julie currently handles the accounting side of the business. She enjoys spending time with her husband and raising their two kids. Julie enjoys the beach, boating, fishing, tennis and cooking.

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Claudio Almeida

Claudio AlmeidaClaudio was born and raised in Portugal and has loved architecture for as long as he can remember. He attended New Jersey Institute of Technology (N.J.I.T.) where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Loving the ocean and the outdoors, he relocated to Florida in 2005. In 2008 Claudio joined Kukk Architecture and with a deep satisfaction of being part of a journey with his clients, in 2014 he became the vice president of the firm.

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Andrew Kelly

Andrew KellyAndrew is a native of Michigan, and previously worked in Vail, New Orleans, and San Francisco before joining Kukk Architecture & Design in 2016. He received his BS and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a loyal fan of all things U of M (Go Blue!). Andrew lives in Naples with his rescue dog Eleanor, and enjoys skiing, golf, tennis, and spending time with his family.

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George Carter

George CarterGeorge was born and raised in the Philippines, and moved with his family to Florida in 2005. His determination and passion for architecture afforded him to graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture under Magna Cum Laude Honors. Following graduation, George chose to grow his career in Naples, where he joined Kukk Architecture in 2015. He moved to Naples with his soon to be, wife Jen and their dog, Keiko. When he’s not in the office, George enjoys playing and watching soccer, longboarding, and watercolor painting.

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Paul F. Bailey

Paul F. BaileyPaul has lived most of his life here in Florida. He realized his passion for design at the early age of fourteen, starting as a drafting apprentice at the local truss design plant. He had twenty-five years of experience in residential architecture prior to joining Kukk Architecture & Design in 2002 as a project manager. He is a Harley Davidson enthusiast, having traveled cross country to all forty-eight continental states by motorcycle.

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Santiago Cajiao

Santiago CajiaoSantiago was born and raised in Colombia where he studied Sound Engineering at Pontificia Javeriana University. Art, creativity, and precision have always been his passion. In 2004 he successfully finished his training in architectural drafting and design at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology (L.W.I.T.) and opened his own Computer-Aided Design firm in Naples. He gained valuable experience working with interior and lighting designers, engineers and architects.

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Pablo Jervis

Pablo JervisPablo was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. He attended Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE-Quito) where he obtained his Professional Architectural degree in 2003. In 2004 Pablo moved to Florida and worked as a Project Manager with Kukk Architecture and Design. His professional background includes single-family residences, multifamily and commercial developments throughout Collier County.

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