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George Kousoulas, NCARB

President

Mr. Kousoulas has over three decades experience in the architectural, construction, and development fields. As an architect he has played key roles in the successful completion of major projects nationwide including the Washington Convention Center, Luxor Hotel Casino, and Brickell World Plaza. He extended his practice to Miami to work with construction icon Gene McGovern on Brickell Financial Centre II. Subsequently, Mr. Kousoulas formed BLOCK53 to bring this experience to the development of high quality projects in prime urban locations. Since its inception in 2010, BLOCK53 has maintained a standard of excellence that has been well-regarded both within and outside of the development community. The recently completed Lincoln East was featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of Miami Beach’s pace-setting parking and retail projects. Other projects include new properties for Vintro Hotels and luxury condominiums for the burgeoning Latin American market in South Florida.

 

As a design professional with extensive construction background, Mr. Kousoulas has been able to meld the three legs of development, design and construction into thoughtful and profitable properties in the residential, office, and hospitality markets.

 

He holds a Master of Science in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami.

Anthony Pins, LEED AP

Associate

In his role as Associate, Mr. Pins is involved in every aspect of our development projects, from interpreting local codes that shape a project, to cost estimating and pro forma analysis, to investigating material specifications and detailing a design that will function with style.

 

Prior to joining BLOCK53, Mr. Pins worked in urban planning and policy analysis, where in various capacities he contributed to the creation of civic plans and reported on the efficacy of economic development initiatives. More recently, he has ventured into publishing and book design, including a collaboration with the internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei as the editor and designer of the monograph, Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters—Art Architecture and Activism, from MIT Press and Tate Publishing.

 

He holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan as well as a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland.

Claudia Kousoulas, AICP

Associate

Ms. Kousoulas is a writer, editor, and urban planner with expertise in developing project systems and strategies. She has worked with various for-profit, education, and non-profit clients, always with a focus on meeting their ultimate goals on-time and within budget.

 

As a writer, she has worked in various media and topics, honing messages to the needs and interests of a given audience. As an editor and publications manager, she established and ran systems and staff to complete a full calendar of varied documents. As an urban planner, she has worked in both political and policy environments, and can develop an effective strategy approach for complex projects.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and a Certificate in Editing and Publication from Georgetown University.