Suzanne R. Barnes
AIA | Director of Client Services
With over four decades of experience in architecture, design, and business development, Suzanne brings a breadth of experience in senior living, healthcare, and mixed-use development to the Spiezle team. As Director of Client Services, Suzanne is focused on building meaningful relationships with clients, owners, and operators.
A passionate researcher, Suzanne is always seeking to learn new techniques and create better design solutions. This has led to inspired innovations such as implementing the first modular Operating Room (OR) in Florida and working with patent owners to research healing treatments for Alzheimer’s patients or using AI to transform architectural plans from CAD to REVIT/BIM.
Suzanne is member of the AIA National Design for Aging Advisory Board, the Women in Architecture founding committee, and the secretary of the Orlando Foundation for Architecture. An enthusiastic mentor of the next generation, she played a critical role in funding the Citylab-Orlando 2+2+2 graduate school program and the Orlando Foundation for Architecture. She is currently a part of the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI), working to increase diversity in the real estate industry.
She is the recipient of the Creating Legacies Award for Westminster Communities, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of Florida’s College of Design Construction Planning, and the AIA Nils Schweizer Community Service Award from AIA Orlando. In her spare time, Suzanne can be found serving on numerous boards and committees, volunteering for charities, gardening, hosting events, and working out.
She earned her Bachelor of Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Florida, Gainesville.