We are creative professionals with a global perspective. We apply a holistic and sustainable approach to each project, and add value through historically proven design expertise.


Professional Services

Studio Culture

Selected Clients


Community Partnerships


Our firm has a long-standing reputation to design buildings that are functional and friendly, projects developed from clear thinking and thorough analysis, and architecture designed for people. Straughn Trout’s basic philosophy: good design results from creative solutions that reflect awareness to people’s needs.

The humanizing effects that the firm’s projects achieve are a direct result of our clients being a member of the design team and being involved in every stage of the process. With a portfolio that spans six decades, works include a range from contemporary architecture to restoration of historically significant structures. The firm has been recognized for attention to detail as well as clarity in design.

"Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves."

Steve Jobs, Apple

Our Services

We bring a “hands-on” approach to every project and an “always available attitude” to provide our clients with comprehensive professional services.


Facility Programming
Space Planning
Concept Development
3D Visualization Renderings
Design Documentation

Engineering Services

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Plumbing Design
Fire Protection Systems Design
Technology & Communications Design

INTERIOR Design Services

Color Selections
Finish Material Selections
Custom Millwork Design
Furniture Specification
Furniture Procurement

Planning Services

Campus Master Planning
Landscape Architecture
Site Design & Project Phasing
Design Standards Reviews
American Disabilities Act Surveys

visioning facilitation

Consensus Design
Strategic Growth Analysis
Feasibility Studies
Capital Campaign Assistance
Graphic Design
Virtual Reality Visualization

Sustainable Design

LEED Project Administration
EnergyStar Certification
Building Energy Modeling
Building Systems Commissioning
Existing Facility Energy Analysis

Our dESIGN sTUDIO Culture


"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success...If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

- Henry Ford


"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

- Andrew Carnegie


"Architecture is a continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time."

- Vincent Scully


"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."



"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan."

- Eero Saarinen

Social Responsibility

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."

- Winston Churchill

Design Style

"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness."

- Frank Gehry


We're fortunate to have worked with some great brands and public institutions.


community partnerships

Central Florida Development Council

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Haven

Polk Museum of Art (PMoA) Past Board of Governors Past Building & Ground Committee

Historic Lakeland, Inc. & Lakeland Historic Preservation Board

Lakeland Friends of the Library Past Board Member

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Spivey Society Florida Southern College Philanthropic Advancement

Rotary International Rotary Club of Lakeland South

United Way of Central Florida

professional affiliations

 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Currently Registered: FL Past Registrations: GA, VA, NY, CT, PA, OH, NC, IL, TX

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Chapter

US Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Florida Chapter Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Alpha Rho Chi (APX) National Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts