ANGELA RODRIGUEZ, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Principal Interior Designer
Angela Rodriguez is an acclaimed interior designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of both Angela Rodriguez Interiors, a boutique interior design studio specializing in luxury residential interiors, as well as its paired studio, Space as Art, which focuses on commercial and hospitality environments.
Angela grew up in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Opting for life in a sunnier climate, she attended college at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design and graduated with honors. After graduation, Angela spent her early career working in a large, architecture firm environment. Today, Angela is at ease collaborating with architects on custom homes and is a skilled communicator within project teams, unique strengths she attributes to these early experiences.
Prior to founding her firm in 2009, Angela spent several years designing luxury hotels and resorts with two of the world’s top hospitality design firms. When the market crashed and these high profile projects were suddenly halted, Angela decided the time was right to go out on her own, and founded her own boutique, interior design firm.
Angela is NCIDQ certified, the highest level of professional qualification possible for interior designers, and also a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and a Professional Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). She has been published in several magazines, awarded by her professional peers, and is recognized as an authority on interior design in Florida. What Angela most enjoys about her career is positively impacting her client’s lives through her philosophy of creating interior design with soul.
“Design directly affects, and should enhance, life: comfort, efficiency, mood, outlook, interaction. This approach gives us the ability to actually elevate the quality of our clients’ lives. Beyond a look, it is an experience we create,” she says.
Outside her work designing memorable, custom homes for her clients to enjoy with their families, Angela can be found enjoying life with her own family: husband, Pablo, and their three young children, two boys and a girl.
SONIKA FOURIE DECHOW
SONIKA FOURIE DECHOW, NCIDQ
Project Manager + Interior Design Associate
Sonika Fourie Dechow is an interior designer, a self-described optimist, and an invaluable member of the ARI team. As Project Manager, she enjoys helping to create and actualize beautiful, inspiring environments for our clients in all parts of the design and construction process.
Born in South Africa, Sonika has lived in Florida since the age of nine and is bilingual in English and Afrikaans. She credits her earliest influences as a designer to her childhood growing up in South Africa, where she made frequent visits to project sites under construction with her father, a contractor. Sonika discovered her natural passion for interior design at a young age as her family moved frequently to new environments. Sonika attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design.
Today Sonika is also NCIDQ certified, the highest level of professional qualification possible for interior designers, and is a LEED Green Associate for her expertise in environmentally sustainable design. In 2014, Sonika was named one of the Business Observer’s annual “40 Under 40” highlighting the next generation of leaders on Florida’s Gulf Coast. In her free time, Sonika enjoys the creative endeavor of designing her yard and learning about different plants, participating in CrossFit with her husband, and infusing personal style into their first home together.