Patriot Plaza

Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota, Florida National Cemetery serves as a “first of its kind” public-private partnership model and inspiration for communities across the country. For the first time in U.S. history, a private philanthropy partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a symbolic amphitheater plaza space filled with military representations.

Key features include over $2 million in commissioned artwork, an 80-foot-tall stainless steel flagpole, a rostrum that is large enough to accommodate a 55-piece orchestra, and a covered amphitheater seating area for up to 2,800 people. Patriot Plaza presents a heartfelt display of patriotism that recognizes the service and selfless sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Fruitville Commons

This mixed-use project will become a key feature of a new-urban, lifestyle center located at I-75 and Fruitville Road in Sarasota County, Florida. The project will include 100,000 SF of retail, a 130 key hotel, and 100,000 SF of office space- all designed around a centrally-located civic space.


At the intersection of virtual reality technology, experiential design, and placemaking, the Summerhill redevelopment project in Atlanta, Georgia demonstrates the possibilities of a unique, experience-based, urban design methodology called “urban analog.” 

Merging the power of design, with the immediacy of artistic visualization, the urban analog design process combines the diverse professional skills of HOYT Architecture Lab's in-house urban designers, architects, urban planners, digital artists, game-engine programmers, and software engineers. The outcome of this collaboration is the development of a powerful, precision-based 3D model which seamlessly incorporates the rigor of building, into the art of design.

Equipped with a virtual reality headset and hand-held controllers, Summerhill project designers and stakeholders were able to walk, glide, and fly through imagined urban spaces in real-time virtual reality. This degree of immersion transfers designed ideas from a static page, into an active and continuously evolving 3D experience. The ability to not only illustrate and visualize designs, but to manipulate them in real-time virtual reality, allowed HOYT Architects to develop a unified and highly successful design solution.

Boys & Girls Club

Designed to replace an existing Boys & Girls Club facility in Sarasota County, Florida, the new, almost 37,000 SF building linked existing site elements while allowing the old youth activities club to operate throughout construction. The building features a gym, pool, classrooms, a covered drop-off area, and a courtyard. The bright, playful color palette accents the clean geometries of the structure’s functional elements.

Quick Point Nature Preserve

Located on Longboat Key, Florida, this 20-acre natural site was ecologically restored to preserve its salt marshes, oyster beds, shoreline, and mangrove habitats. HOYT Architects' design for this park included the integration of parking areas, boardwalks, nature trails, interpretive signage, and overlook areas with views of the delicate ecosystem.

Cocoa Riverfront Park

The Cocoa Riverfront Park is a semi-circular community space with a raised, continuous walkway at its’ perimeter. The central ‘green’ accommodates passive recreational activities and can also act as an amphitheater and active public event space.

The focal point of the amphitheater is a raised, central pavilion that incorporates acoustic sails under a curvilinear roof.

Martin County Sustainable Resource Park

Situated in Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, Florida, this Visitor Center demonstrates environmentally-friendly construction techniques and serves as a meeting hall for Martin County.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system was used to provide a quantifiable evaluation of design and construction strategies, which included a high-efficiency HVAC system for increased thermal comfort, comprehensive building commissioning, the use of day lighting, the specification of renewable and low V.O.C. emitting materials, and the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood. The landscape design utilizes the most effective water conservation strategies.