Company at a Glance

Based in Tampa, FL, Sylla International is a well established 25-year old firm.

Originally, founded by Cheikh T. and Cynette D. Sylla as Urban Form in 1989, the firm has provided a range of design and urban planning services to many in North America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Our projects have received many awards and published in several periodicals. This success is largely in part due to our high qualifications. These qualifications have given us the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects such as, high-end residences, commercial developments, banking institutions, healthcare institutions, educational facilities, and high-security embassies.

Today, Sylla Int'l continues to establish its quality design principles to create built environments that accommodate the living, working, and related needs of our clients.

Our Team

Chiekh T. Sylla, President, Architect

Licensed Architect in the State of Florida

Sylla is a registered architect in several states, and he holds the distinction of National Council or Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). His 27 years of professional experience cover many building types including banks, schools, libraries, airports, hospitals, city halls, office buildings, shopping centers and residences. He also has worked on several urban designs and planning projects including downtown revitalization, housing, neighborhood economic development, urban waterfront development, and private/public partnership strategies. Mr. Sylla has held several leadership positions in the Tampa Bay area, including President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Sylla is directly responsible and accountable to all Clients for the execution of their projects. He oversees the internal management of all projects to ensure goals are met.

Cynette D. Sylla, Vice President, Interior Designer

Cynette has over 38 years of experience in the fields of both interior design and architecture, although interior design is her main area of professional activities. By working with both clients and contractors, Cynette has developed extensive experience designing interiors of various building types. As the head of the Interior Design Department, she oversees space planning, selection of all interior finishes, materials, colors, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, lighting fixtures, cabinetry, and artwork. Cynette also ensures the quality of our work and finished products by remaining involved in the project during the construction of our projects.

Joseph Guerino, Architect

Licensed Architect in the State of Florida

Mr. Guerino has been an architect for over 40 years, working in architectural and architectural engineering firms in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Massachusetts, and Florida. He has been responsible for the design, coordination, and construction administration of projects using a variety of construction types and for a variety of building uses, including residential, multi-family housing, industrial, commercial, and educational. For the past seven years, he has been with SYLLA serving as project architect on 4 large projects. In that capacity, he has overseen the design and construction documents of each project. He has extensive experience with State and national building codes.