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In June 1993 Carter-Lemmen Architects, Inc. was established in Orange City, Florida. In July of 1994, Mr. Lemmen left the firm to return to his home state of New York. At that time, the name of the corporation was changed to John Stoudenmire Carter Architect, P.A. and then Mr. Carter assumed all responsibilities of the firm. In May of 1996, John Stoudenmire Carter Architect, P.A. was relocated to its current address in DeLand, Florida.


John Stoudenmire Carter Architect, P.A. is a full service architectural firm which provides services for programming, design, documentation, construction administration, and land planning of structures and their sites.

The firm is small, emphasizing an in-depth personal involvement with each project and client.  The firm’s business philosophy centers around working closely with the Owner, General Contractor and sub-contractors.  This open communication facilitates all parties keeping abreast of the most current construction techniques as well as working together to achieve the most cost-effective results.  In addition, this allows the team to maximize the design function and aesthetics of the building.


Jack Carter, President and Founder of John Stoudenmire Carter Architect, P.A. has more than 30 years experience in the Architectural profession.  He is a 4th generation native of DeLand and started his own firm in 1993 which has been serving the West-Volusia community ever since.  His experience spans a wide genera of project types.  He is a published author on Code Compliance and has testified as an expert witness for both land planning and architecture.   He is also well known  personally, in the area where he has been active, across decades, for his civic involvements. 

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John Stoudenmire Carter Architect, P.A. actively seeks to enhance its technical knowledge.  The firm is on the cutting edge of code and statutory requirements.  Mr. Carter is a published author on such issues as code compliance and the American’s With Disabilities Act.  He has served as the "code expert" for a large architectural firm in Orlando.  "Carter Architecture" works closely with General Contractors and sub-contractors to keep on top of current construction techniques.  Mr. Carter’s 30+ years in the construction industry has led him to create teams working together to ensure that projects are built within code requirements while emphasizing cost consciousness as well as functional and aesthetic goals.


Through our work history we have demonstrated why clients should choose “Carter Architecture” for their design needs.

  • We are local and will provide very timely service. Often, we are available within five minutes of being contacted.
  • We will work hand in hand with the representatives of your organization.
  • Mr. Carter has intimate knowledge of local governmental Design Standards.
  • We Save Time and therefore Money!
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John Stoudenmire Carter Architect, P.A. is proud to have received recognition for several honors and awards. We view these as a reflection of our commitment to provide cost competitive, creative designs that fulfill the owner’s needs.

  • 2006 Parade of Homes Custom Multi-Family: $250,000.00 and Above
  • 2006 Who’s Who of Architects
  • Florida Monthly – 2004 Top Florida Architects
  • Business Advisory Council – 2003 Business Man of the Year
  • Work Force Development Board – National Award for Best One-Stop Career Center (2001 Daytona Beach, Florida)

In addition, Mr. Carter’s studio at another firm, received the prestigious City of Orlando Golden Brick Award for Callahan Oaks. This project was recognized as Best Low Income Housing Project and was esteemed for Design Sensitivity and Construction Economy. It was featured on the cover of the Journal of Housing and was also Published in Sun Coast Builder Magazine