Forbes recently ranked the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area as the 8th fastest growing metropolitan area. Tampa Bay is part of a rising urban renaissance and will be a center for economic growth for the foreseeable future. As an increasing number of companies move their corporate headquarters to the area and new startups pop up, the demand for architects to create unique office environments is absolutely huge. Tampa’s architectural culture is most strongly rooted in Postmodern and Art Deco, both of which are reflected in the construction of many office spaces. However, whether creating more traditional decor and layouts for law firms or hip and quirky shared spaces for tech companies, Tampa’s architectural firms are setting the standard for innovative and beautiful office spaces.

Top Architects

Mesh Architecture LLC

Tim Clemmons
Jenny Miers

Tampa Bay AIA Merit Awards
Tampa Bay AIA Honor Awards
Tampa Bay AIA President’s Award

33 6th Street S, Suite 400, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

About Mesh Architecture LLC

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, just a few minutes away from The Museum of Fine Arts, are the offices of Mesh Architecture. Their innovative design team of over 50 staff members creates unique office spaces that cater to a diverse business community in the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area. Principal Architect Tim Clemmons, AIA LEED AP, has won a series of awards, including a 2009 Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects (AIA) Merit Award, two 2008 Tampa Bay AIA Honor Awards, a 2004 Tampa Bay AIA President’s Award, as well as a 2001 Tampa Bay AIA Merit Award for the firm’s work at the St. Petersburg Arts Center. Their other lead principal, Jenny Miers, AIA., holds a master’s degree from the Architecture University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida. She has held the title of Associate Director for the AIA Tampa Bay Board and received USF SACD’s “Emerging Architect Award” in 2011.

Featured Projects

Mesh Architecture worked with Aurora, one of the U.K.’s leading lighting manufacturers, to help develop and build their 11k-square-foot American corporate headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. Reflecting their products, the office had to be bright, and the design was to be fresh, open, professional, and dynamic, with the opportunity to highlight the company’s product throughout. Mesh designed, built, and installed a custom “A.L.E.X.” (Aurora Lighting Experience) showroom, integrating Aurora’s broad line of lighting and technology items. The Clearwater showroom, conference room, kitchen, and restrooms are shaped by contrasting pod-like forms and glowing blue and white lines. Mesh also developed the 1,300-square foot offices for the Rob Bowen Design Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. They worked on the the interior of the street-level retail space within Parkshore Plaza, converting the offices into three major “functional zones”: studio, conference, and library.

Klar & Klar Architects, Inc

Roberta S. Klar
Tim G. Knowles

Horizon Award

28473 US-19 #602, Clearwater, FL 33761

About Klar & Klar Architects, Inc

Klar & Klar Architects, located in Clearwater, is a full-service architectural and interior design firm committed to design excellence and personal service. They have worked on a variety of office buildings in the Tampa Bay and St. Pete area, as well as in the surrounding metropolitan area. K&K is led by Roberta S. Klar, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, who is also a certified agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition, a WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and the president of the Clearwater Arts Alliance. Klar works alongside Steve L. Klar, NCARB, principal architect and adjunct instructor in the Architect Department at St. Petersburg College. The other principal architect at K&K is Tim G. Knowles, AIA, NCARB, who won the Horizon Award in 2008. Some of their other office work includes the 3,500-square-foot Achieva Credit Union Branch Office in Westchase.

Featured Projects

Morrow Steel has been a part of the Zephyrhills neighborhood since 1970. When it came time to build a new office building, the company turned to Klar & Klar Architects. Their new 6k-square-foot Modern Industrial-style office building was designed to use as much steel as possible, in order to maintain the tradition of Morrow Steel. The result was an ultra-modern steel, glass, and concrete office building. Klar & Klar Architects also worked on the Gibraltar Office Building at 35095 US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor. The 25k-square-foot, three-story office building was designed to be placed over an old sink hole, with the lower story developed into an underground parking garage. It now houses office space for a variety of local businesses, including Keller Williams Realty and the Urology Specialists of West Florida.


John Mistretta
Billy Rapp

1605 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602


Started by Principal Architects John Mistretta (AIA and NCARB) and Billy Rapp (Principal Architect + ID, AIA, NCARB and LEED BD+C), JUNTO is a hip and forward-facing architecture firm. Their offices are in Downtown Tampa, only a few blocks away from the gleaming Hillsborough River. Forming in 2009, JUNTO received USF Fast 56 Award for “Fastest Growing Bull”-led companies in 2013, 2014, and 2015. It was also a finalist for the NAIOP Best Architect Award in 2014 and 2015. Rapp has received the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up+Comer Award and the Garcia Award for Architectural Design Excellence. Some of JUNTO’s clients include Reliaquest Corp HQ, Malware Bytes, Agilethought Inc. HQ, Cherry Bekaert, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Gulfshore Bank HQ, Frazier & Deeter, Brown & Brown Insurance, and Schumaker Loop & Kendrick.

Featured Projects

Led by Billy Rapp, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, JUNTO worked with Vaco Tampa to create their headquarters at MetWest International. The office is 3,650-square-feet and has been nominated numerous times for Coolest Office Space in the Tampa area. It’s designed with the Vaco corporate culture in mind, with each of Vaco’s interview rooms corresponding to a unique theme. “The Ybor” room, for example, is spruced up with tropical plants and old pictures of Tampa that evoke a cigar lounge. “The Studio” room is decked with vinyl records and funky furniture fit for a recording executive. Rapp also led JUNTO’s work at Convergence HQ’s 7k-square-foot office space at The Pointe in Northwest Tampa. The view outside of Lettuce Lake Park is vibrant and uniquely “Florida.” For a virtual business like Convergence, JUNTO had to create an atmosphere that would make someone want to come to the office every day, and they succeeded with an energizing office that utilizes collaborative, private, and recreational areas.

Cuhaci & Peterson

Jed Down
Norberto Campos

1925 Prospect Avenue, Orlando, FL 32814

About Cuhaci & Peterson

Led by architect Steven Blevins, the firm worked on constructing the Quadrangle Office for Jebden LLC. The 18k-square-foot office space features a unique Gehry-inspired warped metal design, and large glass windowed installations. Blevins also headed the work at the 25k-square-foot Hoshizaki Distribution Center in Orlando, Florida. The outside reflects the product sold inside: refrigeration systems, utilizing long strips of silver metal that evoke the door of a Hoshizaki stainless steel cabinet. Greg Simpson oversaw C&P’s work on the office space for Orange Legal in Orlando. The 33k-square-foot building houses offices that offer space for court reporting and screening rooms for reviewing court footage. The space features large, dynamic, blue-tinted glass windows, along with a large atrium on the roof that brings in an incredible amount of sunlight.

Featured Projects

Cuhaci & Peterson, established in nearby Orlando, Florida, has done extensive work in the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area. They’ve worked on a variety of office spaces, from visualization to construction documents and interior design. Senior member of the C&P executive team and Principal Director Jed Down, AIA, is also on the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and recently joined an American Institute of Architects (AIA) committee for the 2017 national conference. Additionally, he is a newly appointed board member at the University of Florida City Lab program in Central Florida. Michael Lynch, another leading principal, is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Norberto Campos, AIA, is also also a principal director at C&P. He is member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), received a Master of Architecture from the National University in Argentina, and is a member of the Argentina Architects Association.

The Lunz Group

Edward Lunz

AIA Tampa Bay Firm of the Year Awards,
AIA Tampa Bay Merit Award for Architecture

58 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

About The Lunz Group

The Lunz Group is an extremely important member of the architectural community in Tampa Bay and St. Pete. It was the recipient of the 2011 and 2005 American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Firm of the Year Awards, as well as the 2009 Merit Award for Architecture from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The leadership is composed of Bradley Lunz and Edward Lunz. Edward Lunz, AIA, NCARB, formed Lunz and Associates in 1987. Edward has over 40 years of architectural experience, with work completed in over 30 states. He is an active member of the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area, serving with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland and Leadership Polk and serves on the Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board. Bradley Lunz AIA, LEED AP, GGP, NCARB, who has over 15 years of architecture experience, and is a member of the Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects. Bradley has also been published in the bilingual (English and Mandarin) trade magazine Network HR.

Featured Projects

The Lunz Group led the way for the development for the Polk County Sports Marketing Headquarters for Central Florida Tourism. The space is an 18,500-square-foot facility designed to expand to 100k square feet over the course of four phases of development. Phase one, which includes the tourism and sports marketing offices for the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame, has been completed. The facility has been designed for dignitaries, elected officials, and Fortune 500 executives to give seminars, provide outings, and utilize the space for promotional activities. Studio Aquatics in Lakeland is a 12,500 square-foot mixed-use facility within Lakeland’s Community Redevelopment area. Designed by The Lunz Group, the urban infill project houses the studio’s offices on the second floor. Inspired by the area’s Art Deco beginning, the contemporary structure will serve as an iconic entry point for the neighborhood. Sustainability elements of the building were created with a focus on water conservation and reuse.

Wannemacher Jensen Architects

Lisa Wannemacher
Everald Colas
Harold Somarriba
Erin McGonegle
Jason Jensen

H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design Excellence,
AIA Tampa Bay Firm of the Year

180 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

About Wannemacher Jensen Architects

Founded over 20 years ago, Wannemacher Jensen is a booming architecture firm in the downtown neighborhood of St. Petersburg. Winner of the 2010 AIA Tampa Bay Firm of the Year, the firm is lead by Principal Architects Lisa Wannemacher, AIA, Everald Colas, AIA, Harold Somarriba, Erin McGonegle, and Jason Jensen, AIA, LEED AP. Jensen has been named one of the Florida Business Observers’ “40 Under 40” luminaries and Tampa Bay Illustrated’s “20 Under 40.”. The firm has won the H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design Excellence by Tampa Bay’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and their work on the Largo Community Center was deemed LEED platinum.

Featured Projects

Wannemacher Jensen has worked on a variety of office spaces across Florida, including in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, and nearby towns. They won the 2013 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Coolest Office Spaces Award for their work on the C1 Bank Corporate Headquarters after helping the bank move from Lakewood Ranch to the Tampa Bay Times Building in downtown St. Petersburg. Other work includes the Tech Data Office Building in Largo. The 45k-square-foot office building completes an existing campus and is rotated in plan to provide exterior courtyards for employees. Wannemacher Jensen was also the architect of record on the UPC Insurance Building in St. Petersburg. Measuring in at 41,188 square feet across 1.5 acres, this three-story building located in downtown St. Petersburg was specifically designed to maximize open office space, allowing for natural light to infiltrate the work environment. Unique design elements include the entrance lobby lounge, training rooms, and a custom front-desk that resembles the UPC logo.

Twelfth Street Studio

Rick Penza
Brandon Hicks

Eduardo Garcia Award,
Planning Commission Community Design Award of Excellence,
USF School of Architecture and Community Design Service Award

101 S. 12th Street, Tampa, FL 33602

About Twelfth Street Studio

Twelfth Street Studio was formed as a collaboration between longtime colleagues and previous firm Principals Rick Penza and Brandon Hicks. Centered in downtown Tampa, the online magazine 83 Degrees called Twelfth Street Studio one of the coolest offices in Tampa and St. Pete, an example of the “slew of progressive, out-of-the-box workspaces emerging throughout the region.” The firm is lead by Rick Penza, RA, who won the 2002 Eduardo Garcia Award and the 2004 Planning Commission Community Design Award of Excellence. He’s worked with famous celebrity architect Nate Berkus from TLC’s Nate and Jeremiah By Design. Penza’s work has also been featured in Florida Architect Magazine and Florida Designers Review Magazine. Brandon Hicks RA, LEED AP, received awarded the USF School of Architecture and Community Design Service Award in 2013, the 2012 Eduardo Garcia Award, the Andrew Ferendino Endowment Scholarship UF 2000, and is an adjunct professor at the USF School of Architecture and Design.

Featured Projects

SPARK is an award-winning branding, social media, and advertising agency. They have a long list of clients, including Visit Florida, Experience Kissimmee, Visit Tampa Bay, presidential candidate Gary Johnson, BayCare Health Systems, Coppertail Brewing, and The Dali Museum. Together with Twelfth Street Studio, they created what the Tampa Bay Business Journal named one of the Coolest Office Spaces in the city. After picking an auto parts store from 1969 on Platt Street near Howard Avenue in Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Twelfth Street Studio helped them turn it into their permanent offices. Holding 32 employees, the 7k-square-foot high profile, modern office for the boutique, South the Tampa-based advertising agency created by Twelfth Street Studio utilizes a back patio for outside creativity and a studio for photography and sound mixing. The offices also maintain a rotating art display, where visitors regularly buy pieces, allowing the space to stay fresh and new.

HKS Architects

Jon Paul Bacariza

Award of Honor for Quality of Design Excellence;
AIA Orlando Chapter, Best in Design – College;
AIA Tampa Bay Chapter Honor Award for Architecture – Institutional Category

100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2450, Tampa, Florida 33602

About HKS Architects

HKS Architects is an international firm with over 25 locations worldwide. They employ over 1,000 people and have designed such projects as AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, and Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas. Their office in Tampa lives up to their international pedigree. Locally, they’ve worked on the Florida SouthWestern State College Allen & Marla Weiss Health Sciences Hall, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the Pinellas County Forensic Science Center. Their Tampa office is located in downtown, right across from the iconic MacDill Park on the Riverwalk. Their Tampa associate principal is Jon Paul Bacariza, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP. HKS’s Tampa office develops works across the state of Florida, building projects in Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Their clientele has included the CNL Financial Group, the Palm Beach Land Trust, Disney, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and the University of South Florida.

“As a child, I always liked art, but it was always perspective drawings that fascinated me. My parents had a construction company and I always enjoyed being on the job site. On summer breaks, I would spend ‘quality time’ with my grandfather which consisted of building structures around the house (tree houses, sheds or playhouses in the woods). As an architect, I am inspired by buildings that have an element of surprise. Buildings that appear a certain way and as you experience them, they throw you a curve ball.” – Jon Paul Bacariza

Featured Projects

HKS led the construction of the new offices for the law firm of Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford. The firm has extremely high-profile clients, including American Airlines, Pepsi, McDonald’s, GEICO, GE, Allianz and Walgreens. When it came to Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford, HKS worked to design the firm an office that would match their prestige. The worked to transform a more traditional office into one with a more modern aesthetic, including an open floor plan and flexible meeting areas. The 19k-square-foot office space features a reduced carbon footprint through the re-use and recycling of construction material, sustainable finish materials, an employee lounge and retreat spaces, a fully-customized mail center, and a flexible 3-room conference center. For their work, the project was awarded the Golden Brick Award from the Orlando Downtown Development Board.

Other notable projects include the St. Petersburg Tropicana Field Site Master Plan and the expansion and renovation of the Gulf Coast Medical Center.

Cooper Johnson Smith

Don Cooper
Stephen Smith
David Peterson
Geoff Locksmith
Bruce Gibson

Addison Mizner Award,
National Association of Homebuilders for “One-of-a-Kind Custom Home,”
Aurora Award for Commercial Retail Project,
Addison Miser Medal for Excellence in Classical & Traditional Architecture,
Planning Commission Community Design Award of Merit for Public Projects,
AIA Florida Design Award of Excellence

102 South 12th Street, Tampa, FL 33602

About Cooper Johnson Smith

Founded in 1986, Cooper Johnson Smith Architects is an award-winning design firm that has expertise in designing office space for the community of Tampa Bay/St. Pete. The group has also worked with high-profile clients, including Disney, Marriott Vacation Club International, and the Ritz-Carlton Club. The agency is located in the Channel District of Tampa, overlooking the Ybor Channel. The firm is led by architects Don Cooper and Stephen Smith, each LEED-AP; junior partner David Peterson, LEED-AP; and Geoff Locksmith and Bruce Gibson. CSJ has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Addison Mizner Award, the 2013 National Association of Homebuilders for “One-of-a-Kind Custom Home,” the 2012 Aurora Award for Commercial Retail Project, the 2012 Addison Miser Medal for Excellence in Classical & Traditional Architecture, the 2012 Planning Commission Community Design Award of Merit for Public Projects, and the 2003 AIA Florida Design Award of Excellence.

Featured Projects

Cooper Johnson Smith is the architectural firm of record for the new Spectrum Productions offices at 108 S 12th Street in Tampa. Spectrum Productions, Inc. is an award-winning video production firm creating nationally broadcasted television shows and commercials and is responsible for over 800 episodes of original programming, including television series and specials for clients like the Science Channel, Destination America, Animal Planet, ABC, BBC, Nat Geo WILD, the Travel Channel, and The Weather Channel. They’ve also earned five Emmy Awards along the way. While looking for a new office space, CJS and Spectrum were drawn to the history and character of the 1920’s vintage office and warehouse buildings in downtown Tampa’s Channel District. Their new 8,200-square-foot facility includes all the amenities a company like Spectrum needs: state-of-the-art video and audio edit suites, an administrative suite, offices, a film studio, a conference room, and a living room-like collaborative work area. To maintain the history of the space, the existing concrete column and slab structure was exposed and left unfinished, while brand new services and major building components were installed to keep the offices up to modern-day standards.

Gresham, Smith and Partners

Batey Gresham
Flem Smith

AIA People’s Choice Award,
AIA Honor Award

302 Knights Run Avenue, Suite 900, Tampa, FL 33602

About Gresham, Smith and Partners

In April 1967, Gresham and Smith Architects was born through the partnership of Batey Gresham and Flem Smith. Since then, it’s grown to hold offices across the country. However, it recognized the corporate growth in Tampa and St. Pete and opened a local branch on Harbour Island. They’ve been honored as the Firm of the Year and received the People’s Choice Award and an Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay chapter. Their work on the Tampa International Airport (TPA) Main Terminal Modernization project recently won them the “Airport Project of the Year” award in the Commercial Airport category from the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE). The Tampa office is lead by Principal Architect Jeffrey W. Kuhnhenn AIA, LEED AP. He has worked in the architecture world for over 20 years, and on high-profile projects for Nissan North America, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Kuhnhenn has been recognized as one of GS&P’s Practice Leaders.

Featured Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners worked to build the corporate headquarters for BayCare Health Systems at 2985 Drew Street in Clearwater. BayCare Health Systems is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area, comprised of a network of not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities, and services including lab, imaging, behavioral health, and home healthcare, with nearly 20,000 employees. With their new corporate offices in Clearwater’s Historic Bayview neighborhood, the client needed a space that could accommodate training for all BayCare Health System employees. GS&P worked to design two three-story office buildings totaling 150k square feet each. Unique features of the offices include a round 6,500-square-foot dining hall that provides a connection between the office buildings and doubles as a special event venue, and a 50k-square-foot training facility that serves as the main site for medical-personnel training.