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We have compiled six of the Best Industrial Architects in Jacksonville. They are chosen based on their experience, awards, accreditations and notable projects.

Gresham Smith

225 Water Street, Suite #2200, Jacksonville, FL 32202

In 1967, Batey Gresham met Flem Smith in a networking event for locals in the industry. It wasn’t long before the two forged a partnership to launch Gresham and Smith Architects. They soon became the architects of the newly formed Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

The company is not just a design firm. It has taken a technology-driven approach, investing in new tools and services that deliver high-quality solutions to its clients.

The firm is composed of diligent designers, planners, and seasoned collaborators. The firm provides architectural design and planning, and its projects are in the industrial, manufacturing, water, waste, transportation, and aviation sectors.

The awards the firm has received include the 2020 Architect Magazine R & D Award, the 2020 Practice Development Award, the 2019 AIA Middle Tennessee Design Award, and the 2019 IIDA Tennessee Design Awards.

Kasper Architects + Associates

10175 Fortune Parkway, #701, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Kasper Architects was established in 2004 as a full-service interior design firm. It functions as one firm with two design studios and employs seven registered architects, and designers and drafters support staff. The firm’s commitment to quality and enhanced collaboration allow it to create successful projects.

Kasper’s years of experience have allowed it to create a design solution that produces successful projects and satisfied clients.

The company takes pride in the numerous awards it has received throughout the years, including the 2020 Impact Awards – CREW Jacksonville, the 2020 Best Places to Work & Fast 50 Award (Top Fastest Growing Companies) – Jacksonville Business Journal, and the 2020 Awards of Excellence – AIA.

Kasper Architects has been recognized by various groups including the Associate Builders and Contractors Awards (ABC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


820 A1A North, Suite E21, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

NELSON Worldwide was established in 1977 as an interior design firm. It offers architectural and planning services to its clients. Currently, the firm’s leadership is under Chairman & CEO John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. Ozzie led the firm to expand, adding new service lines through more than 45 strategic mergers. Under his direction, the company has accomplished more than 45 mergers/acquisitions. It now enjoys an enormous track record with clients from a wide range of different industries.

From the rank of #37, the firm has soared to “Top 10” with more than 500 percent growth. NELSON has been identified as the second “Fastest Growing AE Firm.”

The company’s notable projects include the Griots Northwest Logistics Center, Kumho Tires Headquarters, and Bayer Cropscience.

Dasher Hurst Architects

1022 Park Street, Suite #309, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Dasher Hurst Architects was founded in 2013 and is a full-service architecture and interior design company. It specializes in sophisticated designs and offers clients architectural design and planning services. The company’s past experiences have allowed it to design and manage projects of all scopes and sizes. 

The firm has won a variety of awards with its experience and expertise, such as the 2011 Jacksonville Chapter John W. Dyal Leadership Award, the AIA Jacksonville Design Award of Merit 2011, and the 2010 AIA Jacksonville Design Awards of Merit.

Dasher Hurt Architects has also been recognized and accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The firm is headed by Glenn Dasher and Tom Hurst, both decorated principals who have repeatedly proven their expertise in the industry.

Thomas Duke Architect, PA

2345 Harper Street, Jacksonville, FL 32004

Thomas E. Duke established Thomas Duke Architect in 1994. The firm is an award-winning architectural design firm that focuses on creative, sustainable design solutions. The goal of TDA is to help its client through all the stages of design, programming, permitting, and construction. The firm provides architectural design and planning for the industrial and warehouse sectors.

The firm has garnered several awards, such as the 2019 AIA Award for Merit and the 2016 AIA Award of Excellence. It has also been accredited by various groups such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).

RDB Design Associates

6420 Southpoint Parkway, Suite #120, Jacksonville, FL 32216

RDB is a Florida Corporation established in 1995. It is registered to perform different architecture and interior designs in Florida and other states. With its ability to integrate programming, space planning, and interior design processes with architectural design, RDB proves to be unique in its way. The firm regularly works in the industrial, manufacturing, distribution, and warehouse sectors

The firm has also been accredited and recognized by different groups such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Among its notable projects is the USNR; RDB’s design work for the project included complete architectural, engineering, and interior design services. The other one is the CS6 Statement Processing Center in which the facility has been designed with disaster preventive measures. 


  • Alex Mericle

    Alex Mericle is the Chief Editor at General Contractors Magazine with five years of experience in the construction space. Alex has always had a strong interest in residential and commercial construction and architecture, and he has built up technical experience with building permit data, subcontractor operations, and materials procurement over the years. On top of his experience at General Contractors Magazine, he has prior experience at BuildZoom. His analytical skillset, honed through a degree in Business Analytics from Creighton University and from his work experience, allows him to transform complex construction data into actionable insights and useful, captivating content. Expertise: Residential and Commercial Construction, Building Permit Data, Home Design and Build, Architecture, Subcontractor Operations, Material Procurement Key Highlights: Over 5 years of experience writing and editing in the construction space, Chief Editor at General Contractors Magazine, Previous experience at BuildZoom Education: Creighton University, Degree in Business Analytics