Behind every successful company is a busy workplace. Developing trends, balancing work styles, and understanding fundamental changes are ways that architects approach the task of designing offices. Jacksonville, considered as the biggest city in the Sunshine State is familiar with this. In addition to its 850 square miles of stunning beaches, three Fortune 500 companies have called the city its home. Companies including CSX, Fidelity National Financial, and Fidelity National Information are all located here.
Today’s corporate landscape is about making the workplace a functional, productive, yet healthy environment for employees. Jacksonville is home to numerous qualified architects. Choosing the right firm to start your projects with can be a little overwhelming. To help you choose, we’ve curated a list of the best architects in the area. The architects listed below are skilled in providing both traditional and unconventional designs. We also took into consideration each firm’s awards, history, and project range. For an efficient office design to suit your needs, take a look at our article below.
1705 N 16th St., Tampa, FL 33605
Alfonso Architects is an award-winning architectural firm led by second-generation architects. Alberto Alfonso is a well-versed architect who came from a long line of architects originating in Cuba. His love for architecture started at a young age, and he eventually pursued this career later in life. In 1988, Alberto partnered with his brother, Carlos Alberto, and Angel del Monte to establish Alfonso Architects. Carlos and Angel both are equally knowledgeable in architecture bringing different perspectives into the team.
As one of Florida’s leading firms, Alfonso Architects has had the opportunity to design several industry projects. Its portfolio is home to projects from aviation facilities to commercial structures. Among its commercial projects is the University of South Florida Medical Office Building. The firm designed the 126,000-square foot building consisting of offices, meeting rooms, and training spaces. The firm’s works are not limited to Florida, as it also has works and offices in Italy.
Blake/Neal & Zona Architects
2600 Belfort Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32216
Jacksonville-based Blake/Neal & Zona Architects has been designing and developing spaces since 1997. John Zona is a widely-recognized architect with more than a dozen design recognitions in the last few years. Zona believes in the owner-architect-builder triad “Master Builder” concept. He leads his team to approach projects with both creativity and efficiency. He is joined by Michael Blake and Christopher Neal, two equally established professionals well-versed in the architecture industry. They continue to lead the firm’s team of skilled craftspeople in creating award-winning designs.
Blake/Neal & Zona Architects starts each project by gathering site information and client specifications. After this the firm proceeds with its analysis, developing, design finalization, and project execution processes. Its portfolio is decorated with a diverse set of projects including hospitality, mixed-use, commercial, offices, senior living, and religious sectors among others. One of its large-scale office designs is the Haskell Headquarters in Jacksonville.
Group 4 Design
1520 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32207
For more than a decade, Jacksonville has trusted Group 4 Design to create the design for its leading industry sectors, including commercial, single-family, multi-family, and hospitality. Group 4 Design is well-versed when it comes to creating cutting-edge commercial architecture designs. It is under the meticulous leadership of Leigh Gunn, Jamie Jaxon, and Karie Kovacocy. Gunn stands as the interior design principal, Jaxon is the construction administration principal, while Kovacocy is the architectural design principal.
Group 4 Design specializes in design/build, architectural, interior design, and site planning services. The firm employs LEED-accredited, AIA-, and IIDA-certified professionals who bring fresh and innovative ideas to the table. Group 4 Design collaborated with Dav-Lin Interior Contractors to complete the Smith, Hulsey & Busey corporate office in Jacksonville. The firm designed the law firm in a contemporary way creating a lively and creative vibe.
kasper architects + associates
10175 Fortune Pkwy. Suite #701, Jacksonville, FL 32256
kasper architects + associates started creating blueprints in 2004. They now employ 25 associates, with four partners, and Erik Kasper at the helm of the firm. The firm has been in business for 16 years, and has completed more than 2,500 projects for its diverse clientele. The firm’s years of expertise in the industry is reflected through its portfolio.
Its meticulous projects have won multiple AIA awards while its great service and company setting has won the firm Best Places to Work awards. In addition, it has also been featured several times in the Jacksonville Business Journal. One of its award-winning office projects is the JM Family Support Services. It was awarded the 2015 ABC Florida First Coast Excellence in Construction Award.
Mark Macco Architects
472 Osceola Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32250
Mark Maco Architects is one of the leading commercial architects in Jacksonville with a full-range of services. It is adept in architecture, engineering, 3D videos & animations, and campaign marketing designs. Mark Macco’s innovative mind has brought together a team of dynamic professionals making up Mark Macco Architects. Macco has more than 20 years of experience designing luxury residential and commercial spaces in the state. It is nationally certified and recognized, which allows the firm to work in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico. There is no project too big to small for the team. It is driven to turn visions into reality.
Its NCARB-certified architects are also members of the AIA and the Boston Society of Architects. Aside from its various industry affiliations, the firm is also known for being featured on Arbus, Ocean Home, Jacksonville, and Luxury Living magazine. The firm has had the opportunity to work with big names in the commercial industry, including Hyatt, Disney, Brightway Insurance, and Adecco. One of its commercial office projects is the Murphy Pipeline office located in Jacksonville.
820 A1A North Suite E21, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
John Nelson’s lifelong career in the design industry began in 1987. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Nelson went on to work for his father’s interior design firm. Through his leadership skills and forward-thinking ideas, the firm was able to expand its clientele and develop its services. The nationally recognized firm has been featured several times on Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Interior Design magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the INC5000.
Nelson Worldwide proficiently offers clients architectural design, interior design, and sustainable design services. The firm creates design solutions that meet present day office setting dilemmas to better suit its client’s needs. This aims to create an authentic brand and business goal for each prospective client. A perfect example of its progressive designs is its office spaces, including the Axiom Law office. Every corner of this law firm defies the image of strict and boring offices.
RDB Design Associates
6420 Southpoint Pkwy. Suite #120, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Since 1995, RDB Design Associates has been working with Jacksonville’s and northeast Florida’s top commercial sectors in designing and creating successful projects. RDB has broad experience in a broad range of project sizes and types and they’re known for their ability to integrate the programming, space planning, and interior design process with its architectural design. This integrated approach allows the RDB team to create designs that achieve their client’s functional goals, desired quality, and attain maximum value. During its almost 26 years of service, the firm has designed over 10 million square feet of office space with several projects exceeding 500,000 square feet and valued at over $100 million.
The firm has extensive design experience to include corporate and government office buildings, medical, educational, and industrial facilities. One of its more recent large-scale office projects located in Jacksonville is the Web.com Headquarters. RDB provided architectural and interior design services for this new 220,000 square foot, 6 story build-to-suit office project. The firm is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with LEED Accredited Professionals leading its projects. RDB’s projects have achieved LEED-NC Gold and Silver certifications. RDB Design Associates’ work has received numerous local and national design awards and has been recognized in industry design publications.
Robbins Design Studio
40 E Adams St. Suite #4, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Robbins Design Studio opened its doors in 2016 to provide Jacksonville with reliable and progressive designs. The firm is under the leadership of Brooke A. Robbins, AIA, LEED AP, a licensed architect and interior designer. The firm works closely with clients and consultants to come up with creative and innovative design solutions. The firm is a member of the AIA and USGBC. Its design expertise is concentrated on historic renovations, hospitality, corporate offices, retail spaces, and clinical facilities, among others. Robbins’ portfolio is a great reflection of its capabilities as a leading design firm in the city. The firm is an integral part of the revitalization of downtown Jacksonville with extensive adaptive reuse and architectural projects within their portfolio and in current development. Ms. Robbins is best known for her work on the renovation of the Haydon Burns Library, Brewster Hospital, and was part of the team that recently completed the renovation of the Barnett National Bank Building. The firm, and Ms. Robbins individually, has received multiple awards for their work by an organization such as AIA, NAIOP, ULI, USGBC, CREW JAX, ENR, etc. Currently, the firm is working on the adaptive reuse of multiple historic buildings in downtown Jacksonville including the Central Fire Station (1902), the Federal Reserve Bank Building (1923), the Baptist Convention Building (1924), the Jones Brothers Furniture Building (1926), and the Porter Mansion renovations (1902). The collective renovation of these projects will provide new office spaces, multiple restaurant locations, much-needed apartments, and outdoor gathering spaces which will have a significant impact on the downtown Core of Jacksonville.
Its design expertise is concentrated on creating designs for historic renovations, hospitality, corporate offices, retails spaces, and medical facilities among others. Robbins’ portfolio is a great reflection of its capabilities as a leading design firm in the city. Take a look at the Jessie Ball duPont Center in Jacksonville. The repurposed project earned Principal Architect Brooke Robbins, AIA numerous awards. Some of its recognitions include the NAIOP Green Project of the Year, AIA Jacksonville Award of Merit, ABC Project of the Year, and the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence. Other corporate projects include the Barnett National Bank and the Jones Brothers Furniture building.
Steven E. Hutchins Architects
1617 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
Steven E. Hutchins Architects (SEHA) has been the Caribbean and Southeastern’s go-to architecture and design services firm since 1986. It is licensed to work in Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, and North Carolina. SEHA creates progressive designs that evolve with the changing demands of today’s world.
Florida International Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, World Architectural News, Jacksonville Business Journal, and the Florida Caribbean Architecture Magazine have all featured the firm’s works. Its list of commercial projects ranges from pharmaceutical companies to office spaces. A perfect illustration of this is the Beachwood Commerce Center in Jacksonville. The 62,000-square foot tilt-up building will house office spaces and a warehouse.