BDG Architects and Urban Studio Architects Join Forces to Create New Design Firm

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The firm’s name will be BDG Architects and the corporate headquarters office will be in Tampa. Chris Kirschner AIA, NCARB, LEED AP will be the president of the firm.

Tampa, Fla.—Effective August 16, BDG Architects (www.bdgllp.com) and Urban Studio Architects will join forces to establish a new architecture firm to enhance client relationships and broaden their impact on architecture and design across the nation. The combination of these two firms will create a much stronger architectural brand.

Individually, BDG Architects and Urban Studio Architects are two of the most highly respected firms in the Southeast having worked on thousands of projects including many of the most recognizable structures in the region. Together they have over $750 million in architecture and interior design projects completed or underway. The firm’s combined talent and depth of experience will elevate the firm with personnel, expertise, and experience to work on projects of any type, size and scope.

BDG Architects President Chris Kirschner, AIA states, “Our firms share similar values and philosophies. Combining the talents of our teams affords us the ability to facilitate regional development and create even more impressive results for our clients and their communities.” Urban Studio Architects Managing Principal Mickey Jacob, FAIA now the Executive Vice President of BDG Architects says, “I am very excited about the opportunities this unification will bring.  Together we will be more versatile and agile and be able to positively heighten our impact on design and sustainability.”

The firm will have 65 total employees including over 20 licensed architects. The firm’s name will be BDG Architects and the corporate headquarters office will be in Tampa. Chris Kirschner AIA, NCARB, LEED AP will be the president of the firm and all Urban Studio Architects staff and existing projects will be folded into BDG Architects.

BDG Architects is an architectural and design firm with over 20 years of experience whose service offerings include program management, architecture, prototype development, consulting, interior design planning, planning, and sustainability. Their portfolio includes major venue, hospitality, multifamily, and retail projects.  The firm has been involved with a number of high profile projects including The Palace of Auburn Hills, Office Depot Center, and Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Urban Studio Architects is a full service architecture and interior design firm with 24 years of experience.  Their portfolio of over 5,000 completed projects includes multifamily and high rise residential, urban infill, mixed use, resort, hospitality, commercial interiors, office space planning, restaurant and food service, and traditional neighborhood design.  Some recent projects of note are The Birchwood, Epicurean Hotel and Metro 510.

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