GMC increases Florida footprint with Tampa office led by industry veteran Mickey Jacob
February 26, 2020 · Community
GMC is pleased to announce its entry into the Tampa market, led by local business leader and design veteran Mickey Jacob. As the firm’s Vice President of Architecture, Jacob will leverage his decades of design experience and deep relationships within the market to help the firm deliver significant architectural projects and engineering services that will help Tampa thrive long into the future.
“Joining GMC presents an exciting opportunity for me to continue to expand upon the work I’ve done in the Tampa community for almost 40 years,” said Jacob. “GMC’s experience and multi-disciplinary design capabilities, coupled with their corporate philosophy about the importance of community involvement and the need to support good development, comes at the perfect time to help Tampa grow smartly amidst a period of exponential growth.”
Jacob was previously the Principal in Charge of the Design Studio at BDG Architects, LLP, a 100+ person, multi-disciplined architecture firm headquartered in Tampa with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to that, he spent 24 years as the Founding Partner and Managing Principal at Urban Studio Architects, Inc. until it merged with BDG in 2013.
GMC is one of the largest privately-held, multi-disciplined architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast, with offices throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Their staff of more than 450 professionals is equipped to provide all of the services associated with architecture, electrical, engineering, environmental, landscape architecture, planning, geotechnical, interior design, surveying and transportation.
GMC first expanded into Florida in 2010. In 2018, the firm acquired SaltoCo, LLC, an architectural and planning firm in Sarasota. It expanded its presence in the Sunshine State in 2019 by merging with Bay Design Associates Architects in Pensacola.
“Our new Tampa office complements the work GMC currently has underway in Florida and further demonstrates our commitment to provide highly specialized services that matter to Floridians beyond traditional architecture,” said GMC CEO Jeffrey Brewer. “We are confident that Mickey’s reputation as a business and community leader in Tampa, his design expertise, and work within our industry will create a solid partnership to create a better built environment and quality of life for the Tampa community and are excited about the opportunities ahead.”
Jacob and the GMC team will be building a dynamic, talented staff dedicated to continuing the principles of good design that will improve the quality of life in the Tampa Bay community. The new office will be located in the Channelside district at 1120 E. Kennedy Boulevard.
About Mickey Jacob, FAIA, NCARB, Hon FRAIC
With almost 40 years of architecture and design experience, Jacob has spent his career focused on corporate interiors and hospitality projects. Some of his most significant include the Epicurean Hotel, Grand Central on Kennedy, Lykes Lines Corporate Headquarters, multiple food and beverage locations at Tampa International Airport and the St. Petersburg Pier, and Mise en Place Restaurant. In addition to his professional expertise, Jacob has served in a variety of leadership roles for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), including as President at the local, state and national levels. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2009, and in 2015, AIA Florida created the Jacob Leadership Institute to provide leadership training and support to emerging professional in architecture.
As a recognized community leader, Jacob is also active in a variety of business, professional, educational and charitable organizations, including past chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, as well as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) Board of Directors, HART Tampa Historic Streetcar Board of Directors, City of Tampa Mayor’s Affordable Housing Committee and City of Tampa Public Arts Committee, among many others. He is a regular speaker on leadership and the importance of civic engagement through AIA chapters nationwide, the Urban Land Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council, among others, and has been a featured speaker to the international architecture industry.