After 37 years practicing architecture in Tampa, Mickey Jacob has left his mark, and evolves as a visionary

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Why Mickey is a big deal: Mickey Jacob arrived in Tampa in 1981 and has been practicing architecture in Tampa Bay for nearly four decades. With an innate appreciation for design, he’s known for significant projects in the Tampa Bay area, including the Epicurean Hotel, Grand Central on Kennedy, and Lykes Lines corporate headquarters. He’s also known for his work as a civic leader and visionary who believes “we must dare to be the leaders who promote disruptive innovation, inclusive participation, and meaningful action to do what makes a city great.” The current chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, he took on an unusual second year in that role, and has been vocal leader as the organization evolves with a new executive director and become fully staffed. A naturalized citizen, Mickey grew up in Windsor, Ontario and as an eighth grader, he made his mom call the school to ask what classes he needed to become an architect. Early on in Tampa, startup funding for his Urban Studio Architects came from a client who gave he and his partners  a $1,000 advance on a job. In 1993, IBM came looking for an architect in Florida and found them. Active in civic life, he has also been a leader in his industry and is a former president of the American Institute of Architects. His firm, BDG, recently consolidated in Tampa’s Rivergate Tower, bringing several remote offices together. Chase is a major client. He has long championed a vision to turn Bayshore Boulevard into one of the world’s largest pedestrian thoroughfares. Mickey has been committed to leadership in the profession with extensive participation in the American Institute for Architects. In 2013, he was AIA president, only the second person from Florida to hold that office in the 157 year history of the AIA.

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