History

  • Our Profile

    BDG Architects has a unique and dynamic combination of expertise and knowledge with over 25 years of experience expanded upon with our partnership with FleischmanGarciaMaslowski and their 50 years of experience. Our client base is the result of the time we have spent building strong relationships that maintain high standards. It is our dedication to the pursuit of quality design integrated with dynamic innovation that has led to the many long-term relationships for professional services we have with our clients – all built on trust. BDG Architects offers sound, creative design solutions that never rely on trends. Added together, our firm’s strength far exceeds our strengths as individuals. It is our intention and our commitment to use these strengths to creatively solve problems in ways that exceed mere functional solutions.

  • Our Growth

    In 2013 BDG Architects, initially formed in 1994, merged with Urban Studio Architects, a Tampa based firm formed in 1989 specializing in interior architecture/space planning, large scale multi-family residential and hospitality projects, and with PKA Architects in Birmingham, Alabama, a firm specializing in multiple location banking projects and corporate interiors. In 2020 BDG formed a strategic partnership with FleischmanGarciaMaslowski Architecture, founded in Tampa in 1972. The firms came together to utilize the strengths, experience and expertise that each has to offer to create a unique new firm structure capable of design and production for a variety of project types and sizes.

  • Our Strategic Partnership

    BDG Architects’ strategic partnership with FleischmanGarciaMaslowski created a ~120 person full service Architectural, Space Planning, Interior Design and Program Management team that provides quality creativity in design, production and construction administration of architectural and interiors projects. The combined firms collectively specialize in a broad spectrum of market sectors for both public and private clients. Services include planning, architecture, interior design, and program management. With our headquarters office located in downtown Tampa, offices in Birmingham, Charlotte, and Jacksonville, as well as remote staff in Miami, BDG Architects has built a reputation as thought leaders through design excellence, building lasting relationships, and delivering design solutions that are responsive to the changing marketplace.

  • 1994

    Belleair Design Group is founded by Chris Kirschner, AIA, working out of a 1,200 SF office in Belleair, Florida.

    2000

    Belleair Design Group officially becomes “BDG Architects.”

    2006

    Firm moves from Clearwater to the historic Arlington building on Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, Florida.

    2012

    BDG Architects continues to grow, moving to the Wells Fargo Center, a class-A office building in downtown Tampa.

    August 2013

    BDG Architects merges with Urban Studio Architects (a Tampa-based firm formed in 1989 specializing in interior architecture, space planning, large scale multifamily residential and hospitality projects).

    December 2013

    BDG Architects merges with PKA Architects (a Birmingham, Alabama firm specializing in retail banking, corporate interiors, health care). This adds a Birmingham, Alabama office located downtown in the historic Landmark Center Building.

    2015

    Launch of our rebranded logo.

    October 2017

    BDG Tampa continues to expand, takes over 6th floor of Rivergate Tower in the center of downtown Tampa.

    September 2018

    Opening of Charlotte, North Carolina office.

    July 2020

    Growth of our Charlotte office into new location at NASCAR Plaza.

    December 2020

    Strategic partnership with FleischmanGarciaMaslowski expands our collective expertise to include fire stations, libraries, cultural centers, healthcare, K-12 and higher education. This grows our combined staff and adds three new Florida offices to our growing footprint in Sarasota, Safety Harbor, and Tampa.

    October 2021

    Opening of Jacksonville, Florida office.

    Beyond

    BDG Architects continues our tradition of Leadership IN Architecture……….. Leadership BEYOND Architecture.