Kelly Forms New Hive

Business Q & A


After a dozen years working at the office of Guy Peterson, Sarasota architect Joe Kelly breaks out on his own with the launch of Hive Architects. The opportunity for Kelly to start his own firm comes partly thanks to the strength of the economy, but the company founder also wants to run his office in a distinct fashion. 

What will set Hive Architects apart from other firms?  We want to focus on concept-driven design. It will be based on analysis of regional and environmental assets of the site and the crafted selection of materials and building systems. We will let the building unfold with that and will start with no preconceived notion of what the form will be. Through investigation and distillation of the project assets, that will influence and inspire our design process and our decisions.

What’s the significance of the name ‘Hive’?  The idea of the hive in general is about collaborative effort and not about one person. As the firm grows and we have more staff, the goal is that we work as a team. Some offices are based on one person’s vision. We want to be open to a collective of the office. It is currently just myself, but we do plan to grow in the near future.

Conceptual renderings courtesy Hive Architects

Hive Architects

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