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JAHarchitects, LLC. Is an architectural and consulting firm based in Tampa, FL which provides “architecture that is responsive to its surroundings and to its user’s needs.” This task can be laborious, but essential to the design process. Our practice focuses on a pragmatic response to the challenges brought forth by both clients and a complex environment with a rich tropical and colonial history, and an architectural image which is contextually sensitive  to foster pleasure, longevity, and wellbeing to those who inhabit our buidlings.


The JAHarchitects team consists of both licensed and graduate architects with a multiplicity of experience and expertise to address a wide range of design challenges. JAH was incorporated in 2006, and was formerly known as IPS (Integrated Project Services) in Tampa from 2000 to 2006, of which Tony Huggins, AIA was the Director of Operations, and Partner.  


Tony Huggins is the current CEO, Senior Partner with JAHarchitects. Tony Huggins, Senior Partner and CEO, has more than 30 years of experience as an architect, in restorations, repairs, and new construction with over 2 million SF completed, and an additional 2 million SF planned. In the last ten years Mr. Huggins has played a major role in the completed design of more than $150 million of community and Life Science projects.



Experience Tony Huggins, Senior Partner, has more than 28 years of experience in the architectural industry including design and administration of more than one billion dollars worth of large, technically complex facilities. Formerly, a partner and Director of Florida Operations, for six years with a North East firm, and earlier a Vice President for eight-teen years with a large national firm. His experience includes design-lead, business development, feasibility studies; detailed architectural and project management on more than $900 million, in projects throughout the United States. In the last five years Mr. Huggins has played a major role in the completed design of more than $100 million of complex Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Office  buildings, Residential Town-homes and condominiums, and involved in the planning and master planning of an additional $100 million in commercial facilities.



University of Florida

  • Master of Arts in Architecture


University of Florida

  • Bachelor of Design

  • Certificate in Gerontology

  • Gargoyle Honor Society

Professional Registrations 

  • Florida Registered Architect AR0009456

  • NCARB #34457

  • Certified General Contractor CGC1512680

Professional Associations

•International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
•American Institute of Architects
•Board Member of ISPE-2003
•Clean Compliant Task Force
•Tampa Chamber of Commerce Committee of 2003-2007
•Biotech Committee for the Tampa, Chamber of Commerce, Committee 100 2004-2007
•National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Hiring an Architect

Hiring an Architect

​Hiring an architect is a big decision. The 1943 statements below are still relevant today. Additional questions arise about what services are appropriate for a draftsman, or and engineer to perform verses an architect. The following facts may prove helpful: 

ARCHITECT: Education- A minimum of a Masters of Art in Architecture is required in Florida- a 6 year degree, Internship of 2 years minimum under a licensed architect after graduation is required, under a measured IDP program training focuses on Design of buildings and habitable spaces, and includes structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems. Although we are licensed to design structures up to three floors, and unlimited MEP systems, most architects choose to hire, as a subcontractor, licensed professionals in those specialized fields. Passing Nationally ( NCARB) accredited testing is required, to obtain an Architectural license, plus all items noted above Continuing education is required to maintain good standing with DPR, and an active architectural license. Architects focus on building designs, the management of getting the building designed, including the orchestration of the consultants (MEPS), providing construction documents so the general contractor can build the project.


ENGINEER: Education- a minimum of a Bachelors degree is required- a 4 year degree Internship of 2 years minimum is required in the specific field the trainee seeks licensing. Unlike, architects which focus solely on designing buildings, the engineer has numerous fields they can pursue once they obtain their 4 year degree. Examples that may be pursued after college may include: electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, etc. Engineers are not licensed to design habitable space, such as buildings, although some building departments overlook the license parameters, and the Florida Building code. Continuing education is required to maintain good standing with DPR, and an active engineering license. Engineers specialized focus in various fields is critical to the successful development of a building, such fields as mechanical systems, structural Systems, and electrical systems.


DRAFTSMAN: Education - none is required, although often a draftsman will have a 2 year technical degree. Draftsman generally works under the direct supervision of an Architect, or Engineer. When draftsman work independently they have no licensing, to produce drawings for buildings. INTERIOR DESIGNER: Generally an ID holds a bachelors degree in design from an accredited university, and is allowed to provide permit documents for interior build-outs, but is not licensed to design free standing, new, or shell buildings. They do have to pass a national exam, and are licensed with the state. There license number would be present on all documents they produce.


INTERIOR DECORATOR: There are no educational requirements, although some may have have a AA or BA degree, by choice. Their work is limited to picking out fabrics, colors, and finishes. They would not be not be engaged in any work effort that requires a permit, unless they are working under another licensed professional.


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: The LA, generally hold a four or five year professional degree in design. They are licensed to provide permit documents for landscape, and hardscape features which are a part of the landscaping design, such as arbors, pump room, exterior retaining walls, pergolas, water features, etc. They generally would not provide services for habitable space. They pass a national exam, carry a professional license number, and are generally very knowable concerning plants, trees, and exterior space designs.




CAD - Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of a wide range of computer- based tools that assist engineers, architects and other design professionals in their design activities. It is the main geometry authoring tool within the Product Lifecycle Management process and involves both software and sometimes special-purpose hardware. Current packages range from 2D vector based drafting systems to 3D solid and surface modelers. CAD originally meant Computer Aided Drafting because of its original use as a replacement for traditional drafting. Now, CAD usually means Computer Aided Design to reflect the fact that modern CAD tools do more than just drafting.




We use industry standard project estimating techniques to find a rough total construction cost figure for each project. An estimate for total architectural fees is then determined based on the type of construction and level of service required for the project. Our scope of services is outlined within our Proposals. This percentage typically falls between 5-12% depending on the building type, level of construction sophistication, associated risk of project specifics, and scope and level of services selected by the owner.    


What is included?


The Architects Fee Percentage includes all standard architectural services (analysis, drawings, details, specifications, etc.) as well as structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. They typically do not include fees for specialized design such as acoustical engineering, kitchen detailed planning, specialized interior design, landscaping, civil engineering, specialized lighting, or furniture and equipment specifications. These services typically fall within their own specific contracts but can be included within our scope of services if requested.  


How are fees billed?


We invoice based on estimated fee percentage complete, based on the proposal total. Most projects tend to grow in size as clients spend more money on details and finishes independent of the architectural services provided

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