Rowe Architects Incorporated is a nationally recognized architectural design firm. The Tampa based firm evolved from the practice founded in 1965 by the late H. Dean Rowe, FAIA. The firm has an award winning history of providing quality professional architectural services on educational, institutional, commercial, multi-use and historic preservation projects throughout Florida.
Rowe Architects is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of both the National and the Florida Trusts for Historic Preservation. The firm offers full architectural, master planning, programming, building analysis and LEED certification services. Rowe Architects’ work has been recognized both nationally and regionally for design excellence and energy conservation. The principals and staff of Rowe Architects are intensely committed to an unparalleled quality of professional service while striving for architectural excellence on all projects undertaken by the firm.
H. Dean Rowe, FAIA, founded the Firm in 1964 as H. Dean Rowe Associates Architects. In honor of Dean’s legacy, the firm is now known as Rowe Architects Incorporated. We continue to operate under the goals that were established by Dean more than 45 years ago.
Rowe Architects Incorporated has built our practice on the fact the architecture is a service profession. First and foremost we believe in providing excellent professional services to our clients in whatever capacity they may desire. Secondly, our practice is founded on our reputation for design excellence, regardless of the scale or scope of the project.
Thomas A. Hammer, AIA, LEED AP 40 years
Managing Partner and Technical Director
Rick Rowe, AIA 27 years
Business Development and Design Director
Today, these two senior “hands-on” architecture professionals manage Rowe Architects. Each serves in Principal in Charge and Project Management roles on assigned projects and each principal serves in a constant capacity in their respective areas of expertise. Thomas A. Hammer, AIA, LEED AP has been with the firm for more than 35 years. Tom’s expertise is in the technical aspects of architecture with particular emphasis on the building envelope and historic preservation. Rick Rowe, AIA, oversees the firm’s design quality. Rick holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. His work has consistently been recognized through numerous design awards and he has been identified by Architecture magazine in their June 1992 issue as an “Emerging Talent” in architectural design. Rick has been a principal of Rowe Architects since 1990.
Award Winning Firm
In 1996 the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects recognized Rowe Architects for the firm’s history of accomplishments. The Institute bestowed upon the firm their highest honor – the Firm Award. The Firm Award is the most prestigious award that a Florida architectural firm can receive. Having given the award to only seven firms, at that time, the Florida Association recognized Rowe Architects for outstanding achievement in design, service to the community, education, the profession and the American Institute of Architects.
From the time of its inception in 1964, the firm has been committed to excellence in the built environment. Cognizant that good design alone is not enough; the firm strives to be truly successful by ensuring that each project is responsive to the financial, functional, aesthetic and emotional needs of its users.
The firm operates through a unique process of internal interaction and advocacy, extensive client involvement in the design process and a strong analytical system throughout the design process. The firm realizes that the project is being funded and will be operated by the client. Therefore the project must satisfy the needs and budget of the client. This is achieved by including the client as an integral member of the design team and as co-author of the final design solution.
Rowe Architects has amassed an enviable record of design awards (more than 120 individual awards and recognitions) for their work. More importantly than the recognition is they have also achieved an impressive record of returning and continuing clients. Repeat clients represent approximately 90% of our work volume.
The firm has continuously maintained a practice in downtown Tampa for more than thirty five years. The firm’s office in Tampa has provided a base of operations for the firm to effectively serve clients throughout Florida.
Rowe Architects is a “C” Corporation registered in Florida for the practice of architecture. The officers of the corporation include the following individuals:
Rick Rowe, AIA President
Thomas A. Hammer, AIA, LEED AP Secretary/ Treasurer
Small Business Enterprise
Rowe Architects Incorporated is a Small Business Enterprise, certified with the City of Tampa Small Business Enterprise Program and the Office of Supplier Diversity, Hillsborough County Public Schools as a SBE/WMBE, vendor No. 12909. We are also certified with the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Economic Development Department DM/DWBE & SBE Programs Section as a Small Business, vendor No. HC-0537/06. In addition, we are self certified under the North American Industrial System Code (NAISC) vendor No. 541310 as a Small Business.