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­MEDIA RELEASE: Architects cautious about 2024 prospects for real estate development in the Tampa Bay area

St. Pete Catalyst Article: Area architects express cautious optimism for growth opportunities

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Bay Architects are cautiously Optimistic about 2024 construction

Axios Tampa Bay: High interest rates temper optimism for Tampa Bay real estate development

Tampa Bay Business Journal: Tampa Bay Architects brace for a slowdown in development

Business Observer: Tampa Bay Architects: High interest rates remain big obstacle



Join us for our 6th annual Voice of Architecture, Economic Outlook panel discussion and reception. This program centers around a survey of our members. Architects are often the first stop for developers when planning projects. Their answers allow us to report on economic indicators that predict real estate development and construction activity in the Tampa Bay area for the coming year. Join our panels of experts to hear their interpretation of the results and their own insights on what’s ahead this year.­



Angela Hendershot, AIA
Rowe Architects­

Angela Hendershot is a Principal at Rowe Architects Incorporated and is proud to follow the example of architectural excellence and AIA engagement set by firm founder, H. Dean Rowe.­ She has been an Adjunct Professor in both design and physics courses for aspiring architects, and has been active in AIA Tampa Bay (as an AIATB Board Member from 2017 – 2021.)­ Angela is also an alumna of Leadership Tampa Bay (2018), and a former Board of Directors Member and President of the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind.

Angela took an unconventional path to architecture, first earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from FSU.­ While working for an art gallery in NYC, she spent a lot of time looking at buildings, and wondering why the Seagram Building is so much more beautiful than all the other glass and steel skyscrapers on Park Avenue…­ Setting her sights on architecture (as a vocation, not just a job,) she returned to Florida and earned a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design in 2005.­ One of the best parts of working in a small firm is that every day presents a new challenge, and most of Angela’s architectural work focuses on education projects (K-12 and higher education) as well as historic preservation.


Josh Bomstein
Creative Contractors

Josh Bomstein, LEED AP is President of Creative Contractors, a leading commercial contractor headquartered in Clearwater and building throughout West Central Florida. With annual volume in excess of $175M, Creative is consistently ranked in the Top 5 construction firms by size in the region. Now entering its 50 th year, Creative is the largest locally-owned contractor in Tampa Bay. Creative is focused in the institutional marketplace; notable clients include the University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital, Lakeland Regional Health System, Saint Leo University, BayCare Health System, Moffitt Cancer Center, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Pinellas County Schools, and Pasco County Schools. Josh is active in the community currently serving on the boards of St. Petersburg College Foundation, Pinellas Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Chamber, and the Florida Holocaust Museum. He was born and raised in Dunedin.­­He is a graduate of Emory University and currently lives in Tampa with his wife, Lindsay, son, Will, and daughters, Phoebe and Izzy.


Katie Cole
Hill Ward Henderson­

Katie Cole is a shareholder and a member of Hill Ward Henderson’s Management Committee. Her practice primarily involves representing property owners in the development of commercial projects and residential subdivisions in Pinellas and Pasco counties. She works with clients beginning with the acquisition of the land, determining opportunities for development, refining processes for approvals, and seeing the project though the final approvals of entitlements to construction with the goal of helping her clients open for business with all the licenses and permits they need to do so. Katie works closely with government staff members and elected officials throughout Pinellas County negotiating agreements, code amendments, and plans to allow her clients’ projects reach the construction stage. Katie received her B.S. from the University of Tennessee, and her J.D.­cum laude­ from Stetson University College of Law.


Rachel Brown
Bank of Tampa­

Rachael Brown is the Director of Commercial Real Estate for The Bank of Tampa, focused on serving the greater Tampa Bay and Sarasota market. Rachael started in commercial real estate with her father, a developer in SWFL, before moving into banking, starting in CRE workout with Wells Fargo. She has experience in both general on balance sheet and multifamily agency lending. Rachael is the president-elect of the Society of Real Estate Professionals and an advisory board member of the Real Estate Society at USF. She graduated from the University of Miami and is a registered beekeeper.



Kyle Parks
Parks Public Relations

The panel discussion will be moderated by Kyle Parks of Parks PR, which represents a number of
companies in the real estate industry. After gaining experience as a business reporter and editor at the then-St. Petersburg Times, he worked as a marketing and PR executive for the homebuilding and real estate development operations of two Fortune 1000 companies before going into public relations agency work.


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