JOE KELLY, AIA, NCARB
Joe is a lifelong Florida resident who grew up in Treasure Island, Florida – 40 minutes North of Sarasota. Since his birth, he has been surrounded by creativity, art, and design. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida from a graphic designer father, and mother who single handedly managed numerous successful real estate investments for overseas clients, Joe used to spend hours in his dad's design studio, watching him draw, mix colors, paint, design logos, and develop countless corporate identities. Joe and his father also shared the common passion for designing and racing cars. They built their own sprint and enduro Karts from the ground up that they raced locally and nationally across the country, winning multiple championships throughout his racing career. As a teenager, Joe was introduced to architecture by his best friend’s father, a local residential architect, that sparked his interest in building design and the built environment.
Joe received his Bachelor of Design Degree with honors in 2001 and went on to earn a Master of Architecture Degree with high honors in 2003. Throughout his 6 years at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Joe received numerous design awards and scholarships. Most notably, he received a Design Achievement Award in 2001 for his first year graduate design studio sequence, an Academic Excellence Award for a graduate thesis project in 2002, and was a nominee for the SOM Traveling Fellowship.
Professionally, Joe began his career working for Guy Peterson, FAIA in 2004, where he served as Project Architect on numerous award winning residential projects. Over the next 12 years, he specialized in coastal houses and state permitting, and has completed projects on Longboat Key, Lido Shores, Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Palm Island. Joe left his position in 2016 to launch and serve as Principal Architect at Hive Architects Inc.
GWEN LEROY-KELLY, AIA, NCARB
Gwen was born and raised in France, before moving to Florida at the age of 19 to learn English at St. Petersburg College, attending the English as Second Language Program. She then enrolled in the pre-veterinarian program where she met Joe Kelly, when they were partners in Chemistry Lab. After obtaining their Associate of Arts degrees, they both relocated to Gainesville to enroll in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida. Gwen went on to receive the International Student Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement by an International Student and the Harvard Jolly Clees Toppe Scholarship - endowed Scholarship for incoming graduate student. Gwen received her Master of Architecture degree with high Honors from the University of Florida in 2003.
Gwen joined Sweet-Sparkman Architects in 2005 located in Sarasota, Florida where the focus of her work was public and private commercial projects. She worked as a Project Manager for many municipal projects that included Sarasota County Beach Pavilions such as Casperson Beach and South Lido Park, Fire Station No. 12 on Bee Ridge Road and Fire Station No.17 on Desoto Road near The Mall at UTC, the Selby Library Teen Center, and the Ringling College of Art and Design's new Library on MLK Blvd. She also served as Associate Director for AIA Gulf Coast Chapter in 2006.
In 2016, after 11 successful years at Sweet-Sparkman Architects, Gwen joined Joe Kelly, AIA at Hive Architects Inc. to serve as a Principal and Partner. With her commercial background and expertise, she is broadening the firm's experience level, which allows Hive Architects to pursue a broader range of commissions. Combined, Joe and Gwen have many years of professional experience in architectural practice, including residential architecture, coastal houses and state permitting, historic preservation, and private, civic, and commercial projects.
KAI -"Still Waters Run Deep,CGC"
Elgin Still Waters Run Deep, call name “Kai”, is our Barkitect. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she was adopted by Joe and Gwen in April 2016. Now a true Floridian at heart, Kai enjoys long morning walks and sunning herself in the afternoons. She received several certificates of achievement for completing Puppy A and Puppy B classes, as well as Beginner 1 and Basic 2 Obedience Class. Kai is registered with the American Kennel Club and successfully obtained her Canine Good Citizen Title in February 2017.
Friendly and social, Kai is an office dog that likes to greet clients and visitors by wiggling her behind. She may bark at new faces but it doesn’t take long for her to call new people her best friends. Kai also loves to chew on anything paper related such as boxes, envelopes, and paper towels…. However, no matter how much she loves paper, Ellie the elephant and Doggy the dog remain her favorite toys.