Principal Architect

Joe is the founding Principal of Hive Architects Inc. His work focuses on purposeful modernism that heightens the user’s perception and connection with space. Through carefully crafted design solutions rooted in regional modernism, Joe’s work can be characterized as having a rigorously clear, concise and timeless aesthetic. In 2019, Joe received the Young Architects Design Award from the University of Florida School of Architecture for his significant design contributions in the architectural profession.

Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Design degree in 2001 and Master of Architecture degree with high honors in 2003 from the University of Florida, Joe was the recipient of numerous design awards and scholarships for his consistent academic achievement.

Before launching Hive, Joe served as a Project Architect for Guy Peterson | OFA where he worked for 12 years. He was responsible for all aspects of project development through completion with built residential projects on Longboat Key, Lido Shores, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Palm Island.

Together with with his wife and Partner, Gwen Leroy-Kelly, AIA, they share responsibility for developing the vision of the practice that is influenced by architectural concepts engendered by the Sarasota School of Architecture movement. Their designs include simple volumes and lines with a strong emphasis on the expression of the structural systems, as well as, architectural components that respond to Florida’s subtropical climate.


Principal Architect

A native of France, Gwen received her Bachelor of Design degree in 2001 and her Master of Architecture degree with high honors in 2003 from the University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning. She serves as a Principal and Partner at Hive Architects Inc. and specializes in commercial work that exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity, and quality of architectural detail. With her background and expertise, Hive Architects has become a multi-disciplinary practice that includes interior design, residential architecture, historic preservation, as well as private and public commercial projects.

Prior to joining Hive Architects, Gwen achieved significant experience and expertise for public and private commercial projects while working at Sweet Sparkman Architects. As a Project Manager for over 11 years, she obtained a vast comprehension for diverse project types and scales that included tenant improvements, commercial buildings, local beach pavilions, fire stations, and libraries.

Always wanting to promote design, Gwen in a mentor for the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) program at a local high school where she introduces the younger generations to the architecture profession and guides them in the development of their first project. In 2019, Gwen received the Young Architects Design Award from the University of Florida for her significant design contributions in the architectural profession.


KAI -"Still Waters Run Deep,CGC"
Principal Barkitect

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.