Our Story

Fadi S. Garcia, a Cuban American national with a Middle Eastern background and Jessica Shell, a Florida native, met in 2014. At the time, both working for reputable companies in the Tampa Bay area quickly bonded over art, their ideals of the built environment, and their passion for contemporary regional architecture.  In 2015 Fadi founded a design-build practice mainly focused on light commercial and residential projects, the firm quickly grew and in 2017 Jessica and Fadi joined forces to create Open Workshop for Architecture (OWA). Today OWA is a husband and wife led, full-service Architecture and Interior Design firm offering professional design services for a diverse range of project types and clients. Their partnership was a natural evolution of what began as a collaboration between the two architects to complete their first large scale project in 2016.


Why Open Workshop?

We’ve always been fascinated by the energy surrounding an artist’s studio, a carpenter’s wood shop, or even a mechanic shop. There is a sense of freedom that often exist in these types of environments that welcomes creativity, collaboration and an open exchange of ideas. For us the name Open Workshop is a constant reminder of these ideals and embodies the type of atmosphere we want to create for our employees, clients and partners.



OWA provides a full scope of architectural, interior design, and project management services from pre-design to completion. Understanding that each project has a unique story, helps us work closely with our clients to ensure their vision and expectations are met and often develop long-lasting relationships with them. Our design process, driven by context, program, and project constraints, allows us to create an architecture of place shaped by structure, materiality, spatial order, and function.


Our Range of Services Include:

Additions & Renovations



Concept Development 

Feasibility Studies 

Historic Designation & Rehabilitation



Master Planning

Multifamily Residential

Single Family Residential

Tenant Improvement

Urban Infill

Project Management