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Jerel McCants Architecture Featured Among Best Architectural Firms in Tampa, Florida



August 16, 2023


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Jerel McCants

The JMA Perspective: Celebrating Excellence

Jerel McCants Architecture (JMA) has proudly earned its place among the best architectural firms in Tampa, Florida. Our journey has been marked by our steadfast commitment to innovative solutions to intricate challenges within the built environment. We take immense pride in being recognized as a responsive, efficient, and dependable partner, consistently exceeding client expectations throughout the building process. As a boutique architectural and interior design firm, our collaboration with clients extends across various projects, encompassing spiritual, educational, residential, civic, and military buildings.

Heading our team is President Jerel McCants, an accomplished alumnus of the University of South Florida. With degrees in both Real Estate Development and Architecture, and an additional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University, Jerel McCants infuses our firm with visionary leadership. JMA proudly boasts accreditations from AIA and LEED AP, while holding certifications from the OSD, Aviation Authority, and US Small Business Administration. With a robust history spanning 14 years, JMA has consistently garnered attention from prominent media outlets including The Business Journals, 83degreesmedia, Tampa Bay Times, and WTSP. This repeated recognition underscores our firm’s enduring prominence, expertise, and steadfast commitment to delivering excellence within the architectural realm.

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Eric Del Monte

Project Manager

Eric is a native of Miami, Florida and is a graduate of Miami Dade College and the University of South Florida with a Masters in Architecture. He contributes his knowledge in Revit, CADD, Lumion, Twin Motion and other 3D modeling software. Fluent in Spanish and English to provide services to a greater public to meet outreach goals to our community.

Terry Miller

Construction Administrator

Mr. Terry T. Miller brings over 34 years in architecture and construction, that ranged from project designer to project architect within architectural firms in the Tampa Bay area. His work experience includes all phases, from project inception through project completion and close-out. His extensive previous experience in the construction industry has proven to be invaluable in understanding the architectural and construction process in delivering the built environment.

Terry’s main area of responsibility within the firm is in management/oversight which includes: Coordination and directing practice efforts in design, technical specifications and construction administration. He provides his extensive experience and skill set in the solution and problem solving skills of what it takes to deliver the built environment in an efficient, value-added, and pragmatic manner.

Manuel Alvarino

Project Manager II

Mr. Manuel is a native of Cuba and has lived in the United States for over 10 years. He has worked as an intern while in Cuba before coming to the U.S. to further his education. Currently, he is enrolled in Architectural Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Manuel has an extensive range of experience in commercial renovation and residential. He has a multitude of experience in computer rendering and modeling with an advanced knowledge of multiple graphic software platforms. His abilities has added an extra dimension to our office environment.

Safoura Kazemilari

Project Manager I

Safoura has ten years of experience working for the City of Shiraz, Iran as the Urban Beautification Department Head. While at this position she lead multi-disciplinary professionals to produce federally funded projects throughout the City. Once is the United States, she carried her knowledge to various firms providing public/ private design and coordination services. We are excited to have her unquie skill set contribute to our expanding client base.

Ada Padilla

Office Administrator

Ada has over 30 years’ experience in office management/ administration and human resources and has a degree in accounting. Her responsibilities have covered areas of business operations regarding payroll, bookkeeping, account reconciliation, customer services and vendor relations.

She has worked for various companies in the design and construction fields which has proven to be a valuable skill set when working with industry professionals. Her management of staff and involvement in day-to-day tasks improve our proficiency and response to better serve our clients and consultants.

Ada’s expanded responsibilities covers contract agreements, business development and outreach in the community to promote the firm’s vision and mission statement to enhance our impact into the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Jerel McCants AIA, LEED Green Assoc.


Mr. Jerel McCants established Jerel McCants Architecture, Inc. in 2009. Mr. McCants has experience in many building types including Municipal, Educational, High-rise condominiums, Cultural and Residential.

Mr. McCants mission is to contribute to innovative architectural design and construction methods to residential and commercial markets as a Managing Principal based on his ability to direct staff members and communicate effectively with clients and contractors.

Mr. McCants believes that design is an action that is expressed: an act of many different disciplines uniting in a common cause which he terms “Responsive Architecture”. His mix of small, medium and large (S,M,L) projects has allowed him to maintain a steady firm standing and consistent viability in the global marketplace.