We are pleased to announce the winning submission for our 2018 T-shirt Contest organized in conjunction with AIA Tampa Bay. The winning submission depicts Tampa Bay’s iconic Rivergate Tower, commonly known with the colloquial term of endearment as the ‘beer can’ building for its round shape or the ‘Sykes’ Building. Thank you Manuel Alvarino for this lovely submission! You can check out more of the artist’s work at his Instagram page @manualvarino

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This exclusively designed t-shirt is available for sale now at The Center for Architecture and Design. Stop by or contact us to get yours now!


  • The Rivergate Tower is a 454 ft (138m) tall skyscraper in Tampa, Florida. With 31 floors, it is the sixth tallest building in Tampa.

  • The building was constructed from 1986 to 1988. The architect, Harry Wolf, based its measurements on the Fibonacci sequence.

  • His design for Rivergate Tower was given the 1993 National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects

  • The distinctive cylindrical shape was meant to symbolize a lighthouse and represent optimism.

  • On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects's Florida Chapter placed the Rivergate Tower on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.

  • The Gulf of Mexico can be seen from the building.