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2015 Academic Unit Awards

During the Spring 2015 semester, the college’s schools and departments each held award ceremonies to honor and recognize faculty, students, alumni and friends. Below is the listing of the top awards recipients.

Architecture

UF Architecture Honorary Alumnus Award
Roney Mateu
Lifetime Achievement Award
Herschel Shepard
Distinguished Service Award
Melody Bishop
Young Architects Design Award
Sarah Gamble
Design Excellence Award
Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture Service Award
Buford O. Davis


Architecture

University of Florida Architecture Honorary Alumnus Award

Roney Mateu

Roney Mateu began his Bachelor of Architecture studies at the University of Florida in 1969. He then continued his studies and subsequently received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami in 1976. He is a registered Architect and Interior Designer in the State of Florida and the President and Director of Mateu Architecture of Miami.

Timeless: This is how numerous jurors, colleagues and architecture writers have described Roney Mateu’s simple, elegant and direct designs. Whether it is a church, a bandshell, a MLB ballpark, a house on a 25-foot-wide lot, an art gallery, a bank, an airport terminal, a public building, housing for the elderly or a School of Architecture design competition, his work is designed and built to last, to positively impact the community where it is sited and to inspire the users for years.

The 58 AIA Design Awards spanning his 30-year career reflect this timelessness, as several of his honors are 10-year or 25-year AIA Test of Time Awards. In 1992, Mateu was the youngest-ever recipient of the AIA Florida Award of Honor for Design, the highest design award the association bestows. In 1995, he was the first recipient of the AIA Miami Silver Medal for Design, the highest honor given by the chapter. He was inducted into the AIA Miami Hall of Fame in 2000 and 10 years later, in 2010, was selected AIA Miami Architect of the year. In 2012 the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects selected Mr. Mateu for elevation to Fellowship in the Institute because of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture in the area of Design.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Herschel Shepard

Herschel E. Shepard, born in Jacksonville Florida is one of Florida’s leading experts in historic preservation. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Architecture at Princeton in 1956. Once he joined the faculty at UF he served as Director of Preservation Institute: Nantucket and occupied the Beinecke-Reeves Chair in Historic Preservation. His research grants included an initial study for the reconstruction of Mission San Luis, Tallahassee. Herschel worked on numerous restoration projects, which include the Historic 1902, Capital, Mildred and Claude Pepper Archives, Union Bank, and Princess Murat House in Tallahassee; the Miami Jackson Administrative Unit 1 (“Alamo”) in Miami; the Florida Theater in Jacksonville; Fort Clinch in Fernandina; and several colonial structures in St. Augustine. His consulting services included the Cul- tural Inventory of Tabuk Region, Saudi Arabia; the reconstruction of Mission San Luis, Tallahassee; and protection of the historic seawall in St. Augustine.

During Herschel’s career he received such awards as the 1997 Carl Reinhardt Award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation; the 2000 John Dyal Award by the Jacksonville Chapter AIA; the 2002 State of Florida Bob Williams Award; and the 2012 City of St. Augustine Aviles Award. Currently he is continuing a study of the Mississippian copper breastplates excavated at Mount Royal, Florida, as well as serving on the Board of Directors, UF Historic St. Augustine.

Herschel professes his indebtedness to the University of Florida architectural faculty and administration for the friendship, expertise guidance and indeed tolerance shown to him during his practice, teaching and subsequent retirement. Herschel has received the status of FAIA Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, UF School of Architecture. The Herschel E. Shepard Digital Collection of his work is available at the University ofFlorida George A. Smathers Libraries.

Distinguished Service Award

Melody Bishop

Melody Bishop graduated from the University of Florida with her MAA in 1981. As an architect, she has been in private practice designing several Jacksonville public landmarks. The State of Florida, City of Jacksonville, as well as the University of Florida have been on the receiving end of her love of pubic service for over 30 years. Through her leadership of the Jacksonville Studio Project with UF, involvement with the FAMU SoA, frequent participation as a UF guest juror, and member of the Professional Liaison Committee she has mentored a generation of architectural students over the past 20 years. Currently Melody serves as the Mayor’s appointed on the Downtown Investment Authority Board. She has received such awards as the AIA Florida President’s Award, AIA Jacksonville President’s award, John Dyal Community Service Award and the AIA Florida Silver Medal for Community Service. Melody’s influence on the people and physical environment serves as a testimonial to the spirit of the Gator Nation.

Young Architects Design Award

Sarah Gamble

Sarah Gamble is a registered architect with a passion for the public realm and community projects. Following graduation from UF in 2002, Sarah’s work includes multi-family affordable housing, disaster relief, institutional university work, educational initiatives, arts-based community engagement, and creative placemaking. In 2012, Sarah launched GO collaborative, a women-owned firm connecting people with place. The firm operates at the intersection of architecture, planning, public art, and community engagement. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches design studios focused on the public realm. As a local professional and volunteer, Sarah has been recognized for her advocacy and design work within Austin and beyond. In 2013, she was featured in Texas Architect magazine as one of 4 Under 40 architects. She was also named one of Austin’s “10 to Watch” in 2012 by Tribeza Magazine for her positive impact on the city. For her work with CITYbuild, Sarah was recognized by the ACSA with a Collaborative Practice Award for disaster recovery in New Orleans.

Design Excellence Award

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam

Mack Scogin is a principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Kajima Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was the Chairman of the Department of Architecture from 1990 to 1995. Merrill Elam is a principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her practice she lectures and teaches frequently, having served as a Visiting Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); as the Louis Henri Sullivan Research Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University and the Harry S. Shure Visiting Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia. Together, they received the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, the 2011 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1995 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the 2006 Boston Society of Architects Harleston Parker Medal and a 2008 Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).