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BLA alumnus recognized with UF award

April 15, 2015

Jeremy Marquis, BLA 2008, received one of the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

“It is a huge honor to receive this award, says Jeremy. “From my studio in St. Augustine, I will continue to work hard to demonstrate creative and sustainable design principles I learned at UF. My wife, Laura, and I love this university, and we’re proud to represent Gator Nation on the First Coast!”

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award, established by UF’s Alumni Association, recognizes alumni ages 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.

“It is wonderful to be able to recognize our young alums who are having a big impact on the profession of landscape architecture, says Tina Gurcharri, Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. “Jeremy was an impressive student while he was in our program. He has become an impressive practitioner.”

As the VIVA Florida 500 and 450th Commemoration of St. Augustine bring more visitors to St. Augustine, alumnus landscape architect Jeremy Marquis is helping to lead the creation of engaging, immersive environments in the Nation’s Oldest City.

Jeremy first started practicing in St. Augustine as an intern with Fred Halback (LAE 76), an award winning landscape architect, in 2006. Fred, Jeremy, and their team maintained a viable firm throughout the economic downturn, and in 2011, Jeremy became a principal and partner in the renamed Marquis Halback, Inc. The firm provides landscape architectural and urban design services across the southeast through its offices in St. Augustine and Boone, North Carolina.

Living in St. Augustine, Jeremy has been immersed in historic preservation and interpretation. Recently, Jeremy provided master planning and overall design services for Colonial Quarter, a new living history museum experience created by a joint partnership between Pat Croce & Company and UF Historic St. Augustine. Jeremy’s design exposes the layers of history in the city, taking visitors from the 16th century Spanish encampment to the British occupation of Florida during the American Revolution in the 18th century. Colonial Quarter won the Award of Honor from the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Currently, Jeremy is working with the National Park Service and the City of St. Augustine to improve pedestrian connections between the Castillo de San Marcos and the historic downtown. The first improvements are in the final stages of construction and include over $3 million in historic streetscape improvements, along with restoration of the 17th century defensive earthworks.

His residential design work has also been recognized. Jeremy was selected to design the outdoor spaces at the 2013 HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The sustainable, Florida Friendly landscape design showcases local materials, native plant material, and low volume irrigation. The firm is also updating the iconic Ian McHarg master plan for Amelia Island Plantation, where Jeremy and his team is striving to combine the “design with nature” heritage of the community with the best of today’s sustainable practices.

Jeremy, his wife, Laura Marquis (Masters of Accounting 2009), and their two baby Gators are proud to represent the University of Florida in the Nation’s Oldest City.

View the complete list of UF’s Outstanding Young Alumni.