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Herb Roth, FAIA

Throughout his career, Herb Roth has concentrated on client relations and the collaborative process of helping clients realize the vision of their projects. Beginning in the initial planning phase, working with diverse owner and user groups, he objectively interprets and defines principal organizational and operational features of each project and building typology fostering inventive planning and design and supporting the design effort of the firm.

Herb Roth, recognized nationally for law enforcement and justice facility planning expertise, has set new standards for the next generation of justice facilities nationwide and has impacted other architects’ work, law enforcement and the communities they serve. His work on over 45 justice projects located across the United States has provided insight and understanding of the varied operational and organizational structures of justice and law enforcement agencies and the appropriate planning and design strategies utilized to create optimum working environments for justice personnel.

Mr. Roth’s experience and expertise includes lectures for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on planning and design of police facilities.  He served on an advisory board for the IACP’s Police Facility Planning Guidelines and currently chairs the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Advisory Group and has lectured at several AIA Justice Facilities conferences.

The 2007 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, noting that his work “is at the forefront of inventive, intelligent programming and design of efficient, inviting public safety facilities”, elevated Herb Roth to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society, achieving a standard of excellence in their profession as an individual as well as contributing to the industry on a national level.

Mr. Roth received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the City College of New York in 1968 and his Bachelor of Architecture in 1971.  Once established in Colorado, Herb and his partner Jeffrey Sheppard founded Roth + Sheppard Architects in 1983. The firm’s work has been recognized with over 50 AIA awards for design excellence.


Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA

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Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA, received his Masters of Architecture Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979. Following a teaching honorarium at the Institute and an apprenticeship at the Mother Earth News Magazine, he moved to Denver to join the prestigious design firm, W.C. Muchow and Partners. Within two years Jeff was appointed associate in charge of design and was responsible for several award-winning projects including the Winter Park Ski Area Base Facility and the Jefferson County Sheriff and Detention Facility. 

 In 1983, Sheppard co-founded Roth Sheppard Architects with his partner, Herbert Roth, FAIA, and was named the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) Young Architect of the Year in 1989. (Sheppard and Roth met while working for renowned Colorado architect William C. Muchow.) Roth Sheppard’s notable work, influence, commitment to mentoring and design leadership in a wide variety of building types over the last 30 years led to the firm being recognized as the AIA Western Mountain Region's (WMR) '2012 Architectural Firm of the Year," as well as the "Firm of the Year" for both AIA-Denver and AIA-Colorado in 2010.   

Over the last three decades, Sheppard has grounded his practice in the rigor and delight of romantic minimalism. The firm’s design work—which is programmatically responsive, yet sensorial and emotive—reflects the founding principals’ dedication to impacting the environment in a positive way while elevating the profession’s and public’s expectation of design through mentoring, teaching, speaking and writing.

Recognized as one of Colorado's "top thinkers" of 2012 by The Denver Post, Sheppard has overseen the design of more than 50 noteworthy restaurants, high-end retail stores and boutiques and numerous award winning local and national projects. Local examples include the Denver Art Museum’s new Museum Store, Sushi Den's new Izakaya Den, Vesta Dipping Grill, 18 Tokyo Joe’s restaurants, DC 10, Skye Boutique, Modmarket in Boulder, Room & Board in Cherry Creek, Scandinavian Designs Furniture Showroom in Rocklin, California, the Colorado State Patrol Prototype Facilities, Evans Community Complex, Brighton Police Department, Milliken Police Department, Windsor Police Department as well as several residences.

Roth Sheppard’s designs have received more than 75 AIA awards and 20 industry publication awards. From 1989 to present, Sheppard has served on 26 design award juries and seven design review committees; was Design Coordinator for the 3rd Year Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder; and has been a guest lecturer and juror at Oklahoma State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and at both the University of Colorado-Denver and -Boulder. Sheppard was also invited to present at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington D.C., the 2012 AIA-WMR Design Conference, and the University of Colorado’s Visionary Leadership Class at the School of Business, Denver’s Culinary Art Institute and the 2010 Museum Store Association’s national conference.

A number of Sheppard’s most notable projects and drawings have also been featured in the acclaimed hardcover book titled Composite Drawing: Techniques for Architectural Design Presentation published by McGraw-Hill Press in 1997 and subsequently acquired by the Denver Art Museum for its permanent collection. He is also a founding member of the Denver Architectural League, and has spearheaded and hosted a number of nationally recognized design "ideas" competitions under its moniker since 2009.