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Jeffrey Sheppard named Architect of the Year

Jeffrey Sheppard has been named 2014 Architect of the Year by the Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Sheppard, design principal and co-founder of Roth Sheppard Architects, was recognized for his "outstanding achievement in the field of design to the benefit of the profession of architecture … (and) outstanding service to the building industry of Colorado."

"I'm really thrilled that Jeff has been selected as our 2014 Architect of the Year because he's one of those architects that has been part of raising Denver from what has been perceived as a cowtown by many to something much greater," says jury member Michael Brendle, principal of Golden-based B3 Michael Brendle Architects. "He has helped change our mindset about architecture and design here, and has brought our standard of design into the modern age with his work, outreach and teaching over the last three decades."

Roth Sheppard also was recognized with two AIA Colorado design awards — one for the Denver Art Museum's new administration building and the other for the Izakaya Den restaurant on Pearl Street. They were among eight projects of 120 submitted selected for the award.

"Rather than compete with the architecture of the museum buildings, this project elected to elegantly fit in with its subtle exterior moves, window patterning and references to surrounding buildings," says Dan Rockhill of Lecompton, Kansas-based Rockhill and Associates and jury chair for the design awards. "Its light-fill interior and flexible use of space made for a very dynamic work environment."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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