SRQ Building of the Year Judges Announced

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Submissions have all been entered and ballots are officially cast for the very first SRQ Building of the Year competition. As the skyline in Sarasota is growing and changing at a rapid rate, SRQ | The Magazine wanted to be the first to introduce the incredible new properties along the Gulf Coast.

Following an open call for submissions earlier this year, SRQ Media identified out of market judges for their unbiased opinion on all of the submissions in categories of residential/complex, public building/public space, commercial building and mixed use building. Every entry was judged on the strength of the design concept, function and usage, integrity of design, creativity, features and overall impression. Based on their selections, the finalists will be featured in the upcoming January 2016 edition of SRQ | The Magazine

Meet The BOTY 2016  Judges
SRQ Magazine is thrilled to announce the talented judges for Building of the Year,
and we can’t wait to share their favorite building designs with you in January.

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Chad Oppenheim
Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based architect whose work has been praised for its ability to transform the prosaic into the poetic. Through passion and sensitivity towards man and nature, Oppenheim creates monumental yet silent architecture that elicits a site’s inherent power.

A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the AIA, Oppenheim has lectured widely and has taught at various architecture schools, including most recently at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 1999, he founded Oppenheim Architecture (Miami, New York, Basel), which has garnered global recognition at many scales: from large-scale urban architecture, hotels and resorts, to private residences, interiors and furnishings. The international practice has received over 70 awards and distinctions, including 45 American Institute of Architects Awards, and has been featured in numerous publications around the world. Oppenheim currently resides in Miami Beach with his wife and muse, Ilona, their son Hendrix and their daughter Liloo.

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Joe Pazdan
Joe Pazdan, AIA a managing principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, is a native of Greenville, SC and an engaged community leader with over 28 years of architectural design experience. As a Managing Principal, Joe directs firm operations, including oversight of project management, project delivery and fiscal performance.

A Greenville Technical College 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, he has been active on civic boards and organizations throughout Greenville such as the YMCA Camp Greenville Board, United Way, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce since starting his own business in 1993.

Throughout his career, he has primarily focused his practice with an emphasis towards the development of a city’s Urban Core. With a passion for sustainable land use and design, his projects have included retail, mixed-use, commercial office and industrial.

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K.J. Jacobs
K.J. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University and a Master of Architecture from Clemson University.  He is a Registered Architect and Principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, a Greenville, South Carolina-based firm with 180 employees and 6 offices in the Southeast.  K.J. serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is the Director of the Corporate Studio, which includes the Office, Retail and Industrial Market Sectors. With 20 years of professional experience, K.J. has managed some of the firm’s most significant projects, including a new Corporate Headquarters for Hubbell Lighting, recipient of Architectural Record’s “Good Design is Good Business”  Award. His diverse project experience includes Automotive Master Planning, Industrial, Office and Higher Education. K.J. speaks regularly on a diverse range of topics including sustainability, project management and the use of technology in the construction industry.

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J. Parks McLeod
J. Parks McLeod, ASLA received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia in 1982. Following graduation, he worked for a local engineering and design firm as a Landscape Architect. Since 1986 Mr. McLeod has been principal of his own landscape architecture firm. His company, McLeod Landscape Architects, LLC, is located in the downtown area of Greenville, South Carolina. Currently he has professional registration in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.

The focus of his company has included landscape and irrigation design for urban streetscapes, residential, educational, commercial and education sites. Recent projects include site analysis and trail selection for the City of Greenville Swamp Rabbit Trail, master plan and implementation of Downtown Greenville Airport Aviation Park, and various site projects for BMW North American manufacturing facility. Mr. McLeod has served on several local and state boards in an advisory role as a landscape architect. He is current chairman of the SC Board of Landscape Architects. Recently his company was presented the President’s Award of Excellence by the S.C. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for ‘Pedricks Garden’ at Falls Park in Greenville.

Winners Announced in January Edition
The finalists will be featured in the upcoming January edition of SRQ | The Magazine complete with beautiful artistic renderings and gorgeous photography.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for another building, design or architectural fix, check out SRQMAG.COM/HOTY for instructions on how to enter the 2016 SRQ Home of the Year competition (open for submissions now!).

Best of luck to all of the SRQ Building of the Year entrants. You’re all winners in our community!

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