Glavovic Studio is an award-winning design and architecture firm based in South Florida. Founded in 1999 by design director Margi Nothard and architect Terence O'Connor, the practice is committed to producing innovative architecture and built environments for our clients through a collaborative creative process.
The firm's team produces design that explores the discourse of contemporary art and culture, environmental stewardship and social value in the public realm. Built work ranges in size from commercial, institutional, residential, urban design and public art.
Since its inception, Glavovic Studio’s work has been widely published in national and international media outlets. Today the firm continues to prioritize long-term connections and linkages of environment, beauty and a commitment to community exchange and engagement. Glavovic Studio projects create and capture a sense of place and a moment in time reorienting the global community.
Margi Nothard | Design Director + President
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Nothard completed her Masters in Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. During the past two decades, she has led the team at Glavovic Studio as the Design Director and President.
Prior to starting her own practice, Nothard worked at the firm, Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects, in Los Angeles, while teaching at SCI-Arc and at University of California (UCLA). Lectures and academic pursuits are integral to the designer director's career.
In 1999, Nothard relocated to South Florida and started her own practice alongside Terence O’Connor, who took on the role as Vice President. Meanwhile, Nothard began teaching at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), initially at the new Architecture Department and later on at FAU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, co-founding the Broward Design Collaborative. In addition to her involvement with academia, Nothard has also been an active member of the community, serving on boards and committees, such as the City of Fort Lauderdale Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee, the Historic Preservation Committee and the Broward County Public Art and Design Committee.
As a visual artist, Nothard is a member of the “Third Avenue Artists” in Fort Lauderdale, taking part in the group’s annual art walk where she opens her studio to the public. She has created large-scale site specific installations such as Threshold, which was on display at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Her public art project Flow, will be constructed at the new Broward County Courthouse.
Overall, the firm has received numerous prestigious State AIA awards, national and local community awards and recognition for exceptional architecture and design. On the occasion when Nothard won an Arango Foundation Award, Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, spoke of the global nature of Glavovic Studio’s work, while simultaneously noting its sense of belonging to the local community. Her projects often engage Florida’s unique cultural diversity and sub-tropical landscape to produce work of aesthetic beauty and rigor charged with vibrant community exchange.
Nothard’s work focuses on environment stewardship with a sensibility for creating beauty and a quality of life within the built environment for her clients for the individual with goals for a higher quality of life for all citizens.
Terence O’Connor | RA, Vice-President
Terence O’Connor received his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida, and Masters in Architecture from Rice University. O’Connor is a South Florida native with diverse work experience in firms from Texas and New York. He worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, at the office of Philip Johnson, as an independent architect and as an associate with Singer Architects in Fort Lauderdale before becoming Vice-President at Glavovic Studio in 1999.
In addition, O’Connor has taught architectural design studio and lectured on architectural theory at the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He is a registered architect in Florida. As a past member of the American Institute of Architects, he served for numerous years on the Fort Lauderdale Chapter Design Awards Committee as well as the Executive Committee Chapter, serving as President and State Director. Over his entire professional career, he has won a number of design awards from the American Institute of Architects.
O’Connor has collaborated with Margi Nothard on award-winning projects such as the Museum of Art Bridge_Stair, the Girls’ Club Collection and the Kennedy Homes.
The Design Team
Glavovic Studio is comprised of architects and designers, hailing from diverse professional, educational and cultural backgrounds. The team shares the vision of our clients and is dedicated to ensuring concepts become a reality without compromising the inherent substance of the original idea. Through design, management, coordination, and supervision, the Glavovic Studio design team is committed to problem-solving by providing innovative, sustainable solutions with exceptional client service. Our approach is inclusive and innovative, utilizing the latest technology to execute each project.