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From Luis Abreau in the 1920s to Charles McKirahan in the mid-century to Donald Singer in the latter part of the 20th century, the city of Fort Lauderdale, in South Florida, has a distinguished, if little recognized, architectural heritage. Margi Glavovic Nothard, and her firm, Glavovic Studio, have been quietly working to continue that legacy–and to redefine it for the 21st century, for almost two decades now.

After studying at Sci-Arc, teaching at UCLA and working for Smith-Miller+Hawkinson in New York, Nothard, who is South African, founded Glavovic Studio in Fort Lauderdale in 1999, in part because she understood that her resiliently and socially conscious approach to architecture could have an impact there. The firm brings a global perspective and ambition that links local ideas, traditions and needs with a broader international perspective.

With each of the firm’s projects, Glavovic sees a moral imperative, not only to fulfill the client’s brief, but also to create work that elevates the quality of life for all who will interact with it, both inside and out. The idea that thoughtful architecture can strengthen social bonds and connections and create new segments of an urban fabric is what underlies much of what Glavovic Studio does. Resiliency is a core part of Glavovic Studio’s philosophy, but this goes well beyond checklists and certifications; in the firm’s hands, resiliency is a value system that is about a lasting, beautiful, and adaptable approach to architecture. Nothard sees her role as being that of a cultural change agent and facilitator and she selects her projects accordingly–primarily public housing, cultural centers, parks, and libraries.

From a commercial building repurposed into a glowing showcase for women’s art, to a 132-unit affordable housing project, to the design of an innovative tech headquarters covering a more than 250,000 square feet, Glavovic Studio’s projects positively impact those who live and work within them – and the cities in which they are located.

The firm’s commitment is abundantly clear incurrent projects with the Healthy Housing Foundation in South Florida and Los Angeles; and past projects such as Kennedy Homes, an award-winning 132-unit, LEED-Gold-certified affordable housing project located at the gateway to the City of Fort Lauderdale and designed to impart a sense of dignity and belonging to its residents through a very careful massing strategy that allows the site to function as an expanded green space within an urban landscape.

­­­Glavovic Studio’s ethos goes well beyond housing, into the realm of public parks and plazas. One of the firm’s earliest projects was Young Circle Arts Park, which transformed an underutilized urban park into a 10-acre cultural center in downtown Hollywood, Florida and catalyzed the revitalization of an entire portion of the city. The park immerses visitors in native landscapes and offers visual and performing arts programming and community activities and includes a visual arts pavilion and a performingarts pavilion.

Glavovic Studio designed the new South Florida headquarters for Magic Leap, one of the most innovative technology companies in the world, and matched the company’s inventiveness with its own. The firm treated this almost as an urban design project, with streets and avenues that subdivide the massive 250,000-square-foot space into zones that allow for the kinds of intentional collaboration and accidental collision that create the best workspaces.

Even cultural buildings, which many architects see as monuments to themselves, are opportunities for social betterment in the hands of Glavovic Studio. Located on a quiet street on the northern edge of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Girls’ Club is an artist studio, a gallery, a foundation, and a quasi-public space. Glavovic took a 1984 masonry building and reconfigured the facade to create something layered with light, color, landscape, and materials that employ local craft techniques and industrial references. Because Margi Nothard is also an artist, the firm is often engaged for public art commissions. One such example is Sunset Hammock, a public art project in Tamarac’s Sunset Point Park, which explores the expansiveness of the Everglades through the study of wetland topographies and tectonic forms.

Glavovic Studio has been published in more than 30 national and international publications, and the firm has won more than a dozen design awards since it was founded, including multiple awards from the Urban Land Institute (recognizing excellent in urban design) and the United States Green Building Council.

 


Margi Nothard | President + Director of Design

Since establishing Glavovic Studio in 1999, Margi Nothard has strived to have an impact on communities through innovative and socially conscious architecture. Her projects leverage public and private thresholds with a keen sensibility for extraordinary architectural moments.

As the firm’s Founder, President, and Design Director, Margi oversees a diverse portfolio of projects including market and affordable housing, civic spaces, museums, galleries, and commercial properties. She is determined to broaden how we think about the possibilities for housing, by considering solutions that not only tackle pressing social issues, but do so beautifully, sustainably and affordably. At Glavovic Studio, Margi leads a studio called GS LIVES to focus on approaches to housing at various scales (from single family one-story to high-rise and private to public projects) using various types of construction and different geographical locations.

Margi’s contemplative, broad-based work explores complex cultural, social, and environmental conditions within Florida’s unique landscape. Her approach transforms public spaces, articulates poetic architectural form, and impacts major urban communities. For every project, Margi perceives the audience to be both the public at large and the specific user who will occupy the building. With that in mind, the goal is to create spaces in which the experience of the architecture transcends the prescriptive program, while ensuring a highly functional building. Margi firmly believes that great design can make the world better, and this is reflected in everything she and her firm do.

New, impactful projects include headquarters for Magic Leap Inc., an innovative, mixed-reality start-up technology company; M.A.S. Café, a sustainable modular container project in Flagler Village; Sunset Hammock, a monumental environmental public art project in Tamarac; and The Promenade, an outdoor landscape project at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Well-known projects include Young Circle ArtsPark, a 10-acre cultural arts facility with an Amphitheatre and Visual Arts Pavilion in Hollywood; Girls' Club Foundation, a leading contemporary art private collection gallery in Fort Lauderdale; and major renovations and additions to the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale. In progress works include a 500-unit project for the Healthy Housing Foundation (HHF), an array of small projects with the City of Miami Beach, and ongoing work with Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Nothard’s public artworks include Mending Wall a $350,000 commission for the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which transformed the museum’s south façade with 12’ x104’ luminescent metal panels. Public Art commission Sunset Hammock, in the City of Tamarac, currently in progress, is an interactive in-situ metal land-bridge structure which envelopes into a community periscope to view the Everglades, a Public Art commission with an NEA Our Town Grant, which examines infrastructure, site and sustainability through a site specific project on the edge of the Everglades. GroundWater is a sculpture series which explores and investigates WATER in South Florida. FLOW,  a large scale public art project with over 9000SF of exterior breezeway and plaza space, explores justice, environment, history, community and reconciliation—new urban connections and thin moments of exquisite beauty in the new Broward County Courthouse. At the NSU Art Museum Nothard completed the award winning, Bridge-Stair Sculpture and Threshold, two site-specific commissioned artworks that explore the delicate balance of habitation on the thin crust of the aquifer using concrete, inscription, and drawing to re-examine surface and permanence.

Nothard engages in public outreach through membership on boards, participation in mentorship programs, public lectures, art and architecture exhibitions, studio events, and guided tours. Nothard and her studio have designed over 75 projects and are committed to long-term environmental stewardship. The firm’s work has been widely published in newspapers and magazines such as Abitare, Architectural Record, Metropolis and The Miami Herald, as well as in books by publishers, such as Braun and Taschen.

Nothard holds a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and grew-up in Durban, South Africa. Growing up in South Africa, Margi is inspired and influenced by the landscape and nature that permeated her youth. Her work is rooted in the connection to the earth and the belief that issues of societal inequity in our culture can be addressed through architecture.    

 

 

Terence O’Connor | RA, Vice-President

Growing up in a 1940s modern home in Fort Lauderdale, along with his acquaintance with acclaimed local architect Donald Singer, were the things that first motivated Terence O’Connor to pursue a career in architecture. For him, Fort Lauderdale has always inspired his creative work and research, provoking fundamental questions about the essential qualities of space and place.

Terence began his career as a project designer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the design and production of Hines prototype office park developments (Houston, 1977). In 1979 he relocated to New York City to work for Johnson/Burgee Architects. He was involved in the design and production of documents for award-winning projects such as the AT&T Building (New York City, 1979), PPG Place (Pittsburgh, 1980-84), the Miami-Dade Cultural Center (Miami, 1982), Transco Tower (Houston, 1983), and the Wells Fargo Center (Denver, 1983).

Terence has been a Senior Architect and Vice-President of Glavovic Studio since its founding in 1999 and brings more than 40 years of architectural experience to the firm. In this role, he assumes responsibility for integrating the design through all aspects of the project, including oversight of the construction documents, specifications, and construction administration. He has collaborated with Margi G. Nothard, President + Director of Design, since the firm’s founding, notably on award-winning projects such as Bridge_Stair at the NSU Art Museum, Girls’ Club Foundation, Dr. Kennedy Homes, Sailboat Bend Senior Affordable Housing project, and M.A.S. Café.

Terence has taught and lectured on architectural design and theory at the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University. He has also served as Chapter President and State Director for the Fort Lauderdale AIA and has garnered numerous AIA design awards individually and with Glavovic Studio.

Terence received his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and Master of Architecture from Rice University.