Herb Roth and Jeff Sheppard established Roth + Sheppard Architects in 1983. The firm maintains a LEED® accredited staff of four project architects, eight design technicians, and two administrative personnel in addition to the two principals.
Our collaborative design process stimulates exploration of the known and unknown to uncover opportunities. Through rigorous analysis, combined with an inventive commitment to sustainable design, these opportunities provide the framework for transforming conventional problems into innovative solutions. The resulting environments enhance the building occupants sensory experience, health and productivity while responding to the evolving social, cultural, and technological conditions of modern life.
While problem solving addresses the pragmatic, innovation allows for discovery of the unknown. Our project portfolio ranging from regional retail facilities and specialized restaurant environments to justice facilities and secure public safety buildings, illustrates solutions that ultimately create unique experiences, strive for design excellence and emote the spirit of place.
Roth + Sheppard Architects is recognized as a leading programming, needs assessment and design firm and has been awarded with over 50 AIA awards for architectural design excellence. Collaboration with other architectural firms, including Perkins + Will, AECOM, Kasian Architecture, Rey de la Reza Architects, Urban Works, RossDrulisCusenbery, and others across the United States demonstrates our belief in teaming to meet the needs of large scale, complex projects.
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.
Mr. Sheppard received his Masters of Architecture Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979. Following a teaching honorarium at Tech 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 2 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, Jeff and his partner Herb Roth, established Roth + Sheppard Architects. Six years later Mr. Sheppard was named the Denver AIA Young Architect of the Year. As the principal in charge of design, his projects have received over 50 American Institute of Architects Awards and 20 Awards from industry publications. Noteworthy projects include: The Denver Art Museum Lobby and Shop, Room and Board Furniture Stores, Vesta Dipping Grill, Cucina Colore Restaurant, Carellis Restaurant, over 15 Tokyo Joe’s restaurants, Scandinavian Designs Furniture Stores, Colorado State Patrol Prototype Facilities, Brighton Police Department, Milliken Police Department, Windsor Police Department and several award winning residential projects.
From 1989 to present, Mr. Sheppard has served on 25 design award juries and 7 design review committees. He was the Design Coordinator for the Third Year Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he has been a guest lecturer and juror at the University of Colorado, Denver and Boulder, Oklahoma State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and lectures at the Visionary Leadership Class, School of Business at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Mr. Sheppard’s recent drawings and projects are published in a McGraw Hill Press book entitled, Composite Drawing, Techniques for Architectural Presentation, and were acquired by the Denver Art Museum for their permanent collection.