Michael Callahan, ASLA, Director of Landscape Architecture is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Florida. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University College of Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from The University of Georgia School of Environmental Design. Michael has also served as a visiting lecturer and critic at Clemson, Penn State and Iowa State Universities.
Growing up along the Florida Coast, Michael developed an appreciation of his surrounding environment while exploring beaches, tidal lagoons, and freshwater marshes near his home. These experiences combined with his early interest in art and architecture led him to study landscape architecture. Over time he has developed a passionate interest in how native plant communities, sustainable management practices and regional building materials work to create compelling landscape experiences.
Michael has worked closely with renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles on the design of Grove at Grand Bay, Apogee South Beach and the 200m renovation of Bal Harbour Shops. He has also apprenticed for Stephen Stimson Associates in Boston and began his career with the national multidisciplinary firm Kimley-Horn and Associates.
Jeffrey Huber, FAIA, Assoc. ASLA, NCARB, LEED AP is a Principal and Director of Planning and Urban Design at Brooks + Scarpa. Jeff manages the South Florida office. Mr. Huber also serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University in downtown Fort Lauderdale. He holds professional degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Architecture.
Huber’s work specializes on public realm projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design. He has advanced sustainability initiatives in soft cities, agricultural urbanism, green school design, missing-middle housing, Transit-Oriented Development, Low Impact Development/green infrastructure and adaptation/transformation design that addresses climate disruption and sea-level rise. Current and recent projects include: Salty Urbanism, Mango House, Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale Design and Construction Manual, DC Alexander Park in Fort Lauderdale, several Pompano Beach parks, Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Art and Arts & Culture Center in Hollywood, Collins Park Mixed-Use Garage in Miami Beach and University of Florida School of Architecture Building Renovations and Expansion in Gainesville.
Huber’s research, teaching, and professional work have garnered 75+ national design awards, including multiple Progressive Architecture Awards, AIA National Institute Honor Awards in Architecture and Urban Design, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Architecture Awards, EDRA/Places, and the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). His professional work has been published in hundreds of books and periodicals including Architect Magazine, Residential Architect, The Plan, The Plan Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine and Architectural Record. Huber has taught at the University of Florida, Mississippi State University, University of Southern California and University of Arkansas. Huber has delivered dozens of papers at conferences around the world on the topic of landscape urbanism, housing, adaptation design, transportation and other issues regarding the design of cities and neighborhoods.
He has received more than $1.5 million in federal, state and local grants for his interdisciplinary research and design work and just received his second Florida Sea Grant for development of adaptation planning. Grants have included the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Kellogg Foundation and United States Environmental Protection Agency, to name a few. Huber was previously the Assistant Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an internationally recognized outreach center of the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Huber is a South Florida native having previously worked and consulted with various firms. He has previously worked for Zyscovich Architects in Miami having been a project manager on several high-profile projects. Huber received his Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture from University of Florida (Gainesville) in 2004, and a Master of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design from Florida International University (Miami) in 2019.
Christine Sawyer, Operations Director is involved in all aspects of operations from schematic design through construction implementation. She has apprenticed for renowned landscape architect Stephen Stimson in the design of University of Connecticut, Northeastern University and large scale residential estate projects throughout the northeast and Canada. Christine has instructed design courses at Iowa State University while participating in the Iowa Department of Transportation Living Roadway Program. During which, she has collaborated with many government agencies, business owners and local communities in facilitating and implementing landscape interventions.
From the vastness of the Iowa agrarian landscape of her youth to cities lived in and traveled, Christine has learned to appreciate how inherent qualities inform place and how thoughtful design can shape the landscape to reflect and enhance these qualities.
Christine holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University College of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Her background also includes experience in hospitality design and management.
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Principal has received more than 200 major design awards including twenty-one National AIA Awards, Architect Magazine’s HIVE 50 Innovator Award, 2017 National AIA Collaborative Achievement Award, 2017 AIA Los Angeles Chapter Gold Medal, 2018, 2016 & 2014 Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Architecture Firms (ranked 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively), 2015 AIA California Council Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected him as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. His work has been exhibited internationally including the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. He has been Featured in NEWSWEEK and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009 Interior Design Magazine honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, his firm Brooks + Scarpa was awarded the National and State of California Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.
He has taught and lectured at the university level at numerous schools. Since 2013 he has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California. He was also the 2012 Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 2011 and 2012 John Jerde Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California, the 2010 Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at the University of Florida, 2009 E. Fay Jones Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas, the 2008 Ruth and James Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University, the 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2005 Max Fisher Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2004 Freidman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land. Most recently he co-founded the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.