Margi Nothard: Swamp Practice
Margi Nothard is the design principal and founding partner of Glavovic Studio Inc. She has spent the past 18 years working, teaching, and volunteering in the realm of design and architecture to further her firm’s mission of providing innovative design and creative thinking for people and places. Through Glavovic Studio, Nothard’s work promotes and explores environmentally responsible approaches capturing the beauty, landscape, light, and cultures found in South Florida's unique physical environment.
Nothard’s skills extend from providing transformational creative public spaces, experienced in Young Circle ArtsPark Project in Hollywood, Florida to the conceptualization of integrated sustainable architectural form, in Young at Art Children’s Museum, which breaks ground in May 2010. In 2008, Glavovic Studio realized the creation of the award winning artful Girls’ Club Collection, a foundation that explores the intersection of art and architecture, and the role of women on the edge of the political and physical space of the downtown. Over the past five years, work at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale has integrated an Edward Larrabee Barnes building into the fabric of the city and garnered a State AIA award.
The firms affordable housing projects include work with Artspace Projects Inc., Carlisle Development Inc., the City of Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority and private clients in Hollywood and include large areas of the city being reconceived for long-term sustainability and quality of life opportunities demonstrating that process and sustained commitment to a clear design approach are transformational outside of the immediate project site.
Nothard received her master of architecture from the Southern California Institute for Architecture. Her academic career has spanned the last eighteen years from California to Florida. She taught at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design, and in Fort Lauderdale, was the urban Design professor at Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and taught regularly in the School of Architecture creating a bridge between planning and architecture.