Herb Roth, FAIA


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.