Updated: Apr 29
Clyde Brady is one of the most influential architects who between 1965 and 2000 helped shape the Central Florida environment through a series of projects and involvement in the community and education.
(Pictured "Clyde Brady, FAIA 1992")
Born in Panama City in 1938, Clyde is a 4th generation Floridian.
After graduating from the University Of Florida in 1965, Clyde joined KBJ architects in Jacksonville.
(Pictured "1965 Paris prize Competition")
In 1966, he moved to Titusville where he worked at Lemon and Megginson and where he designed the Titusville City Hall in 1967, a building that to this date has withstood the test of time and Imperial Estates Elementary School which received an AIA Florida Honor Award in 1968.
(Pictured "1967 Titusville City Hall")
In 1968, he joined Robert Murphy architect in Orlando and in 1972 he became partner in Murphy Hunton Shivers and Brady.
(Pictured "Florida Hospital, Orlando Magazine 1982")
In 1985, the firm morphed into Design Arts Group after it merged with Rowe Holmes and MJSH in Tampa.
(Pictured "Delineations Maitland Colonnades 1986")
In 1988, the Orlando group decided to form Hunton Brady Pryor Maso, which then became the current HuntonBrady architects. Clyde was an intuitive designer; he could communicate verbally with charm and humor and visually with masterful sketches.
In 1992 Clyde was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows.
Throughout his career, under Clyde’s leadership, the firm received numerous local, state and national design awards, as well as the State AIA Firm Award in 1995.
(Pictured "HBPM Firm Award 1995")
One significant legacy left by Clyde to the firm and the community is the tradition of the Holiday Poster. Clyde started drawing pen and ink artworks of churches around the world in 1970 through 2000, when he retired.
These coveted prints can be found around the world including his print of Westminster Abbey at the office of the Prince of Wales.
After Clyde’s retirement, he continued creating beautiful large-scale watercolors of architectural landmarks around the world, winning art prizes including the Best of Show, St. Augustine Art Association 2015.
(Pictured "Clyde Brady, FAIA Certificate of Award 2016")
In 2011 the Orlando AIA bestowed Clyde the Medal of Honor and in 2012 the Medal of Honor for Design.
Clyde was a frequent visiting architect and juror at the University of Florida. During his practice he mentored the next generation or architects that are currently leading HuntonBrady architects. His ethics, modernist approach to design, exploration of options, creativity, listening skills and gracious demeanor have become the foundation for the current office.
Among many of the recognizable buildings designed by Clyde:
Titusville City Hall, Florida Hospital Association Headquarters, American Federal Building (Round Building upper floors), Valencia Community College West Campus, 2600 Maitland Center, Heathrow Office Buildings, OCWEN office Building, Millennia Lakes Office Building, Maitland Colonnades, Ebbtide Condominium, Panama City Visual Art Center, UF Academic Advising Center, Fairwinds Building ( formerly Century Plaza/ Southtrust building).
(Pictured "OCWEN Office Building, American Federal Building, Millenia Lakes Office Building, & UF Academic Advising Center")
Images Courtesy of Clyde Brady, FAIA.