Jay Judson Retires from SWBR Architects

Thursday, May 8, 2014

SWBR Architects' principal and architect, Jay Judson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, will retire on May 31 after 28 years of work for the firm.
During his career, Jay has been involved in a wide variety of highly technical project types and has excelled as a designer. He has specialized in work for the firm's college and university clients, serving as the client liaison and project leader. Of Jay's 28 years at SWBR, he has been involved in the firm's board of directors for more than 25 years. He served as treasurer of SWBR from 1993 to 2010 and president from 1984 to 1992.

"Jay embodies SWBR's spirit and energy, and has been an ambassador for our firm since joining in 1986," said Dave Beinetti, President of SWBR Architects. "His dedication, wealth of knowledge, extended experience and positive attitude have been a major contribution to the firm's success. We thank Jay for all he has done for the firm and we congratulate him on his upcoming retirement."

Jay served as the principal on several higher-education projects including SUNY Geneseo's Bailey Hall, MCC's Thomas Flynn Campus Center and Wolk College of Nursing, RIT's Café and Market, Center for Applied Science and Technology Center, Center for Excellence in Mathematics Science and Technology and Louise Slaughter (CIMS) Hall. And, most recently, was involved in the design of the nationally recognized LEED Platinum Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT.

Jay has long been active in the Rochester community, participating in the Town of Brighton, N.Y., Architectural Review Board and serving on several boards, including Monroe Community College Foundation, Rochester School for the Deaf, the Rochester Institute of Technology Nathaniel Rochester Society, the White Haven Memorial Park, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester General Hospital Foundation, Genesee Country Museum and Rochester Family Service.

In 2013, he was honored by Builders Exchange of Rochester with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the Rochester community and his decades of involvement in improving and shaping the local construction industry. Previously, he was recognized with the Perkin's Founder Award from the Rochester School for the Deaf and the Whitaker Service Medallion for years of service at RIT.

Prior to coming to SWBR, Jay was employed at JRJ&A Architects for four years, Odell Associates for seven years and Wolf Associates for two years. He holds a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St Louis, Mo.

Jay is looking forward  to relocating to Murrells Inlet, S.C., with his wife, Lauren. He plans to attend local institutions in South Carolina to further his education, with an emphasis on Spanish and archeology.

We wish him the best of luck, happiness, health and of course warmer weather! We'll miss you Jay!