MSR Cofounder Jeffrey Scherer Announces Plans to Retire
MSR Design Cofounder Jeffrey Scherer Announces His Plans to Retire Later this Year
Minneapolis (April 4, 2016)—Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA, one of the founding principals of the Minneapolis architecture firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. (MSR Design), has announced that he will retire from full-time work at the end of the firm’s fiscal year in September. He plans to go back to school full-time next January at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, to pursue a degree in traditional drawing and painting. As an emeritus founder, he will be available to continue advising the firm as needed. Jeff and MSR Design’s other two founders, Tom Meyer, FAIA, and Garth Rockcastle, FAIA, started the firm in 1981 to create exceptional and enduring architecture through a leading, self-renewing practice.
Jeff has practiced architecture for 45 years and led more than 300 planning and design projects. Known for leading discussions on important issues surrounding libraries, community engagement, and the workplace, he has spoken frequently at conferences and seminars for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), American Library Association (ALA), and Public Library Association (PLA) and has written numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to libraries and office space. His work has received more than 50 design awards, including a national AIA Honor Award and an AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Jeff was elected into the AIA College of Fellows in 1998.
According to Tom Meyer, “MSR Design would be a very different place without Jeff’s talent, drive, and optimistic energy. He has been absolutely crucial to our identity, growth, and success. Always a broad thinker with a huge enthusiasm for ideas and information, he, more than anyone, expanded the reach of our firm to nearly every state and to extraordinary new clients and new project types. He leaves an unmatched and enduring legacy as designer and national thought leader for the scores of community libraries he shaped.” Garth Rockcastle adds, “Jeff was most seminal to the very existence of MSR, for it was he who suggested Tom and I meet. Philosophical discussions and recreational outings quickly turned to professional and creative opportunities, and the rest has become history.”
MSR Design president Jack Poling, AIA, remarks, “Jeff has given so much of himself to our firm. Personally, Jeff gave me more opportunity than I could have ever asked for, and that opportunity has led to much of my professional success and joy. For that I will always be very, very grateful.”
“MSR Design has grown and prospered because the three founders believed in the principle of self renewal,” Jeff explains. “Taking self renewal seriously is why we have evolved as a company that is now being led by a new generation of caring and creative people. It is now time for me to self renew as I approach my 70th year. I will continue to be available to advise the company, but my focus will now be nurturing my passion for painting. I look forward to witnessing the evolution of MSR Design as it grows and flourishes over the next decades.