Judi Shade Monk

School of Architecture
Instructional Assistant Professor
ARCH 234

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Building Materials, Built Environment Resilience, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction)
I have been a LEED accredited professional since 2006. The continuing education I seek in order to maintain my credentials includes sustainability and resilience. I work to maintain a broad understanding of the implementation and evolution of resilient technologies and practices so that it can be incorporated into my teaching at all levels.

JUDI SHADE MONK is registered architect in Florida, New Jersey, and New York. She is NCARB certified and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2006. Prior to rejoining the School of Architecture faculty as a Lecturer in 2019, she played key design roles in internationally renowned, award-winning offices in New York City and Washington DC, including five years at Richard Meier & Partners Architects. She has taught design studios at Tulane University and Yale University.

She has worked in multiple capacities on numerous building typologies including single-family and high-rise residential, boutique hospitality, educational, retail, agricultural, and government projects. She has lead competition teams to award, worked as a project manager and design assist for a general contractor, and run her own small practice. Her volunteer work includes four years of service on the municipal planning board in Highland Park, NJ, where she lived prior to moving back to Gainesville.

Professor Monk teaches design studios, the #OneDCP class – Creating the Built Environment, and is a member of the graduate faculty. Her research interests include practice-informed studio instruction and pedagogy, color theory in the Josef Albers tradition, detailing, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the education of non-architects on the role and value of the profession. She is dedicated to equality, equity, and diversity and is committed to the lifetime of learning, unlearning, listening, and advocacy that those goals demand.

Professor Monk has been quoted in the New York Times, The Real Deal NYC, and Gainesville Magazine and interviewed by Bloomberg News; her writing has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education where her advocacy has also been noted, along with many other cultural and industry-related outlets.

She is a proud University of Florida Alumna and a Legacy Gator; her parents met at UF in a symbolic logic class in 1970! She earned her Bachelor of Design in 1999 and Master of Architecture in 2001. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal and enjoyed teaching lower division studios for two years prior to moving to NYC. She grew up in Jupiter, FL and has also lived in Hoboken, NJ, Washington DC and New Orleans. Her husband, Don Monk, is on faculty at UF at the Fisher School of Accounting; they have two daughters that keep them on their toes!

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