Robert MacLeod

Robert MacleodDirector School of Architecture and Community Design
Phone: (813) 974-6015

Robert M. MacLeod, AIA is a Professor and Director of the University of South Florida's School of Architecture and Community Design.

Professor MacLeod’s academic research focuses on urban design and community planning issues within the “unfinished project” of the contemporary city, public space infrastructure, conditions of suburban sprawl, and redevelopment strategies for abandoned commercial centers and edges. He was the founding Director of the University of Florida’s Orlando “Citi-Lab” Studio and has served as primary investigator for several funded research projects including the “West Kendall Study”, an environmentally sensitive commercial and residential master plan for a 160-acre property south of Miami, bordering the Florida Everglades, and sponsored by the Rouse Company of Columbia, Maryland; “The Ruskin Project”, a proposal for contemporary suburban re-development in southwest Florida; and “Intervention as Context”, an analytical study of Orlando, Florida, the first of several Orlando-based research studies and projects.

MacLeod was the co-director of the University of Florida Hong Kong / China Research Studio from 2004-09 and has developed research and professional work related to the Asian mega-city and podium building type. As an educator, Professor MacLeod’s teaching and pedagogical development efforts have received several awards. He has presented papers and exhibited design/research work at numerous academic and professional venues. Professor MacLeod is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has worked with award-winning architectural offices in Boston and Orlando on a wide range of buildings including residential, commercial, public works, office, educational, and medical projects.

Professor MacLeod is a partner in SWiMcau (Sanders Wang MacLeod International Consortium for Architecture & Urbanism). SWiMcau’s projects are sited in Asia and the US, range from residential to urban design work and include a proposal for a multi-use development consisting of retail, housing, public park, and mosque near Jakarta, Indonesia. His architectural work with SWiMcau and other firms has received several Design Awards from the AIA. MacLeod was born in Europe and raised in both Europe and the US. Educated at the University of Florida (BDesign) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MArch, recipient of the Julia Appleton Traveling Fellowship), he was a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida where he has taught from 1987 to 2009. He began his current duties as Director of SACD in 2009.


Research Activity



  • 2015     Medal of Honor: Considered the highest award given to an individual from the TB AIA; Tampa Bay AIA
  • 2013     President’s Award of Excellence: Given at the discretion of the current TB AIA President; Tampa Bay AIA


  • “Back to School”; Discussion panel participant; AIA Florida Annual Conference, Palm Beach, FL
  • Paul O. Robinson: Form of Absence
    • Catalogue of works by Paul O. Robinson
    • Co-Published by USF Contemporary Art Museum and USF School of Architecture & Community Design;  Co-edited with Paul Robinson
  • “A Simple X-Ray”: Essay for “Paul O. Robinson: Form of Absence” catalogue
  • “Cities of Memory and Imagination”: SACD Cyprus Studio Catalogue essay; Jan Wampler, critic
  • Curator: Paul Robinson: Form of Absence:  x-rays / paintings / reliquaries Exhibition, USF Contemporary Art Museum 
  • “City Building”: Forward to “Hunton Brady Architects”;  Published by Hunton Brady Architects
  • “Giving Up the Ghost” Curator’s Statement, exhibition brochure, “Paul Robinson: Form of Absence: x-rays / paintings / reliquaries”;  Exhibition at USF Contemporary Art Museum
  • “The Critical Tourist”: Forward to “The Thailand Studio”; University of South Florida SACD, Catalogue of student work; Edited by Jan Wampler, SACD Markborough Professor; Published by USF / SACD
  • “Landing”; Forward to “A New Village in the City”; Quito, Ecuador Reuse of the City Airport; University of South Florida SACD, Catalogue of student work; Edited by Jan Wampler, SACD Markborough Professor; Published by USF / SACD
  • “Craft & Context: SACD at 25”;  Forward to “Craft & Context”; Book of student work; Published by SACD, Ed. Michael Halflants & Robert MacLeod