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A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Nathan Butler earned his Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 1995. He joined the firm in 2000.
Nathan entered college with an interest in archaeology. However, lacking an aptitude for chemistry plus family concerns that he would struggle to make a living in some remote part of the world led him to a different course of study. "I always enjoyed designing, drawing and making things, so the architecture curriculum appealed to me," Nathan explained.
"Nathan is a talented young architect with a superior work ethic and extraordinary community-mindedness who has earned the distinction of being the youngest associate in the history of the firm to consistently make positive contributions to our operations and projects, including award-winning architectural endeavors," according to CTHA Principal Tim McNicholas.
One example of Nathan's award-winning work is the design of the new Clermont City Hall for which he served as the Senior Project Architect. Clermont's previous city hall was located in an old bank building some distance from the downtown core. It lacked council chambers, so public meetings took place at the police station or in auditorium space downtown.
The new facility places all of the City's programs under one roof in the center of downtown Clermont. It provides efficient means of communication and interaction between departments, and room for expansion as the city continues to grow.
The site for the new city hall presented an unusual
challenge for Nathan and the firm. Clermont officials wanted entrance
points on all sides of the building; normally not an unusual design feature.
"Clermont's topography is more dramatic than Orlando's, and the city
hall site had a significant slope to it," according to Nathan. "This
simple client request became a challenging test for a Florida architect
who is used to working with relatively flat sites."
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