Robert Aude

AIA, Principal 

Bob provides significant design experience and executive leadership to Aude-Smith Architecture, Inc. AIA.

After graduation from Ohio State University, he obtained Florida registration in 1975 and served as Regional Design Director for a national architectural firm from 1975 to 1985. In 1987, he joined an established Tampa Bay firm as Partner and acquired majority ownership in 1994. Following his successful corporate practice over 18 years, Jeff Smith joined the firm in 2012 to form Aude-Smith Architecture, Inc. AIA.

Bob’s experience includes projects for the City of St. Petersburg, such as Mahaffey Theater, three City parks, churches for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, corporate office parks, and urban planning for major institutions. In a career spanning 40 years, he has led development of long-range projects throughout Florida and Tampa Bay.

Bob’s civic involvement includes service on the Clearwater Housing Authority and Municipal Code Enforcement Boards. As chair of Clearwater Housing, he served the community for 22 years. He enjoys family life, three grandchildren, and performs with a local jazz group around Tampa Bay.

Jeff Smith


In 1980, Jeff Smith began a career creating unique residential design for builders, developers, and growing families. Several years later, Jeff formed a residential design firm to continue personal service for his clients. Following successful years in practice, Jeff joined Robert Aude Associates, AIA, in 2012, a full service architectural firm established in 1994.

“I’m proud of the fact that our clientele always seems pleased with what we design,” Jeff says. “I think that comes from versatility– we’re not committed to a single style – we listen very carefully to clients. The fact that we serve numerous repeat clients over the years is a source of great professional fulfillment.”

Away from the office, Jeff serves with the Clearwater Housing Board, and he and his wife are avid travelers. “Napa Valley is probably our favorite destination,” he says. “We love wine and the atmosphere there, and there is obviously great architecture in California as well.

Matthew Schoeppe

Director of Design

Illustrator and Drafter

Education: Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute

With Firm: 21 years

Roles: Architectural Design
Site Planning
Structural Coordination
Historic Preservation
Rendering and Illustration

Personal: Married
6 Children
Outdoor Sports
Church Activities

Michael Lutz

Project Manager, IT Director  

Education: ITT Technical Institute
Tampa, Florida
Microsoft MCSE Certification

Joined Firm in: 1998

Roles: Project Management
In-house IT Director
Code Specialist: Florida Building Code, NFPA, and ADA

Personal: Married
2 Children

John Benton

Project Manager, BIM (Building Information Modelling) Specialist  

Education: St. Petersburg College

Trade Experience: Custom millwork design and fabrication

Joined Firm in: 2003

Roles: Project Management
3D Software
Design of Custom Fabrications and Fixtures

Personal: Married

Erik Hanna

Associate, Design and Production  

Education: Interlochen Arts Academy
Northwestern Michigan College
St. Petersburg College

Joined Firm in: 2014

Roles: Construction Documents
Client Contact
Construction Administration

Personal: Married
3 Children

Glenda Rohrs

CFO / Office Manager

Education: American Intercontinental University – AIU, Miami, FL (AIU-Online)
Professional Career Development Institute – Professional Accounting & Bookkeeping

Professional Contributes: 30 years of Professional Financial Management

Joined Firm in: March 2016

Roles: Chief Financial Officer to Robert Aude, AIA and Jeff Smith, Designer –
Office Manager for Staff, Outside Consultants and New Clients
Administrator for In-house Payroll, Comptroller of all aspects of the Professional
Operations of Aude-Smith Architecture, Inc. AIA

Personal: Career Professional

Family: Proud Mother of Three and Grandmother of Five