Citizen Architect - Summer 2017

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Steven G. Stowers Malachi Gordon Design/production Lynn Robinson Contributing Photographers Michael Kahn AIA Georgia Neil Dawson AIA, President Kathryn Bedette AIA, President-Elect Theresa Ridley AIA, Past President Michael Tchouaffe AIA, Secretary Perry Jarrell AIA, Treasurer Nicole Seekely AIA, Steve Stowers AIA, Ralph Raymond AIA, Nicole Hilton AIA, Charles Green AIA, Patricia Brown Assoc. AIA, Gloria Woods, Zachary Terry, Gerry Cowart FAIA David Southerland, Executive Director AIA Georgia and Atlanta Tangela Monroe, Director of Finance and Operations Lynn Robinson, Director of Outreach and Communications 100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 190, Atlanta, GA 30303 678.553.0500 |

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More and more people are moving to Atlanta for its job opportunities, weather and now its city scene. to handle growth, old neighborhoods are becoming the focus of new growth and burgeoning development.

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Young Savannah Review: 2017 Day at the Capitol Advocacy is a big part of what AIA Georgia does as the State Chapter. A couple of Savannah attendees decided to let you know what they think of it.

Power of Community Architects are able to dictate the ways we interact with our surroundings. With such a strong impact, are you ready for the responsibility?

Organic Marketing For firms of all sizes, learn how to utilize your individual strengths and sell your work and skill more effectively to clients.

An Advocacy Dilemma Role models. We all have one and we might all be guilty of thinking too lightly on our own ability to advocate for the profession as one.

Experiencing Architecture through Immersive Apps There’s an app for that. Savannah thought there should be, and with a local architecture school and an active AIA chapter, they made it happen.

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Student Design Work Georgia’s design schools are our very own hotbed for the next up and coming architects. Find their work scattered throughout this issue.

Places in Peril Every year the Georgia Trust compiles a list of historic buildings the State is at risk of losing.

Honor Awards Winners Learn more about this year’s honor award winners for Emerging Professional, Firm of the Year, and the Rothschild Award.

Design Awards Winners Our 2017 winners are featured here but you can access more photos and project information online!

AIA Atlanta Residential Design Awards Call for Submissions Registration and Submissions Open: June 22, 2017 Close: October 27, 2017 Awards November 16, 2017

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NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sometimes, in our preoccupation with whats new architecture, restaurants, or the next thing, we should try to remember that often what is best is a new reason to return to the places we already love.


=he work of architects is perhaps the most fully community-engaged of all of the design professions, touching people’s lives in a myriad of ways – from the purely artistic to the mundanely practical. This issue of The Citizen Architect is about the ways that the members of AIA

interact with their communities in a direct and personal way. AIA Georgia is first and foremost charged with protecting and defending the practice of architecture, and ensuring our members have the best possible environment for the profession. This issue has appropriately placed a leadoff article on AIA’s Day at the Capitol (p.9), and the 360 degree impact that participation in this event had with young members from AIA Savannah. But you can also read about the engagement of our members with specific communities in Georgia, and the ways that the architecture profession has engaged in non-traditional ways, as with Gloria Wood’s article on the Cascade Heights neighborhood in Atlanta (p.1 13), and Ralph Raymond’s profile of how the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is widely engaged in a host of community projects. I particularly like the article about how a small chapter like Savannah has been able to leverage new technology to create a mobile app to help visitor and residents explore that city’s vast architectural heritage (p.40). This issue seeks to reconnect the work of our members with our communities – one the most fundamental building blocks of the profession. Indeed architecture often plays the role of knitting our communities together through the fabric of great design. But we also remember that new design can play important roles as well with winners of AIA Georgia’s Design Awards and Honor Awards. We have found a lot to recharge our batteries and get excited about in the work of AIA members in this issue, and we hope you will too. — DAVID SOUTHERLAND


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Something nEw Our members tell us clearly that they wish that AIA could do more to raise the awareness of the value of architecture and the work of our members among the general public. We like to think that The Citizen Architect contributes a little to this intention. But starting in late summer we will invite our members to apply for small grants that will encourage them to design and execute programs in their own communities that address architecture. This Grants Program, in partnership with the Architecture Foundation of Georgia (AFGA), will beopen to individuals, AIA Chapters and Sections, and key allied organizations. Please stay tuned to communications from the AFGA, your local AIA Chapter, NOMA and others to find out how you or your local AIA component can participate.

Student Projects

murphy market didier porter william myers Kennesaw State university


urphy Market is the integration of a multi-functional

building and outdoor plaza spaces, intended as a community forum for the southwest region of Atlanta. By definition, a market is a place of gathering for the public to purchase and sale provisions, livestock, and other commodities. Murphy Market is a synthesis of two community jump start initiatives and home of a new kind public forum. As a consortium, it incorporates a community-based planning effort that will attempt to break down the barriers between the public and trained design professions. A design studio for the Atlanta City Studios and offices for AIA Atlanta act as a primary program, aiming to connect to Atlanta’s diverse communities. The project works as an effort to clean up the previously existing brownfield site of Murphy Crossing. Programmatic spaces depict a radial organization scheme with the Westside Beltline Trail acting as a core. A radial-concentric approach was used to further strengthen the community aspect and integrate the Murphy Market into the cities fabric. citizen architect | Summer ‘17 7

The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius... Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame


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Young Savannah Review

2017 Day at the Capitol

Day at the Capitol is AIA Georgias annual lobby day. The one-day event gives Georgia architects an organized way to interact with their elected officials on the issues affecting the profession during the spring legislative session.






earning a license upon graduation would be

perspective the visit to the capital

extremely beneficial for those who are confident

was an exciting opportunity to

in pursuing architecture from the start.



Speaking as an international student, it would

making process of legislations affecting both

also alleviate certain difficulties in finding work

architects and architecture students today.

placements outside of your home country. In

Prior to our trip to Atlanta, I was unaware of

the future, I hope to be able to be involved in the

how state-level policy making impacted our

discussion of internships and how students can

society and future careers.

balance the ARE alongside regular academics.

One of the most interesting elements of

As members and leaders of the SCAD Chapter

the day was being able to witness and

of AIAS, it was also a great event to network

hear about bylaws that directly affect our

with local architects, faculty, and to represent

generation of architecture students regarding

the school. To be in a room full of industry

the IPAL process. The Integrated Path to

professionals is an experience that we are not

Architectural Licensure will allow incoming

always exposed to!




students an additional chance to complete the requirements for licensure whilst earning their

More than anything, the visit highlighted the


importance of outreach. To voice our strength and leverage our accessibility amongst those

Rhea Nayar is a B.F.A Architecture Candidate at Savannah College of Art and DesignÂŽ and also serves as SCAD AIAS Chapter President.

After learning about the IPAL in further detail,

that set public policy at the state level, particularly

I was able to learn how advantageous it will

at General Assembly, was truly empowering. I

be for my peers and younger generations to

would encourage a larger participation amongst

integrate their academic curricula with work

students in future opportunities such as this,

experience. As I enter my last few weeks of

to really grasp the scale of how architecture is

my undergraduate degree, I can see that the

governed and practiced. citizen architect | Summer ‘17



t has been my privilege to attend the

confident will be beneficial in the future.

AIA Georgia Grassroots Day at the

While the objective was advocacy there are

Capital twice in the past years, first in

unforeseen benefits to attending for those

2016 as the SCAD AIAS/Savannah AIA

coming from Savannah. The distant commute

Liaison and again in 2017 as the AIA Savannah

may be discouraging at first however, the

Emerging Professionals Liaison. Each visit

opportunity to spend that time with the

to the capital uniquely changed my view of

industry leaders of our community is invaluable.

architecture and the scope of the profession.

Grassroots has become not merely a chance to unify our voice as Savannah AIA with

As an emerging professional and recent

that of AIA Georgia, but also cultivates an

graduate, the AIA Georgia Grassroots Day

atmosphere of unison and comradery amongst

at the Capital provided me a chance to

all the participants, bridging the gap between

understand what lies ahead for the industry and

students, emerging professionals, and licensed

by association my future. A particular moment I

architects. While to the casual observer AIA

recall was meeting Georgia State Senator Lester

Georgia Grassroots Day may not seem strictly

G. Jackson III (Democrat – 2). Upon arriving

essential to their success in the profession,

it was clear that Senator Jackson was pressed

I would consider it of utmost importance

for time and had a full schedule. Regardless, we

for anyone wishing to truly invest in their

received a friendly and generous reception and

architectural community.

his undivided attention. Our group consisted of architects, educators, emerging professionals,

Overall, this event has given me a spirit of

and students and we were able to voice our views

accountability and empowerment. It has both

on multiple issues regarding the profession of

created with in me the feeling that I am, in part,

architecture. Although our time spent in his

responsible for the actions and outcomes of my

office was short, the foundation that was built

community and given me the confidence that I

created an avenue of communication that I am

have the ability to have that influence.

PUTTING A FACE ON OUR ISSUES State Grassroots provides our members the chance to meet with and approach legislators about the pressing matters affecting the design + build environment.


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Adam Drummond, Assoc. AIA is an Intern Architect at James W. Buckley & Associates, Inc. in savannah Georgia. He also serves as the 2017 AIA Savannah Emerging Professionals Director.

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Student Projects

Amalgamation Eli Luri, Ricardo Chiuz, Richard HAAS, Arpad Ronaszegi Savannah college of Art & design


malgamation strives to take a romanticized urban plan and bring it to the 21st century.

This is accomplished through the consideration of current and future trends in urban planning and learning from poor planning of the past. In the words of Jane Jacobs “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” This project seeks to relieve some of the negative effects of urban renewal, revitalizing the lost community. Notions of urban renewal, such as the concept of “blight” wiped away this area’s culture and people. Urban renewal of this area disconnected it from the rest of the city, and limited it to an analogous usage. With the reintroduction of the grid, as well as diversified usages, Amalgamation both ties Yamacraw’s past, as well as looks into the future needs of this area and its people.


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A standing series By Gloria Woods

Resting just within the perimeter, west of downtown, is an area known as Cascade Heights with its eponymous road running centrally to its outer most boundary ar Beecher Road.


cascade heights


ith Atlanta City Studio moving into its neighborhood among its numerous community assets, Cascade Heights is now in the sightline of redevelopers eyeing new neighborhood as for Atlanta’s constant expansion. Already a diverse area with a renewed confidence in its holdings, Cascade Heights residents are feeling the pressure on its borders to welcome revitalization. From its proximity to the city and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to its lavish parks and preserves, Cascade Heights has citizen architect | Summer ‘17


Cascade Heights is in the midst of surveying and widespread redevelopment. Its parks, recreation and greenspaces, like the 150-acre Adams Park and the 135-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, have made the Cascade Heights neighborhood desirable and a key area for revitalization. so much to offer to the city of Atlanta and its residents. Cascade Heights Commercial District, (CHCD) located at the intersection of Benjamin E. Mays Drive and Cascade Road between Delowe Avenue and Venetian Drive is the center of this outside focus and budding change, but of course, this neighborhood and

formed in 2014. CHCDC is made up of community members and leaders, such as renowned architect Oscar Harris, FAIA, who has called this community home for many years and who feel a community conscious plan with already settled residents involved is paramount to both short-term and long-term

community has not always been an area of planning cohesion and collaboration.

positive development.

Short-term/Tactical Throughout most of its history Cascade Heights has been an area of racial tension in Atlanta coming to a recognizable head with Peyton Road Affair. Commonly known as “Atlanta’s Berlin Wall,” in 1962, Mayor Ivan Allen Jr ordered barricades to be built on Peyton and Harlan Roads to keep blacks from moving into a predominately white neighborhood. Though the barriers only lasted 72 days before a court ordered its removal, the impact on exclusionary and inclusionary zoning with definite race relations implications forever changed the city. Today Cascade Heights is home to many of Atlanta’s “black elites”, the power-brokers and movers and shakers of the local African-American community. Cascade Heights is in the midst of surveying and widespread redevelopment. Its parks, recreation and greenspaces, like the 150acre Adams Park and the 135-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, have made the Cascade Heights neighborhood desirable and a key area for revitalization. Assisting the revitalization efforts is the Cascade Heights Community Development Corporation (CHCDC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization 14

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Tactical urbanism constitutes low-cost, temporary changes to built environments with the hopes of improving communities through increased community awareness to social and economic issues. Also known as “Pop-Up” or “D.I.Y. Urbanism”. The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) School of Architecture performed a study on Cascade Heights focusing on tactical solutions for the neighborhood. The study looked to “occupy” initiatives of streets and parking lots. If you walk Cascade Heights today you’d be met by parking lots with several vacant and overlooked lots scattered in between. Tactical urbanism may be a great short-term solution to help gain community interest and involvement by looking at these spaces as places of engagement and civic immersion. The Georgia Tech study provides the community short-term solutions with intentions toward fostering connections and growth streamlined in a scaffolding of envisioning, planning, and incremental proposal creation to detail all feedback.

Long-term/ Sustainable The 2006 Campbellton/Cascade Corridors Redevelopment Plan marked the most

Photograph by Michael Kahn

FOSTERING COMMUNITY Atlanta City Studio, an initiative by the City of Atlanta to create an inviting place for collaboration and community involvment, has moved its pop-up to 2311 Cascade Rd from its inaugural Ponce City Market location. Programs from the Georgia Conservancy and Department of Transportation along with a host of others have kept this location busy.

Sustainability has three active pillars: economic, social and environmental; all of which must be detailed in a community master plan. With a push towards an update of the 2006 redevelopment plan, hopefully Cascade Heights will set forth more sustainable and practical goals for the communitys redevelopment... recent comprehensive scheme for neighborhood transformation. Key points in this campaign focused on strengthening surrounding neighborhoods, revitalizing commercial centers, increased pedestrian friendly rights-of-way, traffic calming solutions, and improved pedestrian connections to schools and parks. In the decade since, this extensive list of improvements has only been touched at. Later in the Atlanta 2016 Comprehensive Plan, the Campbellton/Cascade Corridors Redevelopment Plan was mentioned. Character areas and policies for Atlanta’s neighborhoods, centers and corridors. However, this comprehensive plan only provides general and non-

area specific strategies and policies for implementation which works for the city as a whole, but Cascade Heights needs to push further. With a push towards an update of the 2006 redevelopment plan, hopefully Cascade Heights will set forth more sustainable and practical goals for the community’s redevelopment that focuses more on making the neighborhood more sustainable and detailing those efforts through plans, programs and policies as well as other incremental approaches to achieve the community’s goals. — GLORIA WOODS

Gloria Woods is a current Student Director on the AIA Georgia Board and a student at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her interests and studies are in building design and construction concepts and strategies, in addition to landuse,environmental and public health planning.

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Imagine what we can create together. Architects bring to life buildings that actually breathe, homes where you can keep your eye on your kids while also cooking dinner, hospitals whose designs help loved ones heal, and public schools that encourage our children to learn. As Americans, we have always strived to create a better world. Working with architects, imagine what we can create together when we answer that call now. #ilookup Learn more at



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The Power of


The Power of Community builds to actively and positively impact society, the landscape, and the future. Architectural outreach to each and every community is vital for this very reason alone. The profession cannot sit idly by while the ingenuity that radiates out from the tips of our fineliner pens can do much needed good.

I Ralph Raymond, AIA is a

current Board Member with both NOMA Atlanta and AIA Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technolofy and a licensed architect working with HOK.


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nvolvement, service, and outreach are words often paired with the term community, but the impacts of such works transcend any singular contribution or participation. The strength of such works rests in the hands in which they are given. Whether one decides to employ the phrase “community involvement”, “community service”, or “community outreach”, what remains constant and ever present is the community. The community is the entity which holds the power to uphold, append, transform, and renew. A community, simply defined, is a conglomeration of individuals sharing common vicinity, government, culture, history, religion, occupation, traits, and/or interests. It is the bond of these individuals within these groups which fuel the force behind any community. Architecture is able and has touched each and every definition

of community in existence and will come in contact with them several times over. However, it is not the service which architects and designers render which gives a community power, as a community is inherently imbued with its own force. Why then, is community involvement so important? The answer rests in the power that communities have to impact all of its constituents, the surrounding landscape and the larger community. A vital part of community involvement is to empower the entity to have better knowledge in their decision making and implementations. While the power is inherent in the community, architects and designers are able to fortify the actions of that community with engagement. Organizations frequently engage in community activities to impact and improve

standards by way of the community’s influence. In this same manner, local organizations such as AIA, and NOMA, alongside several colleges and universities interact with various communities to do just that. The importance of community involvement is to help the power of community make a positive impact. NOMA Atlanta takes great pride in community engagement to serve as a champion for minority communities and minorities within communities. NOMA Atlanta’s president, Sophia Tarkhan, provided insight to why the organization sees the Power of Community as such an important element to strengthen, with its engagement (see below).

Community serves as one of the most influential building blocks in architecture. Architects serve he community by way of practice, but when services are rendered for the betterment of society through outreach, it builds upon the power of that consortium. The ‘Power of Community’ builds to actively and positively impact society, the landscape, and the future. Architectural outreach to each and every community is vital for this very reason alone. The profession cannot sit idly by while the ingenuity that radiates out from the tips of our fineliner pens can do much needed good. I encourage you to engage, serve and practice active involvement within our communities, so they too may thrive. — RALPH RAYMOND

ABOUT NOMA NOMA Atlanta’s mission is to champion diversity within the Atlanta design professions while advocating for greater professional opportunities for its current and future members by promoting design excellence, racial diversity, community engagement and professional development.

“If you want to do anything that will pass beyond your life time you must give. Architecture is about the community; the way we live, work and play together. We at NOMAtlanta consider Community service essential to our mission. We give by contributing our inspiration, inventiveness and influence. We give to be a catalyst to young creative minds in pursuit of their lifelong passion. We give to develop young professionals as a way of facilitating the fulfillment of their purpose. We advocate for the equitable community development. We advocate for an inclusive design profession. We serve as protectors for the marginalized citizen of Atlanta. In essence our community service is focused on growth and advocacy, both vitally important to the development of a healthy community.” [Sophia Tarkhan-pictured in red]

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Marketing These steps will lead to many opportunities both in your professional and personal life. By building true friendships and a deep caring for your community, then you will be the company of choice for your community. NDERIT.


s an owner of an engineering company, my philosophy on marketing is fairly simple but has proven to be well received. Start local, market organically and remember life should be about helping others and our community. By following this simple phrase, we have been extremely successful and have built numerous lasting relationships. GET INVOLVED

Howard Ray, of Hughes Ray Company provides civil and surveying services. They are based in Douglasville, GA and are extremely involved in many communities.


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Based on my experiences, the best way to market elected officials is to stay true to yourself and get involved to improve your community. Join the Chamber of Commerce and multiple service oriented clubs, attend community events such as holiday celebrations and community outings. One must invest the time and effort required to learn from community leaders what the goals are of the community. At the same time, attend the municipal meetings. By attending the municipal meetings and staying abreast of the local media, you can determine where your elected officials and community leaders have a shared vision. Then determine which goals and visions you support. This is your connection point.

Determine how you can get involved and possibly even become the community champion of the vision. COMMON LINKS Prior to getting involved and attending municipal meetings prepare yourself by doing some research. Through social media and the local media, one can typically learn a lot about others. Look for common links that can drive a conversation, such as children, pets, service clubs, education, etc. Once you find two or three things you have in common these can be your conversation drivers. Once you have the opportunity to meet these officials, start small. Introduce yourself and whatever you do, do not start your sales pitch or start talking about yourself. Mention how you recently read a story about them in the local paper or how you saw a picture of them at a government function. This should provide the opportunity for them to start telling you about themselves or their passions. Like most of us, they typically enjoy talking about themselves or their accomplishments. >>continued on page 23

PLACES IN PERIL The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril program seeks to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The list raises awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. Through this program, the Trust encourages owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ preservation tools, partnerships and resources necessary to preserve and utilize selected historic properties in peril. We have featured a few here but you find more and the 2018 list at All photographs in this spread are by Halston Pitman

The Mission of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is to work for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocate their appreciation, protection and use.



(americus, sumter County)

the leadership of Reverend James Bolan

Calvary Episcopal Church was organized in 1864 as the second effort to establish an Episcopal parish in Americus. The current church building was completed in 1921 under Lawrence and renowned architect Ralph Adams Cram, who was known for his Gothic Revival style ecclesiastical buildings. Calvary


Episcopal Church is surrounded by a historic residential area and is adjacent to an active railroad that passes under the historic Lee Street Bridge next to the church.

THE THREAT The Calvary Episcopal Church and surrounding historic properties are threatened by the proposed demolition and replacement of the Lee Street Bridge. The replacement bridge, as proposed by the Georgia Department of Transportation, would be elevated to accommodate double-stacked railcars below. An elevated structure would have a significant adverse impact on the neighboring historic properties, especially the Calvary Episcopal Church. 22

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CONTINUED FROM PG. 23 The most important thing is to listen and not prolong the first few encounters. After each encounter or meeting, write down some notes about interesting things you might have observed, such as where they grew up, or what college did they attend, and so on. These things will be useful in developing the next level of conversations. BE MEMORABLE, GIVE BACK Make sure the community leaders and elected officials see you as a pillar of the community not someone looking for a contract. The key is to be memorable by not standing out but by giving back and being involved in many things in the community. This requires more than just donating money, it is about rolling up your sleeves and getting personally involved to make your community better. Let them see your face over and over until they know your name and what services you and your company provide. As time goes by you will hear about opportunities where your company can provide the set of skills necessary to accomplish their need. Then and only then do you even consider using your sales pitch. BE YOURSELF Marketing at its core is very simple. People tend to do business with people they like and trust. So how do you convince others to like or trust you? This should be as easy as being yourself. If you truly support the goals of the community, the trust will come through hard work and time. Remember these steps to guide you through this connection: 1. Gain attention through actions not word 2. Be true to yourself 3. Learn to lead a conversation through listening and preparation. — HOWARD RAY

YEAR COMPLETED: 1902 UPDATE: The Walker House was purchased by Historic Augusta, Inc.

Charles T. Walker House (AUGUSTA, RICHMOND COUNTY) THE STORY Charles T. Walker was born a slave in 1858 and went on to become one of Augusta’s most notable ministers, serving the AfricanAmerican community throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He founded Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta but was known worldwide. His fame brought many of Augusta’s winter tourists to his pews, including John D. Rockefeller and President William Howard Taft.

THE THREAT The house is located within the historic African-American Laney-Walker Neighborhood, which has seen increased abandonment and neglect. One of the few residential buildings on the main boulevard, the property is threatened by vacancy, neglect and surrounding development pressure.


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Chivers House (Dublin, Laurens County) THE STORY The Chivers House was constructed in 1920 on Dublin’s prominent Bellevue Avenue for Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Chivers. The Chivers were well respected and beloved philanthropic members of the Dublin community, with Mrs. Chivers serving as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also as the first woman to serve on the Laurens County Library Board of Directors. During the Depression, the Chivers opened their home to struggling teachers in the area.

THE THREAT The Spanish Revival style house retains much of its original historic material, including mantels, flooring, windows and intricate interior trim, but it has remained unoccupied for the past five years. After serving the Dublin Chapter of the American Red Cross, the house was acquired by the First Baptist Church which has no immediate plans for its rehabilitation and use. Without the church having a plan and with their past consideration of demolishing the building, the future of the Chivers House remains in jeopardy. citizen architect | Summer ‘17


UPDATE: Roswell City Council members voted unanimously to approve the purchase of Mimosa Hall, the former home of noted architect Neel Reid.

MIMOSA HALL (ROSWELL, FULTON County) THE STORY Designed for Roswell founding father John Dunwoody, this Greek Revival style home was built in 1840 and rebuilt in 1847 following a devastating fire. Mimosa Hall was named for its many mimosa trees by a later owner, General A. J. Hansell, prior to being purchased in 1916 by noted architect Neel Reid, who renovated the house and its iconic gardens. After Reid’s death, ownership of the property stayed with his family until 1937. In 1947, Granger Hansell, great-grandson of the home’s former owner, purchased Mimosa Hall and it has remained in the Hansell family ever since.

THE THREAT Mimosa Hall, along with 21 undeveloped acres, is currently on the market. The significant acreage of the estate in historic downtown Roswell creates an elevated threat of development. The Georgia Trust desires to assist the owners in finding a preservationminded buyer who will respect the property’s historic significance and provide free technical assistance to potential buyers, ensuring the preservation of Mimosa Hall, its lush landscape and exquisite gardens for years to come. 26

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Anything humans create—be it product, communication or system—is a result of the process of making inspiration real. Maggie Macnab, Design by Nature

UPDATE: Zebulon School has recently exceeded their fundraising goal of $100,000, receiving a total of $130,000 from their community. With renewed attention and a successful fundraising campaign, the city plans to rehabilitate the school and convert it into public space, retail shops and offices.



(zebulon, pike County)

13, 1926 and ran continuously until the mid-

In 1925, the citizens of Zebulon passed a bond for $30,000 to build a new elementary school and to remodel an existing high school. Zebulon Elementary opened on September 1970s when it was converted into storage for the school district. In 2010, the Downtown Development Authority purchased it and


later transferred ownership to the city. Having served many residents of Pike County over the years, Zebulon Elementary strongly represents the community and its collective history.

THE THREAT The city currently owns the school, though immense damage has occurred over the past 25 years as a result of neglect, including a recently collapsed portion of the roof. Vandalism remains a constant threat to the building. Community members fear that the building could be lost soon and local partner groups are rallying to find an adaptive reuse so that the building will once again contribute to the community. 28

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YEAR COMPLETED: 1820’S UPDATE: DeKalb Watershed Management is set to give Arabia Mountain Heritage $100,000 to stabilize the historic farmhouse.


LYON FARMHOUSE (LITHONIA, DEKALB COUNTY) THE STORY One of the oldest houses in DeKalb County, the Lyon Farmhouse was built by Joseph Emmanuel Lyon. Lyon originally built a log cabin on the property in the 1820s which was expanded in 1853 and again in 1893, creating the structure that stands today. Built in a vernacular architecture style, the house and various outbuildings reflect a self-sustaining farm where cotton, apples, muscadines, pears, lemons, sorghum and bees were a part of life.

THE THREAT Ownership of the house was transferred to DeKalb County in 2003, though descendants of Joseph Lyon continuously occupied the property until 2007. The property is within the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area and a PATH trail passes nearby, but the house suffers from continued vandalism and deterioration as a result of deferred maintenance. Funding to stabilize the buildings and a comprehensive plan for their reuse is needed in order to save this valuable site. citizen architect | Summer ‘17



Dilemma M

any years ago, I was watching TV after another long day at my job, working on yet another project deadline, when I heard Charles Barclay said in a loud voice; “I’m not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”. I didn’t give it much taught then, but I do today. Is it really true that “Sir Charles” as he was sometimes called, is not a role model? I couldn’t agree more that it is not his job to raise “your kids” as he puts it but how can he says that he is not a role model? How can a Basketball all star player, hall of fame, Olympic gold medalist, and the list could be long affirmed that he is not a role model? Why would big companies like Nike spend millions of dollars to endorse him if he didn’t have, at least at the time, some influence on “your kids”, on our kids? Why am I thinking about Charles Barclay and his somewhat stoning statement today? Because I had a long discussion with another Architect friend of mine who swears that his children will never become


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Architects. We work long hours, we do not get paid as we should, and we have many people with less education and training than us doing our jobs and making even more money than we do? Sounds familiar? How many time have we heard architects complaining about the profession, complaining about our AIA National and local organizations for not doing much for us. If our profession sucks that much why would the government, companies and everyday people spend so much money on buildings designed by Architects? I suspect that “Sir Charles” used to get paid millions of dollars in endorsement deals because his success made him a de-facto role model. He could deny it all he wants, but the truth is that kids looked up to him and he simply chose the easy way out by refusing to bear some responsibility on what those kids aspire to become as they grow. Whether we like it or not, as an adult, successful or not so successful, we are role models. Somewhere somehow a child is watching us and

As the Managing Principal of MICHAEL TCHOUAFFÉ ARCHITECTS INC, Michael leads a team of architects and designers and is responsible for initial client contact to project closeout. He is a current Board Director for AIA Georgia serving his second year as Secretary.

If our profession sucks that much why would the government, companies and everyday people spend so much money on buildings designed by Architects?

emulating us. Therefore, our behavior has consequences on children and we have the responsibility to behave properly so that we can have a positive influence on the children who are certainly watching us. By the same token, Architects who have gone thru the rigor of education, training and examination to earn the title of “Architect”, should be proud of their achievement and project an image of confidence and success so that they can have a positive impact on young people, inspiring them to be become Architects and assure the future of our beloved profession. How can we sell what we do not believe in? How can we encourage “your kids” our kids, to join the profession if we cannot and do not let our own children become Architects? How can we expect our AIA national and local organizations to succeed in working on our behalf if we do not participate in Advocacy events? How can we advance our agenda with legislators when only a fraction of

Architects show up for ‘the day at capitol” to meet our elected officials and discuss matters dear to Architects. How can we spend more time complaining about “encroachments’ in our profession, when we do not show the same passion in pushing to pass legislations that will ensure the prime role of Architects in the build environment. Architects are trained to be leaders in the profession, we cannot claim leadership by hiding behind our computers, drawing and complaining, there is a time to draw and there is a time to advocate. The time to advocate is now, It’s time to wear our pin all the time with pride, it’s time to let people know that yes, “good design does matter” and we are better prepared to provide it and get adequately compensated for it.. Of course, we are all role models, and Architects are advocate of the profession, they may just not fully know it. — MICHAEL TCHOUAFFÉ citizen architect | Summer ‘17



RECIPIENTS DesmondJohnson, AIA Emerging Professional Award


he AIA Georgia Emerging Professional award is bestowed on any associate AIA member or architect member, residing and licensed to practice architecture in Georgia, whose initial date of licensure in any U.S. jurisdiction is less than 10 years and not more than 15 years after graduation from an accredited school of architecture. The member must also be in good standing with AIA Georgia. Desmond was awarded this honor for his enthusiasm, innovation and active participation in leadership with the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, National Organization of Minority Architects and the Young Architects Forum, he is recognized as the 2017 Emerging Professional of the Year. Specifically, AIA Georgia commends his efforts building and sustaining AIA membership, creating value for young professionals, and being at the forefront of achievements with regard to his career development - contributing to some of the most complex and significant projects within his firm.


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This program is part of a long-standing tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA.

RoberTBROWN jr., FAIA Bernard B. Rothschild Award


he Bernard “Rocky” Rothschild Award is the highest honor that AIA Georgia can bestow on members, and it was created to honor the legacy of Bernard B. Rothschild FAIA who served the profession at many levels through his leadership and active participation throughout his career. It has only been awarded 25 times since its creation in the early 1980s. The award is bestowed in recognition of the architect who has exhibited the broadest and most distinguished service throughout their career to the profession of Architecture in the State of Georgia. Robert was born in Dublin, Georgia, attended Oconee High School, and learned the craft of architecture at Tuskegee University where he graduated magna cum laude – a school he has maintained close ties to and provided a legacy of great design. He has practiced near Atlanta his whole career, serving as President and CEO of his own firm – R.L. Brown and Associates and was elevaed to Fellowship in the AIA in 1999 for his volunteer work. Robert has demonstrated a careerlong commitment to mentorship, civic leadership, and design excellence. He currently serves as Chairman of the Georgia Department of Transportation Board of Commissioners. citizen architect | Summer ‘17


GENSLERATLANTA Architecture firm of the year Award


he AIA Georgia Firm of the Year Award is bestowed on any firm located in Georgia, or the Georgia office of a firm with multiple locations, whether an individual or an organization of architects, in which the continuing collaboration among individuals of the firm, or successor firm, has resulted in the consistent production of distinguished architecture for a period of at least 10 years from the Georgia office. Since 1993, Gensler has been a leader in both the Georgia architecture profession and business community. This commitment shows through Gensler’s social responsibility program, gServe, and the firm’s commitment to the profession and design excellence. In 2016, Gensler Atlanta gServe members donated over 450 hours of time to programs, causes and organizations. Moreover, innovative programs such as gConnect and Gensler University are developing the next generation of architects. Gensler has won national recognition with the AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award and the National Architecture Firm Award, and has received numerous local design excellence awards in Georgia and Atlanta - pushing the envelope of the architecture profession.


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Design Design Awards Awards

University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium

Heery International, Inc. in association with ARO

excellence AWARD Winner

Photographs by Jeremy Bittermann


mbracing historic Nippert Stadium, framing iconic views and weaving itself into the carefully considered urban fabric of elegant spaces and signature buildings, the West Pavilion is a significant addition to the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus. Sitting in the heart of UC, the stadium is uniquely open yearround to daily campus circulation and use. With its powerful presence, dramatic geometry and cantilevers, the new tower provides unparalleled new amenities and revenue sources through generous club spaces, club and lounge seating, luxury suites, and an elevated outdoor terrace overlooking the field.

Project Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Completion Date: 08/07/2015 Owner: University of Cincinnati


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Newell Brands, Atlanta Office Relocation



excellence & People’s Choice Winner

he client purchased a building that required renovation and repositioning to meet their needs. The newly renovated space now includes a five-story stair for connectivity of all employees, a rooftop terrace and green roof, outdoor patio/terrace, hardscape and softscape, conferencing center and large central communal zones on each floor, and a complete renovation of interior with café/dining. With new brand identification, the resulting design is fresh, energetic, mobile and collaborative. The scope of work for the project included: visioning, programming, concept development, space planning, schematic design, and design development.

Project Location: Atlanta, GA Completion Date: 04/15/2016 Owner: NEWELL BRANDS


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Photographs by Garcia

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Design Awards

Site Operations Center at BMW



Award Winner

Photographs by Merrick and Perkins+Will


he South Carolina State Ports Authority’s Site Operations Center at BMW is the first new executive building on the grounds of BMW Plant 10 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This 65,000-square-foot office, nestled into a beautiful 78acre wooded preserve, embodies the client’s reputation for performance, innovative design, and quality. The modern, innovative workplace is elegantly multifunctional and fits BMW’s mission to be the world’s leading provider of premium products and services for individual mobility.

Project Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina Completion Date: 10/15/2016 Owner: South Carolina State Ports Authority


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School

Award Winner



ocated within downtown Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood, the renovation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is the result of a competition by Atlanta Public Schools to reimagine a neglected urban school. Originally built in 1973, the Brutalistinspired building required major upgrades including a more defined main entry/administration, bringing daylight into existing classrooms, and new athletic fields. The design solution recognizes the owner’s limited budget in addressing these major upgrades while also relocating and improving shared components that include the Auditorium, Cafeteria, and Media Center.

Photographs by Jonathan Hillyer

Project Location: Atlanta, Georgia Completion Date: 08/01/2016 Owner: Atlanta Public Schools

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The Commonwealth of Chelsea: Locality & Society


Nicholas Place

Award Winner


he city of New York is oftentimes referred to as the capital of the world. All of the amenities one could dream of, readily available to all of the inhabitants of the Big Apple, thus making it one of the most desirable places on the globe. This however, adversely affects the city as a whole. Through the implementation of this project, the neighborhood of Chelsea gains not only a new source of food and additional, much needed housing, but they also gain a more defined community and a new destination for not only the inhabitants, but for the surrounding community as well.

Project Location: New York, NY Completion Date: 06/01/2016 Owner: Savannah College of Art and Design

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House near El Cerro de Chipinque

Award Winner

Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein

Photographs by Philip Spears


he house is configured to maximize views of the parallel ridgeline, as well as the dramatic peak, known as La Eme (“the M”), which terminates the eastern vista. In the configuration of the residence, interior and exterior spaces are defined primarily by vertical planes of concrete, sliding in and out of the house to define interior and exterior zones for living, exploring the themes of Transparency and Penetration. Secondary forms clad in thinly sliced black granite or contrasting white plaster express more solid and enclosed volumes. The texture and color of the granite alludes to the visible rock peaks of the mountain range looming above. More monochromatic cut stone was used for flooring. Completing the palette of materials, warmer tones of wood are used inside and out which contrast with the coolness of the granite and concrete.

Project Location: Monterrey, Mexico Completion Date: 05/01/2013


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Peterson Dining Hall



Award Winner

Photographs by Timothy Hursley


he passion project of Grammy-award winning musician Zac Brown, Camp Southern Ground, located on a bucolic campus 35 miles south of Atlanta, serves typical children, children on the neurological spectrum, and the children of gold-star military families. The design purposefully evokes a series of vernacular architectural elements: sheet-metal utility buildings; gable and hip roof forms; a front porch and rear patio; and a brick chimney and hearth. The building reinterprets and recombines these references into a contemporary whole that is both aggressive and recognizable, yet reassuring and familiar.

Project Location: Fayetteville, Georgia Completion Date: 09/26/2016 Owner: Camp Southern Ground

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Mid-century Remix

Award Winner

Robert M. Cain, Architect

Photographs by Fredrik Brauer


ow a vaguely Eichler mid-century home came to be constructed in Virginia Highland is not known to the current owners. However, having lived in California, they recognized the form immediately and purchased the house. Our assignment: on a tight $220,000 budget reorganize the chopped plan, expand the kitchen and dining area into the unusable carport, enhance the interior and exterior and renovate the basement. Our efforts transcend applique by recognizing, elaborating, interpreting and enhancing near historic forms in a modern way.

Project Location: Atlanta, GA Completion Date: 05/01/2016 Owner: Scott and Marci Steiding


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Award Winner

Photographs by Jonathan Hillyer


lemson University’s Watt Family Innovation Center (WFIC) provides a unique environment in which advanced instructional technologies foster student engagement and industry partnerships that address real-world complex problems. The 70,000 GSF facility invites students to take ideas from concept to the marketplace by the use of its rich program spaces: Project Labs, high-tech Collaborative Learning rooms, Immersive Visualization Theater, Rapid Prototyping Lab, High Bay Lab, Skills Development Studio, High Tech Auditorium and Project Demonstration and Collaboration spaces. While the WFIC is primarily an institution-wide resource for innovation, the building is also a place to experiment with new learning models for general engineering courses.

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Sublime Tectonics: The Living Building Challenge

Award Winner

Abigail Aragon & José Sosa


his proposed Living Building Challenge certified student center, entitled Sublime Tectonics, generates a park-like atmosphere and fosters a new “hot spot” on the northern edge of the Georgia Tech campus, which lacked a conducive area for students to socialize, study, and collaborate. Based on the created topography, the ideas of rich composition, wonder, complexity, and discovery manifest themselves in the Living Building. Looking to natural formations as massing strategies, dramatic spaces that manipulate scale, light, and texture take form, creating a strong dynamic between intimidation and playfulness.

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Project Location: Atlanta, Georgia Completion Date: 04/26/2016 Owner: Georgia Institute of Technology

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Design Awards

101 Marietta Street Lobby Renovation and Rebranding



Award Winner

Photographs by Jonathan Hillyer


he building is home to the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream as well as several media and tech companies. To serve this demographic and make the project more relevant for today’s workstyles, the design team envisioned an engaging and playful “third workplace” that could be used by building tenants and visitors alike. The layout of 101 Marietta Street is challenging due to its two lobbies split by a core, and multiple points of entry. Visitors can enter the building’s south lobby from Marietta Street while pedestrians can also enter the north lobby from the east, west or a parking deck on the building’s north side. The team saw this chaotic-challenge as an opportunity to create a truly unique, playful and thoroughly modern space.

Project Location: Atlanta, Georgia Completion Date: 12/20/2016 Owner: The Dilweg Companies 50

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The City and the Masque

Award Winner

Natalie Imran


ome is a tale of two cities: the illusion of its historic center runs parallel to the reality of its modern periphery. Read as both a factual and a fictional scenario, the project becomes a visual manifesto for understanding the multiple issues of the city’s constructed space. As a point of convergence between Rome’s two narratives, the project uses an isolated fragment of Rome’s Aurelian Wall to set the stage for a dialogue between inside and outside, past and present, illusion and reality. In this idealized utopia free from barriers and boundaries, the mask disintegrates. Reality and illusion now stand face to face, without being afraid to speak.

Project Location: Rome, Italy Owner: Savannah College of Art and Design

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Design Awards

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Photographs by Fredrik Brauer


s the new classroom and faculty office building adapted from a 1950s concrete and steel framed structure. To maximize the interaction between the instructional spaces and the adjacent pedestrian path, the front façade was replaced with a fully glazed curtain wall system. To increase environmental performance, the glass is shaded year-round by a 28-foot deep cantilevered canopy of light-reflecting louvers, parametrically tuned to the solar path. In addition to providing unobstructed views to and from the building, the new canopy frames the path in front of the building, further enhancing the building’s presence and engagement with the campus.

Project Location: Atlanta, GA Completion Date: 03/31/2015 Owner: Georgia Institute of Technology

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Design Awards

Defoor Hills Warehouse Renovation


Smith Dalia Architects, LLC

Award Winner

Photographs by Howser


he warehouses at 2282 & 2300 Defoor Hills Rd. are conceived as a single project that re-purposes two nondescript warehouses into a vibrant mix of creative office environments. The design includes the removal of sections of both buildings to provide natural light and create shared spaces for future tenants. Although distinct in character, the structures work in concert to establish a common identity. Soaring, daylit interiors and natural materials impart a warmth and presence that is a desirable feature of the modern office. This project is best seen as a catalyst for rebranding this district, toward transformation of the area into an urban destination.

Project Location: Atlanta, GA Completion Date: 11/11/2016 Owner: SWH Wyatt Defoor Hills


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Mountain Retreat

Award Winner

Bach Design Studio


he architectural concept behind this project on a top of a North Carolina mountain was to create a retreat where nature is in focus and which accommodates the leisure and luxury of vacation living, while flowing perfectly into the surrounding nature. For that reason the house is not designed as one big volume, but consists of three interconnected structures. The Main House with a view of the lake and distant mountain ridges with living, dining and kitchen as

Photographs by Magdalena Bach

well as the master suite, the Entry/Hall Building, greeting visitors with a view to the west oriented courtyard and the Guest House. Surrounding terraces connect those structures and create a platform for multiple outdoor leisure spaces sheltered from the weather. The spaces weave in and out, framing panoramic views of mountains and lake to blur the boundaries between inside and outside.

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Design Awards

[BRIDGING] The Gap : Clarkston’s Hyper-Ethnic Fabric

Abaan Muhammad Ali


People’s choice Winner

ocusing on the ethnic and cultural boundaries that existed within the Clarkston, GA community, Abaan was tasked to create an identity for the community, the symbolized the disenfranchised and under-represented immigrant population along with the existing natural born community. The design evolved into the conception of a bridge infrastructure with a layered urban framework located in Downtown Clarkston. The bridge acted as a literal bridging mechanism designed to connect the disjointed site and activate the existing neglected city center. The bridge represented a unification between two prominent and detached components of the city, the existing population and the immigrant and refugee population which comprised a large segment of the population yet remained misrepresented politically.

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Lyons Residence

Lominack Kolman Smith Architects

choice Winner

Photographs by Lominack Kolman Smith


he Lyons Residence successfully balances client desires, neighborhood requirements, and environmental sensitivity in a harmonious and attractive design that is contextual to its built and natural surroundings. Located along the marsh of St. Marys, Georgia, the residence was carefully placed. Angled on a long narrow lot, the house respects setbacks and coastal construction conditions while capturing the best possible views of the marsh and water beyond. Influenced by the surrounding landscape, paint colors were matched from Spanish moss in neighboring trees and oyster shells were incorporated into foundation level concrete. Clustered sections of low hip roof projections characterize the house’s form, influenced by the long lines and sweeping eaves evident in Prairie school and traditional coastal design.

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Design Awards




choice Winner

Photographs by Merrick


elected by CARTI to lead a multidisciplinary team the firm provided architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and branding services. Set atop a heavily wooded ridge, the center overlooks undulating hills and rock formations, with long views to the mountains beyond. Taking inspiration from its surroundings, solar orientation and sustainable design strategies, the Center’s exterior pays homage to the local landscape through the uses of locally sourced stone and other building materials. The north side of the building, where all waiting areas are situated, features walls of floor-to-ceiling glass that create a dramatic and iconic presence from the main roadway below. A healing garden, green roof, and entry landscape combine to provide an immersive nature experience for patients, visitors, and staff.

Project Location: Little Rock, Arkansas Completion Date: 11/15/2015 Owner: CARTI 58

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1020 Spring Street

Beck Group

choice Winner


020 Spring is an unbuilt mixeduse high rise project located at the corner of 10th and Spring Street in Atlanta. To responsibly and meaningfully connect this project to its surrounding context in Midtown, an active plaza creates a linkage between the three towers, and generates a retail driven streetscape that would stimulate the culture of this vibrant area of Atlanta. The primary office

Renderings by Beck Group

tower stands at the center of the district and would be a beacon along 10th Street, a major city connector, at the point it crosses the interstate. The forms of the buildings are dynamic and modern, meant to capture and display upward the kinetic motion of the intersection and the activity and energy of Midtown Atlanta.

Project Location: Atlanta, GA Completion Date: 06/09/2020 Owner: SCI Management

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Design Awards




choice Winner


n order to balance the house on the site, two perpendicular block like forms were envisioned. One to retain, and one to balance and reach. Keeping the simple idea intact through the development of the design became a quest. A central stair serves to pin the masses together, and distributes light within. Roof decks become an extension of the living spaces, and an expression of the forms. A butterfly roof caps the upper mass to funnel rainfall to a central downspout and planned cistern. The southern exposure to the waterfall and forest includes large sunscreened windows. The transformation of the cliff like site to a house and home was a long and sometimes challenging journey that now brings peace and comfort. Photographs by Tim Fish

Project Location: Roswell, GA Completion Date: 10/01/2016 Owner: Tim Fish


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Architecture must concern itself continually with the socially beneficial distortion of the environment. Cedric Price, The Square Book

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Student Projects

Urban Atmospheres Brandon Aultman Katrina Alano Jonne Smith Kennesaw State University


rban Atmospheres is a project located in the Oakland City community in Atlanta,

GA near the Fort McPherson base. The site’s landscape tells the story of an historic rail oriented community that has fallen into disarray. The project focused on place-making within a landscape which lacked its sense of community spirit and engagement. To reactivate the site, the project focused on creating programmatic zones with diverse atmospheric qualities. These zones are termed “Urban Atmospheres” and function as a way to promote discovery and public interaction via the strategic use of the identified 5 site characteristics, 3 major demographic factors, vacancy within the existing infrastructure, food desert (lack of food amenities), and crime in respect to lack of activity within the public realm, and analysis of the existing land use (dwelling, retail/commercial, civic zones (institution), and entertainment,).


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Experiencing Architecture

through Immersive Apps The Savannah Chapter of American Institute of Architects partnered with Geotourist, a location-based travel app, to provide an audio tour of Savannah’s Historic District. Architecture enthusiasts and visitors to the city can take the self-guided walking tour to learn about the architecture of the landmark district right on their smartphones.

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Savannah’s Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, one of the largest in the country. The district is surrounded by fine examples of buildings in the Georgian, Greek Revival, Gothic and Beaux Arts styles. The tour celebrates the contribution of local architects to the Landmark District, featuring their award-winning restoration projects and contemporary residential buildings in the city’s colonial-era squares. Also included in the tour are civic projects and government buildings that introduced new architectural styles from the 1970s to 1990s.

Through the app, AIA Savannah drives awareness of the work of its member architecture firms. Architects can reach a wider range of audiences, such as students, academics, historians, architecture and design enthusiasts on their smartphones. In addition to engaging with the local community, architects can extend their reach to visitors interested in architecture and design. Visitors looking to explore the city beyond the tourist sites can discover buildings that span educational, civic and administrative buildings that would not otherwise be in their itinerary. The location-based app also helps architects tell the stories of their projects through immersive experiences. Users are guided through the city with digital maps. The app plays the audio guide for each site automatically, triggered by the user’s GPS location. Visitors can listen to the sites’ history and architecture while viewing the buildings, similar to viewing art in a museum with an audio guide. Instead of shuffling through guidebooks or searching the web on their phones for information about the buildings, users

free up their eyeballs and experience the physical without distractions, as they listen to its story on audio. The AIA Savannah tour includes a wide range of structures. The renovation of The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel, on Washington Square by Greenline Architecture demonstrates how a former livery and Coca Cola bottling plant was transformed to a sought after destination for locals and travelers. Another highlight is the Savannah Law School, a renovation project by Lynch Associates Architects. Transforming a hospital built in 1819, the project received a Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation. Through another award-winning project by Lominack Kolman Smith Architects, Ellis Square was redeveloped from a dreadful parking garage to a lively civic plaza that brings locals and visitors together in an active-use modern square. A case study in how to involve the local community in a bold public-private development partnership, the project provides insight into the practice of architecture beyond design. Architecture historians will be delighted to learn about original modern structures not closely associated with traditional Savannah architecture. One of those projects is the Palmer & Cay office building, designed by the firm Gunn Meyerhoff. Built in 1979, its Modernist style introduced the city to an aesthetic that was shaping skylines in other parts of the country at the time. More information about the app and the tour that celebrates the contribution of local architects to Savannah’s architectural heritage is available on — ALP GÜRSOY

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ny visitor who pays a visit to the East Atlanta Village will notice eclectic clubs, quaint eateries and a newly constructed apartment complex called the Alexan East Atlanta Village located on Metropolitan Avenue in South East Atlanta. Few may notice that the new apartment complex sits on the same lot as a once bustling East Atlanta elementary school that occupied the apartment’s spot from 1915 to the mid-2000’s when a devastating fire gutted the former school. Most Atlantan’s remember the former school as John B. Gordon Elementary school, named

for the famed Civil War brigadier. What many may not know is Gordon Elementary was once named East Atlanta school. The East Atlanta School was erected during a time where the neighborhood of East Atlanta began experiencing an explosion of growth. New subdivisions, public library, and fine stores began to emerge around 1913 and 1914 including the opening of the new school servicing the area. East Atlanta School officially opened its doors September 1, 1915, providing schooling for children up to the seventh grades. East





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A shortlived cornerstone John B. Gordon Elementary went from a bustling school in the 1950’s to an abandoned shell of its former self almost 60 years after its opening.

architects Battle and Burill, costing the city $15,000. By all accounts, the new school building was considered state of the art compared the original APS schools of yesteryear. East Atlanta school would enjoy eight large classrooms, indoor plumbing, and toilets, as well as a steam heating system-- exceptional luxuries of the day. East Atlanta School’s completion came as soon as East Atlanta became annexed into the city Atlanta in 1909; prior to the annex into the city of Atlanta, East Atlanta was a part of DeKalb County. The new elementary school was the only school in East Atlanta during its infancy. Toward the 1920’s, East Atlanta School would be renamed as John B. Gordon, a Civil War brigadier. Along with a name change, the school also grew, growing from 8 to 25 classrooms and a larger gymnasium. With integration in the 60’s occurring, John B. Gordon elementary school began to decline. Additionally, as the city of Atlanta’s population grew and newer schools were constructed to accommodate the growth in the


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city’s population, John B. Gordon elementary steadily decline. John B. Gordon officially closed in 1995, falling prey to arson, vandalism, and trespassing by curious on-lookers. As a native resident of Atlanta who once resided in East Atlanta, my family would often pass by the abandoned relic of a time once forgotten. John B. Gordon would remain abandoned until a devastating fire in 2014 gutted the building. It would eventually be demolished in 2015; though the physical building no longer exists, bricks from the original building were repurposed into the luxury apartments that are now housed on the former site of John B. Gordon Elementary School. — SHAKIA GUEST

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