AIA Atlanta Announces 2024 High School Design Competition Winners

ATLANTA — April 11, 2024 — AIA Atlanta announces the winners of the 19th Annual High School Design Competition (HSDC) presented by YKK AP. Winners were revealed at the High School Design Awards at the Kennesaw State University College of Architecture and Construction Management on April 10.

HSDC invites Georgia high school students to immerse themselves in fundamental architecture concepts and learn skills that will be useful in college and beyond. The competition focuses on a design prompt to which students will create a solution using their creativity and architectural knowledge. HSDC comprises two levels to accommodate students’ varying levels of experience, including beginner and advanced.

AIA Atlanta partnered with the Blue Heron Nature Preserve to help beginner participants design a vivarium and butterfly house. At the advanced level, participants designed a field research center that responds to the natural environment and educates them about the ecology of the city of Atlanta.

The 2024 competition received a record 245 submissions from 19 schools. In addition to cash prizes awarded across the advanced level, the first-place winner received a scholarship to attend the SPIKE Studio Summer Academy. This year’s winners are as follows:

Beginner – Individual

  • 1st Place: Megan Matovina, Empower College and Career Center
  • 2nd Place: Isaac Wood, Etowah High School
  • 3rd Place: Chloe Brown, Decatur High School
  • Honorable Mention: Hannah Oduselu, Etowah High School
  • Honorable Mention: Mila Le, Union Grove High School
  • Honorable Mention: Cameron Dangar, Decatur High School

Advanced – Individual

  • 1st Place: Jordi Silva, Union Grove High School
  • 2nd Place: Finch Lau, Union Grove High School
  • 3rd Place: Roy Diddy, Union Grove High School
  • Honorable Mention: Pia Ramirez-Weninger, Decatur High School
  • Honorable Mention: Curtis Nguyen, Union Grove High School
  • Honorable Mention: Sariah Young, Union Grove High School

Advanced – Group

  • 1st Place: Sara Caccamo and Hien Nguyen, Maxwell High School Of Technology
  • 2nd Place: Katherine Gentner and Jacob Dymkowski, Wheeler High School
  • 3rd Place: Stella Skillman and Jaemin Park, Decatur High School
  • Honorable Mention: Rodolfo Saenz and Tomas Lopez, Maxwell High School Of Technology
  • Honorable Mention: Darlene Bikulo and Christian Palacio Silva, Maxwell High School Of Technology

About AIA Atlanta
AIA Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is a professional organization representing 1,900 architects and designers in Metro Atlanta. AIA advocates for the value of architects and provides architects with the resources to do their best work, including continuing education, political advocacy, networking, and leadership development.

About YKK AP America Inc.
YKK AP America Inc. is a technology-oriented manufacturer of commercial façade systems and residential doors and windows. With every finished good, we push the boundaries in next-generation manufacturing and create value for architectural applications. Driven by a desire to provide exceptional service in our markets, YKK AP America builds upon our foundation of advanced engineering, vertically integrated manufacturing, and customer focus on delivering the highest level of quality at a competitive price.

Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA Wins 2024 AIA Associates Award

AIA Atlanta Programs Director Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA, is named one of five recipients of the 2024 AIA Associates Award. The award recognizes outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession.

More about Heli

Heli Shah works at Cooper Carry where she specializes in K-12 Architecture and is passionate about creating impactful educational spaces for the future leaders of the world. Heli currently serves as the GA Statewide Associate Representative for the National Associates Committee, Co-Chair of the Research + Advocacy Committee of GA Equity in Architecture, and is an Advisor for the current CKLDP Class. She is also the recipient of the 2021 AIA Atlanta John. A Busby Jr. Emerging Professional Award, named to the 2022 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta’s 30 Under 30 Class and was awarded the 2022 AIAS Emerging Professional Alumni Honor Award.

The full list of winners:

  • Tannia Chavez, International Assoc. AIA
  • Katie Hitt, Assoc. AIA
  • Asa Santa Cruz, Assoc. AIA
  • Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA
  • Leslie Tijerina, Assoc. AIA

Lily D. Berrios Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

AIA Atlanta extends heartfelt congratulations to Lily D. Berrios, FAIA, one of our esteemed members, on her elevation to the AIA College of Fellows. Fellowship is bestowed upon architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and exemplify architectural excellence. She is among only 3% of members who have this distinction.

Lily currently serves as principal and president at Sizemore Group, where her passion for design and commitment to excellence have flourished over an impressive 36-year tenure. Her visionary leadership has not only shaped the trajectory of her firm but has also influenced the broader architectural landscape.

According to Sizemore Group, Lily has worked with over 30 college campuses nationally and internationally on their programming, campus planning, design, and project implementation.

AIA Atlanta Reveals Winners of 2022 Design and Honor Awards

ATLANTA — November 18, 2022 — On Thursday, November 17, over 200 AIA Atlanta members and figures of the built environment gathered at the organization’s Build Something Great ceremony, held at the Fox Theatre, to celebrate the winners of the Residential & Hospitality Design and Honor awards.

The Residential & Hospitality Design Awards honored nine winning projects, including hotels and restaurants for the first time. Jurors comprised architects Christopher Derrick, AIA (Derrick Architecture), Mark Johnson AIA (Signal Architecture), and Brendan McHugh, AIA (McHugh Architecture).

The Honor Awards recognized six recipients, including The S/L/A/M Collaborative with the Firm of the Year Silver Medal. Sophia Tarkhan, AIA (Cooper Carry), Jamilla Walcott (YKK AP), and Greg Walker, AIA (Houser Walker Architects) served as Honor Awards jurors.

Late architect Jeffrey Robinson, AIA received the evening’s highest honor, the Ivan Allen Sr. Award, with past recipients Melody Harclerode, FAIA; Oscar Harris, FAIA; and Cheryl McAfee, FAIA as jurors. AIA Atlanta Past President Tracy Carusi, AIA served as chair of both Honor juries.

A special thank you to all jurors and presenting sponsor YKK AP.

Residential & Hospitality Design

Multifamily/Mixed-Use – Over 50 Units

Honor Award

Camden Buckhead (Niles Bolton Associates)

Merit Award 

Carpenter’s Shelter and the Bloom at Braddock (Cooper Carry)

Single-Family – Traditional

Honor Award

Keswick Manor House (Harrison Design)

Merit Award

Lake Compound Effect (Jones Pierce Studios)

Single-Family – Contemporary

Honor Award

Farmhouse on the Marsh (Harrison Design)

Hotel – Guest Rooms 101+

Merit Award

The Grand Bohemian Lodge (Cooper Carry)

Restaurant – New Construction

Merit Award

The Garden Room (The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry)

Rumi’s Kitchen (The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry)

Restaurant – Renovation/Tenant Buildout

Merit Award

Falling Rabbit Restaurant (Studio SOGO Architecture & Interiors)

Honor Awards

Ivan Allen Sr. Award

Jeffrey Leonardo Robinson, AIA

Silver Medal (Firm of the Year)

The S/L/A/M Collaborative

The John A. Busby Jr. Award (Exceptional Young Architect)

Sarah Woynicz, AIA

James G. Fausett Service to the Profession Award

Karen Jenkins, AIA

Kenrick Higa, AIA

Kwanza Hall Award

Ryan Gravel

About AIA Atlanta

With over 1,800 members, AIA Atlanta is a professional organization advocating for architects’ value and providing them the resources to do their best work, including continuing education, political advocacy, networking, and leadership development.

2022 Residential & Hospitality Design Awards Finalists

ATLANTA — November 3, 2022 — AIA Atlanta today announced the finalists of the 2022 Residential & Hospitality Design Awards (RHDA), presented by YKK AP. The program, for the first time including restaurants and hotels, recognizes excellence in built works designed by architects registered in Georgia.

RHDA 2022 was juried by three esteemed architects in the United States, including Christopher Derrick, AIA of Derrick Architecture (Wheaton, Illinois), Mark Johnson, AIA of Signal Architecture (Seattle, Washington), and Brendan McHugh, AIA of McHugh Architecture (Manasquan, New Jersey).

Winners will be revealed at AIA Atlanta’s Build Something Great gala at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, November 17.

Multifamily/Mixed-Use – Over 50 Units

Camden Buckhead
Niles Bolton Associates

500 West Trade
Dwell Design Studio

Carpenter’s Shelter and The Bloom at Braddock
Cooper Carry

Single-Family – Traditional

Lake Compound Effect
Jones Pierce Studios

Vitality Collection in Central Park

Keswick Manor House
Harrison Design

Single-Family – Contemporary

Farmhouse on the Marsh
Harrison Design

Ivy Residence
West Architecture Studio

Hotel – Guest Rooms 101+

The Candler Hotel
The Beck Group

The Grand Bohemian Lodge
Cooper Carry

Virgin Hotels Nashville
BLUR Workshop

Restaurant – New Construction

The Garden Room
The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Rumi’s Kitchen
The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Ecco Buckhead
The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Restaurant – Renovation/Tenant Buildout

Falling Rabbit Restaurant
Studio SOGO Architecture & Interiors

Casa Don Alfonso
The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

About AIA Atlanta

With over 1,800 members, AIA Atlanta is a professional organization advocating for architects’ value and providing them the resources to do their best work, including continuing education, political advocacy, networking, and leadership development.

AIA Atlanta Announces 2021 Residential Design and Honor Awards Recipients

ATLANTA — November 19, 2021 — On Thursday evening, AIA Atlanta announced the recipients of the 2021 Residential Design and Honor awards during its annual Build Something Great ceremony, presented by YKK AP.

The Residential Design Awards recognize excellence in built work designed by members of AIA Atlanta and other architects registered in the state of Georgia, while the Honor Awards celebrate exemplary service in the architecture profession and community.


Residential Design Awards >

Honor Awards >

Residential Design Awards

Multifamily/Mixed-Use — Over 50 Units

Edge on the Beltline
Lord Aeck Sargent; Brock Hudgins Architects
Honor Award

Renovations/Adaptive Reuse

Urban Forest Mod
Jones Pierce Architects
Merit Award

Single-Family — Contemporary

Sandy Lake Residence
West Architecture Studio
Honor Award

Single-Family — Traditional

Merry Wood
Harrison Design
Honor Award

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Honor Awards

Dorothy Spence Citizen Architect Award
Garfield Peart, AIA

Ivan Allen Sr. Award
Oscar Harris, FAIA

James G. Fausett Service to the Profession Award
Theresa Ridley, AIA

John A. Busby Jr. Exceptional Young Architect Award
Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA

John Portman Visionary Award
Midtown Alliance

Kwanza Hall Award
Doug Hooker

Kwanza Hall Award
Mary Norwood

View Honor Awards gallery >

About AIA Atlanta

AIA Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is a professional organization representing 1,800 architects and designers in Metro Atlanta. AIA advocates for the value of architects and provides architects the resources to do their best work, including continuing education, political advocacy, networking, and leadership development.

Moody Nolan Wins 2021 AIA Architecture Firm Award

WASHINGTON – Dec. 8, 2020 – The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today honored Moody Nolan with its 2021 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

The annual AIA Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture practice. The award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

As the nation’s largest African American-owned and operated design firm—with 11 offices in the U.S.—Moody Nolan has a long history of serving clients with a keen knowledge of cultural sensitivities as well as a deep understanding of the impact its work has on individuals and communities.

Founded by Curt Moody, FAIA, NOMA, and the late engineer Howard E. Nolan, the firm’s work is centered on the belief that diverse perspectives foster creativity and more responsive solutions.

Moody Nolan’s work is reflective of the people who will live, learn, and heal in the spaces it creates. Its work has been lauded with more than 320 design citations and significant awards, including Moody’s receipt of the AIA’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award in 1992, AIA Ohio Gold Medal in 2007, and the National Organization of Minority Architects’ (NOMA) President’s Exemplary Service Award in 2008. The firm was also named NOMA’s firm of the year in 2000.

Beyond the compelling design of buildings, the firm views its work as a way to encourage architecture careers in diverse communities and carry on the firm’s legacy. That ethos is made clear in projects such as Columbus’ Martin Luther King Library Branch, a vibrant community center that responds to both the character of the surrounding community and the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Though it is only 20,000 square feet, the unique facility makes a powerful and uplifting statement. In Chicago, the firm worked with City Colleges of Chicago to further its commitment to the city’s troubled South Side and replaced the aging Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences. Despite inheriting budget issues and a very tight timeline, Moody Nolan provided the school’s predominantly low-income student body with a technologically advanced learning environment that is focused on allied health professions.

In 2017, as a way to further its commitment to the community, Moody Nolan launched the Legacy House project. Fully funded by the firm and select partners, the project is committed to designing and constructing a home in each of the 11 communities in which the firm operates. The first house, in Columbus, Ohio, was completed in 2018 and was gifted to a single mother with three young children. The home sparked a renewed interest in the neighborhood, prompting neighbors to clean up their properties and spurring new development. Other homes have broken ground or are planned in Nashville and Chicago.

As the nation grapples with systemic racism and significant issues of inequality, the ideals of diversity espoused by Moody Nolan since its founding stand as a model for advancing the profession. The firm has long operated at the critical junction of architecture and citizenship, demonstrating that responsible design requires a flawless marriage of art, function, and community.

Visit AIA’s website to learn more about Moody Nolan’s selection as the 2021 AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

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