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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

View RDA gallery >

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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Our Fight to End Systemic Racism

June 3, 2020 — With heavy hearts, we share the national pain over the recent, senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and a depressingly long list of black lives needlessly cut short. The eradication of systemic racism in our nation requires the voice of architects, and unlike in the past, we must now speak loudly and clearly.

Georgia, and particularly Atlanta, have important places in our ongoing civil rights struggle. We were reminded of this over the weekend as citizens in Atlanta, Savannah, and numerous other small communities protested these most recent injustices.

First, we encourage every AIA member to read and take to heart the public statement issued by the National Organization of Minority Architects earlier this week. Next, we call on our membership to act.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are now familiar language, but it is only the starting point for meaningful change. It is paramount that our AIA leadership at all levels helps amplify and unify the profession for all who practice with us, as well as those who find shelter in the spaces we design.

Specifically, some of these efforts include advocating for inclusive legislation and policies at the state and local levels, partnering with and supporting minority design firms and organizations, promoting the work of the underrepresented, and diversifying our leadership and programs to be fully representative of all members. We have accomplished some small victories in these areas during recent years, but there is much more to be done.

We believe that the year 2020 will be a pivotal point in America’s story. But to make it so this work cannot be a one-time act; we must strive for an ongoing conversation that relies on the unity of our membership, design firms, friends and families, and our clients. But instead of assuming that as architects we know what is right and jump in to demonstrate our knowledge and good intentions, we need to step back, listen, learn and be ready to act.

Let’s implement what we already know to be true: the best of any effort has always been the result of deep, meaningful collaboration. And the more diverse, equitable and inclusive the collaboration, the more creative and lasting the solutions.

Let’s get to work.

Michael Tchouaffe, AIA
AIA Georgia President

Karen Jenkins, AIA
AIA Atlanta President

Carmen Evans, AIA
AIA Savannah President

Bill Palladino, AIA
AIA Augusta President

Karen Schmidt, AIA
AIA Golden Isles President

David Matheny, AIA
AIA Northeast Section President

Read more, act, and donate:

Statement by National Organization of Minority Architects >

Statement by AIA National >

Statement by AIAS >

NAACP Legal Defense Fund >

Equal Justice Initiative >

2019 Residential Design Awards Finalists Announced

UPDATE: See the 2019 Residential Design Awards winners >

Nov. 6, 2019 — This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

In just two weeks, we’ll announce the winners for this year’s Residential Design Awards at Build Something Great.

Congratulations to each firm that entered the program. Now, we’re excited to name the following projects as your 2019 finalists:

Mixed-Use – Over 50 Units

Broadstone Yards
Lord Aeck Sargent in Collaboration with Brock Hudgins Architects

Spectrum on Spring
Lord Aeck Sargent

North & Line
Smith Dalia Architects

Single-Family – Nontraditional

Figure 8 House
Point Office Architecture & Design

A Mews House
Alex Wu Architect

Pollack Residence
Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

Single-Family – Traditional

Bayou Traditional
Historical Concepts

Addressing the Back 40
Jones Pierce Architects

Toccoa Timbers
Gamble + Gamble Architects

Renovation – Less Than 5,000 Sq Ft

Armstrong-Kessler Mansion
Sottile & Sottile

The By Way House

Harrison House
Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

Renovation – Greater Than 5,000 Sq Ft

Alpha Phi at UGA
Architectural Collaborative