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AIA Atlanta and AIA Georgia Joint Statement on Violence Against Asian American Pacific Islanders

ATLANTA — March 23, 2021 — Unfortunately, we are all here again – confronted with another tragic episode of violent racism here in Georgia – this time in Atlanta against women of our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. On behalf of AIA Atlanta, AIA Georgia, and leadership across the state we condemn these murders, and the systemic and cultural illness that is making this kind of violence, misogyny, and racial hatred more and more common.

The sexual objectification and misrepresentation of Asian women has a long and tragic history, and the associated violence against women and members of the AAPI community too often goes unreported. Last week’s hateful attack on the Asian community in Atlanta is an exclamation point on a nationwide increase in violence against the AAPI community, documented in nearly 4,000 cases this past year. It is also tragically true that misinformation about the origins and responsibility for the COVID pandemic is providing some of the fuel for this violence and dividing communities in our country. These divisions must be addressed urgently if we are to reverse this alarming trend.

AIA is working with other professional organizations to bring understanding to our members of the tremendous negative impact of this kind of hate, and to provide a direction for our collective efforts to make a difference in the fight against systemic racism and misogyny. However, much, much more remains to be done in AIA, our firms, our universities, and in our own hearts and minds.

Following many local and state initiatives that have focused on social justice in the profession in the recent past, in future weeks and months we will:

  • Launch the Back to Work program, created to match female architects who have temporarily left the workforce with firms looking for contract design work.
  • Heighten AIA’s work on K-12 outreach to minority students, working more closely with NOMA, the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry, and other groups through partnerships with minority schools.
  • Finalize a new scholarship fund aimed at providing professional development and leadership opportunities to emerging professionals, especially female and minority members.

We invite AIA members belonging to the AAPI community to reach out and advise us on what further we can do as a profession to make their voices heard – and we want to listen.

With sadness but resolution,

Tracy Carusi, AIA
President, AIA Atlanta

Steve Stowers, AIA
President, AIA Georgia

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AIA Atlanta Announces 2020 Residential Design Awards Winners

ATLANTA — March 18, 2021 — AIA Atlanta today announced the recipients of the 2020 Residential Design Awards. The program honors design excellence in built work by members of AIA Atlanta and other architects in Georgia.

Winners are featured in AIA Atlanta’s 2021 issue of Design Equilibrium, releasing March 22.

Mixed-use – Over 50 Units

Multifamily – Under 50 Units

Single-family – Traditional

Single-family – Nontraditional

Renovation – Less Than 5,000 Square Feet

Photo: Jonathan Hillyer

About AIA Atlanta
Founded in 1906, AIA Atlanta is a professional organization advocating for architects, designers, and students in Metro Atlanta and beyond. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA Atlanta provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers, as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and raising public awareness about the built environment.

Mark Levine, FAIA Elected as At-large Director on AIA National Board

ATLANTA, July 26, 2019–Pond, an industry leader in architecture, engineering, construction, and planning, is excited to announce that Mark Levine, FAIA, Vice President of Architecture, has been elected to serve as At-large Director on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Board of Directors. Mark brings over 30 years of AIA leadership to the role, and recently completed a 3-year term as Regional Director to AIA’s National Strategic Council.

“I’m honored to have this vote of confidence from my colleagues throughout the country and look forward to continuing to serve our 94,000+ members. A big focus of my AIA service throughout the years has been Outreach. Following suit, my campaign platform included a pledge to ‘communicate with purpose’ – to both our members and to the public, as we work to increase the relevance and value of our profession in our communities.”

In addition to serving on the Strategic Council, Mark served as president of AIA GA in 2014 and was a Director on the AIA GA Board for 8 years.  He also led the Steering Committee for the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Prior to moving to GA, Mark also served as president for both the AIA Grand Valley (MI) and Albuquerque chapters.  Levine was elevated to Fellow in the Institute in 2017.

As Vice President at Pond, Mark oversees the firm’s architecture and interiors programs focused on supporting the higher education, local government, aviation, federal, industrial, and defense markets.

Winners Announced in 2019 High School Design Competition

For Immediate Release

ATLANTA, April 19, 2019—The Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta) and presenting sponsor YKK AP America Inc. together announce the winners of the 14th Annual High School Design Competition (HSDC).

The annual competition features an introductory level and advanced level to accommodate students’ varying levels of experience. This year’s program received nearly 140 submissions from 33 schools in the state. Winners were revealed on the evening of April 18, during a ceremony hosted by event sponsor Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Design.

Awards were bestowed as follows:

Advanced – Group

  • 1st: Katie Barry, Joseph Pressel (McIntosh High School)
  • 2nd: Jaci Montalvo, Stephanie Valdes, Javier Pacheco (Berkmar High School)

Advanced – Individual

  • 1st: Robert Hunter (Chattahoochee High School)
  • 2nd: Dalton Bates (Union Grove High School
  • 3rd: Gregory Sweet (Union Grove High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Koan Roy-Meighoo (Decatur High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Patrick Duckett (North Cobb High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Senai Sahlzghi (North Cobb High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Jared Abrahamian (Union Grove High School)


  • 1st: Javier Alvarez (Jackson County Comprehensive High School)
  • 2nd: Keaton Tsepas Bucciero (Henry W. Grady High School)
  • 3rd: Sewook Park (McIntosh High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Tate Smith (Henry W. Grady High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Sophia Norton (Decatur High School)
  • Hon. Mention: Zarin Tanisa (Lakeside High School)

About AIA Atlanta
Founded in 1906, AIA Atlanta is a professional organization advocating for architects, designers and students in Metro Atlanta. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA Atlanta provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers, as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and raising public awareness about the built environment.

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 to deliver the highest level of quality at a competitive price.

AIA Atlanta Hosting Vision for Atlanta Panel Discussion with City’s Mayoral Candidates

For Immediate Release

ATLANTA, March 6, 2016—On Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m., AIA Atlanta will host Vision for Atlanta, an annual panel discussion on design, sustainability, planning and community development. Moderated by journalist Maria Saporta, the program will include the following panelists from Atlanta’s 2017 mayoral race:

  • Peter Aman, Former Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Councilmember, District 11
  • John Eaves, PhD, Chairman of Fulton County Commission
  • Vincent Fort, Georgia State Senator
  • Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilmember, District 2
  • Ceasar Mitchell, President of Atlanta City Council
  • Mary Norwood, Atlanta City Councilmember-at-Large, Post #2
  • Michael Sterling, Former Director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency
  • Cathy Woolard, Former President of Atlanta City Council

“Vision for Atlanta is one of the best forums for meaningful dialogue among our thought leaders, exploring how great design, architecture, public spaces and people form the fabric of our communities,” said Executive Director David Southerland. “In its third year, Vision for Atlanta is bringing together the personalities, one of which will be Atlanta’s next mayor, who are actively listening and fighting for the future of our city.”

Vision for Atlanta will be held at The Trolley Barn, located at 963 Edgewood Ave NE.

About AIA Atlanta
With more than 1,700 members in Metro Atlanta, AIA Atlanta is a professional organization advocating for architects, designers and students. AIA Atlanta offers an array of programs and events including continuing education, local advocacy and networking, helping raise awareness for the built environment and the value of great design.

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