Member Spotlight: Dyesha Holmes, Assoc. AIA | AIA Atlanta
Member Spotlight

Dyesha Holmes, Assoc. AIA

November 1, 2022

I knew early on that I wanted to become an architect, a goal I am working towards. My ten-year-old self spent much of her days creating places and spaces for her community of dolls. My graduating thesis focused on how urban redevelopment could empower women by sustaining existing communities. I currently work as an urban designer at Cooper Carry in the Atlanta office, where I use design to tell stories that advocate for people in communities. I have the pleasure of collaborating with an amazing team in the Planning and Urban Design studio where we focus on community-led, people-first approach to design. Emphasizing the importance of taking time to listen to people and understand their needs leads to more impactful design. Presently, my typical day at Cooper Carry is spent juggling between a multi-family housing project and a master plan for Microsoft.

In my free time, I can muster to find between work and actively studying for the ARE. I enjoy volunteering my time in community outreach and taking long walks in nature. I enjoy having opportunities to be involved with different community efforts and professional organizations such as AIA and NOMA. I had the honor of being a 2022 graduate of the AIA Georgia Christopher Kelley Leadership Program, an amazing opportunity I would recommend to any emerging professional.

What are some skills that have helped you level up in your career?

There are two skills I have learned so far in my career. One, learning to advocate for myself has opened many doors and opportunities. I have not always been the most outspoken person and would internalize my thoughts and opinions. However, I chose to walk outside of my comfort zone, whether that looked like speaking up in meetings, asking questions, or asking for professional development opportunities. Fear can easily block your blessings. Two, a skill I’m currently learning is the importance of building relationships within and throughout the profession. Much of the work I do involves speaking with people and being personable and trustworthy. Yes, being personable and trustworthy are not technically skills per se, but making connections is a part of our profession. From what I’ve learned so far in my professional career, it’s never too early to build and nurture relationships.

Photos: Sweet Auburn Hero Wall / Cooper Carry