2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THE ANNUAL STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT HOSTED BY TREES ATLANTA. PHOTO CREDIT: PERFECT DAY PHOTOS
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Voting closed Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:59PM.
The AIA Georgia Board of Directors is responsible for:
Setting the strategic vision for AIA Georgia and working with other board members and staff to set the scope of activities of the organization
Providing fiscal and fiduciary oversight of AIA Georgia and ensuring that the organization is utilizing its resources, both staff and financial, in ways consistent with the strategic vision and scope of work
Act as a public face of AIA Georgia, attending public events, meetings, etc., as needed by the organization
2021 New Directors to the Board
The following newly elected and appointed/re-appointed board members will join our existing leadership fulfilling their term limits.
Please accept my nomination as a candidate for President-Elect for the coming 2021 term on the AIA Georgia Board of Directors. In recent years I have served the Institute by serving on the boards of AIA Georgia as Director of Advocacy 2019-2020 and as the outgoing AIA Savannah past president from the 2018 & 2019 Chapter President’s role. I have worked to continue the efforts of my predecessors in making AIA Savannah and AIA Georgia valuable resources to our members and communities. It has been rewarding to serve. I desire to continue serving the AIA in fulfilling its mission, and seek to continue in a leadership role as an advocate for the value of architecture, to assist the Institute in supporting our peers in Georgia with the resources they need to be successful, and to further the values of the AIA in that good design is an agent for positive change.
If confirmed as President-elect, I resolve to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, including working to further the strategic vision of the AIA Georgia and help steer the activities of the organization consistent with the shared values of the Institute. I will serve as asked of me, endeavor to contribute to the Institute’s mission and lead the organization in a direction consistent with our core values. I bring to the table experience in AIA Chapter Executive leadership and a willingness to go the extra mile to get things done. I will serve to ensure we are fiscally sound, mission-focused, and remain active members and advocates in our communities. As president, I will bring to the board my best to broaden and deepen AIA Georgia’s engagement with allied professionals, architecture schools, the owner/client community, the general public, and other relevant communities. I also intend to be responsive to the challenge the pandemic has placed on the Institute beyond advocacy and communication. I plan to forward efforts of the Institute to promote core values in support of fellowship and organizational resilience in support of our membership. Today’s challenging times have made it tougher for many in our profession, our communities, and beyond.
There is hope on the horizon for the end of the pandemic, but its impact is likely to be felt well into next year, and practical thinking maybe beyond. We will remain committed to the AIA membership and work within our towns and cities to help wherever we can. We will be resilient, and we will support our members in these turbulent times.
We live in divisive and challenging times, wrought by the pandemic this year, and underlying racial tensions have come up to the surface. The economic effects on our profession are still being assessed and are not entirely clear, especially going into next year. During these uncertain times, I believe that AIA Georgia has its work cut out for them as an organization working for architects. It has to deliver the utmost value to our members, whether in predicting and conveying trends, compelling and useful programming, communication of every possible resource for architects in the state, and being at hand to support any of our members. The need to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession is more urgent. Collectively, we need to seek ways in which genuine and meaningful progress can be made in this regard. Serving on the board in several roles for the past three years has given me opportunities to work with other members and staff to shape a strategic vision for AIA Georgia and advance its mission. Within this vision, goals ought to address evolving issues.
If elected as Secretary, I hope to work collaboratively with the board to address these challenges of our times and do my utmost to elevate the role and status of our profession.
Ms. Stan received her degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2005 and became a US-registered and Georgia-licensed architect in 2012. She started working with Robert M. Cain, Architect in October 2005. Ms. Stan, as Project Architect, oversees all phases of project work and manages and supervises project staff. She has a thorough understanding of design and sustainable methods and systems; her skill in utilizing our design software for realizing projects is exceptional. She works efficiently and quickly and is dedicated to helping the client visualize the design through the use, in the early stages, of digital models and fly-throughs. Her ability to work with general contractors during the construction administration phase is outstanding. She is pursuing certification as a LEED accredited professional.
Sophia Tarkhan had the privilege to serve as an At Large Director of AIA Georgia and complete Cheryl MacAfee’s term. Cheryl McAfee was elected to serve as the AIA South Atlantic Regional Director from Georgia. The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for all its members. AIA Georgia’s primary focus is to project that voice and advocate for the architects practicing in Georgia. Sophia, through her leadership and strong advocacy for the profession, has demonstrated that she understands the importance of that voice.
It is increasingly important to Architects that they are able to practice in an environment that supports their values. Sophia will use the expert leadership skills gained during her time on the NOMA Atlanta and AIA Georgia board to help other areas of the state. She will ensure that the board considers all Georgia chapters in its efforts.
As principal of a Savannah-based urban design and architectural ﬁrm working extensively in Nationally Registered Historic Districts, I am keenly interested in the role architects have in shaping our communities. My work has included civic design and master planning, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis, and community-wide engagement.
Concurrently with my professional practice, I also serve as a professor of architecture and urban design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and am the former Dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts. In this role, I led the graduate and undergraduate programs in the professional Architecture program and programs in Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Furniture Design, and Urban Design.
Professionally I have worked to elevate the visibility of contributions that architects and educators are making in Georgia through architectural design, historic preservation, and community planning.
Our professional and academic work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, Architect Magazine, Preservation Magazine, and Architectural Digest. As an architect and educator, I am honored to have been recognized with more than ﬁfty awards, including three international Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, awards from the American Planning Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and two National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, for Architecture and Urban Design. I was recognized with AIA Georgia’s Emerging Professional Award in 2005 and with the AIA National Young Architect Award in 2014.
REASONS FOR SEEKING THE POSITION
We are in exhilarating yet unprecedented times in architecture and urban design. With so much rapid change in the world and essential developments in how we are reshaping our communities, I believe this is an important moment for architects to be visible. There is much work to do, both in rebuilding our cities and in rethinking conventional models for how we live and work as so many have recently witnessed during the global pandemic.
I feel that this is an ideal time to contribute to this conversation as a voice for AIA Georgia, representing the level of design leadership that we offer as a professional community and reinforcing the integral role architects have in shaping our built world.
I look forward to working together with other board members and staff to guide the strategic vision for AIA Georgia. The responsibility of an At-Large Director is an exciting opportunity, and I am energized to serve as a public face for architects in Georgia through my efforts. My particular areas of interest and advocacy relate to themes of community design, planning and development, and helping to be a voice in creating humane, equitable environments as we tackle issues of large scale development.
This is an important time. I will use my term with great care, intention, and hard work to ensure that AIA Georgia as an organization is well-served and continues to expand its visibility and presence as a strong leader and a guiding voice, consistent with our strategic vision.
Natallie Santiago Rodríguez, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), joined LS3P Associates in 2016. Originally from Carolina, Puerto Rico, Natallie has developed a diverse portfolio of work including commercial, higher education, and hospitality projects since joining LS3P. She is passionate about designing unique and elevated built experiences that connect users with its immediate context and environment. Ac ve in her professional community and beyond, she serves in the LS3P Diversity + Inclusion Advisory Board and is the Fellowship Director for AIA Savannah. In the past, she has been involved as an event coordinator for YAF Punchlist, Historic Savannah Founda on, and the 83rd Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens.
Santiago has been integral in organizing hurricane relief eﬀ orts, particularly in Puerto Rico and Savannah. While at SCAD, Natallie co-founded Embodied Evolution, a student design competition that investigates the fusion between architecture, fashion, and human form using digital fabrication, was a member of Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, and received the Student Thesis Choice Award.