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All members of the board of directors of AIA Georgia have legal, fiduciary responsibilities mandated in Georgia state law. These responsibilities are consistent across any person in Georgia serving on a nonprofit board of directors.

Fiduciary responsibilities

  • 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

Staff

David Southerland
Executive Director
(678) 553-0500 ext 109
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Tangela Monroe
Chief Operating Officer
(678) 553-0500 ext 108
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Lynn Robinson
Outreach & Communications
(678) 553-0500 ext 107
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Board of Directors

Kathryn Bedette, AIA
2018 President

Kathryn Bedette, AIA is  Associate Professor of Architecture at Kennesaw State University where she coordinates both the history and theory course sequence and Second-Year architecture studios. Bedette also serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor for Georgia. Her professional accomplishments include receiving design awards for built work, including the 2003 Emerging Voices Award from AIA Atlanta and being awarded the 2016 AIA Atlanta James Gant Fausett, FAIA, Service to the Profession Award. Her work and scholarship have been exhibited in multiple venues and presented internationally in Istanbul, Trabzon, Bari, and Amsterdam.

Kathryn earned her B.S. in Architecture from Georgia Tech, where she studied abroad at the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Tolbiac, and her M. Arch degree from Arizona State University, where she studied abroad at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany.

Perry Jarrell, AIA
President-Elect

“Having served as Treasurer for AIA | ATL, for 2-years and serving on the ATL Executive Committee, I know the issues of serving our organization, the challenges and opportunities of the position and I know that I would serve AIA | GA well.”

In his role as Treasurer of AIA Atlanta, Jarrell has been responsible for a $700K budget, its investment strategies, and assisted with development activities. He most recently served AIA Georgia as treasurer for (1) year in 2017 He was also the budget chair for the 2015 AIA Convention, which drew 17,000 architects in May.  His professional work is primarily with the Atlanta airport, and focuses on industrial and commercial ventures.

Neil Dawson, AIA
Past President

Dawson is a current member of the Architecture Foundation of Georgia and its past Treasurer.  He has also served on the AIA Georgia Board of Directors as President for the 2017 year.  He owns his own firm in Savannah, and does extensive restaurant and commercial work, and has done more than a dozen projects for SCAD.

He has an architecture degree from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Michael Tchoauffe, AIA
Secretary

Tchouaffe has been an AIA member since 1995 and thru all the “Ups and Downs” of the profession, has remained faithful to the passion of practicing Architecture, advocating for the Profession, both publicly and privately.

Tchouaffe has served as AIA GA secretary for 2 years, hoping the organization can become the “big tent” it has always aspired to be, for those who truly believe that our profession is ever greater than we think and that the public at large needs to be shown the thru value of Architecture, not just in designing big buildings for the rich and powerful but also in designing small houses for the common folks. He is also a current member of the Architecture Foundation of Georgia

Steven G.Stowers, AIA
Treasurer

Stowers has served on the AIA Georgia Board since 2014, acting as the sole representative from the state’s small chapters and active in the Communications Committee. He has also been very active in the local Savannah chapter’s Young Emerging Professionals committee.

After serving the past 15 years as a successful project manager, partner, and principal at an industry-leading architecture firm in Savannah, Stowers formed Architecture 101 in late 2016 serving both Georgia and South Carolina’s low-country.

Gerry Cowart, AIA
2018-2019 Director

Gerry Cowart has long been a proponent of Sustainable Design.  He was one of the first LEED Accredited architects in Georgia.  In 1996 and again in 1997, he was awarded the AIA GA Sustainable Design Award. In 2008, he authored AIA GA’s Sustainable Design position paper. He has also served on numerous committees and in leadership roles, twice as President of the Savannah Chapter. He is a founding member of USGBC’s Savannah section. Gerald Cowart has also been a member of the Historic Savannah Foundation for twenty-nine years.  He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and has served in volunteer positions on many of the Historic Savannah Foundation’s committees.

Cowart’s 29+ year professional career in Savannah has been exemplified by award-winning projects that combine his loves — historic preservation, environmental stewardship and sustainable urban design.

Ralph Raymond, AIA, NOMA
2018-2019 Director

During Raymond’s time as an At-Large Directorhe has come to understand methods of activism and is empowered to further AIA Georgia’s efforts. As he continues to be involved with several related organizations and volunteerism directly tied to AIA GA, Raymond also looks to instill a freshness that speaks to the younger generation and increases retention.

Raymond is the 2nd youngest licensed architect in the state, and works for HOK in downtown. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture. His major projects include the Civil and Human Rights Center and the Atlanta Airport.  He is a graduate of Georgia Tech, and an active member of NOMA since 2008 most recently serving on the Board of Directors as treasurer. This is his second term as a Georgia board member.

Local Chapters

William (Bill) Clark AIA President
Richard Kramer AIA Past President
Christopher Welty AIA President-Elect
Karen Jenkins AIA Secretary
Greg Mullin AIA, LEED AP Treasurer
Ian K. Hunter AIA, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C Development Director
Joanna Robinson Assoc. AIA Emerging Professionals/Membership Director
Krista Dumkrieger AIA, LEED AP BD+C Advocacy Director
Robert Woodhurst AIA Communications Director
Ryan Cavanaugh AIA Development Director
Jessika Nelson Assoc. AIA Programs Director
Aaron Albrecht AIA, NCARB, AIGA Programs Director
Brandon Chambers Assoc. AIA Continuing Education Director
Tim Keane Public Director
Katie Hughes AIA, LEED AP Allied Director
Desmond Johnson AIA Emerging Professionals/Membership Director
Michael Kahn AIA Communications Director

The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 16 at Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, GA. Fourteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt and Student Categories. Three People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, Drew Charter School, Perkins+Will
Excellence, Georgia BioScience Training Center, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Honor, The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Merit, Sinuosity, Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka
Merit, Paty Modern, LIGHTROOM
Merit, O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District, Laura Sherman (Student)
Merit, The Oxygen Pavilion, Katrina Alano (Student)
Merit, International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters, William Lentjes (Student)
Merit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Merit, Cardlytics at Ponce City Market Smith Dalia Architects Merit Clayton State University Science Building William Stelten, AIA
Merit, Palmetto Library, Houser Walker
Merit, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus Sidney P. Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Merit, Atlanta Dairies, Perkins+Will
Notable, Growing Edge Community Garden Shade House, Greenline Architecture
Notable, Columbus Aquatic Center, Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Notable, Storza Woods Restroom at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Dalia Architects

The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 16 at Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, GA. Fourteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt and Student Categories. Three People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, Drew Charter School, Perkins+Will
Excellence, Georgia BioScience Training Center, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Honor, The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Merit, Sinuosity, Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka
Merit, Paty Modern, LIGHTROOM
Merit, O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District, Laura Sherman (Student)
Merit, The Oxygen Pavilion, Katrina Alano (Student)
Merit, International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters, William Lentjes (Student)
Merit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Merit, Cardlytics at Ponce City Market Smith Dalia Architects Merit Clayton State University Science Building William Stelten, AIA
Merit, Palmetto Library, Houser Walker
Merit, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus Sidney P. Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Merit, Atlanta Dairies, Perkins+Will
Notable, Growing Edge Community Garden Shade House, Greenline Architecture
Notable, Columbus Aquatic Center, Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Notable, Storza Woods Restroom at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Dalia Architects

The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 16 at Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, GA. Fourteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt and Student Categories. Three People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, Drew Charter School, Perkins+Will
Excellence, Georgia BioScience Training Center, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Honor, The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Merit, Sinuosity, Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka
Merit, Paty Modern, LIGHTROOM
Merit, O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District, Laura Sherman (Student)
Merit, The Oxygen Pavilion, Katrina Alano (Student)
Merit, International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters, William Lentjes (Student)
Merit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Merit, Cardlytics at Ponce City Market Smith Dalia Architects Merit Clayton State University Science Building William Stelten, AIA
Merit, Palmetto Library, Houser Walker
Merit, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus Sidney P. Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Merit, Atlanta Dairies, Perkins+Will
Notable, Growing Edge Community Garden Shade House, Greenline Architecture
Notable, Columbus Aquatic Center, Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Notable, Storza Woods Restroom at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Dalia Architects

The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 16 at Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, GA. Fourteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt and Student Categories. Three People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, Drew Charter School, Perkins+Will
Excellence, Georgia BioScience Training Center, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Honor, The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Merit, Sinuosity, Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka
Merit, Paty Modern, LIGHTROOM
Merit, O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District, Laura Sherman (Student)
Merit, The Oxygen Pavilion, Katrina Alano (Student)
Merit, International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters, William Lentjes (Student)
Merit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Merit, Cardlytics at Ponce City Market Smith Dalia Architects Merit Clayton State University Science Building William Stelten, AIA
Merit, Palmetto Library, Houser Walker
Merit, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus Sidney P. Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Merit, Atlanta Dairies, Perkins+Will
Notable, Growing Edge Community Garden Shade House, Greenline Architecture
Notable, Columbus Aquatic Center, Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Notable, Storza Woods Restroom at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Dalia Architects

The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 16 at Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, GA. Fourteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt and Student Categories. Three People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, Drew Charter School, Perkins+Will
Excellence, Georgia BioScience Training Center, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Honor, The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Merit, Sinuosity, Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka
Merit, Paty Modern, LIGHTROOM
Merit, O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District, Laura Sherman (Student)
Merit, The Oxygen Pavilion, Katrina Alano (Student)
Merit, International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters, William Lentjes (Student)
Merit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Merit, Cardlytics at Ponce City Market Smith Dalia Architects Merit Clayton State University Science Building William Stelten, AIA
Merit, Palmetto Library, Houser Walker
Merit, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus Sidney P. Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Merit, Atlanta Dairies, Perkins+Will
Notable, Growing Edge Community Garden Shade House, Greenline Architecture
Notable, Columbus Aquatic Center, Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Notable, Storza Woods Restroom at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Dalia Architects