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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
Assistant Director
(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.

Nicole Hilton, AIA, NOMA
2018-2019 Director

A native of Austin, Texas, Nicole Hilton is the founding Partner and Design Architect of Cole Hil. Mrs. Hilton is a talented designer and Architect. Her complex experience in diverse, prominent architecture projects fuels the firm’s ability to provide high quality services for our Partners. An alumnus of Louisiana State University, she is honored to be recognized as the first African American female graduate of the LSU School of Architecture to become a licensed architect. As an Architect,  her greatest desire is to better the profession through the design work architects offer. In addition to her architectural design expertise, Mrs. Hilton advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and design excellence. She is currently an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Atlanta Chapter.

Patricia Brown, Assoc. AIA
2018-2019 Director

Patricia Brown is from Atlanta, Georgia and currently with Cooper Carry, an architectural design firm based in Atlanta. She is a graduate (M.ARCH) student from Savannah College of Art and Design. As a young professional, she has been actively engaged with local and neighboring communities and firmly believes her role on the AIA Georgia board creates a multitude of opportunities to continue this work. Patricia is also an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of NOMA (National Organisation of Minority Architects).

Ganesh Nayak, AIA
2018-2019 Director

Ganesh Nayak is a graduate of Bhopal University in India and Kansas State University’s M. Arch program. He plans on bringing his unique perspective on the bridging of communities through organizations like AIA in the shaping of a strategic vision for AIA Georgia. It is through this lens that he believes architects skills in problem-solving in general, and for better work-life balance and advocacy for sustainability in particular – which are priorities in my view for the organization – can be more effective.

Nicole Seekely, AIA
2018-2019 Director

After finishing her studies in New York City and traveling the world, Nicole Seekely came back to Atlanta, where she found a new appreciation for the potential held by her hometown city. Nicole Seekely is a licensed architect with degrees from Georgia Tech and Columbia University. During her studies at both schools, Nicole was able to live and travel in cities across the world. She studied the urban fabric of Paris and Tokyo, researched glacier formations in Zermatt, and fell in love with design in Helsinki. She has been a member of the Georgia Board since 2015 serving on the Fellowship Committee leading the charge in reimagining AIA Georgia’s awards program.

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