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Chris Sandlin
Chris Sandlin
Chris Sandlin
Chris Sandlin

Chris Sandlin

Associate

Leadership

Why Architecture?

I enjoy critical thinking, problem solving and design… Architecture allows me to do all of these while improving the environment and positively impacting the lives of others simultaneously.

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona… I love Gaudi’s work.

GUILTY PLEASURE?

Vacation Planning.

Antonia Porter
Antonia Porter
Antonia Porter
Antonia Porter

Antonia Porter

Associate | Controller

Leadership

IF I COULD SOLVE ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD, IT WOULD BE

World Hunger

A MOVIE OF MY LIFE WOULD STAR

Clair Huxtable

I WISH I COULD LEARN

Tax law.

GUILTY PLEASURE?

Pizza

IF YOU HAD TO GIVE UP EITHER YOUR SMART PHONE OR YOUR CAR, WHICH WOULD IT BE?

My Car!

Shin-Fu Chen
Shin-Fu Chen
Shin-Fu Chen
Shin-Fu Chen

Shin-Fu Chen

Design Staff

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

Heyder Aliyev Centre.

IF I HAD TO GIVE UP MY SMART PHONE OR MY CAR, IT WOULD BE

My phone.

I WISH I COULD LEARN TO

Farm.

Ken Leach, AIA
Ken Leach, AIA
Ken Leach, AIA
Ken Leach, AIA

Ken Leach, AIA

Associate

Leadership

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

I enjoy seeing products of one’s imagination rise out of the ground.  I remember watching time-lapse images of a building under construction on Sesame Street when I was a kid and it just captivated me.  I also spent hours playing with my Blocks building “grand halls and coliseums.”  Later in high school my introduction to Architecture was the works of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Who doesn’t like the scenery, setting and forms of one of his most famous houses, Falling Water?

THE PETs I CURRENTLY HAVE ARE

Two horses. My wife and I pamper and spoil them. Endless fun with them.

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

My 1996 Summer Olympics sweatshirt.  I have worn it every cold season for the last twenty years –  It’s covered with paint and stains, torn and tattered, and will finally be retired this year.

Nancy Berlin
Nancy Berlin
Nancy Berlin
Nancy Berlin

Nancy Berlin

Marketing

Marketing / Business Development

One problem to solve:

World Peace

One item to throw away, but never will:

Old pictures of family + friends

Guilty pleasure:

Anything Sweet

Brett Norton
Brett Norton
Brett Norton
Brett Norton

Brett Norton

Senior Associate

Leadership

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

The Barcelona Pavillion. It seems to come to mind a lot.

IF I COULD SOLVE ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD, IT WOULD BE

There are too many people that like Decatur. Seriously. It would solve traffic.

IF THEY MADE A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH ACTOR WOULD PLAY YOU?

Bill Murray, I hope.

Kameren Horton
Kameren Horton
Kameren Horton
Kameren Horton

Kameren Horton

Design Staff

Why Architecture?

From a young age, I’ve possessed a creative and artistic spirit. In my childhood, I would replicate and sketch cartoons from the Sunday newspaper. As I grew older, my artistic endeavors evolved, and I began sketching the ideal home I envisioned. It was only later that I fully grasped my father’s profession as an architect. It seems history has a way of repeating itself

What is your favorite building in the world and why?

My favorite building is the Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid. The Galaxy Soho structure is composed of four primary domed buildings interconnected by bridges and platforms. These elements link curving floor plates, forming a dynamic space that envelops various public courtyards and a central “canyon” on a larger scale.

Which type of pet do you currently have?

Currently at this moment, none.

If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?

Ensuring that everyone has access to an adequate amount of food and water is crucial for the well-being of communities.

If you had to give up either your smart phone or your car, which would it be?

I would give up my smart phone easily… and then go purchase another one :]

What is one item that you should probably throw away, but never will.

I throw everything away, otherwise it’ll pile up.

If they made a movie of your life, which actor would play you?

Will Smith

If you could become really good at one new thing. what would it be?

Grasping the field of construction with the depth of experience one would accumulate over two decades in the industry.

Guilty Pleasure?

Sweet Potato Pie. I don’t really eat alot of sweets but when I eat pie…. I destroy it typically between 48-72 hours.

If you could max out your credit card at any store, what store would you choose?

Neiman Marcus

 

Di Wang
Di Wang
Di Wang
Di Wang

Di Wang

Design Staff

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD AND WHY?

The building designed by Thomas Heatherwick: EDEN – Singapore. I believe it offers a potentially viable solution for the future of high-density living spaces for humans and the conflict with the natural environment that seems very plausible now.

IF THEY MADE A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH ACTOR WOULD PLAY YOU?

Matt Damon.

IF YOU COULD BECOME REALLY GOOD AT ONE NEW THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Freestyle swimming.

GUILTY PLEASURE?

Skateboarding on the way to work.

 

Marjorie Wedderburn
Marjorie Wedderburn
Marjorie Wedderburn
Marjorie Wedderburn

Marjorie Wedderburn

Receptionist

Erin Machado
Erin Machado
Erin Machado
Erin Machado

Erin Machado

Design Staff

What is one item that you should probably throw away, but never will?

A whole coconut that I caught at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans  

If they made a movie of your life, which actor would play you?

Julia Roberts 

If you could become really good at one new thing, what would it be?

Learning/speaking other languages 

Guilty pleasure?

Buying unnecessary things at the thrift store.

If you could max out your credit card at any store, what store would you choose?

Barnes and Noble 

Dan Berman, AIA
Dan Berman, AIA
Dan Berman, AIA
Dan Berman, AIA

Dan Berman, AIA

Associate Principal

Leadership

Why architecture?

It incorporates all of the arts. What better creative outlet is there?

If I could solve one problem in the world, it would be

World peace.

I WISH I COULD LEARN TO

Play guitar.

Kherby Jean
Kherby Jean
Kherby Jean
Kherby Jean

Kherby Jean

Design Staff

if you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be? 

World Hunger 

If you had to give up either your smart phone or your car, which would it be? 

Smart Phone 

if you could become really good at one new thing, what would it be? 

Business Relations 

Charlene Gates
Charlene Gates
Charlene Gates
Charlene Gates

Charlene Gates

Director of Business Development

Marketing / Business Development

IF I COULD SOLVE ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD, IT WOULD BE

Hunger.

GUILTY PLEASURE?

A combo of dark chocolate covered caramels with sea salt + red wine

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

Homemade clothing from my grandmother

 

Louise Labus, ASID
Louise Labus, ASID
Louise Labus, ASID
Louise Labus, ASID

Louise Labus, ASID

Associate Principal

Leadership

WHY INTERIORS?

It motivates energy, emotion, passion, function and the overall spirit in people.

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

My jeans skirt from the 7th grade that I made.

A MOVIE OF MY LIFE WOULD STAR

Audrey Hepburn.

Cody Erickson
Cody Erickson
Cody Erickson
Cody Erickson

Cody Erickson

Design Staff

What is your favorite building in the world and why?

The Cologne cathedral, I believe there’s nothing quite like it.

If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?

Poverty.

If you could become really good at one new thing, what would it be?

Learning different languages.

If you could max out your credit card at any store, what store would you choose?

Sotheby’s international reality.

Eric Richardson, AIA
Eric Richardson, AIA
Eric Richardson, AIA
Eric Richardson, AIA

Eric Richardson, AIA

President

Leadership

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

I was always interested in the creation of spaces and manipulating my environment. We have the opportunity to affect the lives and experiences of people with our designs.

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

I would have to say the Pantheon in Rome. The experience of being in that singular space with the understanding that it was built almost 2000 years ago.

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

My great Grandparent’s rickety old chair.

Evan Saadat, AIA
Evan Saadat, AIA
Evan Saadat, AIA
Evan Saadat, AIA

Evan Saadat, AIA

NCARB

Design Staff

which type of pet do you currently have?

A standard poodle named Walter! 

if you could become really good at one new thing, what would it be?

Chess 

if you could max out your credit card at any store, what store would you choose?

Micro Center 

Stacey Lucas, AIA, ASID
Stacey Lucas, AIA, ASID
Stacey Lucas, AIA, ASID
Stacey Lucas, AIA, ASID

Stacey Lucas, AIA, ASID

Design Staff

WHy architecture?

Architecture combines the arts and sciences in a way that other professions do not. Growing up I was fascinated by the shape of plants, insects, marine life and chaos theory. I am a problem-solver by nature. Spatial design problems satisfy my constant need to organize what I see or encounter around me.

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

I would travel back to Prague to visit the 1930 modernist Villa Mueller by Adolf Loos again.

FEEL FREE TO SHARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER

I have worked on a variety of project types, including the Hall of Fame for the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, New England Office of the EPA and US Bankruptcy Courts, Sidra Medical & Research Clinic in Doha, Qatar, the Old North Church in Boston, Kaya Winery in Dahlonega, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team HQ at Fort Bragg, Berckmans Place at Augusta National, and the Delta Flight Museum.

 

Marisa Lopez
Marisa Lopez
Marisa Lopez
Marisa Lopez

Marisa Lopez

Design Staff

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD AND WHY? 

La Sagrada Familia, it just breath taking.

WHICH TYPE OF PET DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE? 

A Yorkie, named Susy, she is extremely sweet (sometimes I wonder if she is really a Yorkie).

GUILTY PLEASURE? 

Watching reality tv or a cheesy romantic comedy.

Shun Yao, NCIDQ, WELL AP
Shun Yao, NCIDQ, WELL AP
Shun Yao, NCIDQ, WELL AP
Shun Yao, NCIDQ, WELL AP

Shun Yao, NCIDQ, WELL AP

DESIGN STAFF

Design Staff

Sandy Cooper, AIA
Sandy Cooper, AIA
Sandy Cooper, AIA
Sandy Cooper, AIA

Sandy Cooper, AIA

Principal

Leadership

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

Love design; love craftsmanship; love creating.

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

Projects from architecture school.

IF I COULD MAX OUT A CREDIT CARD ANYWHERE, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE

Ticketmaster.

Cheng-Li Wang
Cheng-Li Wang
Cheng-Li Wang
Cheng-Li Wang

Cheng-Li Wang

Associate Principal

Leadership

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD?

House in House.

I WISH I COULD LEARN TO

Fly a plane.

IF I COULD MAX OUT A CREDIT CARD ANYWHERE, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE

Toys R’ Us.

Ashley Odom
Ashley Odom
Ashley Odom
Ashley Odom

Ashley Odom

Design Staff

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD AND WHY?

When I was in school, I did a research project on the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and I have been fascinated with the building ever since. The organic architecture and skylight letting in natural light from above is so unique.

WHAT IS ONE ITEM THAT YOU SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY, BUT NEVER WILL?

I did ballet for most of my life, and i have a lot of my old costumes and pointe shoes.

IF THEY MADE A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH ACTOR WOULD PLAY YOU?

Anne Hathaway

IF YOU COULD MAX OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD AT ANY STORE, WHAT STORE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Kendra Scott or Anthropologie

Fiona Grandowski, AIA, IIDA
Fiona Grandowski, AIA, IIDA
Fiona Grandowski, AIA, IIDA
Fiona Grandowski, AIA, IIDA

Fiona Grandowski, AIA, IIDA

Principal

Leadership

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

This is where we live. This is where we work. This is where we play. Design of these spaces makes a difference.

IF I HAD TO GIVE UP MY SMART PHONE OR MY CAR, IT WOULD BE

My car – I can always ride my Vespa to work 🙂

I WISH I COULD LEARN TO

Meditate.

Dawn Franklin
Dawn Franklin
Dawn Franklin
Dawn Franklin

Dawn Franklin

Associate

Leadership

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

Shelter is essential. I’ve always been interested in the decisions that influence and help create inspiring, useful, comfortable built environments.

IF I COULD SOLVE ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD, IT WOULD BE

To improve the treatment of women and girls everywhere and eradicate slavery. I know. That’s two problems. But we’re in my imagination right now.

GUILTY PLEASURE?

Why should any pleasure be guilty?

Brittany Markey
Brittany Markey
Brittany Markey
Brittany Markey

Brittany Markey

Design Staff

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

Sagrada Família. This building literally moved my soul.

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

Because I believe the built environment can help promote and influence positive social interactions and experiences.

IF I COULD SOLVE ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD, IT WOULD BE

Lack of empathy and concern for others.

Jeff Juliano, AIA
Jeff Juliano, AIA
Jeff Juliano, AIA
Jeff Juliano, AIA

Jeff Juliano, AIA

Principal

Leadership

FAVORITE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

My favorite building is actually a renovated 19th century chicken coop. It is now a small single bedroom apartment. The building sits only a few feet from a large fresh water lake in upstate NY. It is equally spectacular in summer and winter….it is the adult version of a fort in the woods.

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

My magazine collection of PA (Progressive Architect for those too young to have heard of this publication).

Guilty PleasurE?

BBQ….pulled, never chopped.

Brittany Harvell
Brittany Harvell
Brittany Harvell
Brittany Harvell

Brittany Harvell

NCARB

Design Staff

Why architecture?

Because I’m obsessed with solving puzzles…and to me, architecture is the biggest uber-puzzle of them all. There are a thousand different possibilities. What will make the space beautiful? Functional? Cost-effective? Innovative? Fun? Most impactful for the community? Each of these questions has a different answer, but when you’re able to find a way to tie all the threads together, the best reward is seeing others enjoy that little piece of the puzzle that you helped bring to life.

IF THEY MADE A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH ACTOR WOULD PLAY YOU?

Jennifer Lawrence starring in some quirky Wes Anderson movie.

IF I COULD MAX OUT MY CREDIT CARD AT ANY STORE, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE

REI…. And then I’d head for the mountains and you’d never see me again.

Isabelle Topp
Isabelle Topp
Isabelle Topp
Isabelle Topp

Isabelle Topp

Design Staff

Why Interior Design?

I love shaping people’s experiences in a space in a positive way.

THE PET I CURRENTLY HAVE is

A cat called Mikesch and a dog called Robby (who lives with my parents).

I PROBABLY NEVER WILL, BUT I SHOULD PROBABLY THROW AWAY

I have a lot of my old art, dating back even to middle school, that I’ve held on to. It takes up a lot of room and it’s not something that I would share with others, but every few years I’ll look back on it and see just how much I’ve learned since then.

David Fairley, AIA
David Fairley, AIA
David Fairley, AIA
David Fairley, AIA

David Fairley, AIA

Senior Associate

Leadership

WHY ARCHITECTURE?

I never seriously wanted to do anything else.

IF I COULD SOLVE ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD, IT WOULD BE

Stupidity.

IF I COULD MAX OUT A CREDIT CARD ANYWHERE, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE

Barnes & Noble.

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