ATLANTA, Jan. 28, 2016–AIA Atlanta, the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, today announces the appointment of David Southerland as its new executive director as of January 13, 2016.

Southerland, who also serves as executive director at AIA Georgia, brings to AIA Atlanta a profound background in nonprofit management, strategic marketing, transportation and design. Under his new leadership, the organization aims to foster public awareness, strengthen its continuing education component, increase local political advocacy and develop future leadership.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work for members of AIA Atlanta,” said Southerland. “Architects are one of the few professions trained to see and leverage how issues, topics and systems work together. I hope I can help members utilize their special perspectives to raise the status of the profession, and to bring their skills to bear in improving broader community design and function across the state.”

Born in Atlanta, Southerland earned from the Georgia Institute of Technology a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in organization development from Georgia State University.

About AIA Atlanta
With approximately 1,700 members throughout metro Atlanta, AIA Atlanta is an energetic, creative and agile advocate for architects, design professionals, students and the general public. Our diverse membership is comprised of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including traditional firms, allied professional firms, retired professionals, colleges and universities, government centers, product showrooms, manufacturing facilities and home offices. All members have one connecting and powerful thread in common: a fine appreciation of architecture and design.