Past AIA Atlanta President Ortrude White Passes at 75

AIA Atlanta remembers Ortrude White, one of the chapter’s first female presidents, who passed away on July 27, 2018, at 75.

A graduate of Cornell University, UNC Chapel Hill and Harvard School of Design, Ortrude practiced architecture with the VHDA, Kiawah and Niles Bolton Associates before opening her own firm, Ortrude White and Associates.

In a 2013 StoryCorps interview with her daughter, Erika Gonzalez, she spoke about her prolific career that ended in 2009 with an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

A service was held on Sunday, August 5. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the ACLU of Georgia Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Remarks from friend Cheryl McAfee, FAIA:

It is will heartfelt sorrow to learn of Ortrude’s passing. I have very fond memories of Ortrude and Myles. We had dinner together several times and enjoyed each other at numerous events. She encouraged me and many others as we work to be relevant and make a positive difference in the profession and our communities. She was fun and funny, smart and witty [More …]

Read Ortrude’s obituary at

Photo: StoryCorps

August 6, 2018|Announcements|

One Comment

  1. Gin Ma August 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Ortrude interviewed me as a high school senior applying for admission to Cornell University. At the conclusion of the interview, she offered me a summer internship which I eagerly accepted. That was a watershed moment in the life of a kid who just 8 years earlier had immigrated to a foreign country about which he knew little.
    That was the spring of ’86. And, I think about that day, that interview with Ortrude regularly in the 32 years since.
    I will forever be grateful to Ortrude for the boost of confidence and the opportunity that she gave me. I suspect I’m far from the only life that Ortrude touched and made more special.
    Rest in peace, Ortrude. You’ll be missed and remembered.

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