Online voting takes place October 22 – November 11
AIA Atlanta strives to advance the quality of life in our communities through inspiration and leadership in both design and the built environment. Joining our board of directors is a great opportunity to help advance the profession of architecture while serving as a leader and voice for your fellow colleagues.
As our membership quickly grows and becomes more diverse, we continuously work to enrich members’ experiences through valuable programs, local political advocacy, events, and continuing education opportunities. Our board offers guidance through collaboration, strategy, and insights from our membership.
Consider bringing your leadership to AIA Atlanta to help us build something great.
Jim Viviano graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Houston. He has served in leadership roles with some of the industry’s leading companies gaining experience with various project types including mixed-use projects, commercial office buildings, entertainment, retail, store design, hospitality, residential, educational and institutional facilities. Throughout his career, Jim has held various positions within the design and construction industry having worked, not only as an architect, but also as an owner’s representative with a major national retailer and in a business development role for an international construction company.
Jim is a member of the American Institute of Architects, NCARB and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is involved within the industry and his community through many professional affiliations including the Urban Land Institute.
Jim is a leading advocate for sustainable development, design and construction and is committed to making the built environment a good steward of the world we live in. He currently serves as the President of the Atlanta chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society focused on intelligent land use and sustainable development of our cities and townships.
As an architect for the past 25 years, I have grown both professionally and personally and have come to view the profession as one that is less about design and aesthetics and more about problem solving and fostering relationships. With masters degrees in architecture and business, I have leveraged my education to further form and define my views on the profession.
Having owned a small architecture firm, been Director of Operations for a mid-sized regional firm, and now as Principal for a national architectural/engineering firm, PGAL, I have had the opportunity to explore the business of the profession from many points of view. The commonality among all sizes and types of firms is that architects are passionate about what we do, are dedicated to our craft, and devoted to the idea that what we do matters and benefits our cities and societies.
In 2016, I decided to pursue opportunities to positively impact the profession. I joined the AIA Atlanta Board as Treasurer, and shortly thereafter began to teach part-time at Kennesaw State University. It is my hope that as President-Elect for AIA Atlanta that my background and experience can be leveraged and used to elevate the visibility of architects and our services within the broader business community, as well as heighten the awareness and impact of the AIA in the greater Atlanta region.
My skills/experiences well qualify me to serve our AIA as president-elect. Working for 4 different firms in Atlanta since 1983 has shown me how architectural design and the arts have become increasingly relevant in Atlanta. Our design community rivals that of any city as we embrace quality design, diversity and cutting edge sustainability.
Joining CCCA in 1990 with only 6 people, I became a shareholder and Principal in 1997. As we grew, I focused on organizational initiatives and great architecture, plus creating a great place to work. In 2016, I became Managing Partner, working to improve organizational communication, effectiveness and provide Talent Management leadership, while remaining active on projects. I became President/CEO of our 45-person firm in January of 2019 and continue to focus on organizational issues, Strategic Planning and improving our culture to attract and keep a diverse, talented and committed team that remembers to have fun and be nice.
As an enthusiastic AIA Atlanta member for many years, I have enjoyed participating in many initiatives during this time, including the Peachtree Street Exhibition and as chair of AIA Atlanta’s Urban Design Committee for several years. I initiated and chaired the Atlanta AIA’s R/UDAT that generated a vision for improvements to the city in anticipation of the 1996 Olympics.
I think there is now a great opportunity to boost the profile of architecture, AIA Atlanta and the Atlanta architectural community because of the heightened coverage of architecture and urban design on social media websites and other media. AIA Atlanta’s communication director should work to highlight the important role architecture plays in defining the city’s identity internationally and its quality of life for local residents through interaction with these sites and publications. We should make sure they include the names of architects and firms behind the projects featured on these sites and discuss the designers’ rationale underlying the design. This has the potential to boost the profile of architects and design in the city and can elevate the role of architects in guiding decision-making that shapes the physical form of the city.
As an active member of several years – contributing to Young Architects Forum, Build Something Great, the High School Student Design Competition, a previous term as Communications Director, and more – I’m excited to be part of AIA Atlanta’s next Leadership phase.
Continuing as your Communications Director, the most important thing I can promise to you, my fellow members, is not too much for your inbox.
But we will still make sure you have:
Notifications of the numerous chapter events gatherings throughout the year
The latest news and developments that directly affect our profession
Integrated communications with our local student chapters
Continuing Education Opportunities
I’m ready to work for you and with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to make AIA Atlanta one of the best chapters in the country.
As a member of AIA Georgia’s inaugural Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, I had the opportunity to meet and work with much of AIA Atlanta’s current leadership. Through this experience, I learned much more about the work that both AIA Georgia and AIA Atlanta do to further the profession in our region and to support local AIA members. I was especially impressed by AIA’s advocacy work and as a result, developed an appreciation for the importance of identifying sources of funding beyond membership dues. If elected to the Development Director position, I would look forward to working with the Co-Director and the AIA Atlanta staff to identify ways of broadening our sponsorship and funding programs, including recruiting new Patrons. As architects, we bring enormous value to our communities by creating safe, beautiful and inspiring spaces. I would welcome the opportunity to share our stories as a way of encouraging others to in turn support us.
I love architecture, but my true heart isn’t to create buildings–I get the most satisfaction out of mentoring others and helping them develop into quality people who care for the success of the team and who encourage others to grow. I think that if architecture was a sport I would probably be a coach! Working with emerging professionals is a fantastic way to live that purpose through the platform of the AIA.
I have a passion for connection and relationship. As one of the Emerging Professional+Membership Directors, I will strive to build on the ways AIA Atlanta is supporting members, specifically focusing on emerging and future professionals. I believe that it is critical to continually ask the question of how we are supporting and promoting the future of the profession. The AIA has the opportunity and resources to bring professionals together – across industry and sector, varying years of experience, knowledge communities, etc. In doing so, space is made for emerging professionals to get curious, ask questions, make connections, and develop as industry leaders. I am eager for the opportunity to support and serve my peers in the organization and facilitation of a program where mentorship, professional development, industry exposure, and relationship thrive.
At HKS, I represent a group of 20 emerging professionals – designers, interior designers, architects, and administrative staff – within our local office and to HKS on a global scale. This includes collaboratively generating a monthly calendar of events, promoting individual achievements and group engagement, serving on a taskforce to evaluate internal job title structure and professional development programs, and advocating for support and the interests of our staff to office leadership.
Parker is uniquely qualified for the position of Emerging Professionals and Membership Director for AIA Atlanta from his leadership with the AIA Triangle, the North Carolina State University AIAS Chapter and the AIAS National Organization. From his experience in boosting membership in AIAS and providing students a voice at the AIA level, he would be able to effectively communicate with local colleges and universities to encourage student involvement in YAF programs.
From proven leadership as the Chair of the HKS Southeast Design Fellowship, an event that brought together students and emerging professionals together to develop concepts for Soccer in the Streets and MARTA, Parker would successfully work to organize the Emerging Voices Design Competition and the 10 Up Competition. As an emerging professional himself, Parker understands the challenges that young AIA members face and will, therefore, be able to work with staff to develop and market membership programs appropriate for new and young members, as well as potential memberships unsure of their place in the AIA. In addition, Parker brings with him to the role of the Chair of YAF Committee and liaison to Knowledge Communities two years of experience as a board member on the AIA Triangle Executive Board representing students and emerging professionals alike.
I have successfully managed my own practice for over 10 years, completing hundreds of projects with dozens of local and national property owners and managers. This has resulted in many strong professional relationships and industry connections. High quality programs are integral to AIA participation and membership. I will apply my experience and connections to this position in order to build upon the success of existing programs as well as to seek out opportunities for new program offerings.
I have been on the AIA Board in Nashville and enjoyed the work and the relationships within the AIA staff and involved architects. I look forward to the chance to work with the Atlanta AIA and other interested participants.
As a practitioner and instructor, Heather is skilled in communication, organizational methods, and the development of effective and collaborative strategies. Working daily with both the professional and academic communities, Heather is acquainted with the current climate of the profession of architecture locally and globally. In the role of Programs Director, Heather is well equipped to understand the needs and interests of the members, access the effectiveness of the organization, and uncover opportunities to increase the potential and overall success of the community. Heather values clear direction, open communication, ethical operations, and creative problem solving. She is committed to demonstrating and promoting inclusivity, accessibility, and equality within the profession of architecture.
Sean became involved with professional advocacy early during his undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, joining AIAS and soon becoming Vice-President then President of the chapter. His tenure included serving on the GT Campus Planning Student Advisory Board, leading a national-level AIAS digital media committee, serving as a student member on a NAAB accreditation visit, and leading a committee planning a 400-person conference drawing students from across the southeast.
After graduation, Sean stayed involved with AIA Atlanta, volunteering with and eventually leading committees organizing both the annual High School Design Competition and the Designers of Tomorrow Youth Architecture Fair in coordination with a number of other AIA members. Sean participates in and volunteers with a number of other AIA Atlanta programs and events, and is a scholar with the AIA Georgia Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program 2020 class.
After years of advocacy, volunteering and leadership with AIA Atlanta, Sean wants to contribute to AIA Atlanta’s programs at a more global scale, while helping continue the work of past boards and programs directors.
Over the past three years on the Board, my passion for the organization – and more importantly, its potential impacts – has grown immensely.
As a registered architect, NCARB certificate holder, and AIA member, I continue to have a keen interest in working with fellow emerging professionals in a common quest for growth and betterment within our field. While I have spent the past three years as the Emerging Professionals Director – and have a deep passion for such – I understand that my talents may also be well-suited for Treasurer. The breadth of my leadership extends beyond my leadership in AIA and YAF. I have held leadership positions within Alpha Rho Chi (the nation’s only professional fraternity for architecture), the National Organization of Minority Architects, and a host of other design-related and community organizations, leading to the potential for great working relationships between the various organizations.
While the above skills, talents, and experiences make me an ideal candidate for Treasurer, they pale in comparison to my passion for service. I humbly look forward to the opportunity to continue giving back to the organization in a rich way.