October 4, 2022

Member Spotlight

Laura Sherman, AIA

Biography

My path to becoming a licensed architect began with a love for drawing and curiosity for using this as a tool for understanding my own human experience. With time I found that the humanity represented in our built environment was one that lacked diverse experiences, including mine and others’ from different socioeconomic and immigrant backgrounds. I landed in architecture school after connecting to a university with studios of models and drawings rich with interpretation. As an architecture student, there was a sense of belonging and resonance among this library of curiosities and abstract thought. My project ‘The Collective Object” won the thesis competition.

I went on to work under Robert M. Cain and Carmen Stan, whom I credit with giving me a thoughtfulness in materials and tectonics. Later working at Smith Dalia Architects, my questions took new forms about my design voice and ability to orchestrate the complexities of a project from conceptualization through construction administration. I gained experience with adaptive reuse and new construction in completing the McAuley Center for Mercy Care Atlanta, Skyland Trail Adolescent Campus, Fulcrum Orlando, and Cardlytics at Ponce City Market.

I took an opportunity to teach the 2nd-year architecture studio section this year at KSU, where my raison d’être for practice was refueled by a stream of thoughtful dialogue with my students. I also am on the board of Directors for the Architecture Foundation of Georgia and a 2022 graduate of the AIA Georgia Christopher Kelley Leadership Program. Currently, I am an architect with Gensler in the Atlanta work studio and spend my free time renovating my mid-century ranch home and enjoy carving up a linocut block print to decompress.

What was a piece of advice that has stuck with you?

Advice that has stuck with me is to believe that you belong here. In a profession at the cusp of crafting a new image of what an architect looks like, this is something I find myself repeating to students and emerging professionals, especially. There is validity in your emerging voice, design talent, and leadership. Innovation arises when new voices and perspectives are heard.