Leadership

2023 Board of Directors

Emily Schickner, AIA

President

Emily Schickner, AIA, joined Harrison Design in 2017, serving as Project Architect and Director, and in 2021 promoted as the firm’s first female principal architect. She has led over 1 million square feet of design and construction ranging from cottage-style homes to over 450,000 square feet of mixed-use, multi-family, and senior living developments. Before joining Harrison Design, Emily spent a decade in commercial architecture focused on education, country and golf clubhouse, and hospitality design. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ian Hunter, AIA

Past President

Ian is Regional Director at Dwell Design Studio and is a licensed architect and registered interior designer with a strong background in mixed-use, education, residential, corporate office, and hospitality design. His broad experience covers the design and construction phases of countless projects, ranging from single-story orthopedic centers to 6,000-room pilgrimage hotels in Mecca. Ian has served on the AIA Atlanta board as both Development Director and Secretary, and continues to serve the AIA membership through programming and education while targeting specific plans around membership connectivity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization.

Shelby Morris, AIA

President-elect

Shelby Morris brings over 20 years of experience to his role as Studio Practice Leader in Commercial Mixed-use at HKS Architects. Shelby graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Architecture in 2003. Initially drawn to the profession in high school through a mentorship program, he has spent his professional career paying it forward through his numerous volunteer activities focused on developing leaders and promoting exposure to architecture. In his professional career, Shelby has led over $2 billion in design projects throughout the southeast having won awards from the AIA, DBIA, Building Design and Construction, ULI, and Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Desmond Johnson, AIA

Treasurer

Desmond Johnson is a registered architect currently practicing in the Atlanta regional office of Moody Nolan. He is a 2013 alum of Florida A&M University, where he received his B.S. in Architectural Studies; and a 2015 alum of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his Master of Architecture degree. Desmond has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors, where he has successfully contributed to mixed-use, multi-family, office, hospitality, retail, institution, and urban design projects of varying scales. In addition to serving as the local Emerging Professionals and Membership Director, he is on the planning committee for the Young Architects Forum.

Laura Morton, AIA

Secretary

Laura has developed her career and professional network for the last ten years in Atlanta since graduating from Oklahoma State University with honors. At Stevens & Wilkinson, she works on adaptive reuse projects with a focus on serving the commercial, mixed-use, and hospitality markets. She has been active in AIA for most of her career, spearheading participation in Discover Architecture at her firm in the early years, serving as a founding committee member for Equity in Architecture and Open House Atlanta, being selected to the inaugural class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, and serving as an AIA Atlanta Communications Director for the last three years.

Terry Miller, AIA

Public Director

Born and raised in Beaver Falls, PA, Terry became a licensed architect in 1996 and is now licensed in seven states. He moved to Georgia in 1997 and worked several project architect and project manager roles before starting his own practice, Miller Architecture and Planning, in 2004. Terry was elected to the Douglasville City Council in 2007, 2017 and re-elected in 2021 with over 70% of the vote. He was chosen by his city council colleagues to be the City of Douglasville’s Mayor Pro Tem for the years 2021 and 2022. In addition to these accomplishments, Terry has made several very humble attempts in the performing arts by acting in two dinner theater productions and writing two locally produced plays, “The Long Ball” and “Small Time,” both of which were performed to critical acclaim in front of sold-out audiences.

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Mark Chen, AIA

Development Director

Mark is the managing principal of LEO A DALY’s Atlanta studio. In this role, he oversees design, operations and business strategy, leveraging talent across the globe to deliver world-class design services. He has 37 years of experience in the master planning and design of facilities in the U.S., Europe and China, including mixed-use, healthcare and education projects. Mark received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

Mae Murphy, Assoc. AIA

Development Director

Mae Murphy, born and raised in Mexico, studied architecture at the TEC de Monterrey in Puebla. With nine years of experience, she has had the opportunity to work in a wide range of project types including mixed-use, industrial, and healthcare. Since joining The Beck Group in 2017, she has been able to participate in design-build projects with a focus on higher education and sports. She is passionate about sustainability and holds a LEED GA and a WELL AP credential. As a recent graduate of the CKLDP 2022 class, she now holds a Chair-Elect position for the 2023 class. She also had the chance to participate as part of the partnership committee for the 2022 Aspire conference in Asheville. She is now working towards her GA license and is excited about the opportunities that the AIA Atlanta Board will provide.

Namrata Dani, AIA

Programs Director

Namrata Dani is a Project Architect at Cooper Carry. Namrata graduated from Georgia Tech with a Masters in Architecture in 2014. As a licensed architect with over eight years of experience, Namrata has worked on a wide range of project types including multi-family/mixed-use residential, educational, and other commercial projects. She is a scholar of the AIA Georgia Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Class of 2022, and on the leadership committee of AIA Georgia’s Equity in Architecture group.

Outside of work, Namrata enjoys hiking, finding bikeable paths in the city, photographing, and discovering new developments that are transforming the urban landscape.

KK Loy, Assoc. AIA

Programs Director

KK Loy, a senior associate at Nelson, has 7+ years of professional experience over multiple architecture disciplines and has persevered through various challenges which shaped her into an adaptable and thoughtful leader. Select built projects include Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Emory Musculoskeletal Institute, Trilith Mixed-Use Studios and Shadowbox Movie Studios. One of her primary focuses outside of work is to build and support the community by working with local nonprofits such as Soccer in the Streets, Trees Atlanta, Pillyr Foundation, etc. KK is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and works creatively to foster environmentally conscious design solutions.

Linda Nunnelly, Assoc. AIA

Local Political Advocacy Director

Linda Nunnelly is an Associate Principal and Director of Atlanta Operations for Moody Nolan, Inc, the largest African American owned architecture firm in the nation. Linda has spent more than twenty years in the AEC industry-leading award-winning multi-million-dollar projects, particularly on civic, K-12, collegiate education, community recreation, and healthcare. She currently focuses on business development efforts in the southeast region for Moody Nolan. Linda graduated from Howard University School of Architecture and Planning with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Laura Sherman, AIA

Emerging Professionals Director

Laura Sherman is a licensed architect and alumna of Kennesaw State University. She is currently an architect in Gensler’s Atlanta work studio. She has a varied range of work experience completing projects for local nonprofits, adaptive reuse, mixed-use, and custom residential architecture. As a 2022 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program graduate, she co-led the equity, diversity, and inclusion session, a topic she is a passionate advocate of. She serves on the board of directors for the Architecture Foundation of Georgia. Laura taught a second-year architecture studio at KSU this fall and remains engaged in volunteering as an alumna. Laura enjoys making earrings and carving linocut block prints in her free time.

Zachery Terry, Assoc. AIA

Emerging Professionals Director

Zachery is an Architectural Designer and a Job Captain at Ware Malcomb. He received his Bachelor Of Architecture Degree from Kennesaw State University in 2017.

During his time as a student, he served on the AIA GA Executive Board holding the position of Student Director which functioned as a liaison between the Academic and Professional realms of Architecture. After graduating, he served as an Executive Board Member on the Architecture Foundation of Georgia for 3 years on the Scholarship Committee and on the Marketing and Visibility Committee.

Zachery’s work experience ranges from Biocontainment and laboratory planning in the Healthcare, Science, Higher Education and Government project types, to planning in large scale Industrial centers. He is most intrigued by Architecture that creates intangibles such as memories, emotions and experiences.

Sumegha Shah, AIA

Membership Director

Sumegha is a Senior Vice President at Cannon Design leading the firm’s Health Education practice. Over the years, she has served with various committees and initiatives at AIA and USGBC. Having worked on new build and renovations/additions, she values a deeper integration of sustainable design. Her international and diverse experience in 18+ years of practice has allowed her to broaden her knowledge in many areas of institutional and master planning projects and deepen her thought leadership in student life, health science & medical education, and wellness. She received her M.Arch in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati.

Ebehi Ijewere, Assoc. AIA

Communications Director

With over six years of experience, Ebehi has worked with architecture firms in Lagos, Miami, and Atlanta. She has gained experience in commercial, healthcare, educational, aviation, civic, and retail projects. She is a scholar of the AIA Miami Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Class of 2020-2021.

Her passions for design and community development led her to create a design podcast, Layers of Design, a platform where designers and architects share their stories and experiences. Layers of Design participates in competitions that explore solutions to issues within different communities, hosts events that spark conversations, and inspires the community through volunteer experiences.

Asides from building Layers of Design, Ebehi works as a designer at an architecture firm in Atlanta, and tutors architecture students and professionals in Autodesk Revit.

Howard Kuo, AIA

Communications Director

Solving complex design challenges with projects known for their elegance, innovation, and authenticity. Howard graduated with multiple design honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BSAS 1992, M.Arch 1994). He is NCARB certified, a registered Architect in 15+ states, a member of the American Institute of Architects, a panelist for Club Leaders Forum (Platinum Clubs), and a frequent juror/guest speaker at several universities. Raised in Blacksburg, Virginia, Howard’s interests range from golf to vintage cars to horology where he owns 4 US design patents. Recently, however, the majority of his free time has been devoted to his young daughters.

Corey Miller, AIA

Continuing Education Director

Corey Miller is a Sr. Project Manager and Sr. Associate at The S/L/A/M Collaborative. As a registered Architect with over twenty-five years of experience, he has worked across a variety of project and delivery types for both private sector and government clients. Project types include collegiate sports, corporate office, banking/financial services, and technology facilities. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, travel and mentoring the next generation of young architects.

Amy Granelli

Allied Director

Coming soon!

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