Many of us are cautiously optimistic as we look to the other side of the pandemic. While we don’t know what lies ahead, one thing is certain: there’s no going back.

2020 brought unprecedented challenges, including COVID-19, the magnification of racial inequality, and much uncertainty about the economy, especially regarding the architecture profession’s future.

The 2021 issue of Design Equilibrium, Forward, features articles by architects and designers confronting these ongoing crises with contemplative solutions, plus an interview with recent graduates navigating an uncertain industry.

Inside, you’ll also find profiles on new and conceptualized projects happening around Atlanta, and the winners of the 2020 Residential Design Awards!

Cover photo by Gene Phillips

The Works (Cover feature)
Smith Dalia Architects

The Saving Grace of Outdoor Space
Curt Jackson

Designing Equal Access to Atlanta’s Great Urban Spaces
Desmond Johnson, AIA

Diverging Emerging Professionals: A Conversation with Future Architects
Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA and Sarah Woynicz, AIA

Reconciliation: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Ganesh Nayak, AIA

Social Enterprise Architecture: Paradigm & Practice
Kate Peterson

Less Space, More Life
Will Johnston

Mixed-use – Over 50 Units

  • Honor: The Charles, Lord Aeck Sargent
  • Merit: Vantage, Niles Bolton Associates

Multifamily – Under 50 Units

  • Merit: The Ardyn Townhomes, Office of Design

Single-family – Traditional

  • Honor: Natural History, Historical Concepts

Single-family – Nontraditional

  • Honor: House in the Berkshires, Choate + Hertlein Architects
  • Merit: Moccasin Creek Residence, Frances Zook Architect

Renovation – Less Than 5,000 Square Feet

  • Honor: More Mid Century, Axios Architecture

Moving in the Spirit

Colony Square
Beyer Blinder Belle and Lord Aeck Sargent

Park Center II
Cooper Carry

Diner HEXes
The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Center for Equity
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces