Being raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania it was a tough decision to become an architect over a steel worker, until I saw “All the Right Moves” in 1983. To this day, I’m a proud card-carrying member of the Steeler Nation. So then it was on to Kent State University, known less for its football team and more for the National Guard event in 1970. Work took me to Louisville, Kentucky where I learned about horse racing and what a mint julep was; over to Charlotte, North Carolina for a brief stint; and then on to Georgia. My move to Atlanta in 1999, offered me a truly unique opportunity to deepen my respect for American Indians while working on cultural centers and casinos for many great Tribes across the country with my close friend Ken Rhyne. It also greatly increased my enthusiasm for interior architecture and design in general. Since my arrival in Atlanta, fate would bless me twice with this, my second partnership with another close friend, Travis, who spends a lot of time golfing…I mean “business developing”. When I am not busy designing, you can find me on the lake, riding behind a Nautique (side stance of course), and enjoying the company of my beautiful family and friends.
Chamblee Downtown Development Authority – Board of Directors 2014-2017
Registered Architect in Georgia
LEED Accredited Professional
Where did you go to school? Florida? Ugh. That is usually the reaction I get working in Atlanta closer to Dawg Country than Gator Nation. (It hasn’t been a bad run though…) I admit I am a bit out of my element having grown up in West Palm Beach. What are these things called seasons, why is the dirt orange, and why does everyone only go to Destin to go to the beach?? I have since figured some of these out. Being the son of an architect, I guess I only have one person to blame for my professional calling. Or should I say thank. I started my career in Orlando working on, of course, Disney projects as well as the International Airport, then migrated North and dabbled in multifamily. The next step was running a branch office for a Florida firm in Atlanta (see the trend here), until finally the good lord knocked some sense into me and we started off on this great new adventure. While John would have you think I spend more time on the golf course than in the office, I am actually on my bike, running, or swimming with my fantastic wife and kids.
Sandy Springs Conservancy – Board Member 2018
NAIOP – Board of Directors – VP of Sponsorship 2016
Board of Directors – VP of Membership 2014-2015
Future Leaders – Director 2010
Big Trees Forest Preserve – Board of Directors 2009-2014
Registered Architect in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, & North Carolina
Born and raised in Florida, weekends were spent at the beach, and we played outside until dark. We spent Saturdays watching the Seminoles play, and with any luck, we beat those Gators! After graduating from Florida State University, I moved to Atlanta to pursue commercial interior design. Little did I realize there wasn’t a beach close by, and soon decided to move home. Along the way, an architect at work caught my attention and convinced me to stay “a little longer”. It’s been more than a decade with that architect, and 2 kids later, we are happy to call Atlanta our home. Most of my professional career has been consumed with corporate office design and tenant improvement work. Long standing relationships with top Atlanta brokers and developers has taught me the value of teamwork and the importance of communication. The unique challenges and range in project scope continue to challenge me every day. No two days are ever alike and multitasking is second nature. Outside of the office, you can find me on the soccer field with my kids, watching college football, or spending time with my amazing family and friends.
IIDA Professional Member
Registered Interior Designer, NCIDQ
LEED Accredited Professional
Growing up military, I moved a lot—Hawaii, Boston, San Francisco, Augusta, Melbourne (Florida, that is). I often felt like an outsider. But that was okay. It afforded me the luxury to watch life, to question things, to process the world with a unique lens. This is part what makes me the designer I am today. I graduated with a liberal studies degree with three minors—Studio Art, Criminal Justice and Humanities. Go figure. I attended the University of Central Florida, one of the largest schools in the nation, but they lacked a design school. I was not dissuaded. I took classes simultaneously at a local design school studying AutoCAD and hand drafting and cut my teeth post-graduation as a Design Assistant. Next up, the Pratt Institute for a master’s in interior architecture and design, where I then worked for Viserius Studio focusing on hospitality, restaurants and international work. Heading south, I landed at C+TC Design Studio. Now, I’m rooting for the BoggsVickers team. Inspiration comes from life, nature and travel. With a vigilant eye, I seek the details, questioning how or why something works, taking note of patterns and movement. With clients, we start with their vision, distill a concept and birth design from that concept. Collaboration reigns, and that’s how I like it. I love pushing myself toward the discovery of unexpected growth. That’s why I travel, scuba dive, sail and cook (when time permits). And it’s rare you’ll find me without Molly, my furry partner-in-crime.
I have found great comfort in Douglas Adams’ quote: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” Growing up a Navy brat, I lived in four cities before finding roots in the Washington, D.C. area. By God’s good graces, ended up in the South at one of the best interior design schools in the country, with a pretty good football team, to boot (War Eagle!!). I did a semester abroad in Ariccia, Italy, having invaluable cultural adventures, as well as earning a minor in International Studies. I have equal appreciation for the built environment as I do for the natural one. I have a deep passion for all things design; especially sustainability, graphics, and urban revitalization. Away from my desk, I enjoy hiking, camping, my pink beach cruiser, and al fresco dining. I am happy to call myself a member of this fun and driven BVA team!
IIDA Georgia Chapter, Social Media Leader 2015-Present
LEED Green Associate
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a designer. My dad was a contractor and I would spend my summers as a child in rural southern Virginia going to all of his job sites and constantly playing with his blue prints, because really, there wasn’t much else to do… Little did I know that this would be the beginning of my passion for design. I furthered my knowledge by attending Radford University where I studied Interior Design. Following graduation, I relocated to the beautiful ATL and was lucky enough to join the BVA team! On the weekends, I enjoy brunching (that’s a word, right?) hiking, and exploring the city.
When I first drove up the mountain from my native city of Atlanta to start college at Appalachian State University, I was enrolled as a Forensic Chemistry major. Needless to say, my career path took quite a turn from there! One night I was in the library attempting calculus and saw someone working on their interior design project and was suddenly inspired. Soon after I enrolled in summer interior design classes and the rest is history. I recently graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Out of all the facets that exist within the design world, I am most interested in the psychology behind a design, wayfinding graphics, rendering, and of course seeing an idea come to life. Living in Boone changed my life (not just because you actually walk uphill both ways in the snow), and is the reason you can find me hiking, snowboarding, running or somewhere in a hammock during my free time. I’m excited to begin my career at BVA and can’t wait for the future!
At BoggsVickers, I’m the resident girl with accent. Born, raised and educated on Long Island, I never imagined I would land in the south. But here I am, and I am glad I came. Don’t get me wrong—I miss beach, bagels and pizza, but I have taken a fancy to southern lake and poolside living. And I am proud to be (almost) the only team member to bring the north into this southern equation. My first intro to accounting came in high school. After graduation, a junior accounting position in a mid-sized corporation sealed the deal on my career. With an accounting degree from Long Island University, I embarked on a 10-year path in corporate accounting in New York. Then, my husband and I decided to relocate to the “country” or otherwise known as Atlanta. Here, I worked as an accounting consultant for 11 years, which is how I met BoggsVickers. I take charge of all things accounting. Think jack-of-trades when it comes to finance and HR—ready to dive into special projects, suss out profitability and keep things compliant. A self-starter, I strive to take on responsibility and lift off burden, so team members keep doing what they do best. I bring 20+ years of experience to the table every day with a smile. I’m happiest in the summer, staying active outdoors with family and friends. I work hard and enjoy life, with a go-with-the-flow attitude that exudes happy.