Sophia has more than 20 years of experience in the building industry. She was with Cooper Carry from 2007-2009, returned in 2014, and was named an Associate in 2015. She has practiced as a Project Architect, Program Manager (Owner’s Representative) and Construction Manager. Her first-hand experience in the different building disciplines gives her an edge in negotiating through the design and construction process. In addition to planning and design, Sophia has an in-depth understanding of construction processes and uses her management skills in project collaboration with owners, consultants, contractors and governing authorities for successful projects. She strives to translate the owner’s visions into the built environment in the public and private sector for K-12 Schools project types. She practices in the K-12 Education Studio, but has worked on projects relevant to Government, Office and Mixed-Use. Sophia graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Building Construction. She is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI), and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Ralph Raymond, Haitian-born Architect, artfully integrates architectural design and knowledge of construction technology into project delivery. His myriad of project types, through all phases of design and construction contract administration, makes his experience instrumental. He is able to manage and implement artistic, programmatic, schematic, and pragmatic skills in the competent delivery of project execution. Proper communication and careful reflection and consideration of client goals aid in his understanding of a well-accomplished design. He is geared toward successful design performance through rigorous means and methods.
Nekia Strong is currently Vice President of Barrett Symone Property Managers, an Owner-operator property management company with a portfolio of commercial retail shopping centers and restaurant land leases primarily in the southwest Atlanta area. She leads operations, building management and leasing duties for the office. In the near future, Nekia hopes to reactivate the new development arm of the company to diversify the real estate holdings into other areas of the city.
Nekia is a licensed architect and holds registrations in the states of Alabama and Georgia. Prior to moving into property management, she spent nine years working as a designer and project architect for HOK in Atlanta and Grimm+Parker Architects of McLean, Virginia. Her passion is in community-based and cultural projects, and her working portfolio reflects that having been involved in several high education buildings, recreation centers, and museums.
Jereme Smith is currently an Architect for ASD|SKY an Architecture, Graphics, and Interiors Design firm headquartered in Atlanta GA with offices across the US specializing in commercial office, retail, restaurants, branding, and motion graphics to say the least. Jereme leads teams in preparing design concepts that integrate programmatic requirements, codes/regulations and the overall client vision into a cohesive design. Through this process Jereme prepares contract documents, renderings and presentation graphics, utilizing BIM (Building Informational Modeling) and related software. Jereme is an Autodesk Revit Certified Professional and has presented at RTC, a national conference on Revit and taught various courses at ITT Tech and online exploring the technical aspects of Architectural design and Technology.
Jereme is also very passionate about mentoring and service to the profession and is currently serving on three boards; the Drew Charter Engineering Advisory board, the National Organization of Minority Architects Atlanta chapter board and the American Institute of Architects Atlanta chapter board. Through these means and many others, Jereme continues to promote a wholistic approach to design utilizing technology and collaboration as a catalyst.
Marc Johnson is an Architect and Designer accumulating a broad range of experience in Cultural, Retail, Office, Institutional, Hospitality, and Mixed-Use projects. He works from project inception and design and through to construction providing oversight to final completion. He has worked on notable projects including the Porsche Experience Center and the Center, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the Center for Civil and Human Rights where he served as the project architect for global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, HOK.
Since his years in college, Marc has always found a way to give his most valuable gift of time to his community and to the generation of architects and students making their way through the ranks. He shares his passion for architecture with 3rd graders on up to college students wherever he encounters them. He does this as an active participant leader on the NOMA and AIA Atlanta boards.
Through his many experiences working with diverse personalities and challenging projects, he has developed unique skills which have served him well over the last 19 years.
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Garfield Peart is currently a Program Management Officer and Construction Project Manager with the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond, City of Atlanta. Garfield Peart is a career project manager and architect for both the public and private sector. He is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Air Force Reserves. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Sustainability Business with a concentration in Green Development from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.
Garfield is passionate about protecting our natural resources while ensuring the availability of those resources for future generations. Garfield is President of his own sustainable design practice, Syntony Design Collaborative LLC. He uses his architectural design, project management, sustainable business practice and military leadership skills to address long-standing development and building design issues in our communities. Garfield hopes to facilitate collaborative efforts on all levels to create more fully integrated, healthy and sustainable buildings and communities not only for the Atlanta metropolitan region but the nation. Garfield has been a featured speaker for sustainability on both the local and national levels. He participates in a number of professional, educational and nonprofit associations.
Garfield serves on the National NOMA Board as the South Vice-President. His honors include the 2012 Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes Award, by the Ford Motor Company and National Center for Civil and Human Rights and 2013 Member of the Year for the National Organization of Minority Architects.
A highly experienced professional who has demonstrated the ability to manage construction projects individually or collaboratively amongst diverse groups. Strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 10 years of hands-on experience in construction documents, master planning, business procurements, budget management, life cycle cost analyses, and project management,Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify inefficiencies and potential opportunities, improving organizational effectiveness and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for completing projects on-time and within budget.