AIA Georgia has new executive director – David Southerland

By Maria Saporta

The Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects has a new executive director.

David L. Southerland, who has a strong nonprofit background in transportation, sustainability and community design, joined AIA Georgia on Oct. 14. His role will include advocacy, business development, promoting the role of architects in the community and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

David Southerland

David Southerland

“In addition to skills and experience in organization management, public policy and communications, David brings to AIA Georgia a valuable professional network and demonstrated knowledge of issues influencing the built environment,” said Mark Levine, president of AIA Georgia. “Our Executive Director Search Committee worked hard to vet numerous candidates and we couldn’t be happier to have David on board and I am confident the organization will excel with him in this leadership position.”

Southerland is a native Atlantan who holds a degree in Management from Georgia Tech and a graduate degree in Organization Development from Georgia State University.

He spent 12 years as the executive director at the Perimeter Transportation Coalition (PTC), a transportation management association (TMA) in the Perimeter business district involved in issues of smart growth, infrastructure development, site design and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

He also is an active member of the City of Dunwoody Sustainability Committee, and he was a long-time board memberg for the Clean Air Campaign.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work for members of AIA Georgia,” Southerland said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Architects are one of the few professions trained to see and leverage how issues, topics, and systems work together.  I hope I can help members utilize their special perspectives to raise the status of the profession, and to bring their skills to bear in improving broader community design and function across the state.”

AIA Georgia, founded 150 years ago, is one of the largest professional associations of licensed architects and associated professionals in the state.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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