John Maximuk, AICP
Board Chair | Planning and Development Director, City of Chamblee
John Maximuk is currently Planning and Development Director with the City of Chamblee, Georgia. For over 25 years, John has been a city planner and design champion working in sustainable development, planning management, strategic community development, education, and facilitation. John has served on the board of the Architecture and Design Center since 2014. He holds an undergraduate degree in environmental geography from Ohio University and a master's degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He lives in Atlanta with his family.
Greg Curtis, ISA Arborist, RLC
Board Secretary | Building Official
A native of Decatur, Greg is a landscape architect and carpenter. He is the owner of HammerSpade – a firm where his passion for the natural world intersects with his love for the built. His focus is residential garden design, woodworking, and construction. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with his loving family. Greg enjoys helping others and uses his talents to serve his community whenever possible.
Ed Akins, II, AIA, LEED AP
Board Member | Enablement Director, covetool
Ed Akins is an educator and architect in Atlanta, GA. He is dedicated to the exploration and integration of practice within academia and community engagement. Ed views design as the ideal quality-focused mediator between human occupation and site at variable scales. His design inquiry prioritizes human and ecological characteristics in an effort to reinforce systemic clarity of the built environment.
David Hamilton, AIA, NCARB
Board Co-Chair | Principal, PRAXIS3
David Hamilton is an Atlanta architect who has devoted a substantial part of his career to advancing the quality of design and urbanism in a rapidly evolving City. As a principal at Praxis3 architecture, he has been responsible for the design of significant local and regional buildings. David has been involved in a number of arts and civic organizations, including Central Atlanta Progress- The Downtown Arts and Entertainment District, the Freedom Park Conservancy, and serves on the Atlanta Beltline Design Review Committee.
Brian Dempsey, AIA, LEED AP
Board Member | Principal, Freespace Architecture
Brian Dempsey is an Atlanta-based architect with more than 25 years of experience. As owner of Freespace Architecture, he focuses on designing for the education, recreation, dining, and theatrical industries. He also serves as adjunct professor for 5th-year focus studio students at Kennesaw State University.
Nghi Duong, LEED AP
As a young design professional, Nghi is a pragmatic designer whose design philosophy aims to enrich the people’s experience of the built environment. She believes that architecture is not limited to aesthetic qualities but is also a psychological provocation. The human experience of architecture is more than just the language of geometries. It includes the synergy of textures, colors, sounds, spatial scales, qualities of lighting whether natural or artificial, and context to regionalism. These combined visual and cerebral qualities forge an enduring connection between user and space that is beyond a mere memory; it becomes a sensation of architecture.
Nghi is a transplant from the city of Savannah, GA and have since been a long-time resident of Atlanta. She is an active volunteer for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, serving as Volunteer Skill Supervisor. In years past, she has volunteered with AIA Young Architect Forum and assisted in community outreach and various YAF sponsored design competitions. She has successfully completed projects with Atlanta Beltline in their annual Art on the Beltline exhibition. Professionally, she has founded studio nd llc, a design venture with roots in architecture and pursuits of creative challenges . She has a passion for design and seeks opportunities to enhance the interplay between human condition and creative constructs.
Katherine Moore, AICP
Board Member | Sustainable Growth Program Director, Georgia Conservancy
Katherine Moore, AICP, has served in the community development field for over 20 years. She currently serves as President of Georgia Conservancy, a statewide conservation organization promoting sustainability in the built and natural environments. Katherine's interest is advancing the connection between urban design and sustainability in communities of all sizes.