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CIARA MAHAR: Office Administration

I am originally from “The Sunshine State”, so naturally I love the beach and water sports! I moved to the Atlanta area to attend Kennesaw State University where I studied Industrial and Organizational Psychology. When I am not spending my free time with my two dogs, Deuce and Bella, I enjoy working on freelance residential interior design and DIY projects, as well as writing non-fiction pieces. I am happy to be part of the HKS team and greatly appreciate the warm welcome!


LISA JONES: Interiors

Kudos to Lisa Jones on 15 years with HKS Atlanta! We are so thankful to have you here!



The Atlanta office is pleased to have submitted the following projects for the HKS Q4 Top Projects Showcase:

  1. Taikang Tongji Wuhan International Hospital (Health Competition and Unbuilt)
  2. Navicent Children’s Hospital (Health Unbuilt)
  3. Central Hospital of Kelamayi (Health Unbuilt)
  4. Erlanger East (Health Unbuilt)
  5. Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport (Aviation Unbuilt)
  6. Children’s Center for Advanced Pediatrics (Corporate Unbuilt)
  7. North Texas Food Bank (Competition)
  8. Feek Furniture Design (Competition)
  9. Central Hospital of Kelamayi Master Plan (Urban Plan Unbuilt)
  10. Piedmont Atlanta Marcus Tower Expansion (Health Interior and Urban Plan Unbuilt)

Thank you to all who helped coordinate the Atlanta office submissions. We have done some great work this year!


  • THURSDAY 12/8
  • Morning Arrival | Learning Opportunities (2 - 4 pm)
  • Welcome Dinner: Throwback Thursday, The Sixties Themed Costume (6 pm)
  • FRIDAY 12/9
  • Breakfast (7:30 am) | Learning Opportunities (9 am - 12 pm)
  • Lunch (12 - 2 pm) | Afternoon Event (2:30 - 4 pm)
  • Holiday Gala Dinner & Dancing, Black Tie or Cocktail Attire (8 pm)


By: Zia Musa

Have you heard about BuildingGreen? It is a resource that generates knowledge to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings. They offer information resources and consulting services to help you design and build construction projects from a whole-systems perspective and take an integrative design approach that minimizes ecological impact and maximizes economic performance. Their publications are are not supported by advertising, so the sole responsibility is to you, the reader.

So why should we use BuildingGreen? HKS, like many others in the industry, has a membership that pays for the costs of BuildingGreen's research. The resource provides reviewed, comprehensive and credible content. It's partnership with Designer Pages categorizes a variety of material product types from general green to "un" green. It also labels materials with a BuildingGreen approved logo that meet their green standards. This service can be provided upon request for materials new to their collection. Members, like HKS, can also create their own lists of approved materials and products. The intent of this service is to save you time. Instead of researching material properties, you are able to spend more time focusing on the quality of your building!

See below for more information on how to use BuildingGreen and Designer Pages:

If you would like to use this resource please make an account using the Source at: HKS Source » Resources » Design Green » Pages » BuildingGreenSuite. If you have any questions please contact our representative Jerelyn Wilson from BuildingGreen at jerelyn@buildinggreen.com or visit their website!


By: Mindy Goodroe

We have amazing projects that we should be showcasing at conferences. Please consider submitting proposals to speak locally or nationally. It’s great practice for you professionally, and it’s also a great way to get HKS Atlanta on the map. It’s easier than you would think to get an abstract accepted and this is the easiest way to get access to these invaluable learning opportunities. Upali Nanda is a great resource if you need help crafting your message or selecting a topic. I’d be happy to help as well.

See below for upcoming speaking opportunities and register today!


In a recent Sustainability Champions call Rand Ekman shared the following letter from the AIA's Committee on the Environment. Please click the link below to read the full letter and sign the petition to show your support!

Architects play a critical role in creating a healthy, beautiful, inclusive and environmentally responsible built environment. For the last quarter century, the AIA Committee on the Environment has represented the leading edge of this movement and sets an example for others to follow. We have no intention of stopping now. Architects are required by law to protect the health and safety of the public. Architects work under a broad set of principles, which include cultural, social, religious and environmental rights. Our duties encompass the right of equal access, housing rights, worker's rights and the protection of open spaces. We have an ethical duty and know from experience that it is possible to make buildings that are better for public health and safety while reducing or eliminating their contribution towards climate change—the ultimate public health threat.


Our October Huddle Hero: Sheba Ross, Congratulations!



“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” - Zaha Hadid

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