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Susanne Blam: Architecture

Thank you all for making me feel so welcome. If you are confused by my email address you’re not alone. I confuse everyone by going by my middle name Susanne but will answer to Margot as well. I was born in Germany and speak it fluently. My husband and I have family on almost every continent and love to travel. I enjoy cycling, my volunteer work at the Wylde Center and fighting for canopy protection and responsible development in our neighborhood. In the evenings I enjoy sitting on our back porch watching the bats and listening to the sweet sounds our chickens make as they get ready to go to bed. Looking forward to meeting everyone!


Tyler Cline: Architecture & Information Technology

How did you manage to get honored with performing the IT duties for the Atlanta office? "The early days of CAD in the dorm room meant you needed Windows NT to run. Since NT required special hardware, off I went. Ever since then I have had a screwdriver in my hand and the side of my workstation open. The ability to change parts and pieces and see real tangible benefit to the performance of the system really appeals to me. I’ve actually worked as some level of IT at all three firms I have worked for. It normally starts out just as helping out and then once folks know I can fix problems, it takes off from there. Some days are more difficult than others, but I really am happy when someone has a problem, and I can fix it.”


By Emilie Lindberg

I was recently lucky enough to attend a lecture by Santiago Calatrava at Georgia Tech. Calatrava went through his many different types of building all the while expressing how the art of this profession is the "art of building" . Every project started out with a picture of a sketch or watercolor he'd done for the project and I was lucky enough to see these in person in the Calatrava exhibit. As the lecture continue he explaining his idea of a "poetic idea" and how every project needs this. This idea is the force in which you express in a simple matter, Calatrava stated. Its about taking this structure (bridges and transportation hubs) and reaching the masses with this poetic idea and thus giving the right the right sense of diginty. Both the lecture and the exhibit reminded me about that passion and beauty that we sometimes forget in our day to day dealings with clients and contractors. An interesting fact about Calatrava, he doesn't like driving and in fact doesn't even have a driver's license.


By: Taylor Heim

Students on tour of Habitat for Humanity homes in different phases of construction.

For the past two years I have been working with ACE Atlanta to mentor high school students interested in Architecture, Construction & Engineering. Our group is unique to all the other ACE affiliates in that we are a "Skilled Trades" class working with Habitat for Humanity. The students spent the first part of the semester studying Habitat homes and their construction process. Their project this year is to design a shed for Habitat to offer as an option to new homeowners. They are now working on building the shed using a variety of construction tools from chop saws to the new palm nailers shown below.

ACE team learning to use palm nailers to build walls for Habitat houses.

As the semester is coming to an end ACE Atlanta is preparing for their end of the year benefit & awards banquet. This is a celebration of all the accomplishments the high school students have made in the ACE 2017 program. The event starts with networking for the students to meet professionals in the industry. This will be followed by a dinner and Keynote speaker, Amanda Mewborn, Executive Director at Piedmont Healthcare. The evening ends with student team presentations from each affiliate and scholarship awards! The food is delicious, the atmosphere is cheerful, and it is a great networking opportunity for students and professionals alike. (For more information see the link below!)



Congratulations to Mason Couvillion! Evelyn "Evie" Marie Couvillion arrived April 3rd at 2:49pm. She is 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 20 inches long.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

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