Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects
James Choate, AIA
Dennis Hertlein, AIA, LEED AP
AIA Honor Award in Residential Over $1M,
AIA Residential Design Awards
675 Ponce De Leon Avenue, Suite 4400, Atlanta, GA 30316
About Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects
This firm is highlighted for its unique style. Begun in 1971, Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects was originally committed to small-scale and “quirky” projects. Five decades of experience and accomplishments have led the firm to grow in a number of ways in the Atlanta area, from taking on preservation and restoration projects to adapting historic buildings to modern styles and creating striking single-family residences. Principals James Choate and Dennis Hertlein have completed several Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects, several of which received Gold-level certification. Architects at this firm have received multiple awards through the American Institute of Architects (AIA), including the 2017 Honor Award in Residential Over $1M. While the firm was founded in Atlanta and continues to work on projects within the Metropolitan Atlanta area, the 2017 award-winning home was a single-family residence built along the northern ridge of “El Cerro de Chipinque” in northeast Mexico. The firm also received a Merit citation for its Casa DeSilva in Nuevo Leon, Mexico at the 2016 Residential Design Awards, announced at AIA’s annual Atlanta Build Something Great event.
Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein’s Urban Hill House in Atlanta was designed for an urban infill. Although modest in size in order to fit its location, the home’s south-facing living room opens to a luxurious, tree-filled backyard with views of the skyline. Designed to appear modern, the house was built out of cedar, stone, and unpainted stucco, which creates a sense of warmth. Expansive windows and hints of exposed steel in the foundation give this house a stylish accent. The firm’s Black/White Minimalist home, also built in Atlanta, was designed to suit a minimalist lifestyle, wherein bright, open spaces free of clutter open up straight onto expanses of forest. The house has four bedrooms with dedicated bathrooms, a spacious and sun-drenched kitchen, a dining room and family room, as well as a study, garage, swimming pool and children’s rec room. Both the exterior and interior are structured with abstract, white rectangles to place the house in striking contrast with its tree-lined surroundings.
AIA Residential Design Award of Honor
230 Hammond Drive NE, Citywalk Suite 110, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
About Brightwater Homes
Involvement in the Atlanta community is what singles out this firm. Charlie Bostwick, founder of Brightwater Homes, has experience in architecture, neighborhood planning, and homebuilding, making this firm an accomplished design-build operation, as well as a successful architecture team. Brightwater has completed a number of high-end residential homes in the Atlanta area, but the founder serves the community in other ways, as well. A volunteer for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Etowah River Habitat Conservation Plan, and the Georgia Native Plant Society, he also helped write the Cherokee County Conservation Zoning Ordinance. A Cornell and Georgia Tech graduate, Charlie is the current president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, a Certified Professional Home Builder, and an experienced Trustee of the Atlanta International School as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. He has served on the board of an Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Affiliate.
Brightwater Homes received the 2016 Residential Design Award of Honor for a single-family traditional design, for its Yonson Residence in Milton, GA. The house was created in a way that would allow it to blend a local farmhouse style with a more modern interior aesthetic. Occupying 4652 square feet, the house features a traditional front porch with cedar siding, a round and spacious interior that generates strong energy flow between rooms and multi-rowed glass doors opening onto a private courtyard. Inside, reclaimed beams, concrete plaster and metal fixtures combine rustic, industrial and also modern styles. The firm’s custom residence in Peachtree, Atlanta, was designed for a family of four and features paneled walls and ceilings, hardwood floors with wide planks, a spacious kitchen and cozy, open-air back porch with fireplace and seating.
Ross Piper Architect, Inc.
1708 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 107, Atlanta, GA 30309
About Ross Piper Architect, Inc.
Ross Piper Architect, Inc. has had a strong and collaborative impact on Atlanta. The firm is mentioned in Expertise: Best Architects in Atlanta, where it is listed as one of the top 18 architecture firms in the Atlanta area. Ross Piper has a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and over 12 years of experience with Atlanta firms, creating luxurious, high-end residential properties. He has worked with Kenneth Lynch & Associates, T.S. Adams Studio, and Norman Davenport Askins Architect. Maintaining a strong attention to detail, Ross Piper approaches each project by honoring the time period and unique personality of any given home. The firm’s goal is to meet the wishes of each client, while also staying true to the historical relevance and style of each home. Ross Piper’s projects have been featured in Atlanta’s Home Living and with Art and Signature Homes.
A deep renovation project by Ross Piper led to the remarkable transformation of an Atlanta single-family residence into a charming, Cape Cod-esque cottage recognized by Southern Living. Although structurally sound, the firm decided the residence had a great deal of potential to be a modest but striking home. Rather than focusing on its flaws, Ross Piper amplified its cottage-style elements — reminiscent of houses in Cape Cod — and addressed a number of imperfections, including a correction of the imbalanced roofline and expansion of the entrance. The new design celebrated, rather than diminished, the house’s charming cottage presence, while also bringing the home up to a more modern standard of aesthetic. Another project, 60 Lake Forrest Lane in Atlanta, is a 2016 modern farmhouse in coveted Chastain Park. With an expansive front porch and metal roofing, the house comes with spacious living areas and french doors leading to outdoor seating. Within easy walking distance of Chastain amenities, the home is a tree-filled oasis from the chaos of urban life. At 5,879 square feet, the house sold for over $1.5M.
Bill Harrison, AIA, NCARB
Greg Palmer, AIA, NCARB
American Society of Interior Designers Awards
3198 Cains Hill Place, Atlanta, GA 30305
About Harrison Design
Chosen for the many projects and recognitions it’s received, Harrison Design was founded in 1991 and has since grown to create luxury residences, townhouses, and commercial properties, both classical and modern. Their work spans from Atlanta all the way across the US and abroad, including St. Simons Island, GA; Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Naples, Florida; and Shanghai, China. Common among the firm’s team of over 60 architects, designers, landscape architects, and interior designers is the belief that designing homes is a form of art, and that buildings are investments. They are art forms that endure, and places where clients may both express and enjoy their lifestyles. Harrison has been recognized in Georgia’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards, and the firm’s projects have been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Galerie, Southern Home, Traditional Home, Southern Style, Montecito, Ocean, Home & Design, Architectural Digest, Cabin & Cove, Interiors, Bazaar, Kitchen Trends, Veranda, Seasons, Spring Cottage, Luxe, Period Home, Home Renovation Trends, and many more. The company operates through a large team of motivated and accomplished principals headed by Bill Harrison, AIA, who is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and a seasoned traveler and student of European cities, whose architecture strongly influences his designs to this day.
The company’s English Manor Home in Atlanta, located at 1200 Bellaire Drive NE, has an estimated value of $4.4M. Built in 2009, it occupies 8,050 square feet and has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, two limestone fireplaces, a dining area with coffered ceiling, a billiards room with a wet bar, a family room with a vaulted ceiling, a home office, a tv room, a two-car garage, and a gourmet kitchen featured in Beautiful Kitchens and Baths Magazine in 2010. The outdoor areas include a fireplace, a separate firepit and patio, a koi pond, a potting shed, and space for a swimming pool. Another property by Harrison Design that was built in 1999 at 131 Burdette Road in Atlanta is valued at almost $4M. It has seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, eleven-foot ceilings, a dining room and living room with a master fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with double islands, a breakfast room, a paneled lounge with a fireplace and wet bar, a rec room with a fireplace, a home theater, and a sauna. The home also features a separate guest house with its own kitchen, set of bedrooms and bathrooms and garage. Outside the property, there is a circular driveway, a patio, a swimming pool, a spa, a poolside pavilion with a fireplace and a scenic putting green.
Bryan Russell, R.A.
659 Auburn Avenue NE, #G9, Atlanta, GA 30312
About Dencity Design
Dencity Design stands out for its achievements in blending new residential properties into their natural surroundings in thoughtful and artistic ways. Founded in 2000 by Bryan Russell and Staffan Svenson, Dencity has expanded from Atlanta all the way to Berkeley, CA, where the company has a second office. Partners Bryan Russell, R.A., and Erica Loesing strive to make each residential project is uniquely fitted to each client — the things each future resident loves, and the ways each future resident lives. Boasting a marriage between the emotional and technical aspects of residential design, Dencity places both endurance and beauty at the forefront of its creations. Bryan Russell studied architecture at Mississippi State University and has several years of experience working on commercial properties in California. Passionate about both the Georgia landscape and residential properties, however, he co-founded Dencity as a way to contribute single-family residences within the metropolitan Atlanta area. Erica Loesing received her Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art & Design and has years of experience completing Dencity projects. Erica was passionate about residential design since childhood, and as a student, she was chosen to present an example of her designs to Frank Gehry. A small but accomplished team, Dencity is listed as one of Atlanta’s best architects on builddirect.com.
Dencity’s Mineral Bluff Residence, located at 1149 Synacia Drive, features year-round panoramic mountain views via layer upon layer of glass walls, which let in tremendous amounts of natural light and enable an open, clean living space within. Complete with custom-tile bathrooms and showers; modern cabinets and fixtures; and a hardwood-lined kitchen, living room, and bedrooms, this home’s stylish and minimalist interior complements its expansive mountain views. With a detached master suite and bath, this house sold at $275k. Another Dencity project, The Weststrate Residence, was designed “to float in the trees.” Born of plenty of natural elements fitted to the home’s natural landscape, such as wood and stone, this house was created to appear warm, understated, and sophisticated in such a way that the home’s interior would stand out and be celebrated. A three-story, single-family residence at only 3,732 square feet, the house appears to rise up from the earth and insert itself into the tree-filled surroundings. Another home built in mid-Atlanta, completed in 2013 and occupying 3,200 square feet, was created specifically for clients transitioning from high-rise urban life to a more family-oriented lifestyle. It has a high main-level ceiling so that the space feels reminiscent of a loft, and the master bedroom, complete with upper-level balcony, faces the skyline. The aesthetic is modern, minimalist, and tasteful. An outdoor pool and courtyard provide the final touch of warmth in an area designed specifically for entertaining guests.
West Architecture Studio
Scott West, AIA, LEED AP
Atlanta Home & Lifestyles Annual Bathtub Contest Grand Prize,
AIA Merit Award
659 Auburn Ave, Studio G-5, Atlanta, GA 30312
About West Architecture Studio
West Architecture Studio is singled out for doing so much with so little; the firm specializes in designing elegant, modern homes that fill small spaces. The principal of this firm is Scott West, an AIA architect who holds LEED Accredited Professional (AP) designation from the US Green Building Council and has been a licensed architect in the state of Georgia for 20 years. A graduate of Georgia Tech, as well as Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he has experience with a number of architecture firms in Atlanta. He started West Architecture Studio in 1998, and, since then, he has made remarkable achievements in both residential and commercial projects, from The Paul Mitchell School at King Plow Arts Center, to the Westside Shops at Howell Mill, to both contemporary and traditional single-family residences valued at up to $4M. Key to West Architecture Studio’s process is inserting warm and textured details into an otherwise modern aesthetic. By relying heavily on natural materials, simple structures, and interesting textures, West Architecture Studio’s designs bring to fruition inviting living spaces that feel modern without being sterile. The firm works on mid-century modern renovations, historical and industrial re-concepts, and restrained traditional and farmhouse modern aesthetics. The team seeks out unusual projects that challenge the balance between contemporary and traditional styles.
“Thing that most inspires and fascinates me about architecture right now is the integration of the organic and the interaction and/or contrast of the clean modern and the natural – whether it’s blurring the line between inside and outside of a home with a particular design, incorporating some kind of organic or raw-looking natural material as an interesting counterpoint.” – Scott West
West Architecture Studio’s 177 Randolph Street residence in Atlanta sold for $718k. With 2,680 square feet, the house occupies three different levels with four beds and four bathrooms. It has high-end European kitchen features, 11-foot ceilings, large glass doors that open onto a fenced yard containing a custom-fit fire pit and pond, and a third-floor roof deck featuring views of the city. Another property, 982 Mauldin Street in Atlanta, is a 1,860-square-foot, single-family home with three bedrooms, two full baths, and a two-car garage. Made largely of glass walls and hardwood floors, the home opens up to a garden area with a pond and an outdoor fire pit with seating. It also has a spacious rooftop deck with luxurious views. It sold for $418k. Also notable is the firm’s design for the 23rd Annual Bathtub Contest. By positioning wood and slate from the tub to the exterior of the house, the design blends the division between indoors and outdoors. Inspired by high-end hotels, the design sought to create a sense of dimensionality among each wall, plane, and element wherein the bathroom was not simply a box-shape, but something more complex. To avoid going over budget, the firm personally installed South American wood to complete this project. In the end, the design was the Grand Prize Winner featured in Atlanta Home & Lifestyles.
Ross Design, Inc.
847 Ormewood Terrace SE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30316
About Ross Design, Inc.
Selected for its recognition in designing luxurious homes, this firm is listed on ThreeBestRated as one of the best residential architects in the Atlanta area, with that ranking based on a number of factors, such as reputation checks, history, complaints, reviews, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence. Specializing in high-end and custom residential houses, the firm also offers additions and renovations in a number of communities in and around Atlanta. The firm has been highlighted in publications like Atlanta Home Improvement, Kitchen Trends, Bathroom Trends, The Living Kitchen, and Atlanta Homes and Style, to name a few. Principal and founder Robert Ross, who formed the company in 1997, aimed to design custom residences and perform interesting renovation techniques. Since its origin, the company has grown to provide specialty retail spaces as well as historic redevelopment services, property evaluation, and construction management. Atlanta, a place made up of both striking urban centers and rich, traditional landscapes, offers the firm a strong location for exploring the balance between public and private, interior and exterior. Robert has a special interest in the social and contextual aspects of designing brand-new residences.
The firm’s Ansley Park project, in Atlanta, was a brand-new custom home designed for one of the final remaining spaces within Ansley Park. The spacious residence was designed specifically for entertaining, with main-level rooms large enough to comfortably host gatherings of up to around three hundred people. The terrace overlooks fully landscaped courtyards, which offer a picturesque oasis from the rest of the neighborhood. A separate garage area is bridged, via a sloped lot behind the house, to the second floor of the residence. Another brand-new custom home design, this time in Greensboro, occupies three lots of Reynold’s Plantation. The spacious home features a separate master suite, entire guest wings, an elevator, a home theater, an attached three-car garage, and a separate three-car garage that has its own two-bedroom apartment on its upper level.
T.S. Adams Studio
Tim Adams, AIA
Expertise Best Architects in Atlanta
2969 Hardman Court NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
About T.S. Adams Studio
This firm is highlighted for its vision and presence in Atlanta. Tim Adams, founder of T.S. Adams Studio, has over 20 years of experience in designing homes in Atlanta. He is a member of the AIA, the Historical Preservation Society and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Since its beginnings in 2001, the firm has grown in both size and scope of the services provided. It now includes a talented and diverse team of not only architects, but also project managers and experts in construction. Committed to high-end residential properties, the firm seeks to create houses of “visionary distinction” that remain within each client’s budget. The firm focuses on congruence; key to its approach is the marriage of the best aspects of the past with the conveniences of the modern world. Its projects have been recognized in countless publications, and it was singled out on Expertise as one of 2017’s best architects in Atlanta.
One of the firm’s renovation projects was featured in Traditional Home for transforming a 1918 residence, originally designed by Neel Reid, legendary Georgia architect, into a modern masterpiece. T.S. Studio honored the house’s traditional style and elegance while adapting it to meet modern-day needs. The firm broke down a kitchen wall to expand the room and bring in natural light. It also renovated the family room to insulate it with wood walls, put in a new floor with salvage wood, panel a walnut fireplace with built-in shelves and decorate the mantel and ceiling with 1920s-style wood beams. To maintain the integrity of the original design, T.S. Adams Studio kept the glass windows, but built in insulation to keep the room usable year-round. T.S. Adams also put in a new carriage house with wide overhangs, an arbor and its own guest suite. In a more recent project, the firm designed the 2006 home of Tim Adams, founder of T.S. Adams Studio. The large and elegant, brick-based Tudor-style home located in the neighborhood of Buckhead occupies 6,000 square feet and includes a pool, artistic woodwork, and dashes of old world Georgia architecture. One of the last prices advertised for this property, before it sold, was $1.99M.
2914 Nancy Creek Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
About Philip Babb
Philip Babb is an acclaimed architect at both the national and international level. Although Georgia is his home, his achievements span to New York City and London, where he has designed a number of commercial and residential projects that received prestigious recognition. He has been recognized in countless publications, received several awards, and lectured in a number of academic settings. With a degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Philip also studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before completing further architecture studies at Yale University. He completed several projects, including the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Clifty Creek Elementary School in Columbus, Indiana. In 1981, he became the associate in charge of the award-winning High Museum of Art in Atlanta. In New York, he completed several renovation projects in high-end neighborhoods. He managed the design of the Eisenman Architects’ competition-winning Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, designed an office building in Edinburgh’s historic New Town, and led the development of performance spaces for Emory University’s Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta. He also led a team to redevelop Port Authority’s World Trade Center plaza. In 2004, Philip Babb relocated his practice to his home state of Georgia, where he works primarily on high-end residential properties.
Philip Babb’s Serenbe House in Palmetto, GA is a luxurious lakeside residence specifically designed to honor its community’s spirit of preservation. Locals to the area, 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, are passionate about active, outdoor lifestyles, nature appreciation, and and sustainable building initiatives. The house comes with two-sided porches within reach of the street, a two-story courtyard with its own private living space, guest bedrooms, a media room, an exercise room and an office. The living room, dining room, and master suite open straight onto the courtyard, and the second story of the house features its own wraparound porch with outdoor seating and an entry bridge. An additional screen pavilion sits atop the garage roof for further outdoor recreation and seating. Philip’s Nancy Creek project, a pool and guest house, complemented a 1958 modern house in one of Atlanta’s most picturesque, tree-lined neighborhoods. In place of a long-time neglected tennis court, Philip Babb designed a large swimming pool, stone terrace, landscaped courtyard, and a pool house with its own living area, kitchen, bathroom, and guest room. Each component was designed in alignment with the sun’s rotation to enable day-long sunlight in the pool area, while also achieving a sense of privacy within the trees, and the terrace overlooks the main house. Sliding and glazed glass doors to the pool house guest room give way to an open-air pavilion with a fresh and modern aesthetic that marries the sunny, tree-filled courtyard with a chic interior.
William T. Baker & Associates
Arthur Ross Award for Architecture,
ICAA SE Chapter Philip Trammell Shutze Award for Architecture
3475 Oak Valley Road NE Suite 20 Atlanta, GA 30326
About William T. Baker & Associates
Chosen for his impact on the architecture world, and in particular for his spectacular creations within Atlanta, William T. Baker is founder and principal of William T. Baker & Associates, an acclaimed residential architecture firm with accomplishments spanning the country. The firm’s projects have even received international attention for their high-end designs, which have received awards like the prestigious Arthur Ross Award for Architecture in New York City in 1993, the Urban Design Commission Award for Excellence in Atlanta in 2005, and the Philip Trammell Shutze Award for Architecture by the SE Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) in 2013. William T. Baker’s first book, New Classicists, was an international bestseller that has even been translated into Mandarin, and his subsequent books achieved a great deal of success as well. A member of the Institute of Classical Architecture, the American Institute of Building Designers, and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, he also serves community organizations determined to provide affordable housing initiatives for low-income citizens and is a member of a number of historical societies.
William T. Baker’s homes occupy a special place in the state of Georgia. One of his most remarkable designs is a Neoclassical French Chateau in 1998 on two acres of landscaped grassland. Occupying 14k square feet, the estate embodies both European craftsman style and the signatures of William T. Baker’s high attention to detail. The house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four half-bathrooms and a domed, marble entrance taking up 26 feet and connecting to the street by a large motorway. A nod to Versailles, the home’s luxurious living room comes with a marble fireplace, 16-foot ceilings, three separate family rooms, a study, and a library. It also has a terraced garden filled with walkways that incorporate a swimming pool. Many of William T. Baker’s homes in the Atlanta area are valued at around $2M. His Lotus House residence, which was built around an interior garden with a lotus pond, features tremendous natural light visible through steel casement doors; a separate meditation room, bar, and recreation rooms that lead to covered, open-air porches with a fireplace; and a rooftop terrace accessible via private elevator or curved staircase. Designed for hosting events, the steel-framed terrace has its own fireplace. The house sits on one of the highest points of the region, which allows for expansive views of nature and star-gazing. The house was created in 2008 and is valued at over $2M.