Anne Taylor Carros
Lord Aeck Sargent
December 3, 2004
Award-winning Architects Eric Brock, David Green Join Lord, Aeck & Sargent
Merging of Expertise Will Allow Lord, Aeck & Sargent to Pursue In-town Private Housing and Mixed-use Development Market, Enable Strengthening of Two Firms’ Portfolios
ATLANTA, Dec. 3, 2004 – In a move that will allow Atlanta architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent to pursue the housing and mixed-use development market, including college and university projects, the firm today announced that award-winning Atlanta architects Eric B. Brock, AIA, and David E. Green, AIA, partners and co-founders of Brock Green Architects and Planners, have moved their practice to form a dedicated studio group within Lord, Aeck & Sargent. The merging of expertise became effective on Dec. 1.
The new group, which will be called the Housing & Mixed-Use Development Studio, enhances and complements the firm’s established expertise in educational, historic preservation, arts and culture, and science markets. The studio will be staffed by Brock, who has become the Studio director; Green; and eight other architects and intern architects, all of whose careers in architecture have been focused on the planning and design of housing and mixed-use developments.
“This move offers David, me and our staff a great opportunity to join one of the best architecture firms in Atlanta, and the one with which we’re most compatible in terms of both design philosophy and culture,” Brock said. “It will allow us to continue doing excellent design work, expand into institutional markets and enjoy an array of great resources, expertise and support services that we don’t currently have.”
Lord, Aeck & Sargent, whose roots date back to 1942, serves institutional, public sector and private clients and has itself amassed a substantial list of housing and adaptive re-use projects over its history.
Housing & Mixed Use Development Studio members – as they did at Brock Green – will continue to work with developers, community development corporations, neighborhood groups and municipalities and to specialize in urban housing and mixed-use development projects. Brock Green, which was founded in 1994, received some 20 design awards, among them a 2003 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects South Atlantic Region for the MidCity Lofts in Midtown Atlanta, and the 2002 Emerging Voices Award, given to architects under 40 by the American Institute of Architects Atlanta Chapter.
“This is an exciting blending of experience where each firm’s portfolio strengthens the other’s,” said Tony Aeck, Lord, Aeck & Sargent managing principal. “We’re looking forward to a great deal of collaboration among experts from our Historic Preservation and Education Studios with the Housing & Mixed-Use Development Studio.”
Aeck noted synergies with the new studio, whose members have worked on numerous adaptive re-use projects in which they have rehabilitated older urban warehouses and factories, adapting them for contemporary housing, office and retail use while carefully maintaining the buildings’ historic character.
“The Brock Green philosophy of historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use matches perfectly with that of our Historic Preservation Studio, which restores and rehabilitates National Historic Landmarks and other significant historic structures for public and institutional clients such as the National Park Service, the General Services Administration, the Georgia Building Authority, and universities including the University of Georgia and Michigan State University,” Aeck said.
Similarly, Aeck noted, the new studio’s housing expertise will foster the joint pursuit of and work on institutional housing projects with Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s Education Studio. That studio specializes in the planning and design of multi-use academic facilities on college, university and private secondary school campuses.
“We think the firm’s strong relationships with institutional clients, our Education Studio’s experience with student housing projects and our newest studio’s extensive experience with private housing and mixed-use developments, combine to provide us a leg up in pursuing college and university housing projects. In particular, we’ll be a potent force in responding to the growing trend among colleges and universities nationwide for privatized student housing as well as creating living-learning communities,” Aeck stated.
About Lord, Aeck & Sargent
Founded in 1942, Lord, Aeck & Sargent is an award-winning architectural firm serving clients in scientific, academic, historic preservation, arts and cultural markets. In December 2004, Brock Green Architects and Planners joined Lord, Aeck & Sargent, allowing the firm to serve additional clients in housing and mixed-use development markets. The firm’s core values are responsive design, technological expertise and exceptional service. Lord, Aeck & Sargent is headquartered in Atlanta and has offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, visit the firm at www.lordaecksargent.com.