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Smith Dalia Projects Honored at AUDC Awards


This May, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission celebrated its 40th year of awards. Smith Dalia was honored to have its projects prominently showcased for the awards ceremony.

Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence – Armour Yards – 165 Ottley Drive [Pictured]
Atlanta Urban Design Commission Community Design Award – Edgewood Community Garden Learning Center (NPU O)
Atlanta Urban Design Commission Community Design Award – Metropolitan Library (NPU X)

Additionally, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission chose 40 projects out of the 507 that have been honored over the 40-year history of the event, to represent outstanding efforts.

Of the 40, Smith Dalia was Architect of Record on three:

King Plow Arts Center (1994)
White Provision (2010) 
Inman Quarter (2016)

Tim Keane said it best:

“This year we recognize continued excellence…and look forward with great anticipation to the future efforts of community members, preservationists, architects, artists, and urban designers.”

Tim Keane – Commissioner, Atlanta Department of City Plannning, 5/11/2017

Grant Park Gateway

“The $48 million facility is a 1,000-space parking garage that will look more like a park than a structure for cars.” Atlanta Business Chronicle

The City of Atlanta has announced plans for the Grant Park Gateway – a 1,000-car parking deck and venue space that will merge with the park’s topography to provide greenspace in place of an asphalt parking lot.  The multidisciplinary design-build team is headed by Winter Johnson Group and Smith Dalia. More here:


The facility will fulfill the vision of a solution to traffic crowding that doubles as an important urban “third place,” while making a high-design statement.




Defoor Hills Wins AIA Georgia Design Award

The exciting new warehouse conversion at Defoor Hills Road has received an AIA Georgia Merit Award in Renovation/Restoration.


“There were several adaptive reuse projects submitted this year, but the only one awarded went to the Defoor Hills Warehouse Renovation.  The jury commended the design for its clarity and use of outdoor space. The carving back of the roof to allow for interstitial space and moments of relief is a clear success.  The jury appreciated the restraint used and the clarity of existing versus intentional interjection.  Special note was made of the restroom design, large graphics used, color scheme and material palette, which the jury all agreed were well done.”

– Jury Text, AIA Georgia Awards 2017


A shout-out to the Defoor Hills team:

    Smith Dalia Architects, LLC – Architecture and Interior Design

Owner: SWH Wyatt Defoor Hills

Contractor:  Derucki Construction

Structure:  m2 Structural

MEP:  Spencer Bristol Engineering, Inc.

Civil:  Eberly & Associates


– We are proud of the Defoor Hills achievement.  SDA

Metropolitan Library Further Recognized

The Atlanta Fulton County Metropolitan Library continues to catch the public eye.

Metropolitan Library’s Awards to Date:

  • 2017 – Atlanta Urban Design Commission – Community Design Award, NPU X
  • 2017 – Georgia Public Library Service – Ten Most Beautiful Libraries in Georgia
  • 2016 – Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia – Safety and Excellence in Construction Merit Award
  • 2016 – CMAA South Atlantic Chapter – Project Achievement Award(s) [2] – Public Building New Construction and Sustainability
  • 2016 – AIA South Carolina – Design Honor Award
  • 2016 – AIA South Carolina – Interior Architecture Design Honor Award
  • 2016 – “Best of the Best” Award – IIDA Georgia Chapter


Our Team has made us proud. With Craig Gaulden Davis and Ai3:  

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Winter Johnson Group


MEP: Lilly Young & Associates

CIVIL ENGINEER: Long Engineering

Cx AGENT: Merrick/Energy Ace Division


(…and the Fulton County contributors who made this project shine.)

New Principals at Smith Dalia

It is our pleasure to introduce Robyn Zurfluh and Brian Whitfield as Smith Dalia’s newest Principals.

Robyn Zurfluh’s tenure at SDA has been distinguished by high-profile cultural projects that have also greatly benefited their communities. Her outstanding leadership and vision have been foundational to SDA, particularly in the areas of civic and non-profit projects, and in shepherding a firm culture that values altruism.

Brian Whitfield’s definitive design direction has also greatly enhanced SDA and enlivened its portfolio.  Brian’s award-winning adaptive use and alternative office projects have created an audible buzz in Atlanta and other emerging markets.  With designs as practical as they are transformative, Brian’s projects cultivate a balance of style and timelessness.

SDA is proud to honor Robyn and Brian’s commitment to architecture for a better world.

Smith Dalia Architect Nicole Seekely Honored by GA AIA

Nicole Seekely is named an Emerging Professional at the AIA Georgia’s Design and Honor Awards

The Millennium Gate Museum gala on April 16 was also punctuated with the surprise announcement of another honor.  The AIA Georgia honored Nicole Seekely, AIA, with the 2016 Emerging Professional Award.

The award is conferred because of Nicole’s enthusiasm, innovation and active participation on the AIA Georgia Board; and for other past honors including YAF in 2011 and being listed in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a 2015 CRE Up and Coming Professional.  The award further commended “her efforts as a student mentor, volunteer and champion for Equity in Architecture for women.”

We at Smith Dalia congratulate Nicole and wish her the best!

Smith Dalia Wins 100th Award

…and also Number 101

Smith Dalia Architects is proud to announce its 100th and 101st awards.  The two new awards were both won by the UGA Bolton Dining Commons:

• 2015 – “Outstanding Project Award, New Construction,” Learning by Design
• 2015 – “Outstanding Architecture + Design,” College Planning & Management Education Design Showcase

We congratulate the design team on Bolton as we celebrate our Firm’s 29th year.