Among our proudest achievements is our affiliation with the Georgia Piedmont Technical College. A State Technical College of the highest standards dedicated to the betterment of disadvantaged students. As members of the Board of Advisors we are working as their industry partner to create a new course of study dedicated to the development of future Residential Design Professionals. A program that has never existed in the United States or been endorsed by a state educational system. After nearly 3 years of work in tandem with the tireless efforts of Stephanie Voltolin, Program Director and Architect; we hope to see this program launch in late 2020. This is our way of ‘giving back’ to the industry we love so much.
In concert with the college, we also provide a partnership for Interns to gain the industry exposure they require in meeting their graduation criteria. Within the last 2 years we have had the opportunity to work with 4 interns on a limited basis and we are hiring our first intern to full-time this year (2019).
PEER RECOGNITION AWARDS
The America Residential Design Awards (ARDA) is the premier award program for the American Institute of Building Designers (AIBD). Annually, residential designers, builders, remodelers, architects, and interior designers from throughout the nation submit their work for review by ARDA judges. Projects vary in type and size and range from new construction and remodeling/renovation to, working (permit) drawings, and conceptual designs. Having restructured the studio as Habitations, LLC with his daughter Aaron Michelle in late 2015, Robert Platt began submitting projects to the ARDA committee in 2017.
2017 GRAND ARDA – Working Drawings
In our effort to build a platform of evaluation that is meaningful to our homeowner-clients, we felt it necessary to begin with this category of recognition. This award recognizes excellence in the quality of documents we generate to attain your building permit and subsequently build your project. Working Drawings, or more commonly ‘plans’, are the language of construction. Good design is only half of the equation in any design project. Communication of that design to the many players involved, from the building official to the builder to the suppliers is certainly the other half, if not more. A Grand ARDA is the highest level of recognition that ARDA offers in this category. Our mission is to maintain at least one submission annually to express are current proficiency in this area.
2019 ARDA – Working Drawings
This award recognizes excellence in the quality of documents we generate to attain your building permit and subsequently build your project. Working Drawings, or more commonly ‘plans’, are the language of construction. Good design is only half of the equation in any design project. Communication of that design to the many players involved, from the building official to the builder to the suppliers is certainly the other half, if not more. An ARDA is an outstanding level of recognition for this category. As we were remiss in our filing of a 2018 entry in the Working Drawing Category, we chose to submit two in 2019. Who knew, we won for both! We’re very proud to say that in 3 submissions for this category to date, we have never failed to be recognized.
2019 GRAND ARDA – Renovations
This award recognizes excellence in the renovation design for a home or small commercial structure. This is our first venture to achieve a design award nationally. The Grand ARDA is the highest achievement in this area of design. As this specific area of design is our passion, we are most proud of this achievement. Among other areas in the field of residential design, this will be a regular field of submission for years to come. We’re looking forward to at least two submissions for this category in 2020.