Anne Kolman Smith, FAIA
As a second-generation architect, Anne has had a lifelong experience with our profession. This
exposure as a young person developed her passion for solving problems and creating places. She is
a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and has practiced in Savannah since. First with
Kolman & Smith Architects for 15 years and with her current firm, Lominack Kolman Smith
Architects for 18 years.
Anne has held leadership positions within the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National
Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and the Georgia State Board of Architects and
Interior Designers (GSBAID). Within each of these groups, Anne has championed causes for the
betterment of the field. Working with architects throughout the country, Anne is known for
building consensus across varied personalities and perspectives. This professional and diplomatic
leadership has led to her appointment as chair of numerous committees and the utilization of her
abilities as a mediator when necessary.
Through her continued reappointment as President of GSBAID by several Governors, Anne has been
tasked with reviewing architect license applications and illegal practice cases as well as formulating
and revising the Board’s operating rules. This has ensured that Georgia’s laws align with national
standards and are compatible with other states’ operations.
Of all the efforts Anne has helped spearhead, one that has been particularly rewarding has been
her guidance of the next generation of architects. Serving on multiple Architect Registration Exam
(ARE) committees, Anne has been at the forefront of changes to every aspect of testing. Anne was
invaluable after NCARB suffered a significant security breach, working to replenish numerous ARE
test vignettes that were compromised by composing new, never before seen, replacement test
Anne has concurrently maintained a successful architecture practice in Savannah, characterized by
award-winning historic preservation projects, non-profit involvement, and the advancement of
women in architecture. One body of work that has been particularly transformative is Anne’s
involvement with Union Mission, resulting in the design and development of numerous housing
opportunities for persons living with HIV/AIDS through new construction and historic rehabilitation.
Her work not only involved several female architects but also garnered awards from the AIA,
Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Historic
Liz York, FAIA
Liz York, FAIA, LEED-AP serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate Director for Quality and
Sustainability for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Liz, appointed as the first CSO for CDC in
2008, establishes sustainability in CDC policy and operations, implements healthy and sustainable work
environments, and facilitates staff involvement in sustainability efforts. At CDC since 1999, she has served as a
construction project manager, design architect, and design reviewer, working closely with laboratory, security
and safety professionals on CDC’s high containment labs and protocols. She is a registered architect, and holds
a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Liz provides thought leadership and architectural expertise within the Federal community of health experts and
is a key liaison between the fields of design and health. Liz’s leadership concentrates on identifying the
upstream levers that enable change and influencing systems from multiple directions. She has strengthened
policy and understanding around the health impacts of the physical environment, gender issues in design, access to healthy food, and design effects on health equity. She embraces the architect’s role as steward of societal values and focuses attention on policy and tools that help move the profession towards problem solving for these larger issues.
For example, to empower women by helping remove physical barriers to equality, Liz developed an AIA Best
Practice guide for the design of Lactation Rooms that is widely recognized as the seminal document on the
subject. Similarly, Liz has been a key member of the team who developed FITWEL (Facility Innovations
Toward Wellness Environmental Leadership), a system for evaluating the health promoting aspects of a building
that engages building managers and owners in discourse on health. Liz also led the development of Health and
Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Foodservice which guide food service operators, facility managers, and
designers to rethink the options and configuration of our cafeterias in favor of healthier choices.
Recently Liz and her team led a CDC Freezer Challenge that brought together operations staff and laboratory
scientists from across the nation to discuss how we store our samples and implement simple operational changes to save energy and improve sample viability. The Challenge was recognized with a White House GreenGovAward for Green Innovation. In 2013, she was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural
Sustainability Who’s Who list, which highlights 50 men and women who are making strides in sustainability in
metro Atlanta. In 2016, Liz was recognized by the American Institutes of Architects as a Fellow for her work to
impact health and well-being by empowering architects to build better environments.
Melody Harclerode, FAIA
As the Executive Director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, Melody Harclerode FAIA works with the Board of
Directors, volunteers, staff, partners, donors, and government entities to create, connect, and conserve parks
and greenspace in Sandy Springs. She raises public appreciation of distinctive sites ranging from Morgan Falls
Overlook Park to the Playable Art Park through initiatives such as tours and family events. Melody served as
the 2015 President of AIA Atlanta, spearheading partnerships with the Atlanta BeltLine Inc., the City of Atlanta
Office of Cultural Affairs, and local newspapers. In 2010, Melody co-founded Discover ARCHITECTURE, a
volunteer-driven program providing elementary school students with an exciting exploration of architecture and the built environment. She launched Vision for Atlanta in 2015 to strengthen the influence of AIA Atlanta with political and civic leaders. Since 2001, she has contributed guest columns to publications including Atlanta
INtown, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Saporta Report.