Dan Gerding, AIA
As Managing Principal, Dan Gerding provides leadership in establishing and carrying out the firm’s core values, vision and purpose. He establishes the firm’s strategic objectives, provides leadership in implementing those objectives, and oversees the firm’s managerial, financial and marketing operations
- Bachelor of Architecture, North Carolina State University, 1983
- Bachelor of Arts in Design, Clemson University, 1982
Prior to starting his own practice in 1993, Dan was employed for three years at a 12-person firm specializing in retail projects. Initially positioned as project architect and later project manager, his primary responsibility involved the coordination of retail shopping center projects from preliminary design through construction contract administration.
From 1983 to 1988, he was employed at an 80-person firm specializing in multi-family housing. Responsibilities as project architect included design and overall project coordination of luxury garden apartment companies for the Trammell Crow Residential Companies in Maryland and Virginia. These projects, totaling 2,562 residential units, often included recreation and sports club facilities. As job captain, he worked on multi-family projects in Florida totaling 1,400 residential units and several clubhouse facilities.
Registrations / Accreditations
- Registered Architect – Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
- NCARB Certified
- LEED Accredited Professional since 2002
- American Institute of Architects
- Atlanta Council Urban Land Institute
- Atlanta Chapter U.S. Green Building Council
- Southface Energy Institute
- Kiwanis Club of Atlanta
- Georgia Conservancy
- Business Builder.
- September 3, 2009 – Southern Solar Summit @ Georgia Environmental Conference, Atlanta, GA – Solar and Architecture, Built Environment Panelist
- March 26, 2008 – Southern Polytechnic Project Simulation Class – The Value of Green
- Nov. 8, 2007 – GreenBuild International Conference and Expo, Chicago, IL; Best of the Best Projects – LEED Platinum Showcase
- September 20, 2007 – Atlanta Green Roof Symposium, Atlanta, GA – Green Roof Case Studies: Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center and Recent Projects PDF
- July 26, 2007 – Science & Society Podcast – Interview on Energy and the Environment by Dr. David Lemberg
- July 19, 2007 – USGBC Emerging Green Builders Natural Talent Competition Awards Reception Judges’ Remarks
- May 18, 2007 – Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Section Atlanta Bar Assoc. – Green Buildings and LEED Certification Sweetwater Creek Visitors Center
- April 29, 2007 – Sweetwater Creek Visitor Center – Georgia Conservancy’s 2007 Annual Membership Meeting – 40th Anniversary.
- March 22, 2007 – Greenprints Conference – Atlanta, GA – Presenter/Moderator – Storm Water & Grey Water Management through Green Roofs and Innovative Site Design
- February 26, 2007 – Association of Energy Engineers, Lithia Springs, GA – LEED overview & Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors Center green building features with building tour
- January 12, 2007, COTE, Atlanta, GA – Exploring On-site Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Two Case Studies
- November 2, 2006 – IIDA NW Atlanta Center meeting, Lithia Springs, GA – LEED overview & Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors Center green building features with building tour
- December 2, 2005 – Southface Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable, Atlanta, GA – Water Conservation, Collection and Greywater
- March 19, 2004 – Greenprints Conference Sustainable Design Showcase, Atlanta, GA – Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors Center
- December 11, 2003 – AIA / AGC / ACEC Sustainable Committee, Atlanta, GA – LEED strategies at Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors Center
- November 21, 2003 – Atlanta AIA Committee on the Environment November meeting, Atlanta, GA – Water Conservation and Nutrient Recycling
- Chair of Kiwanis Club of Atlanta Public and Business Affairs Committee
- AIA Atlanta Director, Public Awareness, 2008 – current
- Greenprints 2007 Advisory Committee (Southface Energy Institute), 2006
- Middle Tennessee AIA Awards of Excellence jury, 2005
- AIA / AGC / ACEC Sustainable Committee, 2003
My interest in natural systems was nourished by the countless hours spent playing and exploring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located 1/4 mile from my boyhood home. Overseas travel and a year spent in Germany as an exchange student taught me lessons about urban design, balanced transportation planning, resource conservation, and an appreciation for quality construction and design; not to mention experiencing first-hand many examples of timeless architecture.
The early influences that lead to my career path also shape my ongoing professional career. In 1993, ten years after graduating from college, the company now known as Gerding Collaborative was born in my spare bedroom. From uncertain beginnings and a lot of persistence, our firm has evolved into a practice that has a strong sense of purpose and a commitment to excellence.