Carmen’s passion for sustainability in architecture and urban communities was a common thread throughout her professional career, and her skills touched virtually every project passing through the firm. She was a superb collaborator working hand in hand with Robert Cain, contributing to the broad concepts and the most minute of details.
Carmen’s drive and talent contributed to numerous publications, accolades, and awards. Over her 17 years with RMCA, she never let an award opportunity pass by. The firm averaged two peer review design awards per year with awards ranging from World Architecture and IDA awards to Residential Architect, Residential Design, Custom Home and Curbed Atlanta awards, South Atlantic, Georgia and Atlanta AIA awards, U.S. Wood Design Awards, American Wood Council awards, National Trust for Historic Preservation awards, and USGBC awards. Numerous books, international and national magazine publications, and online articles have featured projects in which Carmen had a significant role.
Carmen served as NPUE’s Land Use Chairperson beginning in 2019, as well as a Midtown Neighborhood Association Board Member and MNA’s representative on the Midtown Development Review Committee. She exuded a bright light that welcomed neighbors and applicants to design, impact, and sustainability discussions. She guided Midtown through complex zoning topics with patience and thorough evaluation, never compromising on her philosophies of great urban design. Carmen did not miss a detail, and her knowledge of building codes and zoning ordinances could not be matched. She insisted on the importance of how what we build shapes our community. Countless projects submitted through her committees bear Carmen’s imprint, and all for the better. Her powerful message to the most condescending developer, delivered with “a drop of honey”, was often “You can do better than this” and then help them understand how they can improve.