Welcome to the 2024 Georgia Board of Directors


ATLANTA – January 7, 2024 AIA Georgia is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the 2024 Board of Directors joining their colleagues to lead the chapter this year. The newly elected officers will play a pivotal role in guiding the organization and its advocacy efforts on behalf of the over 2,000 member architects, and wider Georgia architecture community.

Sophia Tarkhan, AIA, assumes her role as President of the 2024 AIA Georgia Board of Directors. Architect Todd Dolson, AIA, Georgia Tech graduate and Principal and Vice President at SSOE|Stevens & Wilkinson, has been elected president-elect. This marks the commencement of a three-year term during which he will serve as the president in 2025, followed by the role of past president.

April Mundy, AIA, of Savannah, will continue in the role of treasurer while fellow Savannah member Ryan Murphy continues as an At-large director. Newly elected Gulcin Becerik, AIA of Beck Architecture joins the AIA Georgia Board in their first term as a director. Additionally, Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA, Laura Sherman, AIA, and Garfield Peart, AIA will work as Statewide Directors ensuring the voices of emerging professionals, small business owners, and firm leaders, have their voices heard.

Fellow emeritus, and long-standing member Jim Fausett, FAIA continues in his appointment as College of Fellows Representative, uniting the Georgia chapter with the esteemed group of architects from around the world.

The complete 2024 AIA Georgia Board of Directors is as follows:

  • President: Sophia Tarkhan, AIA, NOMA | Atlanta
  • President-Elect: Todd Dolson, AIA | Atlanta
  • Past President: Ralph Raymond, AIA, NOMA | Atlanta
  • Treasurer: April Mundy, AIA | Savannah
  • Secretary: Ganesh Nayak, AIA, NOMA | Atlanta
  • Director: Joy Newberry, AIA | Augusta
  • Director: Marissa Swanson, Assoc. AIA | Atlanta
  • Director: Ai-Lien Vuong, AIA, NOMA | Atlanta
  • Director: Simon Martinez, AIA | Atlanta
  • Director: Christian Sottile, FAIA | Savannah
  • Director: Will Stanford, Assoc. AIA | Middle Georgia
  • Director: Gulcin Becerik, AIA | Atlanta
  • Director: Ryan Murphy, AIA | Savannah
  • Statewide Director: Heli Shah, Assoc. AIA
  • Statewide Director: Laura Sherman, AIA
  • Statewide Director: Garfield Peart, AIA
  • College of Fellows Representative: Jim Fausett, FAIA
  • Ex-Officio: David Southerland


About AIA Georgia

AIA Georgia is a 2,200 member association, representing and celebrating Georgia’s architects. The Georgia Association works to increase the public’s general knowledge and awareness of architecture and the role architects play in the built and planned environment. Additionally, AIA Georgia monitors state legislative and regulatory activities to promote and enhance the profession of architecture, those who practice, and to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public it serves.

Mission Statement

The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society. AIA Georgia commits to provide leadership and resources to help inform and educate our members in creating a sustainable built environment, empowering them to inspire their clients and the entire industry.