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Christian Sottile, AIA | Notes of Interest

Christian has dedicated his professional life to defending and evolving Savannah’s urban patterns and form, which were threatened by suburbanization and urban renewal during the last century. His in-depth studies and interventions in Savannah have informed design solutions at multiple scales in the United States and abroad. His work also serves to enhance and shape the education of the next generation of architects.

He is a proven consensus builder. When Savannah sought to grow its historic core after 150 years, Christian authored several landmark city plans, including the civic master plan for the east riverfront, which received a 2010 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design. His elegant solution established a permanent civic network of urban streets, parks, public spaces, and fine-grained city blocks. The results of his work promote authentic urban evolution over time and maintain the integrity of Savannah as a national resource while not allowing it to become a museum piece.

Christian’s architectural sensibilities are perhaps best exemplified in his design of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Contemporary Art. His adaptive use of the standing ruins of a Central of Georgia Railroad complex created a study in contrasts between the historic ruin and the spare architecture of the new museum. The building is punctuated by a vertical glass tower, which serves as a beacon on the city skyline.

As dean of the School of Building Arts at SCAD, Christian oversees programs in architecture, urban design, interior design, historic preservation, furniture, and architectural history. His career has advanced the field of architecture at many levels and in tangible ways—from design and civic planning within sensitive historic contexts to advocacy and stewardship of the national treasure that is the city of Savannah.

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2014 Young Architects Award Jury

  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
  • LML Consulting
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, Maryland
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC
  • Mineola, New York
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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