AIA Service

AIA

Service to your profession means different things to each of us, as it should. My “active

service” to AIA culminated after 25 years, with my elevation to AIA Georgia President. I

look back with enormous pride on this achievement! I believe we all (each and every one

of us) make our planet, particularly the built environment, a better place for our children

and grandchildren. To contribute my strengths towards this endeavor is my incredible

pleasure.

After 5 years away from a leadership role, I have now been asked to fill a vacant position

on the AIA GA Board.  I am very excited to be back and directly involved with AIA GA.

I am anxious for the opportunity to collaborate with the nationwide network of talented

colleagues, many of whom have become friends.

I continue in service to my community. After 6 years on the Board of the Ogeechee

RiverKeeper, I now head their Paddling Outreach program. I enjoy singing at church with

the choir and love the ministry of music. I am an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the

Savannah College of Art and Design, where I enjoy guiding and mentoring young

architectural students.GC Bronze Award photo 2010

My 30 years of designing distinctive homes continues. I love working with my clients in

this beautiful, southeastern, coastal environment. My firm is smaller now, but I enjoy

being back on the design/drafting table and am challenged by having to wear more than

one hat.

I now have my first grandchild, who is already 17 months old!  She has a little brother on

the way. For the first time in my professional life, I want to slow down a bit. I want to

spend more time enjoying little Isabelle Katherine, and exploring this new stage of our

family life with my wife of 39 years, Sally.

I count myself among the very lucky! A big part of my success is the result of my

involvement in service to my profession through AIA leadership.  In 1989, I won my first

Design Award.  It was THAT feeling that really sparked my commitment to serve and

give back to AIA.

I am very thankful!  Love for what I do has served me well. I believe these fruits can best

be enjoyed when picked just before they ripen.

Gerry

Gerald D. Cowart, AIA, LEED

Cowart Group, P.C., Architects

5618 White Bluff Road

Savannah, GA  31405

912-401-0538 (Office)

912-658-2494 (Cell)

www.cowartgroup.com

Recommendation for Gerald D. Cowart

After living in a new home, one comes to understand and more fully appreciate its character.

This is certainly the case for  the home Gerry Cowart designed for us in the Bull Point Plantation, Seabrook, SC.

The intellectual content of the layout and design become clearer with every passing day.  The new home is simply a marvelous place to live.  Its access to the nature all around us is breathtaking.

The library is exactly as we imagined … a quiet, contemplative and comfortable space.  The living areas are open, airy and natural.  The kitchen is an easy place to cook.

The guest rooms and upstairs conversation area are welcoming and provide unexpected, but carefully planned, amenities.

And the adjoining master suites are spacious, comfortable and have become personalized inner sanctums.

Experience, often the best teacher, has proven Gerry Cowart’s knowledge and ability to happily capture of the intricate balance between a home and its natural setting.

Bullpoi

We enjoy our clients so much!

Why We Hired You- Bill and Dona M. Dinkler

  • We love getting feedback from our lovely clients! Especially explaining as to why they chose our firm (Cowart Group Architects) over another.
  • The Dinklers have chosen a beautiful lot on Wilmington Island and we are overly joyed to help them design and build their dream.

“Why We Hired You”

Hi Gerry, Bill and I selected you over other architects for several reasons.

  • First, we studied your portfolio of completed projects and concluded that your design proclivities complimented our preferred style.  Our research also revealed that you excelled in designing houses to fit on small lots with beautiful live Savannah oak trees. Architects are trained to design any style of house, but we wanted an architect who specialized in the style we loved and who loved live oaks as much as we do.
  • Second, we needed a bit of hand holding, because we had never hired an architect or built a custom home. You patiently explained the design-build process to us, as well as the payment mechanisms. We concluded that you were not put off by our lack of experience and could probably handle any sophomoric question we might ask.
  • Our third reason for selecting you to design our house was our sense that you were a reasonable and congenial man with whom we could work.  We first hired you to simply help us select a lot. In retrospect, we think that was a brilliant move because we obtained not only a professional assessment of our options but an opportunity to work with you for a short time.  Couple this brief experience with our interview and research and we concluded that we could work successfully and enjoyably with you and your firm over a 12 month period. We were correct. Our experiences thus far have been fruitful and enjoyable.
Dona M. Dinkler 

AIA- Service to your Profession

Service to your profession means different things to each of us and it should.  My “active service” to AIA culminated after 25 years, with my elevation to AIA Georgia President.  I look back with enormous pride on this achievement!  I believe we all (each and every one of us) have the power to make Planet Earth, not just the built environment, a better place for our children and grandchildren. To share my strengths in that endeavor was and is an inescapable compulsion.  I do miss AIA leadership and the opportunity for collaboration with the nationwide network of talented colleagues and now friends.

I continue to enjoy my service to others.  After 6 years on the Board of the Ogeechee RiverKeeper, I now head their Paddling Outreach program.  I enjoy singing with the choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and love the ministry of music.   I am an adjunct professor of architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching Studio Design.  I am enjoying guiding and mentoring young architecture students, who are the future of our profession.

My passion for designing distinctive homes continues.   I love working with great clients in my beautiful, southeastern, low country environment.  My firm Cowart Group Achitects is smaller now.  I’m both enjoying being back on the design/drafting table and am challenged by having to wear more hats and learn new skills.

I now have my first grandchild, who is already 7 weeks old!  For the first time in my professional life, I want to slow down a bit.  I want to spend more time enjoying little Isabelle Katherine, my two grown daughters Betsy and Emily, and exploring this new stage of our family life with my wife of 35 years, Sally.

I count myself among the very lucky! A big part of that luck is the result of my involvement in service to my profession through AIA leadership.  In 1989, I won my first AIA Design Excellence Award.  It was THAT feeling that really sparked my commitment to serving and giving back.

I am very thankful!  In my life, sure there has been some disappointment and even pain, but hard work and the love for what I do have borne bountiful fruit.  I believe this fruit can best be enjoyed when picked just before it ripens.

An Interview with Gerald Cowart of Cowart Group P.C.

Choosing the Right Architect:

An Interview with Gerald Cowart of Cowart Group P.C.

By Gerald Cowart

 

 Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Cowart Group architects was born out of a combined love for historic restoration and respect for the natural environment. I believe that better architecture can create a better world.

In your opinion, what are three qualities that every architect should possess?

Let them be educated, experienced, and of high integrity.

As an architect, how do you make sure you’re understanding of what your client wants?

Ask the right questions in the right order of priority early, then sketch and ask again- “Is this what you mean?” And then sketch again! I always encourage my clients to bring their show and tell and I will use their examples to help me distill their desires. Then all this needs to synthesized in to a preliminary design where it is questioned again.

What are at least three questions every homeowner should ask their architect before hiring them?

Compatibility or often called chemistry, is very important. Proven reputation ask for referrals. Does your architect have proven respect for the place/lot and style of the client. See some of their work that is similar to what you want, size and budget.

What is your philosophy behind creating dynamic, yet practical homes for your clients?

True understanding and empathy with the client, respect for their budget and respect for the environment of their lot. Energy efficiency goes with out saying.

What are a few minor building renovations that can really improve the appearance of my home?

The front door and door hardware is the first thing. Windows work like the windows into your soul. Color pallet and roof materials can make or break a beautiful design. No beautiful house exists until it is beautifully built. Select a very good builder, he’s worth it!

What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

Web site or email, but I’d love to talk first hand and it’s always best to have a face to face. So call me and let’s meet.

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