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
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
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
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.
Gerald D. Cowart, AIA, LEED
Cowart Group, P.C., Architects
5618 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA 31405