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ord Aeck Sargent—a six-office

professional design practice

headquartered in Georgia—

will celebrate its 75th anniversary

next year. What started as one

architect designing small houses

is now a large, multi-disciplinary

design practice. Architecture,

Planning, Interiors, Preservation,

Conservation, Sustainable Design,

Environmental Graphics and

Landscape Architecture are all

building-related services the

company provides - with only

engineering brought in through

affiliations. And while the firm has

worked in a half dozen countries

and two thirds of the U.S., the lion’s

share of its volume comes from the


Lord Aeck Sargent was recently

awarded two important

commissions in one week that

on the spectrum of architectural

practice couldn’t be more opposite.

One involves the design of a new,

net positive energy and water

“regenerative” academic building

on the Georgia Tech campus with

no lesser mission than to change

how buildings are designed and

built in our Southern climate. The

other entails some historically

sensitive surgical rehabilitation at

the Fox Theatre—Atlanta’s famous

1929 National Landmark. The only

apparent common denominators

between these two challenging

assignments: both will be complex

and both will require a team of

experts led by an experienced hand.

No stranger to Gwinnett, Lord Aeck

Sargent has worked in the County

for decades, completing some well-

known commissions:

The Gwinnett Environmental &

Heritage Center

is an important

resource supporting K-12 and higher

education students while interpreting

how water has affected the county


Georgia Gwinnett College’s


million student center was designed

and built on a fast-tracked basis

under Chamber President Dr. Dan

Kaufman’s leadership while he

served as GGC’s chief executive.

Suwanee’s iconic Town Center

was master planned by a team of

professionals, now at Lord Aeck

Sargent, who have served the city

for a decade. Additionally, this team

helped program Suwanee’s new city

hall, explore development scenarios

for historic Old Town and led the

development of its comprehensive


• The rehabilitation of



, built on the Alcovy River in the

late 19th century, entailed delicately

raising the entire structure out of

the floodplain. This Georgia Trust

award-winning project restored the

mill’s moving parts to allow future

interpretation of traditional milling

processes that were part of

Gwinnett’s agricultural heritage.

Currently, Lord Aeck Sargent is

working with the city of Peachtree

Corners on three signature planning

and design efforts including a

Downtown Plan, Holcomb Bridge

Corridor Plan and a Citywide

Greenway Trail Master Plan. Select-

ed for a Task Order contract with

Gwinnett County, the firm is also

now engaged in a half dozen varied

assignments including a new senior

center for Centerville, a new public

library in Duluth and interior design

services for Chairman’s Club

member Philadelphia College of

Osteopathic Medicine.

According to Tony Aeck,

one of the firm’s senior

principals: “With Lord

Aeck Sargent’s broad

range of design-related

professional service

offerings, Gwinnett County

is an ideal place for us

to work. I am personally

interested in doing more

here as it is one of the

fastest growing counties

in Georgia and will pro-

vide opportunities to do

great architecture.”


By Tony Aeck, Senior Principal, Lord Aeck Sargent