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lucy aiken-johnson patrick johnson dan maas dave heimbuch ann-marie lima kerry wittwer amy price
chris carfora kellen minor mclean jenkins amanda dashwood ethan lewis heather rice jillian paul elisa gangone
To refer to ai3 as an agency merely tells part of the story. In actuality, ai3 is an collaboration of disciplines, values, and personalities. Think of it as one part agency to three parts collective. ai3 was founded, in part, on the principle of organized chaos, an idea that works best when multiple voices are present. As such, the individuals of ai3 bring a wide range of expertise and ideas to the table. Skilled architects, interior designers, product designers, artists, and musicians, they are a diverse and highly functioning collaborative, unified by a common set of values and a desire to create.

lucy aiken-johnson, asid, iida

Interior Designer

Bachelor of Interior Design, Cum Laude
School of Architecture, Design and Construction - Auburn University, 1994

Professional Experience
tvsdesign (Atlanta, GA)

As a founding Principal of ai3, it is safe to say that Lucy Aiken-Johnson, ASID, IIDA, put the “i” in ai3. A practicing Interior Designer since 1994, Lucy has won numerous awards for interior design and product development. Her appreciation for her craft stems from her understanding of design as a powerful problem-solving tool. As such, Lucy is known for her ability to articulate design solutions by telling the stories behind them.

A natural narrator, Lucy has earned a reputation for being an engaging presenter and speaker. With all things, her approach is to tell the story behind her ideas, stories which are deeply informed by Lucy’s intelligence and attention to detail. Her talent for design is reinforced by her dedication to research. For Lucy, research is critical and often reveals the individual details that add character and establish setting. In 2008, the American Society of Interior Designers presented the prestigious ASID Georgia Chapter Design Achievement Award for her significant career portfolio of exceptional design work and for her dedication to excellence in interior design. Lucy was featured with her firm, ai3, Inc. in the national publication, Contract Magazine, as Young Designers to watch. Over the course of her career, she has received numerous ASID design excellence awards and in 2008 was honored with Interior Design magazine’s “Best of Year” award for her product designs with Pallas Textiles.

In 2009, Lucy founded ai3 studio, an extension of ai3, Inc. A certified women’s business enterprise (WBE), ai3 studio provides architecture, interior design, and product development services. Over the course of her career, she has designed interiors for corporate, restaurant, retail, hospitality, showrooms, and large-scale cultural arts center clients. She has led numerous product development teams, designing multiple textile collections and architecturally-inspired furnishings.


patrick johnson, aia

Registered Architect

Bachelor of Architecture
School of Architecture, Design and Construction - Auburn University, 1993

Professional Experience
Stanley Beaman & Sears (Atlanta, GA)
Mockbee Coker Architects (Canton, MS)
Gresham Smith (Birmingham, AL)

For Patrick Johnson, AIA, architecture has a responsibility to people. A founding Principal of ai3, whose career portfolio ranges from children’s hospitals, cancer centers, and senior centers to restaurants, corporate offices and product development, Patrick has designed environments and products with the goal of improving lives.

Working in architecture and design since 1993, Patrick is known for his fresh perspective, always finding unique entry points to projects. His strengths lie in his ability to connect with people one-on-one, and for his willingness to step back and ask simple questions that often lead to project breakthroughs.

Clients relationships are significant to Patrick Johnson. He recognizes the value in his clients’ input and fosters strong professional relationships by relating to his clients what to expect in the design process. An accomplished artist, Patrick Johnson can quickly turn a thumbnail sketch into a recognized project or diagram components of a project to illustrate the “big idea” to a client. In 2006, Patrick was named one of Atlanta’s “Top 20 Under 40” designers by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine. His personal paintings are displayed at MasonMurer Gallery in Atlanta.


dan maas, aia

Registered Architect

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Architecture - Washington University in St. Louis, 1993
Masters in Architecture - Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998

Professional Experience
tvsdesign (Atlanta, GA)
Kean Architects (Atlanta, GA)
HOK Architects (Atlanta, GA)
HOK Architects (St. Louis, MO)

A founding Principal of ai3, Dan Maas is an accidental ambassador for design. His clever wit and friendly demeanor allow him to speak across disciplines, working easily alongside fellow designers as well as with contractors, inspectors, and clients. People trust Dan, and he takes that trust to heart. Working in architecture and design since 1995, Dan has managed award-winning projects in commercial, corporate and restaurant design.

One of Dan’s greatest strengths is his ability to balance design integrity with the realities of implementation. Because of the strong relationships he’s built with contractors, Dan has gained significant insight into the often challenging world of construction. His attention to detail has earned him the respect of his colleagues and clients, as he steers projects from beginning to end with no aspect overlooked.


dave heimbuch, aia

Registered Architect

Master of Architecture, Concentration in Industrial Design - North Carolina State University, 2000
Graduate studies at Universidad de Pais Vasco - San Sebastian, Spain
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies - University of Nebraska, 1995

Professional Experience
Stanley Beaman & Sears (Atlanta, GA)
Frank Cross Architect (Raleigh, NC)
Geller Design (Lincoln, NE)
Studio Seven Architects (Lincoln, NE)

Dave Heimbuch is ai3’s resident “creative.” With a professional background that covers everything from industrial design and graphic design to music production and club DJ, Dave has the ability to visualize a variety of design solutions. For all of his range, Dave is also recognized for his depth of knowledge. His understanding of materials and fabrication allow Dave to transition his projects seamlessly from concept to construction. Dave’s education is equally broad. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska, studied architecture at Univesidad de Pais Vasco in San Sebastian, Spain, and earned a master’s degree in architecture from North Carolina State University. Over the course of his career, Dave has led multiple award-winning teams, managing healthcare and corporate design projects.


ann-marie lima, asid, leed ap

Interior Designer

Bachelor of Design with Honors, Major in Interior Design - University of Florida

Professional Experience

Gensler (Atlanta, GA)
tvs design (Atlanta, GA)
Studio L, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Hendrick Associates, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart Interiors, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

When Ann-Marie Lima joined the team at ai3, she had already spent a decade designing spaces for hospitality and corporate clients. A LEED accredited professional, Ann-Marie has since added large-scale expertise and talent to the firm’s interior design practice. Most recently, Ann-Marie worked as associate interior designer for Gensler, where she served as the southeast regional project lead for hospitality clients. The addition of Ann-Marie coincides with ai3’s efforts to expand its presence in the international hospitality industry. Her broad experience is represented in prestigious spaces ranging from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta. Ann-Marie studied design at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Design degree with Honors.


kerry wittwer, aia, leed ap

Registered Architect

Bachelor of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design - University of Tennessee, 2001
Politechnika Krakowska, Abroad Program, 2000

Professional Experience
tvs design (Atlanta, GA)

Kerry Wittwer is a tinkerer. For most of her life, she’s held a fascination for how things come together and work, so it seems fitting that, at age seven, she knew she wanted to be an architect. Since beginning her career in architecture and design, Kerry has developed a reputation for her technical aptitude. She is also known for skill, creating drawings that communicate the story. Kerry is a LEED-accredited professional with experience in corporate office, large-scale mixed-use, interior hotel renovations, international work and information technology. She has been instrumental in leading ai3’s LEED-Certified projects, including Tandus Flooring’s Atlanta showroom, ai3’s offices, and the offices and manufacturing facility for Cobham Composite Products. Kerry earned a bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, where she served for two years as president of the student chapter for Construction Specifications Institute and, during which time, she led a session at the CSI National Convention in Los Angeles.


amy price, asid

Interior Designer

Bachelor of Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, Major in Furnishings and Interior Design, Cum Laude - University of Georgia, 2002
Abroad Program - Lamar Dodd School of Art, Cortona, Italy, 2002
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Cortona, Italy, 2001
Dance Performance Studies - Oklahoma City University

Professional Experience
The Johnson Studio (Atlanta, GA)
Canac Kitchens of Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
Design Environments, Inc.(Atlanta, GA)
Disney Cruise Lines

Since beginning work as a designer in 2001, Amy Price, ASID, IIDA, has assembled a portfolio of high-profile restaurant projects. The propensity for style, which led her to design, has become Amy’s greatest asset, driving her to pursue individual solutions for each client. Her portfolio of projects includes FLIP Burger Boutique, Miller Union, Local 3, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Vivace, and Chops Lobster Bar. Amy’s early career was spent working at the Johnson Studio, where she specialized in restaurant interiors. Excited by the collaborative culture and opportunities for project ownership at ai3, she joined the team in 2007. Amy’s knowledge of finishes and furniture and her resourceful nature has made her a valuable addition to ai3. Amy studied interior design at the University of Georgia, where she graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree. While in school, she studied internationally in Cortona, Italy.


chris carfora

Registered Architect

Master of Architecture - Washington University, 1997
Bachelor of Environmental Design - Miami University, 1995

Professional Experience

Integrated Designs International, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
The Preston Partnership, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
tvs design (Atlanta, GA)
Warner Summers Ditzel Benefield Ward & Associates (Atlanta, GA)

As someone who has experience with a wide range of projects, Chris Carfora has a deep appreciation for the details that make design work. Whether his focus has been on small interior spaces or large-scale convention centers and hi-rise buildings, Chris has learned to value the technical aspects of architecture. For Chris, architecture is an inside-out process. It begins with thinking creatively about the way things come together. In doing so, the work evolves organically.

Since coming to ai3, Chris Carfora has enjoyed being part of a team that also works well together. Being involved with the client from the very beginning isn’t something most project architects experience. But, at ai3, Chris has seen what a difference it makes, both for the architect and the client.


kellen minor, aia, leed bd+c

Registered Architect

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies - Southern Illinois University, 2003
Masters of Architecture, Design - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Professional Experience
tvsdesign (Atlanta, GA)

For most of his life, Kellen Minor has held an interest in architecture. Beginning with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House as a child and, later, with a summer visit to architecture camp, Minor has long admired the influence of architecture in society. In 2011, he was selected to showcase his work in the “Light Up Atlanta” exhibition that featured the city’s best designers. Minor’s “Seed Bench” was showcased in the Peachtree Center MARTA station.

Minor studied Architecture at Southern Illinois University and earned a Masters of Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining ai3, he was part of multiple studios at tvsdesign where he worked on projects ranging from large scale mixed-use developments in the International Studio to an award winning interfaith chapel at the University of Tampa while working in the Design for Learning studio. Since joining the team at ai3, Minor has enjoyed the opportunity to downsize. He appreciates being able to focus on the process and on pushing the limits of design in ways other than scale.


mclean jenkins

Registered Architect

Bachelor of Arts in History - Davidson College, 1998
Masters of Architecture – University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 2003

Professional Experience
tvsdesign (Atlanta, GA)

As a rare artist/academic crossover, McLean Jenkins brings a worldly, classic approach to the team at ai3. A native of North Carolina, McLean graduated with a BA in History from Davidson College and a Master of Architecture from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. The 2008 recipient of the J. Neel Reid prize for architecture from the Georgia Trust for historic preservation, McLean was recognized for his expertise in hand-drawing and watercolor while studying classical architecture in Italy. A painter, reader and traveler, McLean has found architecture to be the ideal vehicle for his many interests.

McLean came to ai3 after eight years with tvsdesign in Atlanta, where he concentrated largely on convention center and retail design. He credits tvsdesign with the diverse exposure and large project experience that he brings with him to ai3. Since joining the ai3 team, however, he has found particular satisfaction in designing smaller spaces where his creative sensibilities can flourish and where the details are all within reach.


amanda dashwood

Interior Designer

Bachelor of Interior Design - Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Previous Experience
CMMI, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

Amanda Dashwood comes by her creativity honestly. Her family is made up of artists and she herself is an oil painter and mixed media artist whose work has been commissioned for numerous private collections. She’s also an athlete. When Dashwood decided to study Interior Design, she chose The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in part because of its reputation, but also because SCAD offered her a full scholarship to play volleyball.

Before joining the team at ai3, Dashwood worked for CMMI, Inc. in Atlanta. While there, she concentrated on corporate hospitality projects. She appreciates hospitality design for its multi-faceted approach, one that allows her to blend residential design with restaurant, spa, outdoor and event design. Since moving to ai3, Dashwood has relished the opportunity to get more creative within those spaces. She attributes ai3’s culture to its unique style and ongoing success. ai3’s active engagement in the design and architecture community is a main reason for its role as an influencer of style.


ethan lewis

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design - University of Georgia, 2008
Council of Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER)

Professional Experience
Southface Energy Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Jova | Daniels | Busby (Atlanta, GA)
Bork Architectural Design (Athens, GA)

For Ethan Lewis, architectural design was never a definitive goal, it was natural progression. It began with the forts he built as a child and progressed into a small business designing dorm rooms in college. A post-college stint as a bartender gave Lewis reason to rethink the efficiency and sustainability of bar design, which ultimately led to a brief career as a bar design consultant. The compelling pursuit of sustainable design led Lewis to take on the role of Sustainable Consulting Intern for Southface Energy Institute before realizing his dream of working with ai3.

Every role and experience in Ethan Lewis’ life seems to inform the next. Through all of it, he exudes a passion for making things better, and, wherever possible, a little bit more fun. Lewis’ wit and steadfast sense of exploration have made him a welcome addition to the ai3 team, all the while adding new dimension and perspective to the ai3 process.


heather rice


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design – Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011

Heather Rice can’t help but love art and design. She comes by it honestly. With a legacy that includes her father, an architect; her grandmother, a painter; and grandfather, a sculptor; Heather Rice is hardwired for creativity. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Heather is a talented graphic artist as well as an accredited interior designer. While in school, Heather interned with ai3 for over two years, and since joining the team fulltime, she has acclimated well to the multi-faceted approach of the agency. One minute she may be building 3D models or sketching textile patterns, the next minute she might be finding the perfect dining chair.  A self-proclaimed nerd, Heather is a technology sponge and has earned respect at ai3 for her ability to infuse all of her projects with innovation. For Heather, the best part of her job is presenting to the client, when she’s taken their words, created something visual to give back and they love it.


jillian paul


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Media - University of Florida, 2006
Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Design – Savannah College of Art and Design, 2012

Jillian Paul is a stickler for details. Whether it’s the drape of a particular fabric or the patina of an aged piece of iron, she believes in getting it right. While studying for her BFA in Film & Media at the University of Florida, she spent her summers in New York working for DreamWorks, and other companies, assisting with production. After graduation she tapped into the burgeoning film scene in Austin, Texas where she worked as a set dresser. During this time, Paul learned first hand how important details are to transforming a space. The transition from film to hospitality design was a logical choice for Paul, and she went on to earn an MFA in Interior Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.

Paul was introduced to ai3 while at SCAD and was immediately drawn to the firm’s fresh and contemporary aesthetic. She joined the team in 2011 and since that time, Paul remains impressed by ai3’s ability to design iconic, timeless spaces that can’t be tied to trends. She credits ai3’s process with its evolving aesthetic and cites the open access she has to clients as a major influence in her own work.



elisa gangone


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - University of South Carolina, 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design – Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011

For Elisa Gangone, design is all about exploring the intersection of aesthetics and experience. Given that she has a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a BFA in Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Gangone has a unique perspective on what it means to create a look and feel. A native of Rimini, an Italian town on the Adriatic Sea, Gangone has an equally novel perspective on community life. She credits her deep Italian roots with her desire to design for the whole rather than the individual.

Her interest in community led her to hospitality design and subsequently to ai3, where she thrives amidst the team-oriented culture and relationship-driven process. She cites her ideal project as a true boutique hotel, one that would allow her to stretch the boundaries of what the home-away experience can be. She’s been happy to find that such exploration is not only encouraged at ai3, it’s part of the everyday culture. 


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