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WE ARE ai3

ai3 is a nationally recognized Atlanta-based architecture and design firm specializing in creating impactful spaces to eat, work, gather and relax. Founded in 2004, our firm was built upon the idea that the strongest design expresses a client’s purpose. This idea of purpose carries through in everything we do: our work, our approach and our company culture.
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We’re skilled architects, interior designers, product and graphic designers, brand developers, artists and craftsmen.

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Lucy Aiken-Johnson, ASID, IIDA

  • Partner
  • Director of Design, VP of Business Development
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Patrick Johnson, AIA

  • Partner
  • CEO
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Dan Maas, AIA

  • Partner
  • COO
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Ann-Marie Lima, LEED AP

  • Principal
  • Interior Designer
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Kerry Wittwer, LEED AP BD+C

  • Principal
  • Registered Architect
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Kellen Minor, LEED AP BD+C

  • Principal
  • Registered Architect
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Mary Beth Maness, ASID

  • Principal
  • Interior Designer
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Chris Carfora, AIA

  • Principal
  • Registered Architect

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A letter from the Partners


In 2004, ai3 started with an idea that we could create a different kind of design company. We were working on one small project in a one-room office at the time.

We left our jobs at larger firms because we wanted to create a process that began and ended with our client’s purpose. We’d get to know their ideas, their passions, their why. And use their stories as the driving force behind every inch of design.

What resulted was pure collaboration.
It added meaning to the design.
And made for the best possible end result.

Today our company has grown tremendously and it continues to be our mission as designers and architects to tell our clients’ stories. We’re just doing it from a slightly larger office.

We use the word purpose a good bit around here. To us, purposeful means meaningful and impactful. These are key words that apply to ai3’s approach – and to the experiences and connections we strive to create.

Purpose is also a driving force in the company we’ve built. From the start, it’s been our mission to create a workplace where our team can live their best lives. Coming to work with people that you respect and love is one of life’s greatest joys, and this team is the heart and soul of ai3: a diverse and collaborative group who shares a common set of values and a strong intention to create excellent work, every day.


Lucy, Patrick, & Dan


to be recognized by our world-renowned clients, talented peers, and the design community.





2023 IIDA BOB Award - "The Ultimate - The Best of the Best" for Global Tech Company, Atlanta Campus
2023 IIDA BOB Award - "Best of Create" Projects for Global Tech Company, Atlanta Campus

ai3 Nominee for NEWH TopID Firm of 2023

Partner Lucy Aiken-Johnson was recognized in Atlanta magazine's Atlanta 500 as one of our city's most powerful leaders in Architecture & Design, 2019-2024

2022- Received (7) Design Excellence Awards from ASID GA Chapter for projects ranging from clubs, branding, hotels, and corporate amenities

Eater Atlanta's 2019 Restaurant Design of the Year - Cold Beer, Chef Kevin Gillespie

Urban Land Institute's "Project of the Year 2018" for The Stockyards office/commercial mixed-use development in Atlanta

ULI Atlanta's "Project of the Year 2017" The FlatIron Building's FlatIron City in Atlanta

Projects featured in Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, Interior Design, Hospitality Design, Interiors Atlanta, Atlanta, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazines, as well as Eater, Dezeen, and Office Snapshots

And our firm receiving the Southeast Designer of the Year award from The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in 2016