Dawn Riley

Dawn Riley

Atlanta, GA, US



With rich and varied professional experience, a diverse skills set, and in-depth knowledge of design at three different scales, I have a keen understanding of how to bring projects together to create intimate moments, flawless details and grand impacts, all while being sensitive to the physical and cultural context. As a social art, I believe architecture has an obligation to promote the greater needs of the urban environment and the people who live in it. It is my desire to utilize design as a tool for creating positive change in the communities where I work.



The Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta, GA, US, Special Research Project Consultant

Collaborated on graduate thesis research, studying physical framework and economic factors for growth and decline in small towns in Georgia.

May 2013 - current

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Taught small group recitation and guided students’ individual research projects for Inroduction to the Built Enviroment class.

Aug 2012 - Dec 2013

AmeriCorps VISTA, Atlanta, GA, US, Public Education Program Coordinator

Coordinated the Atlanta Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau. Spoke on panels about homelessness and poverty at over 120 colleges, high schools, religious organizations and community groups.

May 2009 - May 2010

Ai Group, Atlanta, GA, US, Designer

Worked as primary interior designer for all public spaces on 05 Buckhead (luxury apartment building) in constuctuon document and contruction phases. Prepared furnishing specification documents, and coordinated purchasing and delivery logistics on project.

Feb 2008 - Dec 2008

tvsdesign, Atlanta, GA, US, Contracted Designer

Worked on schematic design drawing set for the Dubai Towers Project. Performed schematic design and space-planning tasks. Facilitated design coordination between interior design team and architects.

Sep 2008 - Nov 2008


Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, Masters, Master of City and Regional Planning

Aug 2012 - current

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Jul 2010 - current

The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior Design

Oct 2003 - Dec 2007


ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, Award

For the 2014 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, 163 teams representing 72 universities in the United States and Canada proposed a development vision that promotes healthy living for the residents of Nashville’s Sulphur Dell neighborhood. My team's submission was chosen as one or four finalists to continue to the next round of judging. Winner to be announced April 3, 2014.


Marthame Sanders Fellowship Award, Scholarship

An annual scholarship awarded to a student enrolled in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture with outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Funds for the award are provided by an endowment established by Marthame Sanders, an alumnus of Georgia Tech.


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