Press Release / Oct. 12, 2012

SCAD architecture professor Andrew Phillip Payne named to AIA Georgia board of directors

Savannah College of Art and Design architecture professor Andrew Phillip Payne, Ph.D., Associate AIA, has been named to the 2013-14 board of directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia chapter.

The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession. Through education, government advocacy, community redevelopment and public outreach activities, the AIA works toward a public environment that is responsive to the people it serves while representing the professional interests of America's architects. In close concert with other members of the design and construction team, the AIA also works to fulfill its commitment to help coordinate the building industry.

"I've been a member of AIA for 15 years and have always had confidence in the direction the organization has taken," Payne said. "By attending and participating in chapter meetings and state or national conferences, all members contribute to advancing the profession of architecture. To be a part of the leadership at the state level is a great way to demonstrate to my students the importance of being involved."

Payne has taught at SCAD since 2008. In 2010, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) named him as the National Educator of the Year. He earned his B.E.D, M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University.

The SCAD architecture program offers students a unique art and design context in which to study. Students learn traditional architecture concepts with access to the distinct perspectives of SCAD's other art and design degree programs. Architecture studies at SCAD engage students in multi-disciplinary learning and celebrate the increasingly global culture of design.

For additional information on the AIA Georgia chapter, visit

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