Christian Sottile

Christian Sottile

Christian Sottile

Dean, School of Building Arts; Design Principal, Sottile & Sottile


  • M.Arch., Savannah College of Art and Design, 1997
  • M.Arch. II, Syracuse University, 1999
First year at SCAD:

"To engage in discourse about our collective future, to dissolve perceived boundaries between design disciplines and to re-establish art as the shared language of the built environment. The future is the city. It is the place where all design disciplines come together and where all design disciplines are needed at the same time. At SCAD, we are doing nothing less than preparing students in the School of Building Arts to be the designers of the new city."


Establishing Sottile & Sottile as an international, award-winning urban design and civic architecture practice with its primary focus on civic design and master planning, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis and community-wide engagement. Leading the design of the new SCAD Museum of Art, a historic preservation project that revived the freight sheds of the Central of Georgia Railroad complex, a National Historic Landmark and the only extant antebellum railroad complex in the U.S.

Awards, recognition and honors

Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award, Ellis Square, 2013, SCAD Museum of Art, 2012; Savannah East Riverfront, 2009; Historic Savannah Foundation, Preservation Award, Cay Building, 2013, SCAD Museum of Art, 2012; Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Excellence Award, 2013; AIA National, Emerging Professional, Curated Exhibit, Washington D.C., 2012; International Interior Design Association, Georgia, Best of the Best, SCAD Museum of Art, 2012; Congress for the New Urbanism, Art of the New Urbanism, Curated Exhibition, 2012; National Council of Arts Administrators, Art Leadership Award, 2011; AIA National Honor Award for Urban Design, 2010, 1998; Government Finance Officers of the United States, 2009; AIA Georgia Honor Awards, 2012, 2008, 2005, 1996; Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 2008, 2005; Historic Savannah Foundation, Preservation Awards, 2008, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000; American Planning Association, 2012, 2008, 2005, 2004; Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, 2003; USA Today, Top 100 Academics in the Nation, 1998


American Institute of Architects; National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; National Council of Arts Administrators; National Charrette Institute; Savannah Development and Renewal Authority; Creative Coast; Congress for the New Urbanism; American Planning Association

Publications and presentations

  • International New Landscape, Savannah East Riverfront
  • Planning Magazine, APA: Preserve and Protect, The Cay Building
  • Architect Magazine, SCAD Museum of Art
  • BBC World Service radio: Construction in China
  • AIA Designs of the New Decade, Civic Master Plan
  • Architectural Digest, SCAD Museum of Art
  • Blueprint, UK, SCAD Museum of Art
  • Preservation Magazine, New Life for an Old Depot
  • Architect's Newspaper, Foundation Studies
  • Il Giornale dell'Architettura, Torino, SCAD Museum of Art
  • Wallpaper, SCAD Museum of Art
  • TEDx Conference, Recovering Humanity in the Built Environment
  • China, Jiujiang City, U.S. Planning and Historic Preservation
  • Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, The New City
  • Georgia Conservancy, Blueprints for Successful Communities
  • New York Project for Public Spaces, Livability Forum
  • Urban Land Institute, The Next Big Ideas
  • United States Urban Forestry Program, Savannah's East River
  • American Planning Association, National Conference, Human Design Principles
  • International Making Cities Livable Conference, Design Districts
  • National Public Radio, History of Ellis Square
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Sustainable Urbanism

Previous Positions

Urban research fellow, Florence, Italy; city architect, city of Beaufort, South Carolina; professor of architecture, SCAD Savannah; apprentice, John C. LeBey, FAIA, Architect, Savannah

Courses Taught

  • ARLH 306 Reading Urban Form
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III
  • ARCH 421 Advanced Architectural Presentation
  • ARCH 707 Architecture Design Studio VII
  • ARCH 765 Emerging Urban Issues
  • INDS 321 Interior and Exterior Illustration