Shane Totten

Shane Totten

Shane Totten

Associate chair
  • B.E.D.A., architecture, North Carolina State University, 1989
  • M.Arch., architecture, North Carolina State University, 1995
First year at SCAD:

Pursuing education is an inherent act of optimism. Design students further manifest such optimism through choosing a career path that can potentially alter the quality of the future. My lifelong conviction of regarding design as a solution inspires me to share this with our students. Establishing intellectual rigor and expectations of excellence prepare our students to enter the next chapters of theirs lives capable of contributing to the betterment of society. That's worth getting up for in the morning!


Through my work with the mayor's sustainable building task force, the Sustainable Cities Institute and SCAD, I have been able to bring attention to - and advocate for - the role sustainability may play in resolving many of the challenges facing our society. I am proud to invest in our next generation of designers and civic leaders as they embrace the challenge of creating a more regenerative environment for those yet to come.

Awards, recognition and honors

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Award for Volunteer Service, 2007; EMG Commitment to Excellence Award, 2006; EMG Outstanding Leadership Recognition: Tundra Portfolio, 2005; Service Recognition, Board of Directors, Atlanta Community ToolBank, 2002; Design Technology Award, North Carolina State University School of Design, 1995.


American Institute of Architects; American Society of Interior Designers; Construction Education Foundation of Georgia; Interior Design Educators Council; International Interior Design Association; Southface Energy Institute; U.S. Green Building Council

Publications and presentations


  • Layman, "Organization Essential Before Selecting Designer," Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 1-7, 2011, page 35A
  • Harrington and Maslia, "Communication is Important to Architectural Process," Atlanta Business Chronicle, Aug. 15-21, 2008, page 5B
  • Totten, Shane. Interviewed with Audrey Galex. AIB News. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Atlanta, Georgia, June 27, 2008
  • Totten, Shane, "LEED-CI and Real Estate," Facilitec e-newsletter, Oct. 2007


  • "The Rise of the Green Building Ordinance," GreenLaw monthly meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9, 2010
  • "The Impact of Sustainable Building Ordinances on Design and Construction Teams," Construction Seminar, College of Architecture, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15, 2010
  • "The Power and Responsibilities of Designer's Choices," and "What Powers You?" Going the Green Mile Green Idol Contestant Workshop, Atlanta, Georgia, March 12, 2010
  • "Fulcrum's Going Green: It's going to be a Great Ride!" Fulcrum Construction Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 29, 2010
  • "The Rise of Sustainable Building Ordinances: Atlanta," GreenBusinessWorks Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 2, 2009
  • "Sustainability and Transportation," Institute of Transportation Engineers, Georgia Chapter, Atlanta, Georgia, June 11, 2009
  • "Space Planning, Urbane Design and Sustainability in High Rise Living," SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, May 5, 2009
  • Moderator for "Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance," Buckhead Kiwanis, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23, 2009
  • "Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance," Construction Managers Association of America, Atlanta, Georgia, Feb. 17, 2009
  • "The Greening of Building Codes," Sustainable Atlanta Round Table, Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 9, 2009
  • "Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance," AIA Committee on the Environment, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 14, 2008

Previous Positions

Principal, Off Grid Studio; studio director, Gerding Collaborative; senior engineering consultant, EMG; project manager, Sharpe Architecture; intern architect, PHA Architects; intern architect, LDDI Architects; intern architect, SRSSA; professor, Savannah College of Art and Design; adjunct professor, American Intercontinental University; summer program instructor, Duke University; teaching assistant, North Carolina State University

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Courses Taught

  • INDS 210 Interior Design Studio II
  • INDS 220 Building Construction and Systems for the Interior
  • INDS 320 Interior Design Studio III
  • INDS 413 Professional Practices in Interior Design
  • INDS 470 Interior Design Studio V
  • INDS 480 Interior Design Studio VI
  • INDS 702 Interior Design Seminar
  • INDS 712 Interior Design Studio I
  • INDS 714 Interior Design Studio II
  • INDS 749 Interior Design M.A. Final Project
  • INDS 751 Interior Design Studio III
  • INDS 791 Interior Design Studio V: M.F.A. Thesis I
  • INDS 792 Interior Design Studio VI: M.F.A. Thesis II