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Christian Sottile

Architecture professor

Education

  • M.Arch., architecture, Syracuse University
  • M.Arch., architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • B.Arch., architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design

Credentials

Teaching experience

  • Dean, School of Building Arts, 2011–2017
    Professor of architecture and urban design; 1999–present, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
  • Visiting critic, 2005 and 2003, Syracuse University in Florence, Florence, Italy

Professional experience

  • Principal, 2000–present, Sottile & Sottile, Urban Design, Savannah, GA
    • Internationally award-winning urban design practice.
    • Master planning at a variety of scales in nationally registered historic districts.
    • Regional planning and master planning for new towns.
    • Community-wide workshops engaging citizens, stakeholders, and municipalities.
    • Comprehensive historic research and urban analysis.
    • Redevelopment, infill, and revitalization programs.
    • Design guidelines for established historic districts and new towns.
  • Apprentice, 1989–1994, John C. LeBey, FAIA, Architect, Savannah, GA
    • Design and documentation for architectural projects.
    • Trained under the guidance of prominent Beaux-Arts classicist.

Awards, recognitions, and honors

  • AIA South Georgia, Excellence Award, Preservation Award, Bushnell Residence, 2018
  • AIA South Georgia, Design Award, Independent Presbyterian Church, 2018
  • Historic Savannah Foundation, Preservation Award, Independent Presbyterian Church, 2017
  • Historic Savannah Foundation, Preservation Award, Bushnell Residence, 2017
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award, Plan El Paso, 2015
  • International Interior Design Association, Best of the Best, Forum Design Award, IIDA Georgia, 2015
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Honor Award, SCAD Museum of Art, 2014
  • American Institute of Architects, National Young Architect Award, 2014
  • AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture, SCAD Museum of Art, 2014
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award, Ellis Square Revitalization, 2013
  • Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Excellence in Preservation Award, SCAD Museum of Art, 2013
  • Historic Savannah Foundation, Preservation Award, Cay Building, 2013
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award, SCAD Museum of Art, 2012
  • AIA South Atlantic Region, Honor Award, SCAD Museum of Art, 2012
  • Georgia Planning Association, Civic Master Plan for West Broad Street, 2012
  • Leopold Adler Historic Preservation Award, Savannah Preservation, 2012
  • Historic Savannah Foundation, Preservation Award, SCAD Museum of Art, 2012
  • 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 exhibit, 2012
  • National Council of Arts Administrators, Art Leadership and Artist Award, 2011
  • AIA Savannah, Honor Award, SCAD Museum of Art, 2011
  • Visionary Award, Thinc Savannah Inaugural Award, 2011
  • National AIA Honor Award for Urban Design, East Riverfront Civic Master Plan, 2010
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award, East Riverfront Civic Master Plan, 2009
  • Government Finance Officers of the United States, Excellence in Government Finance, 2009
  • Historic Charleston Foundation, Carolopolis Award, Best New Infill, 2009

Organizations

  • Creative Coast, Board of Directors, 2010–present
  • Veritas Rhetoric School, Savannah, GA, Advisory Board, 2009–present
  • Saint Vincent's Academy, 1845 Foundation, 2008–present
  • American Planning Association, member, 2004–present
  • National Charrette Institute, member, 2011–present
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, member, 2009–present
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, member, 2001–present
  • American Institute of Architects, member, 2000–present
  • City Architect, Beaufort, SC, 2006–present
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, member, 2006–present
  • Crescent Resources, Design Review Board, 2004–2011
  • Historic Preservation Commission, Chatham County, 2006–2009

Publications and presentations

Lectures and seminars

  • "Environments for Aging." Presented at National Conference, 2018.
  • "CEOs for Cities." Presented at National Conference, 2017.
  • "Architect LIVE." Presented at AIA National Conference, 2017.
  • "AIA, Small Spaces Big Ideas." Presented at AIA National Conference, 2017.
  • "The Art of Architecture." Presented at University of Notre Dame, 2016.
  • "Georgia Trust." Presented at Historic Plant Riverside, 2016.
  • AIA South Atlantic Conference, Plant Riverside, 2016.
  • National Departments of Community Affairs, keynote, 2016.
  • AIA Wisconsin, A New Humanism, State AIA Conference, 2016.

Publication and press

  • "Historic Plant Riverside," Worth Magazine, Sept. 2018.
  • "People Centered Preservation," National Trust for Historic Preservation, May 2018.
  • "Atlanta Master Plan," The Atlanta City Design, Jan. 2018.
  • "The Atlanta City Design," The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Sept. 2017.
  • "Professional Portfolio," The Classicist, The American South, 2017.
  • "Savannah,” Preservation Magazine, Fall 2016.
  • "Power Plans," South Magazine, June 2016.
  • "Cay Building," Buildings of Savannah, Jan. 2016.
  • "A Tale of Two Cities," CBS Sunday Morning, May 2015.
  • "Rethinking Adaptive Reuse," Architect Magazine, May 2015.