February 20, 2018 | Dana Hensey
If you attend AIA NEGA’s lunch or dinner meetings, you have probably come across David Matheny at least once, but more likely, several times. Yet you may not have known his name, or that he is the primary reason these events exist. You see, we have been following David’s lead for over ten years now, and this year, we follow him again. David Matheny is the founding president of AIA Northeast Georgia, and he is our fearless leader for 2018 as well.
In the early 2000’s, David and a small group of architects gathered and asked why all AIA functions took place in downtown Atlanta, when so many architects live outside the perimeter. Gwinnett County housed large and rising firms, and other counties northeast of Atlanta were booming with growth and talent. What about them?
The solution came with the motto that if you want something done well, you do it yourself. The small contingent founded AIA Northeast Georgia with the goal to create a meaningful venue for fellow architects. So if you’re looking for someone to thank for the gourmet boxed lunches (and cookie platters) at the Suwanee Library, or the steaks and pizza at Olde Towne Tavern, and especially for the fellowship of other architects, David Matheny is your guy.
David is a principal and owner of Armentrout Matheny Thurmond, P.C., an architecture/engineering firm known for their design of office buildings, multi-family housing, churches, industrial, and residential work. Located in Athens, AMT is well-versed in historical buildings and adaptive reuse. In fact, David’s project for Preservation of the Waynesboro Ice Plant won the 2012 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award, and he also participates in the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation in addition to the Georgia Museum of Art and Lamar Dodd School of Art.
In spite of his appreciation of historical works, David has a love for contemporary design as can be seen in his two current favorite projects, the Arrendale Amphitheater and Art School Classroom Building at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Situated on the same campus, these projects allowed David the freedom of creating what the design team thought best. The result is a modern yet balanced design which thrilled AMT’s client. Working with clients is, in fact, David’s favorite part of being an architect.
For 35 years and counting, David Matheny has taken great pride in his work as an architect. For ten years and counting, he has served AIA Northeast Georgia and helped bring our humble group to where it is today. Let’s make this year our best yet!
Arrendale Amphitheater, Piedmont College