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About Our Firm

You may not realize it, but your interaction with architecture occurs on a perpetual basis. The space around you is filled with objects, buildings, and materials that have been selected for a specific reason to produce an intended reaction. That’s what we do at Dickinson Architects. We shape space to stand the test of time while solving each of our client’s desires with inspirational solutions.

Dickinson Architects was established in 1983 and we are in our second generation of leadership. As a boutique design firm in Augusta, Georgia, we offer our clients a unique skill set of efficiency and style. Our firm has entered a new era and is excited about furthering our brand in the south-eastern market.

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At Dickinson Architects, our office is our work family.  Nicholas Dickinson, Sr. established the company in 1983 and ran it as a family business from his garage.  While we’ve advanced well beyond the days of running blueprints in the garage next to a kerosene heater, we continue to foster a culture of mutual respect and admiration for all employees. We strongly encourage mentoring relationships, and work to make sure we balance all it takes to run a business with furthering the experience and skill set of all that work for us. After all, if you’re going to spend all day with a group of people, you should like them, and be invested in each other.

We work hard during the day, but at the end, we all have families at home. Everyday, we believe in creating the ideal work-life balance for our team. Happy, healthy, productive people are what we’re all about!

Nick Dickinson, Jr., AIA, NCARB, CEO

As a second-generation owner of Dickinson Architects, I was fortunate to have received training from my mentor and father.  This training has allowed me to be well versed in a variety of design styles applied to projects from renovations to new construction. I know that no single design approach is the right one for every client. That is why I allow the building program and context to direct design decisions.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, both degrees earned at Georgia Tech. A ramblin wreck through and through, I bleed old gold and white all too often in the fall.

#helluvaengineer #letsgojackets

Erin M. Armstrong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Partner

I believe that the very best architecture works to enhance our sense of place.  I believe that the built environment has the opportunity to engage us and make us look around and appreciate where we are.  Like good art, good architecture should make us think.  I also believe that buildings will tell you what they want to be, if you listen hard enough.

I hold both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from Georgia Tech, as well as being a LEED Accredited Professional.  An Augustan since age 2, my husband and I went to the same high school and college, but did not meet until our moms set us up on a date years later.  Lesson learned: always listen to your mother, she knows what’s good for you… now if only I can convince my toddler of that fact!

#ispeakbuilding #raisingathinker #chasingatoddler

David Watkins, Assoc. AIA
Intern Architect

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Architecture is an essential part to the narrative of our culture, acting as the stage in which we navigate through life.  From an early age, I’ve been fascinated by narratives with a passion for creativity and developing ideas to the next level.  These qualities made the field of Architecture a perfect fit for me.  My education at Savannah College of Art & Design sharpened my ability to create compositionally and provided me with the tools to design.  Working with Dickinson Architects, my approach to design has been refined and I am fortunate to add to the continuing narrative of my hometown of Augusta, Georgia.

I am the weekend warrior! Well weeknight too, always staying active probably spending an unhealthy amount of time on a tennis court.  Other hobbies include graphic design and disc golf.

#topspin #ratherplaytennis #revitguru

Magda Borzdynska, Assoc. AIA
Intern Architect

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I grew up in Poland, then studied and lived in Germany until I met my wonderful husband and moved to USA.

In my family, we have many engineers and architects (mostly on my dad’s side). He was an engineer too, and when I was a kid, a few times he took me to construction sites. That was the start …..I think the first time when I saw “naked concrete walls” and walked in to the rooms where people will live, that all fascinated me to experience it in real life and see how it’s made.

My favorite games in childhood were: building with LEGO, sewing clothes for Barbie, drawing and painting.

After couple years nothing changed much, it just got bigger: I decided to study Architecture. That was always in my heart, and in my leisure time I still sew clothes and make jewelry for myself. I also paint acrylic paintings or make some creative art works for home.

Architecture, design, art, fashion and being creative— that’s what make me complete. On top of that I am big animal fan with my husky dog on top of the list.

My parents tried to teach me what I found later in this quote:

“Phantasie ist wichtiger als Wissen, denn Wissen ist begrenzt. // Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited.”
– Albert Einstein

Haleigh Gay, Assoc. IIDA, Assoc. AIA
Interior Designer

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I knew years ago that Interior Design was the career I wanted to pursue. Throughout high school, I had the opportunity to take classes that sparked my interest in the design world and there was no turning back! After living small-town life in Dublin, GA I moved to Statesboro where I received by Bachelors in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University. #GATA 

Immediately after graduation, I made the jump to Augusta to start my career here at Dickinson Architects! For me, being an interior designer is the chance to make an impact. Design not only gives you a chance to impact how a space will be enjoyed, but how it will be experienced. #formfollowsfunction 

If I’m not working on design projects, you can find me building/refinishing furniture, working with flowers, or hanging out with the people I love most!

“In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed”
– Sid Caesar

Rafa Becerra, Assoc. AIA
Intern Architect

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A professor once told me “Architecture is a lifelong journey.” My journey, you could say, began at a very young age drawing, creating and taking things apart. That journey continued at The University of Texas at San Antonio where I studied architecture. After my schooling, I worked on high-end residential projects in the San Antonio area where I also met my wife. Years later her career brought us to Augusta where my journey now continues at Dickinson Architects. Here I continue to grow personally and professionally and feel blessed to be a part of a great team, and involved in such amazing projects.

When away from the office you will find me spending time with my wife and our beagles, Joey & Max. I enjoy working on creative projects around the house. In addition, we like going on walks, going out to eat and occasionally binge watch our favorite TV shows.

#BirdsUP

Ricardo Diaz
BIM Designer

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As a BIM Designer fresh out of college I was fortunate to have Dickinson Architects take me in as one of their own. The training and extended education I have received while at the firm has allowed me to further my career and given me a deeper understanding of architecture and the building process. Working on a project and seeing it come to life brings a deep sense of pride to what I do.  My interest includes Salsa dancing and cars. But my pride and joy are my two kids. The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

#PR #Danceislife #jdm

Jackie Parish
Administrator

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I am the longest tenured member of the Dickinson Architects Team, having started with the company in 1985.  During my employment of 30 plus years, I am proud to say that the firm and its management continues to improve on the technique and quality of the finished product.

My outside interests include quilting, crafting and going camping.

#waitingtoenjoyfulltime #gatekeeper

Kelly Albrecht, Assoc. AIA
Intern Architect

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I decided a long time ago that I wanted to go into the field of Architecture (and fortunately, over the years I got much better at actually spelling ‘architect’!). From my childhood days of sketching floor plans of my “dream” house, to studying architecture for both my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Clemson University, architecture has always inspired me. It’s exciting to be a part of a profession that creates and shapes our communities and history.

When I’m not working on design projects, I spend my time coaching baton twirling to individuals and teams. The girls compete and perform at various competitions and local events, and sometimes I even brush the dust off my batons and perform myself!

#twirlforever

Valerie Rutherford, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Designer

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“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you” – Grace Coggington.

Passionate about learning design, I have always enjoyed exploring new spaces. As I enter a new space, I love to observe how people experience the space, and I enjoy paying close attention to the small details others may miss.

Studying at the University of Georgia, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After school, I started my career with a design firm in Atlanta working in a range of design styles creating artistic and culturally-themed projects in the hospitality industry across the United States. To further my knowledge on Industry standards, I earned NCIDQ certification. Outside the office I enjoy playing volleyball or Ultimate and exploring new parks and the outdoors.

#GODAWGS #Volleyballlove