The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is celebrating the 60th anniversary of student excellence in leadership, service, and design. In honor of our 60th year, the AIAS is excited to share 60th: Legacy, an ongoing weekly celebration of and thanks to our alumni sponsored by Professional Publications, Inc (PPI). PPI is a publisher of professional licensing exam materials since 1975 and wants to recognize those who have helped the AIAS achieve 60 years of success.
Drew has wanted to build and design since he first discovered Legos as a child. A graduate of Texas Tech University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Drew has wide and varied experiences across the nation in the construction, design-build, and architecture industries. These experiences have ultimately made him a more well-rounded architect and designer.
A strong advocate of pursuing licensure and the engagement of young professionals in the field, Drew initially served as the Director of Emerging Professionals for AIA Augusta, starting a new, fun, and engaging Young Architects Social Hour program. As AIA Augusta President, he continued the program and helped usher the chapter through Component Accreditation and advocated at the state and national level on behalf of the AIA. While a board member of both AIA Augusta and the Augusta Branch of USGBC Georgia, Drew helped unite the organizations in a common goal of outreach and education of the community, while fostering a stronger tie between the two groups. As a result of Drew’s work, these organizations now host several events together throughout the year.
Always interested in the power of public design, Drew served as a Project Coordinator through AmeriCorps with bcWORKSHOP, a Dallas, TX-based community design center. While at bcWORKSHOP, he designed affordable homes for underserved areas in Dallas, designed and renovated a shipping container into a mobile office and art gallery, and assisted with the construction of several homes on Congo Street through the nationally recognized Congo Street Initiative. Outside of volunteering through the profession, Drew volunteers with the Boys Scouts of America, mentoring the next generation of leaders while also using his architectural skills to assist the BSA. Currently he sits on the Executive Board of the Redwood Empire Council, BSA as the Director of Fund Development and serves on the National Sustainability Committee for the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Boy Scouts premiere high adventure camp which is in West Virginia. In his free time, Drew likes to spend time with his two daughters, passing on his love of design by building Legos with them.