neil_dawsonNeil Dawson, AIA


Neil has been involved with the planning, design and construction of numerous award-winning projects throughout coastal Georgia and the Southeast. He brings a wealth of renovation expertise. Neil was the Project Architect for such notable projects as the Lucas Theater, a $6 million historic theater renovation, the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, a $23 million historic renovation, and News Place, a $20 million urban mixed-use project.  Neil’s career has focused on historic preservation and complex urban renovations with significant technology and sustainability requirements.

Neil has extensive experience working with collegiate clients.  This experience includes over a dozen significant projects for SCAD, including the SCAD Atlanta Digital Media Center, Gulfstream Center, Waranch Equestrian Center, Pepe Hall, the Thomas Clarence Center, Fahm Hall, Atlanta Gallery, SCAD Atlanta 4C and 5C Renovations and many others.  In addition to teaching at SCAD as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Mr. Dawson has also served on several regional boards including the Savannah Historic Review Board and the Architectural Review Board for the City of Beaufort, South Carolina where he acted as the Historic Preservation Consultant. He is the Past-Chairman of the Georgia National Register Review Board and has served on the Board of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA), the Historic Savannah Foundation, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, AIA Savannah, AIA Georgia and the Greenbriar Children’s Center.

Neil’s work has been honored with numerous awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Savannah Chapter of the AIA.  His work has been published in Cadence Magazine, Savannah Magazine, Metropolitan Home, the New York Times, South Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Eco-Structure Magazine and others. His work on the SCAD Museum was one of only fourteen projects throughout the US to be honored with a 2014 AIA National Design Award.

Notable Projects


Champaign, Illinois
Master of Architecture, 1988
Master of Business Administration, 1988

Gainesville, Florida
Bachelor of Design, 1985
Magna Cum Laude 



Registered Architect—State of Georgia
Registered Architect—State of Florida
Registered Architect—State of South Carolina


Professional Affiliations

AIA – American Institute of Architects
USGBC LEED Accredited Professional