Architecture & Design Firm Announces New Higher Education, Technology Leaders

Architecture, interiors, landscape, and planning firm Carrier Johnson + Culture (CJ+C) recently announced that it has filled two significant leadership roles within the company. Nash Reyes, Assoc. AIA, will serve as the new Director of Technology; and Craig Atkinson, AIA, NOMA, DBIA, LEED AP, as the new Director of Higher Education, according to a news release. Both will work out of the firm’s office in Los Angeles, Calif.

Reyes comes from the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector and has served in technology direction roles at Gensler, HMC, and HDR. The news release discusses his vision to foster collaboration between technology and design teams, boost technical skills, stay on top of emerging trends, and matching technology solutions to client needs.

“Carrier Johnson + Culture’s commitment to innovation and reputation as a forward-thinking firm aligns perfectly with my vision for integrating technology into the architectural processes,” said Reyes. “I believe technology is a transformative force that will enhance our design capabilities, streamline operations, and increase client satisfaction. Together, we will revolutionize AEC through tech-driven innovation such as sustainable technology, AI-driven design solutions, and collaborative virtual environments.”

Meanwhile, Atkinson’s 30-plus-year career has centered largely around designing educational facilities like universities, community colleges, K–12 facilities, and more. His educational spaces incorporate elements of his experience in civic facility design like security, mobility, and greenery. He also serves as a member of the American Institute of Architects and as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.”

“I've always found that educational facilities enrich their surrounding communities,” said Atkinson. “A gymnasium can double as a polling place; a lecture hall as a town hall; a library as a public book reading. Each project is an opportunity to cultivate this symbiotic relationship.”

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