Firm Profile :




Clayton Preston AIA, AICP

Clayton Preston, born in 1955 in Atlanta, Ga., earned his B.A. in Psychology at Washington & Lee University in 1977. He married Anne Cumming in 1980 and they moved to Virginia where he completed his Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 1984. Clayton is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

In 1989 Clayton started his own practice, Preston & Assoc., Inc. In 1995 he helped Greg Ramsey develop Lake Claire Commons, winner of Georgia AIA's 1998 Excellence in Design Award. Following the successful completion of this project, Clayton and Greg formed the planning firm, Village Habitat Design, LLC.

His projects focus on human interaction within the built environment and emotional intelligence working in group processes with residents and the surrounding community. In 1999 he wrote a monograph describing the features of sustainable development, Conservation Community.

Clayton and his family look forward to moving into their newest Conversation Community, now in the design phase, in Atlanta.


Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey, principal and chief designer of Village Habitat Design, LLC., began his study of architecture at the age of 6 with his father, professor of architecture, George Ramsey. Greg's studies continued in Paris and Orleans while his father studied at the Ecole de Beaux Artes and researchfed traditional sustainable communities in Europe. Greg earned his B.A. in Architecture in 1981 and his Master of Architecture in 1991, both from Georgia Tech.

Greg and his family live in the award-winning Lake Claire Commons, his first built community design. While Lake Claire was under construction he designed East Lake Commons, winner of the AIA/HUD 2001 Award for mixed income and mixed use projects, and the World Habitat Award 2000. Greg's community planning experience creates a more complete integration of community and privacy. His designs resolve ecology, economics, community, and individual needs to create projects that provide a higher quality of life and a reduced ecological impact.

Greg designed and developed the first cohousing community in Georgia where he lives now. He conceived and master-planned the first conservation community in Georgia. He has designed and consulted on projects in 6 states and Canada.

Greg's goals for his practice are to provide a model for better development practices, to incorporate an education component in each project, and to help guide public policy.


Robert Reed

Robert Reed, a third generation Atlanta native, he graduated from Georgia Tech in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in architecture.

Robert works with communities and developers designing traditional neighborhoods, including facilitating neighborhood interactions with developers.

His work on the board of the Peavine Watershed Alliance earned his reputation as water quality expert. He also serves on the board of the Frazer Center, a neighborhood non-profit center for adults and children with disabilities. He sits on the Advisory Board for Southface Energy Institute's Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable. Robert conceived and developed the Lake Claire Community Plan which received the AIA Georgia Excellence award in 1998.