|Clayton Preston AIA, AICP
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,
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, 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
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
Robert Reed, a third generation Atlanta native, he graduated
from Georgia Tech in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in
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