Principals

The name HISTORICAL CONCEPTS is a summary of the firm’s design philosophy and further symbolizes a desire for the body of work to take precedent over the individual. Each principal at Historical Concepts began his architectural career as an intern with the firm and is vested in its longevity and its legacy. With a multi-generational leadership team and a focus on developing future leaders from within, Historical Concepts strives to be an enduring institution. While its members will inevitably change through the decades, the design philosophy and culture of excellence established by the firm’s founder will always remain at the core of Historical Concepts.

James L. Strickland

Founder

James L. Strickland, Yale alumnus, founded Historical Concepts in 1982 with a commitment to creating timeless homes inspired by historic precedent and informed by the grace and charm of the South. At an early age, Jim took notice of the often overlooked details that make up the story of a home and embraced the artistry of fine builders. The role of indigenous materials in expressing the language of a community, as well as the little quirks that belong to a particular region, taught him that vernacular precedent was inextricably linked to the work of craftsman through their honest expressions of material and form. In these less explored building styles and types, Jim saw his future: to re-invent them for contemporary living while preserving their traditional spirit and delightful idiosyncrasies.

His professional career began with real estate development in Florida. Later, having moved back home to Georgia, he launched a design/build firm and began creating homes like those that had enchanted him as a boy, constructing over 200 traditionally inspired homes in the metro-Atlanta region. At the same time, his passion for America’s Greco-Roman architectural heritage stronger than ever, he published The Savannah Tidewater Series, a collection of plans based upon the historic homes that had so influenced his design sensibilities. The popularity of these plans, previously unavailable in the high-end market, uncovered an abundant well of kindred spirits. This discovery was the spark that emboldened Jim to focus solely on architecture and design. In the two decades since that time and under Jim’s guidance, Historical Concepts has evolved into an award-winning architecture and planning firm dedicated to creating homes and communities that have all the beauty and character found in America’s most beloved towns and villages.

After leaving the University of Georgia and before his studies at Yale’s Graduate School of Architecture, Jim served in the United States Army Special Forces as a Green Beret stationed in West Germany along the Iron Curtain. Jim’s simultaneous ability to act with humility while leading by example has formed an elemental aspect of his design philosophy. His keen sense of teamwork recognizes that the best ideas come from an open forum.

In sharing his knowledge and experience with young students, Jim is proud to have taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and to have served as a guest critic at the Universities of Miami and Notre Dame. In addition to the firm’s many awards and publications, Jim was personally recognized by Southern Accents in their inaugural “Masters of the House” feature, showcasing architects, designers, and builders who honor the South’s architectural legacy.

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Andrew B. Cogar

President

Andrew began his architectural career with Historical Concepts in 1999, after serving 3 years of active duty as a Combat Engineer Officer with the United States Army. Little did he know that his assignment overseas would forge such a strong bridge between his education and his future profession. Stationed in Bamberg, Germany, in the heart of Bavaria, Andrew was immersed in old world urbanism, an environment that affirmed his belief in the new urbanist principles he had learned at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. Today, he enthusiastically gives back to his alma mater as an adjunct faculty member, contributing to a series of courses that give students practical urban design and architecture experience.

Promoted to Principal in 2007 and named President in 2015, Andrew is a place-making specialist and has guided some of the firm’s most prominent custom residential, developer, and civic projects. Andrew is also a natural leader with exceptional communication and management abilities, traits that served him well as he spearheaded the opening of Historical Concept’s first satellite office, now the main hub of the firm’s practice, located in a live-work building designed by the firm in the Glenwood Park community of Atlanta. More recently, Andrew was instrumental in establishing Historical Concepts’ New York office, located in the historic St. James Building in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.

In 2016, Andrew was elected to the role of Vice Chair of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Board of Directors. He has a history of leadership with the ICAA on the national level, as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and Chair of the Governance Committee; Andrew is also Trustee Emeritus of the ICAA’s Southeast Chapter. He was a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Andrew has also been recognized by the Atlanta design and business community, selected as one of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles “20 Under 40” and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” program. He is an active member of the Design Leadership Network and a sought-after speaker on the topic of traditional architecture and design.


Profiled in Atlanta Business Chronicle
Military Service Inspires Architectural Career.
September 9, 2016

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Terry Pylant

Terry has been a fixture at Historical Concepts since 1989 and for the past 25 years has delighted clients with his ability to create homes with a deep sense of place. He strives to make the design process an enjoyable experience, working closely with the homeowner to understand the vision, collaborating with the interior designer on the details that make a home special, and supporting the builder to ensure the highest levels of execution. This spirit of teamwork has resulted in hundreds of successful projects and many repeat clients over the years. Terry’s knowledge of historical architecture and passion for traditional design is evident in many of the firm’s signature residential projects, several of which have won prestigious design awards and have been published nationally. Terry also has an accomplished history of working with developers and civic clients on a full range of place-making activities.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
  • Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Georgia Conservancy
  • Georgia Downtown Association
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Kevin P. Clark

Kevin’s first exposure to Historical Concepts was as a summer intern in 2001. Upon graduation he chose to return to the firm, confident it was the right place to fully explore his unique skill set: a passion for traditional design, a keen understanding of business development and strong, natural leadership abilities. Promoted to Principal in 2010, Kevin credits his classical education from the University of Notre Dame for his success in designing many notable and award-winning custom residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. Despite this classical foundation, he is equally inspired to push the boundaries of vernacular, for those clients who desire a contemporary or transitional spin on traditional forms and design. He is also a passionate planner with an in-depth understanding of the complex relationship between the character of the built environment and its effect on both individuals and communities.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Architects
  • University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology ~ Guest Lecturer
  • Congress for the New Urbanism ~ Founding Member of the Atlanta Chapter; Co-Chair of the 18th Annual Congress in Atlanta; CNU Accredited
  • Urban Land Institute ~ Center for Regional Leadership Development Program
  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
  • LEED Accredited Professional
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Elizabeth C. Dillon

Elizabeth joined Historical Concepts in 2005 after completing her Bachelor of Architecture with a second major in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth’s interest in architecture was first sparked by holidays spent exploring the historic Pennsylvania homes of her grandmothers. This youthful curiosity eventually grew into a deep fascination with old houses, encouraged by the eclectic residential styles that made up the village of Skaneateles, the quaint upstate New York town where she grew up. Elizabeth is drawn to projects that adapt traditional forms and architectural elements to the modern family’s lifestyle, with an eye for sustainable design that focuses on traditional concepts, creativity, and selective use of green “gizmos.” After several years of living in the South, Elizabeth returned to her home state in 2014 to help Historical Concepts establish an office in Manhattan. Now a Principal with the firm, she manages an assortment of large custom residential projects and leads a New York-based design studio. She has served as both the Treasurer and the Vice President of the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Institute’s national board.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art ~ Member, College of Fellows
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Domenick Treschitta

Domenick found his way to Historical Concepts in 2002, making a transition from a successful career at General Electric after completing a master’s degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Promoted to Principal in 2012, Domenick finds great satisfaction in the creative aspects of his second career, but still draws upon his corporate experience. His business acumen is an asset to the firm, and his understanding of the financial aspects of construction and development allow him a unique rapport with his custom residential and developer clients. Domenick led Historical Concepts’ initiative to introduce traditional architecture to his alma mater’s curriculum, eventually serving as professor of a popular and fruitful course at Georgia Tech: several of his former students are now members of the Historical Concepts team. With a passion for preservation and redevelopment, Domenick has personally completed both new infill construction and period-sensitive renovations in historic neighborhoods of Atlanta.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art ~ Board Member of Southeast chapter
  • Southern Architecture Foundation ~ Board of Directors
  • Congress for the New Urbanism ~ CNU Accredited
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Daniel Osborne

Director of Design Enrichment

Dan earned his spot at Historical Concepts in 2003 in a rather unconventional way. An Auburn University alumni, for a fourth interview Dan was asked to present to the entire firm the architectural vision of the ideal home for his family. His thoughtful program along with his drawings and presentation won over the entire staff; the extra touch of sharing a batch of handcrafted sweet lemonade did not help one bit. Fast-forwarding to being promoted to Principal in 2015, Dan feels very fortunate “to be able to create every day.” He derives inspiration and precedent from his interests in all periods of architecture, photography, journalism, illustration, classical art, and cinema. He loves the challenge of capturing the vision of a client’s project and producing imagery that sparks the imagination, and he has become the firm’s valued resource for creating conceptual renderings and architectural illustrations. Dan credits much of his artistic development to his encouraging and talented grandfather, who always looked forward to Saturday drawing sessions with ‘Danny”. He carries that mentoring spirit into his role as the firm’s Director of Design Enrichment, developing programs, activities and creative learning opportunities to increase team collaboration and enrich all who are engaged in the wonderful experience of designing each unique project. He is energized daily by his love of a good cup, or three, of coffee and a great family.

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Aaron Daily

Director of Best Practices

Aaron’s tenure with Historical Concepts began in 1997, when he left his home state of Kansas armed with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University. In the two decades since, he has spearheaded the design of a wide range of projects, from custom homes to complex commercial buildings. A strong consensus builder, Aaron has also been instrumental in many of the firm’s civic projects, successfully guiding community outreach and stakeholder meetings for prominent municipal and county clients. While Aaron continues to contribute to the design of select projects, he has now taken on the critical role of Director of Best Practices and is responsible for keeping abreast of the latest research and information on building science. He then provides education and training to Historical Concepts’ staff to ensure that the most current construction methods and technologies are incorporated into the firm’s specifications and construction documents. Aaron puts his extensive experience and passion for place-making to work locally, as a member of Peachtree City’s Planning Commission.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
  • Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Georgia Conservancy
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Todd Strickland

Managing Principal

Todd joined Historical Concepts in 1993 and serves as the Managing Principal. He employs a conservative and consistent business philosophy in overseeing all aspects of the firm’s operations and finances. This philosophy is the framework upon which Historical Concepts manages growth while still maintaining the highest levels of design quality and client service.

Todd is also a dedicated and hands-on manager who directly coordinates the firm’s recruiting, hiring, and evaluation efforts. Seeing each employee as a long-term commitment, Todd’s goal is to make sure that every staff member is a valued contributor to the firm’s success, providing a platform to showcase his/her unique skills and abilities. He thoroughly enjoys working with all members of the Historical Concepts team to constantly explore ways in which to improve the firm.

Todd is also a passionate advocate for traditional architecture and planning, believing the approach is instrumental in creating places that age well and foster strong communities, and he has formally explored these principles by completing city and regional planning courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Having worked with his father, Jim Strickland, from an early age, Todd has had a unique exposure to architecture and planning, as well as construction and real estate development. With an understanding of how these professions work together to affect our built environment, Todd actively works with civic and professional organizations in promoting quality-oriented development practices.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • Development Authority of Peachtree City ~ former Chairman
  • Fayette County Development Authority ~ Board Member
  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art ~ Founding Member and former Treasurer of the Southeast Chapter
  • Congress for the New Urbanism
  • American Association of Planners
  • Georgia Downtown Association
  • Southern Conservation Trust
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