WOODSTOCK, GA — CPL, a full-service design firm serving public and private-sector clients for more than 47 years, is pleased to announce the addition of Lee Martin, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP as Georgia Region K-12 Practice Leader. This senior leadership position will broaden the firm’s service offerings and geographic footprint by pursuing high-value K-12 market opportunities throughout the state of Georgia and beyond.
Leveraging more than two decades of experience in the realms of business development, environmental planning and architectural design—as well as his expertise as one of only two Accredited Learning Environment Planners (ALEP) in the state of Georgia—Martin will establish and strengthen mutually beneficial client partnerships and build on the team’s existing portfolio of new construction and expansion projects to realize the firm’s strategic vision for growth.
“Our team is focused on instilling a sense of community within the districts we work with,” said David Sammel, RA, National K-12 Practice Leader at CPL. “Lee has a demonstrated knack for fostering inclusivity and belonging to help children reimagine the way they think about education—and this profound ability is perfectly aligned with our K-12 philosophy.”
With Martin’s added support, the K-12 Practice team will continue to envision highly adaptable and sophisticated spaces that offer enriched learning experiences for students and staff. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), he will also guide the team in marrying sustainable design practices and medical and scientific research, with a goal of enhancing crucial building characteristics—such as solar orientation and indoor air quality—to increase focus and engagement and improve students’ overall health.
“High-performing academic environments are guided by the key principles of evidenced-based design,” Martin said. “To achieve long-term success, today’s schools need to promote meaningful interaction between students and educators with versatile, tech-forward classrooms that accommodate diverse learning styles.”
Prior to joining CPL, Martin was the K-12 Business Unit Director at CROFT and Associates in Kennesaw, GA, where he led numerous successful projects for clients including the Cherokee County School District, the DeKalb County School District, Chattahoochee Technical College and a myriad of private and charter schools.
He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University, and maintains professional architectural licensure in the state of Georgia. He is also an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), having served in various capacities as a State Board Member, State Conference Chair and West Georgia Chapter President, and was a member of the board for the Phenix City Art Park, an outdoor art gallery in Phenix City, AL; he played an instrumental role in its creation. In addition to his career as a design professional, Martin is a seasoned educator, having taught professional practice courses at Auburn University and for several AIA seminars.
CPL looks forward to supporting Martin’s professional growth and development, as well as his efforts to cultivate strong academic foundations that set the stage for students—and their communities—to thrive.
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 480-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Community, Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Transportation market sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients.