About Historical Concepts

Atlanta, GA

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“Exceeding your expectations is paramount. We begin by listening, seeking to understand your vision of home and how you imagine your future unfolding. This knowledge becomes our guide as we create intimate backdrops for your personal narrative.”

HISTORICAL CONCEPTS was founded in 1982 by Yale alumnus James L. Strickland with the commitment to produce original works of architecture informed by the classical tradition and lessons of historic precedent.

Our guiding standard has always been to discover in each design challenge the essence of its unique heritage and place. By imagining the history of a property and home, our design teams consider how it would have originated, how various buildings on a property may have been used and changed, re-purposed, or added to over time. This fanciful storyline guides a refreshed design, creating magical environments that affect the senses.

Our residential and commercial architecture has been honored with the Arthur Ross Award, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s highest accolade for a body of work. We are also proud to have been recognized with the Addison Mizner Medal, and multiple Southern Home, Shutze, and Palladio awards. We have been featured extensively in publications devoted to architecture, interior design, and the building arts, and our book, “Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House”, was published in 2012 by Rizzoli.

Today, the firm’s leadership has expanded, as has its geographical reach with offices in Atlanta and New York and projects throughout the country. Several of the firm’s principals, including Strickland, president Andrew Cogar, Terry Pylant, Kevin Clark, Domenick Treschitta and Elizabeth Dillon, lead design teams hand-picked from the nation’s top traditional architecture programs. Principals Aaron Daily, Daniel Osborne and Todd Strickland serve respectively as Director of Best Practices, Director of Design Enrichment, and Managing Principal.

Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
Tate Olive by Benjamin Moore, it lends itself to so many stylistic palettes and is a classic among all of them (Andrew Cogar) | Benjamin Moore's Dove White (Terry Pylant) | Charleston Green (Aaron Daily) | Sherwin Williams' Antique White (Kevin Clark)
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
The Chiltern Firehouse in London (Andrew Cogar) | The Inn at Palmetto Bluff (Kevin Clark)
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
Pinterest (Kevin Clark) | Pencil (Aaron Daily)
Where do you go to spot new style?
Old books (Aaron Daily) | Westside Urban Market in Atlanta (Kevin Clark)
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
Atlanta's JCT Kitchen "Angry Mussels, enough said". (Kevin Clark) | Any BBQ joint, the less upscale the better (Domenick Treschitta)
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
Musee de l'Orangerie (Kevin Clark) | City Museum in St. Louis "as an architect with kids, this pleases everyone!" (Aaron Daily) | International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport "an incredible museum for a truly international sport; documenting the history of the game, the sports social context through the ages, and the personal histories of it’s elite athletes…the fact that the museum is housed in a McKim, Meade, and White Masterpiece within the setting of historic Newport, Rhode Island is icing on the cake." (Andrew Cogar)
How do you usually start your weekend?
Breakfast with the wife and kids, then coffee (Domenick Treschitta) | I try to sleep in, but my dog won't let me (Aaron Daily) French Press coffee and playtime with my children (Kevin Clark)
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
By far, what our clients bring to the table (Terry Pylant) | Great American cities, like Boston (Domenick Treschitta) | McKim, Mead and White (Kevin Clark)
How do you keep it all together?
That's an option? (Aaron Daily) | I'd really like to know! (Terry Pylant) | Have an amazing wife! (Kevin Clark)
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
Groomed near the home, freestyle "beyond the fence". (Terry Pylant) | Both…a clearly defined garden layout and bed lines to include several programmed outdoor spaces but with natural plant arrangements, and free flowing shapes within the beds. (Andrew Cogar) | Groomed...and symmetrical. (Aaron Daily)
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