Opening Keynote Andrew Cogar


Andrew B. Cogar is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture and served three years of active duty with the U.S. Army, stationed in Bamberg, Germany before joining Historical Concepts in 1999. He assumed the role of President in 2016, signaling a new generation of leadership for the firm which is now entering its 40th year. A licensed architect and place-making specialist, he has guided some of Historical Concepts’ most prominent custom residential, developer, and civic projects. Andrew has a history of leadership with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art on the national level and is a Trustee Emeritus of the ICAA's Southeast Chapter. He is an active member of the Design Leadership Network and a sought-after speaker on the topic of traditional architecture and design.

Under Andrew’s leadership, Historical Concepts has been successful in exporting the most captivating attributes of Southern architecture – the charm, the warmth, and the way Southern homes embrace family, friends, and hospitality – to projects across the country and internationally. This work is illustrated in the firm’s second book, Visions of Home: Timeless Design, Modern Sensibility, published by Rizzoli in 2021.

Historical Concepts is a traditional architecture and planning firm with offices in Atlanta and New York. The firm practices precedent-based design, remaining true to the vision of its founder, Jim Strickland. Honoring the regional architectural vernacular, Historical Concepts creates environments that express an authentic sense of place while embracing the aesthetics and essentials of modern family living; its custom homes range from the highly traditional to imaginative reinterpretations of historic forms.

Announcing Wednesday's Keynote

Award-winning decorator Susan Ferrier is known for creating sensuous, atmospheric interiors. She founded Susan Ferrier Interiors in 2018 after more than 18 years as a partner at the architecture and design firm McAlpine. She is on Elle Decor’s A-List of the top interior designers in the world, and her work has been featured in publications around the country including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Harper’s Bazaar, Coastal Living, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and many others.

Susan is a member of the Design Leadership Network and Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. She is also the co-author of Art of the House, published by Rizzoli, and her work has been featured in numerous books. Consistently inspired by travel and other cultures, Susan shops the world for treasures for her clients and projects and jokes that her passport looks like a National Geographic table of contents. When she’s not traveling for work or pleasure, Susan and her husband reside in Atlanta, in a house that Veranda lauded for its “atmosphere of intrigue and wonder.”

 Introducing Tuesday's Keynote

aimy Szymanski
is a research analyst, author, speaker, and advisor, focused on organizational change brought by digital disruption. Zeroing in on the impact of technology on customer experience (CX) and behavior, Jaimy advises corporate leaders in managing digital transformation efforts to reach evolving consumers and employees. Her recent coverage areas include CX automation, AI and machine learning, digital identity, the “future of work,” DEI initiatives, corporate innovation, AR/VR, and distributed autonomous organizations.

Jaimy is the founder of San Francisco-based technology research firm Kaleido Insights. During her career, she has worked with AARP; Cisco; Facebook; Google; Hallmark; HBO; Intel; John Deere; LinkedIn; Nestle; and Save the Children International. She is the co-author of Content: The Atomic Particle of Marketing, co-host of the Hype Hazard podcast, and is a TEDx speaker on data stewardship and marketplaces. Her research has been covered by USA Today, Mashable, Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Venturebeat, CMS Wire, and more.