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Andre Johnson Architects asserts that good design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also reaches the essence of the human spirit and aspirations.

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Since 2013, Andre Johnson Architects, known as AJA, has created innovative and award-winning projects across the state of North Carolina.  Our firm is an assemblage of architects, interior designers, and consultants who design provocative buildings and spaces, which are responsive to their physical and cultural context.  We have been trusted by both public and private clients and have successfully delivered projects ranging in size from 500 square feet to 300,000 square feet. The design team at AJA has communication, collaboration, and engagement at its core. Our overriding ethos is to create spaces that are human-centered and environmentally responsible.

Andre Johnson Architects asserts that good design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also reaches the essence of the human spirit and aspirations.  We approach each project with the goal of elevating human interaction with the built environment while being stewards of the natural environment.  Our commitment to overall project delivery and successful execution of our client’s vision has been recognized by those we have been fortunate to work for.  We have become emerging practitioners of award-winning modern architecture in North Carolina and beyond, and take pride in the opportunities we are provided to elevate design.

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Team

Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson
Principal + Designer - AIA, NOMA, NCARB

Andre is the President and Design Principal with Andre Johnson Architects.  He has over 23 years of experience in architecture and started his practice based on the basic principles of design excellence, client service, collaboration, diversity, and mentoring.  Andre’s background in engineering and architecture gives him a unique perspective in project design and development, with a keen eye for the practical and the conceptual.  His leadership and rigorous design process have helped the firm achieve recognition for design excellence with various design awards, including multiple from the AIA at the local, state, and regional levels.  Andre’s drive for success and client service allows the firm to expand its client base with every successful project delivered.  He is a board member of Diversify Architecture, a non-profit founded in 2020 to encourage and make meaningful changes in diversifying the architecture profession.  Andre believes his greatest impact on architecture is not the buildings that are constructed, but the young architects that he can mentor and help in the profession.

Master of Architecture
Morgan State University

Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University

Leroy Ali-Osman
Leroy Ali-Osman
Associate Principal + Designer - AIA, NOMA, LEED AP

Leroy is the Associate Principal and Senior Designer at Andre Johnson Architects. He joined the firm in 2014 and has been instrumental in helping to realize the design vision for the firm’s projects from conception to construction. Leroy has over 14 years in the profession, and prior to joining AJA gained a range of experiences at various architectural practices. He has been a frequent invited critic for design studios at North Carolina State University. Leroy is intrigued by the way seemingly unrelated and disparate ideas can be synthesized to generate architectural concepts. He draws on his background in history and his appreciation for various forms of art to inform his perspective on design. One aspect of Leroy’s responsibilities with the firm which he takes great pride in, is the role he plays in the development and growth of the younger staff.

Master of Architecture
University of Florida

Bachelor of Arts in History (Minor in Architecture)
The University of Texas at Austin

Douglas Freeman
Douglas Freeman
Senior Architect + Designer - RA, JD

Douglas began working with Andre Johnson Architects on a part time basis early in the firm’s existence. As AJA has continued to grow and the workload demands increase, so too has Douglas’ role and involvement. He has over 33 years of experience in the practice of Architecture and is adept in all aspects of the design and construction process from conception to post occupancy. His technical prowess, knowledge of code, proficiency in specifications writing, and experience in Construction Administration are particularly noteworthy. He was a co-founder of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects and served as the President and Parliamentarian. In addition to his various professional architectural affiliations past and present, he was also formerly a licensed attorney. Douglas’ vast experience across disciplines provides AJA with invaluable insight and expertise.

Juris Doctorate
North Carolina Central University

Master of Architecture
University of Colorado

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Washington University

Jay Holt
Jay Holt
Architect + Designer - AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C

Jay is a Raleigh native and North Carolina State University graduate. He joined Andre Johnson Architects in the fall of 2021 as an architect with extensive experience designing, detailing, and documenting projects in a variety of market sectors. Having played a key role in the successful delivery of projects ranging from parking structures to airport terminals and hospitals, he approaches every project with the same degree of design rigor and attention to detail. These traits, coupled with a desire to enhance the built environment through the design of spaces that are enjoyable, sustainable, and inspiring align with the values of AJA.

Bachelor of Architecture
North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture
North Carolina State University

Amanda Fuller
Amanda Fuller
Emerging Professional + Designer - ASSOCIATE AIA

Amanda graduated from North Carolina State University’s Master of Architecture program in 2018 and joined Andre Johnson Architects shortly thereafter.  In her time with the firm, she has made meaningful contributions to the design of several projects.  Amanda also has a background in graphic design, which has allowed her to play a key role in many of the firm’s marketing efforts.  Her range of skills is very compatible with AJA’s fluid process and structure and has enriched the overall studio culture of the firm.

Master of Architecture
North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Science Graphic Communication Systems
North Carolina A&T State University

Timothy Yang
Timothy Yang
Emerging Professional + Designer - Associate AIA

Tim is a graduate of the Master of Architecture program at North Carolina State University. Prior to coming to the US to further his education, he worked for one of the largest architecture practices in Taiwan. Tim has been instrumental to the development of several of Andre Johnson Architects’ projects since joining the firm in the fall of 2019.  His proficiency in visualization, as well as his ability to seamlessly move between various design and documentation tasks are noteworthy and contribute greatly to the success of AJA.

Master of Architecture
North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Science Psychology
Kaohsiung Medical University

Rosario Dominguez Tapia
Rosario Dominguez Tapia
Emerging Professional + Designer - Associate AIA

Rosario began working with Andre Johnson Architects as an intern in the summer of 2018 while she was a student at North Carolina State University. She returned to work with the firm full time after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree the following year. Her thoughtfulness and design abilities have strengthened the team and contributed greatly to many of the firm’s projects. Rosario understands the potential which both the process and product of architecture possess to positively impact society.

Bachelor of Architecture
North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture
North Carolina State University

Jonathan Rodriguez
Jonathan Rodriguez
Emerging Professional + Designer - Associate AIA

Jonathan is a 2019 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a problem solver, and his technical curiosity has allowed him to meaningfully contribute to Andre Johnson Architects’ projects in all stages, including construction documents and construction administration.  Jonathan brings enthusiasm and passion to all of the projects that he works on. His range of design skills has been of great value to realizing the projects he has been a part of with AJA.

Bachelor of Architecture
North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture
North Carolina State University

Carnela-Renee Hill
Carnela-Renee Hill
Senior Interior Designer - Associate ASID

Carnela, or Renee as she is referred to by the team, serves as the Senior Interior Designer and Interior Design lead for Andre Johnson Architects.  Renee has been working with Andre Johnson Architects since 2013 and has been integral to the design of many of the firm’s projects.  She has a keen eye for combining materials, colors, and textures into a cohesive palette and is able to work with the architectural team seamlessly to reinforce the essence of each design throughout the interior spaces.  In addition to her role with AJA, she owns and runs an independent interior decorating and staging firm.

Master of Business Administration
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
North Carolina A&T State University

Shauna Elggren
Shauna Elggren
Office Manager

Shauna has 24 years of experience in accounting and operations.  She began working with Andre Johnson Architects as the Accounting Manager in 2017, and as the firm grew, also took on the title and added responsibilities of Office Manager in 2019.  In that role, she has been integral to the successful operation of AJA, working with client invoicing, contractor billing, payroll, and job costing.  Shauna’s upbeat and positive attitude is very much appreciated by the entire staff and contributes greatly to the ambiance of the office.

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