As the CEO of McAfee3 Architects and the architectural principal of the Atlanta office, Cheryl McAfee received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from Kansas State University and her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. She has also served on the board of directors of the Alumni Association for Kansas State and Harvard Universities. With 34 years of architectural experience, Cheryl was the senior program manager of design and construction for all 33 sports venues of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. For the past 13 years, McAfee3 Architects has been part of a master planning and design joint venture team for the $7 billion expansion of the Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including the recently opened Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Terminal. Our firm jointly provided master planning and architectural design services for this major expansion program. Additionally, Cheryl McAfee served as the Principal Architect for the joint venture.
Charyl McAfee-Duncan, President and CFO, was recently elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA and also serves on the Dallas AIA Executive Committee. Charyl has led significant projects in the areas of college campus facilities, recreational facilities, transportation and healthcare. Charyl received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska, and her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas in Austin. She is an advocate for women in architecture, and is an activist encouraging young girls to be enthusiastic about choosing careers in the design professions. Ms. McAfee-Duncan has impacted society by being an involved voice for the profession, by her commitment to public-art programs, her contributions to the built environment in public spaces, and the innovation and development of successful programs that influence and uplift the lives of young girls and women architects. As a role model and proactive participant, she imparts in them an appreciation and understanding of the significance and contributions of architecture.
Charles Francis McAfee, a native Kansan, founded the firm in 1963, and since then has had a distinguished career that includes many award-winning achievements. He has been recognized for contributions to the architectural industry and for outstanding and innovative architectural designs.
Charles F. McAfee, FAIA has won many design awards from the Kansas Society of the American Institute of Architects and he directed the Flight Science Station National Standard Designs for approximately seventy locations for the Federal Aviation Administration. He lead the team in becoming one of four firms leading the program, design and construction management for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Through his professional and civic activities he has diligently strived for the betterment of society as a whole. As a Fellow member of the American Institute of Architects (AlA) and an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), McAfee is known as a talented architect and lecturer. He has served on many design award juries, including the Honor Awards Jury, the Jury on Institute Honors for The American Institute of Architects and on the Architectural Jury for the Association of School Business Officials. McAfee has also been guest lecturer for regular sessions and special seminars at Kansas State, Nebraska, Tuskegee, Illinois, Prairie View, Kansas, Southern, Hampton, Morgan State, and Howard Universities.
Charles McAfee received the coveted AIA’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for mentoring young architects and as a prominent role model for social justice and social action. He also is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Charles is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Architecture.
Julius “Jay” Lawton is the firm’s General Manager, having oversight of program and project management, budget oversight, and operations. Having over 44 years of experience and 26 years in Construction and Facility Management with the US Department of Defense, Jay is highly respected in the coordination and supervision of project development, and known for his acute understanding of client needs. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC ,with a Bachelor of Science degree, and holds three post graduate degrees from the U.S. Army War College, DeKalb College, and a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University.
History making continued when Cheryl served as the first African-American to Chair a National AIA Convention, held in Boston, Massachusetts in 2008, and was the first woman elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects.