Firm History

Christopher Goode and Paul Van Slyke believe that significant, innovative architecture is important to Atlanta’s future success. As imaginative architects, working with the courage of our design conviction, we have handled award-winning projects with a cumulative construction value of $450 million, making GOODE VAN SLYKE Architecture (GVSA) a leader in resourceful ingenious design.

Christopher Goode, born in Nuremberg, Germany, received his degrees from North Carolina State University and the University of California at Berkeley. A project architect and designer for 13 years in some of Atlanta’s largest firms before founding GVSA in 1996, Goode has always been fascinated with new construction. Born in New York, Paul Van Slyke was awarded degrees from Georgia Tech after additional studies at the ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, and the Architectural Association in London and Cambridge University. Paul comes from a scientific background and loves the expression of architecture coupled with the science of structure.

Goode and Van Slyke met through mutual friends and decided to become colleagues. Goode is involved in all major decisions within the firm, concentrating on quality control, design, and business development. He meets with clients throughout the design process, solves client problems and reviews their results. Van Slyke focuses on design, technical quality control, and project management. He has worked on many types of projects including health care, educational, libraries, commercial, industrial, and residential. ““We sell the process, not an off-the-shelf product. We already have a strong background with public-sector clients and we are building clientele in the private sector; loft projects, mixed-use, and corporate offices. We’re really flexible, designing everything from a $1.2 million custom home to an $80 million mixed-use development” says Van Slyke.

The partners decided early on to build their future in Atlanta. “When I went to school here I recognized a lot of success,” Van Slyke says. Goode agrees. “I wanted to do big architecture and Atlanta was the strongest city. If an architect wants to do projects of significant scale, Atlanta presents a lot of opportunity for that.’

When asked about their favorite projects, Goode doesn’t hesitate. GVSA’s recent design of the new $20 million DeKalb County Performing Arts Center which required the utmost flexibility so that as many functions as possible could occur simultaneously. Its an acoustically proper performance hall with complete stage and back of house components which required large open areas to have a sophisticated structure. This included a complicated HVAC system to almost eliminate its sound regardless of climatic demands during performances.

“its rare for a firm to win a commission this complex early on,” Goode explains. “This project has set the tone for what our firm is capable of.” The result – a remarkable adaptable clever design that includes a 600 seat facility, an interactive museum, a large lobby and multi-functional community gathering space, and music sound rooms. “A fun place to be is a fun place to design,” says Goode.

Restoration and renovation projects developed by GVSA have meticulously preserved historic buildings while enabling maximum use of the interior space. GVSA’s work on the R.M. Gilbert Savannah Civil Rights Museum involved the reuse of a building that is on the National Historic Landmark Register. Because of the constraints associated Historic Landmark designation, the firm designed the project on its computers in three dimensions. The 3D images enabled the firm to “virtually” tour the client through the building before construction began. GVSA’s innovative design for the Museum was featured on NPR radio and NBC Nightly News.

“The Southeast is a great area for emerging businesses, a great place to stake your claim,” says Van Slyke. “I expect Goode Van Slyke Architecture to do interesting projects that challenge the firm’s capabilities,” Goode adds. “We have a vision for Atlanta’s future.”