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Our People

Our Story

In 1996, just a few weeks prior to the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Goode and Paul Van Slyke launched Goode Van Slyke Architecture (GVSA) with the simple intent of executing great architecture, and visionary master planning, through creative eyes.

This simple intent remains unaltered more than twenty-five years later and has been delivered via unique projects that span a wide array of types and sizes. Furthermore, our projects have contributed immensely to the excellent reputation GVSA has established in the market.

Our work began with K-12 projects, progressed through university work and then bridged to many exciting and public and private sector buildings and master planned typologies. These applications, regardless of size and complexities, have told a story of innovation, environmental responsibility, and social responsiveness that speaks to our original intent.

Four Pillars
1. Design
2. Community
3. Entrepreneurial
4. Workplace Culture

Design: Great design is at the root of all that we do to impact each community in a meaningful and permanent way.

Community: GVSA not only wants to reinvigorate communities with meaningful planning and design but, we also contribute directly to organizations locally and abroad including the Himalayan Children’s Charities, Third Lens, and Habitat for Humanity.

Entrepreneurial: We live in an adaptive reuse warehouse that was purchased twenty-two years ago in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta where we wanted to be a staple in the development of the area. The building was physically failing, and we took on the risk to develop the property and turn it into a contributing property in an historic neighborhood. We use this same approach in our daily operation of the firm. Managers lead projects with the mentality of improving and learning to maximize profit. 

Workplace Culture: We take pride in mentoring and being a fun place to work in an inclusive environment. It is important that we celebrate the employees as they bring the vibrancy and perform the tasks for our clients’ satisfaction.


  • Building Design and Construction Documentation

  • Construction Administration

  • Master Planning and Urban Design

  • Feasibility Studies, Zoning Studies, Highest & Best Use Studies

  • Interior Design, Tenant Improvement

  • Historic Preservation Documentation and Renovation


  • Aviation

  • Cultural

  • Educational (Private and Public K-12, Colleges & Universities)

  • Health Care (Clinics, MOBs, Activity Centers, Wellness Centers, Adult Care)

  • Hospitality (Hotels, Event & Conference Centers)

  • Living (Multi-Family, Affordable, Senior, Townhomes, Exclusive Single Family)

  • Mixed-Use (Hotel Office, Multi-Family Retail, Multi-Family Office, Studio Office)

  • Municipal (Justice Centers, Fire Stations, Community Fac)

  • Planning (City, Urban, Campus, Mixed-Use)

  • Religious (Churches, Family Life Centers)

  • Sports (Stadiums, Fitness & Recreation, Aquatic, Family Life Centers)

  • Working (Offices, Co-Working Studios, Resource Centers)