Melissa Cantrell, AIA LEED AP principal for CDH Partners Inc., was recently named to the Georgia Board of Architects and Interior Designers by Governor Nathan Deal. She is an executive board member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, a board member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and is 2014 graduate of Leadership Cobb.
Cantrell joined CDH as an honor graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture. She specializes in Education Design and holds strong convictions about the influence of the built environment on the education of our children. CDH President and CEO Bill Chegwidden states, “Melissa has the innate ability to listen to a clients’ needs and to provide inspirational designs that enhance the educator’s and student’s experience.”
Cantrell’s guidance to schools systems and stakeholders in DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Pickens, and Clarke County Schools has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of metro-Atlanta students. Her service to the community goes beyond the local school system. She has served as an officer for the Woodstock Rotary Club and is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Council of Educational Facility Planners, Georgia Association of School Facility Administrators, and the United States Green Building Council. In the past, she participated in the Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute for the Class of 2012. She and her husband, Harold, have two children. They reside in Jasper.
CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977 and over the years, CDH has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state and the southeast.