Congrats to R. Derek Hopkins, who was recently promoted to principal at Harrison Design.
Hopkins has been a part of the architecture and interiors firm’s Atlanta office since 1999, focusing on residential, multifamily, retail and hospitality projects across the country. A graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, he serves on the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Southeast Board Trustees and is chair of its membership committee and chair of the 2023 Philip Trammell Shutze Awards in Atlanta. harrisondesign.com • @harrisondesign
Three Buckhead projects were honored in the annual Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards that recognize cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living. In the independent living category, Corso Atlanta took first place, and Kingsboro at Lenbrook took third. Heartis Buckhead was also honored with second place in the Continuing Care Retirement Community/Life Plan Community Lite category. shnawards.com
Spruill Center for the Arts recently appointed Shannon Morris as director of the Spruill Gallery. Morris will oversee the gallery’s management and exhibitions while steering its creative direction. Prior to Spruill, Morris served as gallery director of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art at Augusta University. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Morris has a master’s in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is also a cultural writer for publications such as the Flannery O’Connor Review. spruillarts.org • @spruillarts
Giannina S. Bedford is multi-faceted writer and editor. Her work covers design, travel, food and business. She’s penned Simply Buckhead’s home feature since inception and held a variety of editorial roles at the magazine. Her freelance work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today, Virtuoso Life, Hemispheres and TravelandLeisure.com. She also contributes regularly Atlanta Business Chronicle. Fluent in Spanish, Giannina was born in Miami and grew up in Brazil, Chile, Hawaii and Australia. She currently lives in Dunwoody with her two kids and husband.