studio A2 architecture | interiors is a full service architecture and interior design firm founded by award-winning principals Shawn C. Alshut, AIA, ASID, LEED AP and Edward J. Alshut, AIA. With a portfolio of commercial, institutional, corporate and residential architecture and interior design that illustrates the breath of experience and the stylistic range of it’s principals. The firm is dedicated to providing thoughtful architectural and interior solutions characterized by refined design and attention to detail in direct response to their clients personal or business goals.
studio A2 believes in holistic design; that the richest solutions result from a synthesis of landscape, architecture, interior design, lighting, art, engineering and construction. Whether leading your project in collaboration with consultants or working in partnership with other architects or interior designers, studio A2 recognizes that the creative and well managed contributions of a team are crucial to a successful project.
Shawn and Edward’s personal and professional collaboration began as students in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Texas at Austin. Their extensive individual experience results in a complementary fusion of knowledge and expertise that is applied to achieving creative solutions for their clients.
Edward Alshut AIA, NCARB
Edward J. Alshut is an accomplished architect with over twenty years of experience. He was inspired to pursue a design career while working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum as curator of their significant collection of architectural drawings. After graduation from The University of Texas at Austin he spent the summer working with Herb Newman in New Haven, Connecticut before embarking on a six week backpack Tour of Europe, where he gained an deeper appreciation of architecture and history.
Upon his return Edward accepted a position at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Houston, Texas were he was initiated into their heritage of Modern Architecture and culture of professionalism. When the firm closed its Houston office Edward returned to Boston where he worked with some of the cities most notable firms on commercial, academic and medical projects including a research building for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Edward was most significantly influenced by his time working with Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood whose inclusive architecture is based on a dedication to modernism that references historic memory of compositional devices, traditional materials and craftsmanship in building.
Migrating south to Atlanta to accept a position with Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (tvsdesign) in 1995, Edward worked on an administration building for Kennesaw State University, a corporate campus for Merrill Lynch and numerous office and convention buildings. In pursuit of residential design experience, in 2003 he joined Harrison Design Associates, nationally recognized for custom homes drawn from timeless traditional references and local vernacular, where he worked as a project architect designing single family homes and town homes as well as developing the firms commercial portfolio.
Edward has wide ranging interests in fine art, photography, media and technology, all of which he sees in an exciting period of evolution and change. As an architect he recognizes the current challenges to the profession but also the opportunities for creative growth and innovation.
Shawn Alshut RA, ASID, LEED AP
Shawn C. Alshut has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning Architect and Interior Designer. As both designer and manager, she has led corporate office, institutional, government, commercial and residential interior architecture/design projects including, the Tusculum College Library, McCallie School Dining Hall, and the Arlen Specter Headquarters and Operations Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through all phases of design and construction. She practiced in Houston at CRSS and in Boston at Perry, Dean, Rogers and Partners and Tsoi/Kobus and Associates before moving to Atlanta in 1995 where she became an Associate Principal at tvsdesign, an internationally recognized architecture and interior design firm.
Shawn’s dual background as Architect and Interior Designer supports her belief that the exterior and interior of a building need to be conceived and designed as one holistic experience. She balances aesthetic and spatial considerations with marketplace realities. Successful projects stand the test of time, stylistically, functionally, and environmentally without sacrificing design integrity. As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, she has worked with numerous clients on corporate office, residential, and government buildings to achieve LEED Certifications.
Shawn is a Past President of the ASID Georgia Chapter. She is also a founder of the ASID Georgia Silver Lining Group, providing support to design industry professionals “between engagements”. A life long Boston Red Sox fan and an ardent follower of Formula One and American LeMans Series auto racing, Shawn enjoys great design in all forms.