Founded in 1983 in Savannah, Georgia


Since the company’s inception, Cogdell & Mendrala Architects has maintained a reputation for creative, budget responsive design solutions while providing unparalleled service to our clients.  A continuous and open dialogue between the client and the design team is the primary ingredient for the success of every project. Every CMA team is led by a firm principal and consists of experienced staff members selected to meet the needs of each specific project.


Barbara has over 37 years of architectural experience. Her roles at Cogdell & Mendrala have included serving as Project Principal and Project Architect for all types of educational and related projects. She provides a firm understanding coupled with the experience of navigating the procedures and regulations set in place by the Historic District Board of Review. She has extensive knowledge of Georgia State requirements and has worked repeatedly with the Board of Regents and GSFIC.

Barbara Cogdell, AIA, LEED Green Associate

President - Principal Architect

Marty Harrell has guided the interior design efforts on all projects since joining the firm in 1994. With a strong background in programming and space planning, she is able to assist owners in developing or refining their space requirements and adjacencies.

Marty Harrell, ASID, NCIDQ Certified

Vice President - Interior Design Principal

Casey has served as a specialist on numerous CMA educational projects including many renovation and addition projects. His attention to detail and construction experience provide the skills to evaluate existing structures and design cost effective solutions.

Casey Smith, AIA, NCARB, NFPA

Chief Operations Officer

Since joining Cogdell & Mendrala, Eric has played a lead role in design and preparation of construction documents for many the firm’s largest projects.

Eric McManus, AIA, NCARB

Design Principal

Support Staff

Rudd a 17-year veteran of Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, is our “boots on the ground” for projects. He is also CMA’s roof specialist and is as a Registered Roofing Observer.

Rudd Long, RA, RRO

Project Manager

Teri works closely with firm principals and project managers to assist with design and technical support – providing architectural design services and solutions on CMA design projects.

Teri Cornelius, RA

Project Manager

Sean works closely with project managers to coordinate document production.

Sean Roach


Maria is responsible for initial phone and office contact with clients and other visitors, word processing and scheduling for field personnel, and performing all administrative duties for Cogdell & Mendrala.

Maria Bailey

Office Manager

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