Building Homes and Communities for 40 Years

In an Asheville-Citizen Times article, former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta mayor Andrew Young said, “Wade has always been a person of vision, and always been way ahead of the curve…he’s never done things for the money—only because he believed in them.”

U.S. Representative (GA) and ’60s civil rights leader John Lewis said, “Wade has been a real pillar, a strength, filled with stick-to-itiveness. He didn’t just rebuild, restore, or revitalize it—he lived in the community and became a part of it. Wade became the glue in so many different ways—helping foster not just dialogue, but long-lasting friendships and a sense of family between black community members and white community members.”

In the 1970s, Wade created and developed Atlanta”s landmark project, “Streets for People—West End Restoration.” In 1977, John MicGinty, National President of the American Institute of Architects (Washington, D.C.), congratulated Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and architect Wade Burns for being given the Honor Award from the AIAA—the Georgia Association’s highest award.

Resume of Wade DuBose Burns

Wade Burns

Architect and Community Planner since 1974

232 North Carolina Terrace
PO Box 610
Montreat, NC 28757

N.C.A.R.B Certificate #152116
North Carolina Registered Architect #8310


Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) College of Architecture and Urban Studies — 5-year graduate


Work Experience

1969–1974: Project Architect for L. Miles Sheffer, A.I.A. and Danielson and Paine, A.I.A. Single- and multi-family housing, high-and low-rise office, recreational, industrial, religious facilities.

1974–1978: Owner and Manager of Architectural firm,Wade DuBose Burns, A.I.A.; Construction Company, Wade D. Burns Co.; and Development Company, West End Restoration


Past Civic and Non-Profit Board Service

Member —Urban Design Commission, City of Atlanta (7 years)

Vice Chair —Fulton County Zoning Appeals Board

Chair — City of Atlanta Vending Review Board

Chair — Leadership Atlanta Alumni

President — Outstanding Atlanta

President — Atlanta West End Rotary Club, Jimmy Carter Center

Founder — Housing Starts Inc. (501c3) to help people who are homeless

Various A.I.A. and non-profit boards

Keynote speeches for A.I.A. and non-profits in 25 cities and 17 states.


Consulting Projects

1974–1978 Atlanta, GA — The West End Residential District
Architect, Developer, Contractor

1979–1983 Greenwood, SC — City Center Redesign
Architect, Planner, Project Manager

1981–1983 Laurens, SC — Public Square Revitalization
Architect, Planner, Project Manager

1984–1985 Walterboro, SC — Downtown Revitalization
Architect, Planner, Project Manager

1984–1986 Florence, SC — Central Business District Economic Revitalization Plan. City chose not to implement.

1983–1989 Atlanta, GA — The West End Commercial District Development Plan. Not yet implemented.

1988–1990 Augusta, GA — Riverfront Development Planning and Project Management
As consultant, successfully assembled team, and ??? ??? resulted in funding successful construction.

Wade Burns with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Wade Burns with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

1991–1996 Atlanta, GA — Jimmy Carter’s Atlanta Project for the Homeless
Architect, Project Management, Founder of Housing Starts, Inc. (501c3)

1997–2011 Various residential, non-profit projects, and raising a family

The planning and community development efforts of Wade Burns since 1974 have been chronicled in more than 300 newspaper and articles in magazines such as Southern Living, Metropolitan Home, Professional Builder, and Newsweek, including a dozen supporting editorials and many interviews.